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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG

Kathy Bates stars as a factory worker who, wanting more out of life than her blue collar surroundings can offer, packs up her possessions and her six children and heads off to find their dream house.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Bates is sexually harassed on the job. And, there is a scene which implies a rape (nothing is shown).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A child falls from a roof and has a nail stuck in his back. His older brother pulls it out and there is a little blood. There a few fist fights. Several brutal and disturbing scenes where Bates whips her son with his father's belt. Bates' character is beaten up off screen and the implication is that she was raped.

PROFANITY 4 - A couple of dozen scatological terms, anatomical references and assorted cursing. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Poverty, single parenthood, sexual harassment and rape, child abuse.

MESSAGE - Your family will always be there, through good times and bad.

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG

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