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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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Sex & Nudity
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MPAA Rating: R

A British intelligence agent (Ewan McGregor) becomes obsessed with protecting rather than apprehending the murderous disguise artist (Ashley Judd) he's assigned to follow. Also with Patrick Bergin, k.d. lang, Jason Priestley, Genevieve Bujold, Charles Powell, Cara Reynolds, Sam Stone and Janine Theriault. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A couple of kisses and neck-nuzzles. A couple has intercourse with moaning and movement (his bare buttocks are visible). We glimpse a woman's bare breast and the side of her nude body as she gets into a bathtub; in another scene we see her bare backside from a slight distance. We see a woman wearing a towel, bra and panties (from a distance) and a small body suit with thigh-high hose (in one part of the scene, she's sitting in a chair and a man leans over her, looks up and down her body and appears to kiss her forehead). We see a nude male corpse from a distance (only the side of his bare leg is somewhat clear). In the background of a scene we see a scantily clad woman dancing behind a glass wall. A few modern paintings of topless women hang in the background of a scene.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman stabs a man repeatedly (we see lots of blood on his shirt and some on her; later, we see her bloody legs as she's dragging a bloody body bag, and we also see her washing blood from her bare back). A man is shot (we see a bloody hole on his shirt) and another appears to have been shot, but he isn't injured. A car is shot at a few times, causing it to crash into a truck; one of the passengers is killed (lots of blood is visible on the side of the person's head) and another has a bloody forehead cut. A car hits a man (we see him roll onto the hood, then onto the ground) and a man falls off a motorcycle (he gets a slightly bloody cut on his head). A car flies off the road and into an icy lake; the driver (who has several bloody facial cuts) is pulled from the car. A man punches and kicks another; in one scene, a man repeatedly punches another in the face, resulting in lots of blood. A man punches a woman's face, throws her into a table and wall, kicks her and steps on her hand; when she's unconscious, he injects a drug into her arm and leans over her body (he doesn't do anything else to her). Men taunt and grab at a woman, then she slaps at their arms and shoulders a few times. A bloody, unconscious man is put into the trunk of a car; we later see the unmanned car driving in circles and hear the man yelling to be let out. We see a corpse's face floating near a window, then see the body fall out of a room and onto the floor. Some threatening with guns; in one scene, gunfire is exchanged between a man and several police officers.

PROFANITY 7 - At least 25 F-words, some anatomical references, a few scatological references, several mild obscenities and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, stalking, obsession, voyeurism, disguise artists, being haunted by the past, abandonment, death or loss of loved ones.

MESSAGE - Obsession can be all-consuming and deadly; unfortunate circumstances can cause decent people to act unreasonably and immorally.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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