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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

The stories of four Chinese mothers and their four American daughters give insight into the mother/daughter ties that bind.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - One scene depicts very strong sexual tension and desire which leads to a passionate, yet brief love-making scene. The participants remain clothed. There is also a brief rape scene between an old man and a young woman. A man and woman are shown in bed together, presumably after having slept together. The man is bare-chested.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There is a very disturbing scene where a mother abandons her two infants at the side of a road, during war time. A girl is slapped in the face, and a man throws his wife on the floor. A woman breaks a dish and lunges at a man with a sharp shard. A woman commits suicide by eating opium laced sweets. We only see her after the fact. A woman drowns her baby for revenge against her unfaithful and abusive husband. A young girl is scalded by hot soup. A woman cuts her arm and the blood pours into a bowl.

PROFANITY 5 - A couple of F-words, scatological terms and anatomical references, many of which are spoken in Chinese and translated in the subtitles. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a mother, disappointing your parents, matchmaking, infidelity, racism, suicide.

MESSAGE - You must always feel confident in your own worth.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P5 - MPAAR

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