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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: R

Clint Eastwood stars as an aging Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to save JFK. He gets the chance to redeem himself when the current president is threatened by a loony assassin.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - There's a passionate kiss and one brief sex scene: the man is clothed, the woman is in her underwear, they kiss, they lie down but nothing happens.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - There's one brief fist-fight, and a number of people get shot, one in the head; blood oozes from his forehead and mouth. Two women are killed by having their necks broken. One man falls to his death, while the camera follows him closely. And one man is almost suffocated by a plastic bag on his head.

PROFANITY 6 - Some F-words and scatological terms. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Assassination, alcoholism, divorce, pre-marital sex, guilt.

MESSAGE - Redemption is possible.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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