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He Got Game



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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

Denzel Washington stars as a man convicted of murdering his wife. It's years later and he must persuade his son (Ray Allen), who's now a talented basketball player, to join the Governor's alma mater in order to get early parole.

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Discussions of sex and sexual innuendo (including sex in prison). A woman wears cleavage revealing clothing. Numerous bare breasts are seen briefly and a woman's bare breasts are seen during a sex scene. Flashing images of people involved in sexual activity and one couple has sex with the woman sitting on the man's lap. A sex scene with lots of maneuvering and noises. A man has sex with two women; we see their bare breasts and most of their buttocks (they are wearing G-strings); there's a lot of moaning. Oral sex is implied.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman is hit and punched by a man, and a man shoots two people. A man shoves his son around and then throws his wife across a room; she hits her head and dies from the injuries. A prisoner is nearly shot by a guard. A man vomits.

PROFANITY 8 - About 70 F-words, approximately 40 scatological references, many anatomical terms, many mild obscenities, insults and racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - College sports and recruiting practices, pushing your children, irresponsible parenting, family violence, blackmail, prison.

MESSAGE - Family is the most important thing a man can have.

Special Keywords: S7 - V3 - P8 - MPAAR

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