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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: R

A 12 year old boy is an up and comer in the drug infested streets of New York, while trying to rescue his sister from a drug dealer.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A boy is shown nude in a fetal position, so nothing is exposed apart from his behind. A man and woman are shown nude in bed. We see the man from the back and side, and the woman from the front. Her arms cover her chest. There are sexual allusions, and young boys proclaim what they think girls like: girls want boys to hit them.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A boy hangs a dog by its leash and then shoots it while it's hanging. We hear the dog gasping and see its legs jerking; it's all very graphic and disturbing. A boy is beaten, two men are beaten with heavy chains and a man is stabbed. A boy is shot three times, and one of the bullets also hits a young girl; the camera lingers on the girl, while she's bleeding from the neck. A dog fight is shown, complete with the bloody demise of one of the participants. A young boy's hand is pinned under a car, and he is shot off-screen.

PROFANITY 10 - The F-word and its derivations are used approximately 125 times, along with numerous scatological, sexual and anatomical references, gender and racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Broken families, poverty, drug addiction & prostitution, animal abuse.

MESSAGE - Nobody can escape the violence of the inner city unscathed and unscarred.

Special Keywords: S4 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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