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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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Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: R

Friends, family and lovers are tangled in a web of lust, greed and deception in this erotic thriller. With Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray McKinnin, Don Johnson, Andre Gregory, Barry Newman and Vincent Gallo. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Sexual innuendo (including some references to oral sex) and many kisses (most are passionate). A woman has a phone-sex conversation (she doesn't say anything explicit). A woman's panties fall around her ankles, a man licks her bare legs and we then see her thrusting on top of him (no nudity is evident). A man and woman move rhythmically and moan pleasurably (we see his bare chest and her bare back). We hear people having sex and see a woman's legs and head sticking up from behind a couch as she's thrusting (her partner isn't seen). We see a woman's bare bottom, and a man with his boxers around his ankles; we then hear them having intercourse and we briefly see her bare breast as she's lying in bed afterwards. A man and woman start untucking and unzipping clothing and caressing each other as they kiss passionately (only the side of her bare buttocks and legs are visible). A man feels a woman's breast underneath her dress and a woman briefly caresses a man's clothed knee and thigh. We see some leather S&M outfits hanging in a closet and several women in bras and panties, corsets and cleavage-revealing tops. We also see a man wearing a dress shirt only.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Someone is shot; we see lots of blood on the person's body and on a glass window as the person slides down. Someone is pushed off a balcony and falls into a pool; in a later scene, we see his corpse being pulled out of the bloody water. A person is stabbed in the back with a syringe. A man grabs a woman and tries to suffocate her; as she struggles to get away, she hits and breaks some mirrors. A man tied upside down by his feet is hit with a bat a few times; a woman's legs and feet are bound in one scene. A man trashes his office, a woman slaps a man and two people briefly scuffle. We see a few corpses and a few body bags (a charred hand is briefly seen before one of the bags is zipped); in one scene, an autopsy is being performed and when a man drills into the bloody corpse, blood splatters on another's face. Two motorcycle riders are bumped off the road by a car and we see them roll down a cliff. One instance of threatening with a gun.

PROFANITY 10 - About 50 F-words, several anatomical references, many scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, insurance fraud, sexual fantasies, murder, betrayal, deception, greed.

MESSAGE - No one is what he or she appears to be.

Special Keywords: S7 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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