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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
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: R

Small-time thieves Nick Moran, Jason Flemyng, Jason Stathman and Dexter Fletcher get on every big-time crook's hit list as they scramble to gather enough money to cover the debt they owe a major crime boss. Also with P.H. Moriarty, Sting, Vinnie Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Stephen Marcus and Peter McNicholl. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Sexual innuendo (including a reference to homosexuality). Several times we see phallic objects sitting on a man's desk. A topless dancer in thong panties rubs herself hands over her body (we see her bare breasts and buttocks). We see a woman wearing a cleavage-revealing top.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - We hear gunfire exchanged in another room, and when a man briefly opens the door to the room he gets blood splattered on his face; in two later scenes, we see many dead, bloody bodies in the room. In one scene, we see three people get shot (two have very bloody wounds) and one man has a hatchet thrown into his back; we see their dead bodies in one later scene. A man is shot in the foot; a few times we see the bloody wound and a puddle of blood around him. A man is shot (we see his bloody face) and a man cuts another's arm (we see the very bloody wound). A woman opens-fire on a group of men with a machine gun (we see her shoot one very bloody man several times). A man shoots a few others with an air gun. A man with a bloody face is forced to use his tongue as a golf tee while a man hits golf balls at another who's hanging upside down. A man throws a knife at another man; we hear a squishy noise but don't see anything when the knife hits his body. A man is on fire; we see him running from a building. A man begins to burn rolls of paper placed between a man and woman's toes (we don't see or hear anything more). Several men and one woman are punched in the face. A man beats another with a phallic object and a man repeatedly slams a car door on another's head; he then punches and kicks him until he's presumably dead. Twice, we see a man headbutt another; we also see a man knocked out with a gun. A man is grabbed by the neck and dragged up a flight of steps. A man is punched and thrown in the back of a van, and later he's elbowed in the face and punched. A man slams a tanning bed lid on a man lying under it (we see a little blood on his nose). A car hits a man (he gets some bloody cuts on his face). A car rear-ends another; a man in one of the cars is semi-conscious and has a bloody nose. A man's afro is singed when a bullet flies through his hair.

PROFANITY 10 - About 120 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological references, a couple of mild obscenities, many insults and several British slang terms. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organized crime, con artists, armed robbery, drug trafficking, murder, loyalty, friendship.

MESSAGE - If you double-cross someone, chances are you'll be double-crossed at some point, too.

Special Keywords: S5 - V9 - P10 - MPAAR

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