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The Good Thief



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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

Nick Nolte stars as a down-on-his-luck gambler who decides to reverse his unlucky streak by stealing the largest collection of paintings from a casino in the south of France. What he doesn't know is that someone has alerted the cops and they're waiting for him. Also with Jason Flemyng, Tcheky Karyo, Ryan Phillippe and Ralph Fiennes. Directed by Neil Jordan. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman kiss several times in different scenes. A man slips his hand under a woman's skirt (she is unconscious) and then smells his fingers. A woman handcuffs herself to a bed, she puts the key in her bra and invites a man to get it, he does, she moans, he unlocks the cuffs and sends her away. A man and woman are shown sleeping together on a sofa. Topless women wearing thongs (we see bare breasts, buttock, thighs) dance in a night club in several scenes; several dance and shimmy around poles, and one climbs onto a man's lap for a dance (we see her thrusting her hips briefly). A man caresses a woman's bare back and a man says to a woman, "I want to kiss your neck." A woman is nude in a dressing room while trying on clothes. A woman in bra and panties stands over a man lying in bed and taunts him while holding a key and placing it in her panties and bra for him to retrieve. There are several scenes that show paintings of nude women exposing their bare breasts and pubic region. We see a woman in bra and panties, panties and a tank T-shirt in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals her cleavage and bare back and a man wears a tank T-shirt. A man has had a sex change operation.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man is shot in the chest several times, he falls back out of a chair onto the floor (we see bloody bullet holes in his shirt and blood streams from his mouth). A torch ignites gas in a tunnel, blows up the floor of a vault, and flames flow through the tunnel as two men try to get away. A man throws a hypodermic needle at a man hitting him in the arm, causing him to discharge a gun into the ceiling of a crowded nightclub, and he falls to the floor. A man grabs a man and holds him over a balcony. A man lunges at another man, he knocks him to the floor, he punches and kicks him, and two other men throw the man against a wall. A man stumbles and falls on the ground under a rearing horse that stomps on him (we see the horse rearing and see the man later with many stitches on his face). A man chases a man through a nightclub; the man being chased headbutts the other man, holds him around the throat and with a gun to his head while yelling, "I'll blow your head off." A man slaps a woman in the face and yells at her in a couple of scenes, a man shoves another man and yells at him in several scenes, and a man holds a woman with a knife to her throat. A motorcycle is chained to a car bumper, unbeknownst to the rider, who is thrown off the bike as he tries to ride away. A car crashes through a construction sign and slams into the railing of a bridge. A man threatens to cut up people's faces. A man shoots another man on a movie set. A man quakes, shivers and vomits (we hear him gagging into a bucket) when going through withdrawal from a drug (he handcuffs himself to a bed). A woman has a black eye and we hear that she was beaten by an unruly client. A woman talks about her parents working in a circus; her father was a strongman who would hold her mother by a rope in his teeth until one day his teeth broke, she fell and now has two artificial legs. A man balances a large pair of scissors on his forehead. A man urinates into a toilet (we see the stream).

PROFANITY 8 - 40 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Chaos theory, luck, fate, gambling, prime numbers, losing, winning, greed, honor, prostitution, Judas, jealousy, pride, dysfunctional families, reputation, homosexuality, arachnophobia, sex-change operations, addiction, art collections.

MESSAGE - Play the game to the limit and don't be fearful of the consequences.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, shooting drugs into their arms and smoking a drug in a few scenes.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P8 - MPAAR

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