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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG

Liam Neeson stars in this filming of Edith Wharton's eponymous novel. The story is about illicit lust, and takes place in a snow-covered New England village around the turn of the century.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - The theme of the movie is sexual yearning and infidelity and there is palpable sexual tension throughout. However, there's no nudity. There are a couple of torrid kisses, one apparently leading to love-making (Neeson appears to unbutton his pants) but we see absolutely nothing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A couple of dead chickens. A dead, bloody fox is picked up and nailed to the barn; its mouth is dripping blood, the result of being poisoned. After running into a tree while sledding, we see two bodies lying in the snow (we do not see them hitting the tree). There is some blood by one of the victims. We later see a woman's scarred face and a crippled man.

PROFANITY 0 - None. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, lust, lying, hypochondria, sickness and death, compassion and charity.

MESSAGE - Illicit lust will lead to tragedy. Don't judge without knowing the whole story.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P0 - MPAAPG

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