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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

The film centers around the story of Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le), a young Vietnamese woman who must fight to save her family, her land and her soul. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Several sex scenes with some nudity. Thi Le is raped, and there are a couple of shots of her bare breasts. There's a close-up of Tommy Lee Jones naked sitting in his van (no frontal nudity).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Plenty, throughout the film: two young girls heads are blown off in a fox hole. Thi Le is raped, dragged by her hair and given electric shocks. Three women are tied to a stake, covered in honey and stung by bees. Snakes are put down their chests. There's a close-up of a prostitute's severed head lying near a dumpster. Jones holds a gun to Thi Le's head and threatens to blow it off. In another scene, he puts a gun in his mouth and tries to pull the trigger.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used about a half a dozen times. There are also several scatological and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, rape, poverty, betrayal, divorce, mental illness, discrimination, kidnapping, suicide.

MESSAGE - Victories are not won on battle fields.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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