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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

Danny DeVito's biopic of Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamster union boss whose Mob connections caused his "disappearance" more than a decade ago.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Sexual innuendo. A woman is shown naked in bed, under covers. We see a woman nude from the side and then from the back sitting on a bed, no sex is shown.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - There is a huge brawl at a truck yard between pro-union and anti-union truckers; we see a mass of swinging arms and wrestling bodies. There is a threat with a knife, then with a gun. We see a man in flames, then we see him in the hospital; the camera lingers on his charred body. Another brawl between working and striking truckers results in men dying in various ways. A deer is shot with a hand gun; its body lies dead, there's no blood. Two men are shot three times each. Particularly disturbing: a reporter gets a present from Hoffa which is a jar containing severed (anatomically precise) male genitalia.

PROFANITY 10 - At least 134 F-words, lots of references to male and female genitalia, scatological references, some racial slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unions and union-busting. Mob connections.

MESSAGE - Hoffa comes across as a sympathetic figure, despite connections with organized crime and a number of illegal activities. Loyalty to one's laboring brethren is considered the ultimate virtue.

Special Keywords: S2 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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