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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri and Gary Shandling are drug-abusing, self-absorbed Hollywood insiders leading the emptiest of lives. Also with Meg Ryan, Robin Wright Penn and Anna Paquin. ( 2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo. Some passionate kissing and brief shots of a clothed man and woman caressing each other in bed. We see a man and woman moving rhythmically underneath covers and it's implied that another man joins them. Twice, we see the faces of two people as they make love (with lots of movement and heavy breathing); in one of the scenes we briefly see their torsos moving rhythmically, and in the other we see the man's bare posterior as he gets out of bed. A man tells his friends a story about a woman performing oral sex in a car while her young child was in the backseat. A man begs a woman to give him oral sex; he unzips his pants and appears to be touching and briefly stroking his penis. We see a few scantily clad women.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man head-butts a woman, repeatedly slaps a man and pushes a woman out of a moving car (in a later scene, she's limping and has an abrasion on her arm). A guy tells others that he hit his wife, and in a different scene he says he hit a man so hard he knocked him down. We see a man spit up, a scuffle, and some type of surgery on TV (we briefly see some pink tissue or flesh). We learn a man committed suicide.

PROFANITY 10 - About 90 F-words, many anatomical references, lots of scatological references, many insults and lots of mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS -Friendships, sexual relationships, drug use, power, parenthood, prostitution, infidelity, runaways, death.

MESSAGE - Power, money and a hedonistic lifestyle aren't necessarily stepping-stones to a happy, meaningful life.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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