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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

Jean-Claude Van Damme goes after a bunch of hunters, whose prey is homeless Vietnam vets.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A picture of a naked woman on a handbill advertising phone sex. Some cleavage, and muscular Van Damme finds a reason to show off in a tank-top.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - The extreme violence is hyperbolic but credible nevertheless. Many people are killed in innovative ways: by arrows, fire, bullets of various calibre, hand grenades and Van Damme's kicks. A man's arm is twisted back and broken. A man's earlobe is cut off with scissors (we hear his screams and see the bloody result). A man is shot in the eye through his door's peep hole. A man is shot in the head and his brains end up all over the windshield of his car. A rattlesnake bites a man on the face. And, a man is shot in the crotch, repeatedly.

PROFANITY 6 - 12 F-words and several other profanities and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder for pleasure, greed.

MESSAGE - Bad guys will eventually get their comeuppance.

Special Keywords: S2 - V9 - P6 - MPAAR

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