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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: R

For a class project three college students start a rumor about a chaste woman's sexual encounter that leads to accusations of date rape. With James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Marisa Coughlan, Joshua Jackson, Sharon Lawrence, Edward James Olmos, Eric Bogosian, Debrah Farentino, Marc Hickox and Vicky Lambert. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Lots of sexual innuendo, including references to multiple-partner sex, sadomasochism, date rape and fellatio and a couple of kisses. A few scenes of men and women kissing passionately: in one scene a man pulls a woman's dress strap down (she pulls it back up with no nudity visible), caresses her thigh under her dress (we see the side of her bare leg and thigh) and then lies of top of her as they kiss on a bed; in another scene a man with an open shirt stands between a woman's legs and caresses her bare thigh (her skirt is pulled up to her upper thighs); and in another scene a woman takes off a man's shirt, then we see them rolling on a table and kissing passionately (it's implied that they have intercourse). A woman tells police detectives what she remembers from a pre-rape encounter (nothing graphic is said). We see some women in cleavage- and midriff-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Someone is shot and appears to die (we see blood on the person's shirt). Men punch and kick each other, one slams another into a table, and one breaks a flower pot over another's head (both get bruised faces and one gets a bloody nose). A man and woman struggle on a bed briefly and she bites his hand and scratches his cheek, resulting in slightly bloody cuts. A few shoves and grabs, and a woman slaps the side of a man's head. We learn someone has died under suspicious circumstances. A woman throws a glass on the floor and a man pushes over a glass wall cabinet. One instance of threatening with a gun; also, two people scuffle over a gun. We see a photograph of a bloody-faced woman on a man's wall. A man helps a woman to a toilet and we hear her coughing and presumably vomiting.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word and possibly another muffled one, many anatomical references, several scatological references, a few mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rumors, rape, deception, drunkenness, police investigations.

MESSAGE - Rumors aren't just harmless words -- they can destroy people's lives.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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