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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: R

A scientist with obsessive tendencies (Tim Robbins) falls in love with a woman with a personal hygiene secret (Patricia Arquette) and they discover several truths about themselves while they're trying to study and civilize a man who was raised in the wild (Rhys Ifans). Also with Miranda Otto and Rosie Perez. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - There is quite a bit of male and female nudity but little of it is in a sexual context: we see bare breasts, buttocks and pubic regions (male genitalia is frequently obscured by hair). A woman thrusts on top of a man and we see her bare back. A man nuzzles a woman's stocking-covered thigh, they kiss, he lies back on the floor, she climbs on top of him, and they kiss some more. A fully nude man and woman run through the woods, climb a tree and the man masturbates while sitting on a tree limb and falls to the ground. A fully nude man and woman run and romp in the woods, swim and roll on the ground and they kiss a few times. We see a strip club with women in thongs that expose their bare buttocks, and one dancer lies on the floor/bar and wraps her legs around a man's head thrusting her crotch in his face. A dog licks a woman's crotch while she is sleeping and she appears to be enjoying it, until she wakes up. We see slides of a nude woman (bare breasts and buttocks). There are several references to masturbation and sexual urges. A man and woman kiss passionately and we see them in bed together apparently after having had sex (he is bare-chested). And, in another scene, we see a man and woman in bed together presumably after they have had sex and the woman kisses the man's bare chest. On numerous occasions a man rubs himself rhythmically on women (in a lab, in a restaurant, on a projector screen). A man masturbates (we see rhythmic movement in his lap) while watching pornography (we hear moaning but don't see much on the TV screen). A prostitute unzips a man's pants and then disappears off-screen (presumably performing oral sex). We hear thumping and moaning coming through a wall in a hotel room a few times. A man walks through a street removing his clothing while a crowd follows him. We see a woman covered with shaving cream in a few scenes; we can see her form, but not much detail, and a woman in a bathtub displays her bare shoulders. A woman is shown in a short negligee a couple of times: twice while lying in bed on satin sheets, and once under a trench coat when we also see her stocking-covered thigh. A man and woman lie in bed together (both are in their pajamas). A man and woman kiss passionately a few times, a woman kisses a man and grabs his buttocks, and a woman sniffs a man's shoulder and looks at him longingly. A man falls to his knees and tries to smell a nude woman. A woman wears a bikini, and a woman gets electrolysis treatments in several scenes and we see her bare back and legs. A young girl opens her blouse and we see her in a bra, and a woman changes her clothes and we see her in her bra and panties. Women wear very tight and short T-shirts and shorts as a uniform in a restaurant, and their cleavage and bare thighs are exposed. An infant is shown nursing and we see the woman's bare breast (not her nipple).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is shot in the head; we hear him hit the ground, see him with a small hole in his forehead and a trickle of blood. A woman puts a razor blade to her wrist (presumably contemplating suicide). A woman has trickles of blood on her neck and face and chest after cutting herself shaving. A man falls from a tree limb and lies unconscious in the ground. Two mice are chased through woods by a crow that slams into a tree and falls to the ground. While being tested in a lab, we see a man being shocked with electricity repeatedly and the jolts usually throw him to the ground (once to the point that the electronic collar he's wearing smolders). We see mice being shocked several times when they make the wrong choice in a lab experiment. Two people are threatened with a gun, a woman holds a gun on a man and a man holds a gun on a man. We see a man in a white room talking to the camera; he has a bloody wound on his head throughout the movie. A man is shown in a "cage" where both he and the walls are smeared with feces.

PROFANITY 7 - 19 F-words (8 of which are printed on book jackets), 2 sexual references, 1 scatological term in French, 5 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenity, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wild men, hairy women, infidelity, behavioral disorders, prostitution, obsession, hormonal imbalances, masturbation, animal instincts, human sexuality, strict parenting.

MESSAGE - We would be better people if we'd pay more attention to some of our animal instincts. Forcing living creatures to conform is wrong.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V4 - P7 - MPAAR

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