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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

Anthony Hopkins plays an anthropologist who killed a few people while immersed in the jungle studying gorillas and Cuba Gooding Jr. is the psychiatrist who evaluates him. Also with Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney, George Dzundza, John Ashton, Gary A. Rogers, Ivonne Coll, Victor Iemolo, Kevin McGuire and Kurt Smildsin. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - We briefly see a man without his pants (he is wearing underwear).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Men chase and shoot four gorillas (one is shot at point blank; a red mist sprays from the wound and we see the gorilla slowly stop breathing); they also shoot a man's leg and step on his head (we briefly see the bloody wound; he's not fatally injured). A man beats a few others to death with a club (no blood is visible). A couple of times, a man wearing a helmet repeatedly bangs his head against a wall. A man has a very bloody gash on his forehead (blood is all over his face) and he looks unconscious. In several scenes men fight, shove, punch and try to choke each other. In many scenes, men are hit in the back and stomach with sticks, sometimes repeatedly. A man is grabbed by many others and dazed with a stun gun. A man helping a wounded person gets blood on his hands and makes bloody marks on a door when he pounds it. We see a small, dead animal hanging by its neck in the jungle. Twice, we see a man who has obviously urinated in his pants. A man is in shackles throughout most of the movie.

PROFANITY 5 - Two F-words (plus what could have been a garbled one), an anatomical reference, some scatological references, several mild obscenities and an insult. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Psychiatry, anthropology, family relationships (literally and figuratively), mental illness, prison life, murder, career goals, the definition of freedom.

MESSAGE - Civilization and modern technology can make us feel more trapped than free; put what you think is right before what you think would further your career.

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