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Ghost in the Machine



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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

Horror flick about a serial killer gone cellular.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - One cleavage shot of a buxom young babysitter and one scene of a teenager playing a pornographic computer game.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Most of the violence happens under the guise of computer animation. However, the gore looks real: An entire family is shown sitting dead and bloody on their couch. A man dies after his microwave oven sends electricity buzzing through his kitchen, and his skin starts bubbling, blood oozes from his head and he literally begins to boil. The family dog is found floating dead in a pool. A man is torched by a hand drier in a restroom. A dishwasher leaks onto a kitchen floor where the sudsy water meets with a loose wire and a teenage girl is electrocuted; she's seen flailing on the floor.

PROFANITY 3 - Some scatological and anatomical language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Violence, divorce, dysfunctional families.

MESSAGE - The computer age has left us with very little control over much of our lives. There's no telling how far the power and reach of computers might go in the near future.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P3 - MPAAR

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