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Fade to Black [2004] [R] - 4.1.10



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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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A documentary looking at hip-hop artist Shawn Carter's (aka Jay-Z) rise to fame and his performance at Madison Square Garden to a sell-out crowd in November 2003. A year later, fans and artists reflect on the musical night, which was the first time a hip-hop artist sold out an arena in only two hours. Also with Beyonce Knowles, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige and Damon Dash. Directed by Patrick Paulson & Michael John Warren. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A large screen above a stage shows two women in silhouette dancing suggestively. Women sing and dance suggestively on stage in skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, bare abdomens and bare thighs. Men and women dance on stage together and caress each other. Two men admire a woman's buttocks as she walks past them. Men and women dance in an audience during a concert. Men grab at the crotches of their pants repeatedly while singing on stage. Song lyrics talk about sex acts, and song lyrics talk about a man wanting a woman's body ("strip for me"). A woman adjusts her breasts in a tiny top that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen, and she also wears a very tiny pair of shorts that reveals part of her buttocks. A man is shown bare-chested. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - Song lyrics talk about violent acts.

PROFANITY 10 - 56 F-words and derivatives, 10 sexual references, 48 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 57 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians, 3 religious profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Success, artists' responsibility to their fans, luck, talent, hip-hop, patience, persistence, divorce, racism, hard work, perfection, self-esteem, life choices, status, labels, pressure to be like others.

MESSAGE - Shawn Carter is a nice, talented man who deserves his fame.

(Note: People are shown smoking tobacco and marijuana.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P10 - MPAAR

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