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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

In this comedy of errors, two starving actors find themselves trapped on an ocean liner carrying the very man they are trying to elude. With Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Lili Taylor, Steve Buscemi, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott, Billy Connolly, Hope Davis, Woody Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Alfred Molina, Ted Blumberg, Teagle F. Bougere, Elizabeth Bracco, Allison Janney, Matt McGrath, Richard Jenkins, Dana Ivey and Allan Corduner. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Some sexual innuendo (including some mild references to homosexuality), a passionate embrace and a passionate kiss. A man and woman kiss and then fall to the floor, out of our view; we later hear them moaning, obviously during intercourse. A man becomes sexually aroused while having a non-sexual conversation with a woman via radio; he moans, repeatedly asks her to touch him and thrusts his pelvis into a bed. A man puts his arm around another and pulls him onto a bed (nothing else happens before one of the men abruptly leaves). A man moans and thrusts his hips in a slightly sexual manner. A man accidentally cups a woman's clothed breasts as she falls into his arms and a man grabs the buttocks of a man dressed as a woman. We see part of a woman's panties when she falls.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Mostly played for laughs. Two men duel with table knives and one pretends to die with great flourish (we see parts of this scene a few times); also, a man pretends that another shot and killed him. A man is kicked and his head is cut during what is supposed to be a staged fencing match (the man has a small, slightly bloody cut on the back of his head). A man tries to stab himself with a knife, shoot himself in the head, swallow lots of pills and jump overboard, but he never harms himself. Some falls, slaps, shoves, trips, chases, punches and kicks (in one scene, a woman kicks a man in the crotch). Two men scuffle and shove a woman back and forth between them. A man carries a woman over his shoulder and a man locks another inside a closet. We briefly see a man having a heart attack (he appears to be in pain, then falls into a chair). We see a man tied to a table. Some verbal threats and threatening with guns; once, a man shoots a gun but doesn't hit anyone. A man has a few scrapes on his face and his arm is in a sling during most of the movie.

PROFANITY 5 - Five F-words, some anatomical references, a couple of scatological references and some mild obscenities and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Acting, deception, attempted suicide, assassination plots, depression, homosexuality, falling in love.

MESSAGE - Deception usually doesn't help you get what you want; however, deception is often the only way to foil another deceiver's plans.

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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