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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
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MPAA Rating: R

In this dark slice-of-life flick, we meet a schizophrenic man and his dysfunctional family. With Ewen Bremner, ChloŽ Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Evan Neumann, Joyce Korine, Chrissy Kobylak, Alvin Law, Gary Berman, Brian Fisk, Hy Richards, Victor Varnado and Barry Benjamin Wernick. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man humps a wall (we see his bare backside) and a nun masturbates (we see her in a few different positions with her skirt up to her waist and her underwear visible). We see a pregnant girl in a hospital gown undergoing a pelvic exam (only her bare legs are visible). In several scenes we see a man in his boxers; in another scene, a man wears a bra and underpants as a wrestling costume. A man in his underwear and talking on the phone puts his hand down the front of his underpants a few times (some public hair is visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A boy is choked to death by a man (we see this happening from the boy's perspective), then the man buries the boy in mud (some mucus and spit are hanging out of the man's nose and mouth during this scene). A pregnant woman falls on her belly while ice-skating (she and another person scream and wail loudly) and is rushed to a hospital; later, we see a lifeless baby wrapped in a cloth (part of its red, possibly bloody head is visible). A man punches and slaps himself in the head a few times; also, men wrestle each other playfully, then one punches and shoves the other. A man wraps a cord around his neck and then tightens and loosens it a few times. A man sprays cold water on a boy wearing only shorts (the boy is visibly shivering). A man threatens an imaginary person with a gun. A man verbally abuses and belittles his children often. A close-up still frame of what looks like a small, bloody cut on a girl's chest. A scene showing a magician eating and puffing on many lit cigarettes is gross.

PROFANITY 7 - About 25 F-words, a few anatomical slang terms, a few scatological references, a few mild obscenities, an insult and lots of name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Schizophrenia, dysfunctional families, humiliation and belittlement, incest, murder, death, pregnancy.

MESSAGE - Life is difficult and unfair.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P7 - MPAAR

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