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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

In this comedy, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence are wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Also with Obba Babatunde, Ned Beatty, Lisa Nicole Carson, Nick Cassavetes, Noah Emmerich, Bernie Mac, Poppy Montgomery, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Guy Torry, Clarence Williams III and Bokeem Woodbine. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo (including some mild references to homosexuality). One kiss. Twice it's implied a man and woman have sex: in one scene they mildly flirt, and we later see him walking down a staircase with his shirt untucked and his tie untied. We see a few women in cleavage-revealing tops and a man with his robe open (his arm covers his groin area).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two men are shot and killed; both are seen lying on the ground, one with some blood on his shirt and the other with a very bloody wound on his chest. A man slices another's cheek (we see some blood). A man walks into a burning building (nothing is seen after that). A man is hung upside down by his feet and dunked into water. Two men fistfight -- one gets a slightly bloody mouth -- and several people are shoved around. A couple of men are knocked out with a gun, a man is punched in the crotch and another is punched in the stomach. Several instances of threatening with guns and a man is shot at but not hit. A corpse with a bloody face and chest falls onto a man (his shirt gets a little bloody) and we see a man wearing a bloody apron (he apparently was delivering a child). We see a body bag and a sheet-covered body. Men shoot at birds and for a split-second we see a bloody bird before it's shoved into a bag. A plane is wrecked (we see an explosion behind some trees).

PROFANITY 10 - Nearly 55 F-words, lots and lots of anatomical references, scatological references, mild obscenities and racial epithets and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prison life, injustice, racism, gambling, cheating, bootlegging, friendship.

MESSAGE - A good friend can help you endure anything.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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