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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

John Turturro's directorial debut is inspired by his own family history. The story follows Mac Vitelli (played by Turturro), an Italian-American carpenter, as he builds really solid-looking houses with his two brothers.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a boy are shown urinating; we see them from the back. And, a man is shown sitting on a toilet with another man in the bathtub and another shaving with a towel wrapped around his waist. Nothing is shown. An artist's model is first shown strategically covered with a scarf, and later with slices of bread. Only her naked back and legs are visible. A couple of naked male behinds are also shown. There are a couple of sexual encounters: in one, a woman in a see-through negligee (only her behind is visible) seduces her husband which results in groping, moaning and groaning. In the film's most explicit sexual scene, a man and woman flirt on a bus, and the man ends up rubbing against her, until he's conspicuously sexually gratified; both are fully clothed. A man forcefully jumps on a woman, after talking sexually about flowers. Nothing happens.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shown dead in a coffin, later appears to be talking to three characters. A man threatens a boy over money, and there's some shouting, name-calling and shoving. There are a couple of fights, which resemble wrestling matches. There are few punches, though, and a few whacks with wood planks. There's no blood. A man falls off a roof and we see him twisted on the ground.

PROFANITY 8 - 74 F-words and its derivations, approximately 17 scatological, sexual and anatomical references and one profane gesture. Also some racist slurs. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Obsession, shop-lifting, honesty and integrity, promiscuity, impersonal sex.

MESSAGE - Happiness is to love your job. One should always strive for perfection in one's craft.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P8 - MPAAR

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