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Hollywood Homicide



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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

A rap group poised for success is murdered on stage. An LAPD veteran detective (Harrison Ford) who moonlights as a real estate agent and his young partner (Josh Hartnett) who really wants to be an actor, are assigned to the case. Also with Keith David, Lolita Davidovich and Bruce Greenwood. Directed by Ron Shelton. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A nude woman sits in a hot tub (we san see the obscured outline of her body), a man (he's clothed) climbs into the hot tub and they kiss. A woman wearing a sheer top (we can see her bra), kisses a man, covers his eyes with a scarf, pushes him onto a bed, removes his pants (we see him in boxers), and she removes her shirt (we see her bra and abdomen); we then see him bare-chested kissing the back of her neck and her bare shoulders and we see her in bed the next morning. A woman waits for a man in a house lit with candles, he enters the room, they talk about handcuffs, they kiss, she lies back, he kisses her knee, and then he climbs on top of her and they kiss. A man and a woman are shown sleeping in bed together: we see his bare chest and back and her bare back and legs. A man and a woman kiss, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. Men and women are shown dancing together in a night club in a few scenes. A man thrusts his hips toward a two-way mirror. We see a yoga class a few times and when women bend over another man (and the camera) focus on their buttocks. A man's locker is filled with books on sexual techniques. Two men talk about prostitutes and paying for sex: one sees the other picking up a prostitute and doesn't realize that "she" is an undercover male police officer dressed as a woman. Two men talk about frequency and availability of sex. Women wear clothing that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, bare backs, bare abdomens and legs in several scenes. Women wear bikinis around a pool. We see prostitutes several times: once in a police station, and a couple of times on a street approaching a car. A woman looks at a man and says "That looks really hard..." (she's actually talking about a yoga position).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A scene at a morgue shows dead bodies on slabs; an autopsy is underway and we see the scalpel cutting into a male body's chest (we hear squishing and blood sprays on a person standing nearby, and he gags a few times) and another body is badly charred. A man shoots two men, puts their bodies in a car, drenches the car with gasoline, a flare is tossed under the car and it explodes. A man shoots two men: one is hit and the other runs and hides and we later hear that four men in all were killed (we see two dead bodies later at the scene along with walls riddled with holes and bloody shoe prints). A man shoots at another man on a crowded subway train (people duck and scream), and two men shoot at each other through a crowded office. Three men are shot at by people in a car and a building behind them begins to crumble. A car chase takes many cars through traffic: one goes the wrong way for a time, and one rams into the other and moves it out of the way. Cars race through streets and alleys, other cars crash around them, one car drives on a sidewalk, pedestrians scatter and scream, a police car flips and slides on its roof, road workers are nearly hit, and two cars slam into each other (one man has a bloody nose and another has blood on his head). People shoot back and forth at each other while running and innocent bystanders run and scream, a man jumps off a balcony and crashes onto a cart below, a man punches a man, and a man commandeers a van with a woman and two children in it (the kids and woman scream and cry as the man chases another car). A man commandeers a bicycle and rides it recklessly through streets and sidewalks, he crashes into an open car door, and falls to the street. A car crashes through a false wall. A man shoots at two men in a car (he thinks they are stealing it), the car crashes onto a sidewalk, the men in the car get out, are held at gunpoint, and people scatter and scream. A man grabs a police officer's gun, shoots up a parking lot hitting many cars, another man tackles him to the ground and holds him down. A man running down an alley is punched hard in the face knocking him to the ground (we see blood on his nose), the man who hit him holds a gun on him, the man pleads for his life, gets the gun and shoots the other man several times (we see bloody holes in his coat sleeves). Two men fight on a rooftop: they shoot at each other, one swings a metal bar, one is slammed into a metal beam, they exchange punches, they jump across rooftops (both men have bloody faces) and one falls from the rooftop and slams hard into an empty dumpster. We see a dead man lying on the ground with a blood stain on his shirt. A man is punched in the face and the stomach. A man chases another man on foot, he jumps into a paddle boat, the man points a gun at him, they run back and forth, another man trips the man being pursued and he falls to the ground where he is handcuffed. A man pulls a gun when he hears a noise in his back yard, a man pulls a gun when he hears someone entering his house. A man talks about his father having been killed in the line of duty and we hear details of the killing read from a police report. A man shoves a woman, and several men grab him and hold him. A man says he wants to kill a man and two men yell at each other. A man talks about the Grim Reaper getting his head chopped off by his father. People are shown shooting pistols at a shooting range a couple of times. A man urinates in his pants (we see and hear trickle) and we see a puddle of urine on the floor in another scene.

PROFANITY 5 - 3 F-words, 4 not fully enunciated F-words, 3 sexual references, 38 scatological terms, 25 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, 9 religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for Polish people (in a script) and 1 derogatory term for African-Americans. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, greed, the recording industry, dirty police officers, dreams, goals, doing prison time, police brutality, death of a parent, Internal Affairs, the performing arts, revenge, psychics.

MESSAGE - Often we have inflated ideas about our talents.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and a woman talks about people doing crack cocaine.)

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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