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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

Thriller about a deaf damsel-in-distress (Marlee Matlin) victimized by a corrupt cop (Martin Sheen) and protected by a rock-climbing restauranteur (D.B. Sweeney).

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Matlin is in the bathtub, and there's a very quick glimpse of her breasts. Several kisses, one of which apparently leads to love-making, although we only see the couple in bed and under the sheets, after the fact. There is an explicit scene of translating sexual terms into sign language which leads to more kissing, and presumably more sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - In the opening scene, a female security guard is shot three times in the chest in slow-motion. We see blood spurting. A cop slams a man's head onto a desk, then throws him to the floor; he gets a bloody nose. Another man is interrogated and beaten: he's punched in the nose and his thumb is broken. A car blows up and flies off a bridge, two women are beaten, and one is graphically choked. We see an elderly woman unconscious with a bloody mouth. And a bloody hand, after it has gone through a window. A man is pushed out a window; he's shown bloody, lying in a flower garden.

PROFANITY 5 - In this film we get profanity in two languages; regular English and American Sign Language. Five F-words and one of its derivations. The remaining (about 20) are scatological, anatomical, or sexually explicit references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Robbery, murder, police corruption, deafness.

MESSAGE - Money isn't everything. Hearing-impaired people are not invalids, and shouldn't be treated as such.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P5 - MPAAR

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