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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

Steve Zahn and Paul Walker star as two brothers who are driving across the country. To entertain themselves they use their CB radio to strike up a relationship with a trucker. But it turns out that the trucker does not take lightly to being made fun of and the results are deadly. Also with Leelee Sobieski, Rachel Singer and Walton Goggins. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Two young men remove their clothes and go into a restaurant; they hold their hands over their genitals as they do so, but everything else is evident. A TV is tuned to an adult channel showing a woman caressing a man. A young man and woman talk on the phone (he's bare-chested and she's in panties and a tank top) and there's some flirting. A young man is bare-chested in a bathroom, and a young woman wears a skirt with a slit up the thigh and a tank top which shows the outline of her nipples. There are sexual references: a young man talks about another man wanting to have sex with a young woman, a young man (disguising his voice as a woman) seduces a man over a CB radio. A young man talks about removing his clothes, two young men talk about watching adult channels on TV, a young man remarks that he's getting aroused by a conversation, a young man urges another young man to kiss a young woman. Two young women kiss on the cheek as they say goodbye.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shown in a hospital bed with his lower jaw missing (we see bloody tissue and his upper teeth) and a police officer describes it as having been ripped off by a perpetrator. Two young men and a young woman are chased by a truck through a cornfield; they're nearly hit several times, and at one point they fall into a ditch and the truck goes over them. A car side-slams into a tree and a truck pins it and begins crushing it; two young men are inside (glass begins to shatter and metal crumples). A man punches a window and grabs another man, and throws him to the ground where he lands on a metal rod which pierces his leg (we see some blood on his pants). A man steps on his wounded leg causing him to scream. The man with the imbedded metal rod in his leg is then hung on a fence -- the rod is attached to the fence and he screams when another man tries to get him down and remove the rod. A man describes the best way to keep a corpse unidentifiable: cut off all ten fingers and then the jaw. A woman is taped and tied to a chair and a shotgun is rigged to a door that, if opened, will blast her in the face. A truck slams through the middle of another truck tearing it in two (we assume the driver of the split truck is killed when it explodes), and a truck barrels down on a group of people and police officers; the officers open fire. A man approaches a woman hiding in a cornfield, grabs her and takes her away as she screams and struggles. A man talks about taking a victim apart piece by piece. A car catches fire and explodes, and a car is chased down a dead end road by a truck until they can go no farther; the occupants of the car panic and start yelling. A truck crashes through a hotel room; a man is then shown with a very bloody arm and chest. We hear the muffled whimpering and screams of a young woman on a CB radio, and a young woman screams for help on a CB radio. We also hear a struggle through a wall and a description of a gasping/gurgling sound. A young woman is shown bound and gagged in the back of a truck. A young man drives recklessly and drives off the road to make a point. A young man yells abusively at a man on a CB radio. Two young men panic and yell at each other when they think they are being chased by a truck. There is a conversation about a young man having been put in jail on a drunk and disorderly charge. A young man urinates in a bathroom.

PROFANITY 7 - 17 F- words, 20 scatological terms, 1 sexual reference, 16 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, 9 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - A brother's love, revenge, feeling like a loser, missing home, eavesdropping, psychosis, stalking, being the brunt of a joke.

MESSAGE - Practical jokes and pranks can get you in serious trouble. Always apologize for hurtful things you do.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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