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Last Action Hero



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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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Violence & Gore
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Fantasy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a movie hero who's never had to lose a battle on the big screen until he is transported into the real world .

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Just some scantily clad women, one kiss and a few sexual references.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - While most of the film maintains a tongue-in-cheek tone, and it is relatively low on gore (there are few scenes where blood is visible), countless people do die, by various means: some fall to their deaths, some are shot, some are pummeled, kicked, punched or stabbed to death and many more are blown up. One character has been apparently tortured off screen; he's shown tied up, looking bloody and bruised. Another scene involves some slapstick clowning with a corpse, and there's an ax-wielding villain who looks quite scary. Particularly disturbing may be one scene where a boy is hand-cuffed to a pipe by a burglar, after being threatened with a knife.

PROFANITY 4 - Some scatological language, some cussing and a few lewd anatomical references. The F-word is very obliquely implied but not uttered. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Truancy, crime.

MESSAGE - Fantasy is distinct from reality; one should live in the real world.

Special Keywords: S1 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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