The Firm

 
 

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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
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: R

Tom Cruise stars as a hot shot Harvard law school graduate who unknowingly gets a job with a conservative law firm which is really working for the Mafia. Based on John Grisham's best selling book.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some passionate kissing, presumably leading to lovemaking. There is one sex scene where we see the participants kissing, groping, touching each other, and rolling about entwined; there's no nudity. There are a couple of barely visible, very quick glimpses of nudity though, in some grainy black and white photos. In another scene, a man unbuttons a woman's dress to reveal her back and a bra strap. There are some references to oral sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - One character is shot repeatedly: once in the ear, then the shoulder, and twice in the chest. A woman is splattered with his blood, while he manages to shoot another man in the knee, before he dies. Another man is shot through a glass door, and yet another is kicked until he's inert.

PROFANITY 6 - The F-word is used about 23 times, and there are about 15 scatological and anatomical terms and other curses. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Mafia, greed, murder, blackmail, infidelity, idealism.

MESSAGE - Money can't buy happiness. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Intelligence is the best weapon.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P6 - MPAAR

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