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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

A driven young woman (Angelina Jolie) concerned mainly with her career path, is shocked when a homeless prophet (Tony Shalhoub) tells her she has only one week to live. When the prophet's other predictions come true, she's convinced he is right and begins to re-examine her life and priorities. Also with Edward Burns, Christian Kane and Stockard Channing. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man unzips a woman's sweater, takes it off (she's still wearing a T-shirt), and they kiss romantically, then passionately, and we see them sleeping in bed together apparently after having had sex (we see their bare shoulders). A man and woman kiss several times, and a young man and woman kiss. A man gets out of bed in his underwear (tank top and boxer shorts), and we see the bare shoulders of a woman lying in bed. We see men and women working out in tight-fitting togs that expose some cleavage, bare shoulders and chests and male and female forms. There is some sexual innuendo: A man and woman argue and another man tells them to "get a room"; a man and woman bicker and the man says, "she wants me" as she walks away; two women talk about a man and say, "he's good in bed" and "he sleeps with everybody"; there is a reference made to phone sex and a man asks a woman if she's "...on her period"; a woman asks a man if he's "...trying to have sex" with her a couple of times; a man says to a woman, "I thought we were going to have sex"; a woman says that her husband has a sex addiction; and a woman wakes up after having gotten very drunk and asks a man if "hey..." and rolls her eyes suggestively.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman lies on a gurney and we see a bloody wound as she's wheeled by, and we then see her on an operating table with doctors working on her (we see bloody gloves on their hands, and we see this scene a couple of times). We hear a news report of a plane falling from the sky and that someone who was on it is dead. A man is surrounded by police officers in a street and when they approach to handcuff him he pulls a gun and a shot is fired. A car nearly crashes into a truck. A woman is startled when a man comes up behind her and taps her on the shoulder. A chimpanzee pounds a woman on the head repeatedly.

PROFANITY 5 - 3 F-words (one is bleeped on a TV broadcast, and one is mouthed), 7 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenities, 9 religious exclamations and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prophets, ambition, disappointment, being overweight, homelessness, death of a parent, seeking approval, regrets, sibling rivalry, psychoses, dreams, fate, pregnancy out of wedlock, Catholicism, divorce.

MESSAGE - Live every moment to its fullest because it may be your last. Avoid superficial and materialistic obsessions; ultimately they're meaningless.

(Note: Several people are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, and a man is apparently an alcoholic. There are references to a man being a "prophet" and that he hears the voice of God.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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