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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: PG-13

A sister and brother are adopted by a neighbor when their parents die in a car accident. However, their new guardians are actually after the children's $4 million trust. With Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard, Trevor Morgan and Bruce Dern. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - There are a few scenes of a man making what seem to be inappropriate sexual advances toward a young woman: A man reaches toward a young woman to buckle her seat belt, a man touches a young woman's shoulder, a young woman wears a bikini (it reveals cleavage) and a man admires her figure, a young woman undresses to her bra and shorts and she senses someone is watching her, and a man watches a young woman as she does her homework. A man and woman kiss (shown on a video). A woman wears a very tight and very low-cut top which exposes a lot of cleavage. Young women (16-year-olds) are shown throughout the movie in tight, figure- and cleavage-revealing outfits. We see a bare chested man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young woman in a blood stained dress screams and runs down a hall trying to get away from a man wearing a mask and carrying a machete-like weapon. The masked man swings the machete and nearly hits her, she backs into a blood soaked corpse and screams and the masked man punches through a window behind her and grabs her (these are scenes from a movie that a group of young women are watching). High school students watch a driver's education film which shows gruesome scenes of bloody corpses after traffic accidents. A man shoves another man into a man holding a knife; he is stabbed in the abdomen and falls to the ground. A young woman drives a car toward a man standing in a road, hits him, sends him flying up into the windshield and he rolls back onto the road. A young woman wakes up to find a dead woman in her bed; the woman is tinged blue with her eyes open and milky. A dead man is shown twisted and bloody at the scene of a car accident, and a bloody sheet is pulled over a corpse. A young woman runs away from a man who grabs her, hits her in the face, drags her by the feet across a floor, pins her down, and a woman gives her an injection which knocks her out. A car without brakes speeds down a winding road ramming into the back of another car, pushing it into an oncoming truck (the car explodes into dust) and the first car flies through a cement barricade and over an embankment. A man grabs a boy and a young woman by the hair and tosses them down a basement staircase. A man is dragged out of his house, taped around the wrists and mouth and shoved into a car. There are several flashes of a car accident with the occupants of the car screaming and the car flying off a cliff (a young woman imagines what must have happened). A very bloody and scratched up man limps toward a car. A man is slammed against a window and we see his face pressed against the glass from the outside (he's being threatened by two men), a man punches a police officer in the face, a young woman hits a man in the head with a dish, a young woman kicks a man in the crotch, a woman bangs her head against a wall in frustration, and a young woman spits in a man's face. A man breaks a telephone and a glass sending shrapnel across the room. A man drives recklessly swerving on a wet road and almost runs head on into oncoming traffic, and a young woman drives recklessly swerving on a wet road and running a red light almost getting hit by a truck. A woman injects herself (off-screen) with a drug and we see her stumbling toward some stairs. A couple of tense scenes show a young woman sneaking into a man and woman's bedroom and while trying to take their car keys drops them and wakes the man, a boy takes some keys from under a sleeping man's hand, a young woman and a boy hide under a bed. A man and woman argue bitterly. Two police officers tell a young woman that her parents have been killed in a car accident, whereupon she collapses.

PROFANITY 4 - 9 scatological terms, 12 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of parents, stealing, lying to your parents, fantasies, revenge, spying, eavesdropping, siblings, civil liberties, murder, trust.

MESSAGE - To see what is the most obvious is sometimes the most difficult thing.

(Note: Drug and alcohol use: A woman is shown to be addicted to prescription drugs and we see her doped up several times. A man is shown drinking alcohol frequently. A young woman is drugged and is shown sleeping for a long time. A woman gives a young woman a pill to relieve menstrual cramps and we see her in a state of euphoria. A group of young women are seen smoking.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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