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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: PG

Capraesque drama about a 1950s Hollywood screenwriter (Jim Carrey) who is both blacklisted and dumped by his girlfriend. He takes a drive along the California coast and his life is changed forever after crashing over a bridge and losing his memory. He finds new courage and love, and rediscovers the magic of the cinema to boot. Also with Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, Allen Garfield, Bruce Campbell, Amanda Detmer and Daniel von Bargen. [2:32]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and woman kiss romantically many times. We see a man bare to the waist during a doctor's exam. Many people dance, some on tables at a celebration; a woman's skirt flips up when she swirls around.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man drives his car along dark, winding roads and when a possum crosses in front of the car on a narrow bridge he crashes into the guard rail. When the man tries to reverse the car slides nearer the edge and slowly tips over and falls into a river. The man struggles to get to the surface but is trapped by his coat which is stuck in the car door. When he finally surfaces he's carried off by the current and slammed into a pylon. We see him regain consciousness with a bloody gash on his forehead. A man punches another man in the face, he falls back onto the ground and we see him with a bloody lip. We see a man have a heart attack and fall to the floor; we learn that he has had a massive attack and we watch him die. Two men fight with swords in a movie; one tips over a lit urn and the fire flares up close to the other man (we see this scene twice and one time one of the men is "killed"). We see a scene from "The Day the Earth Stood Still," when a humanoid alien is shot. A woman smacks a man on the shoulder. There are many references to a town having lost 62 young men in WWII; there is a discussion of how a young man died while saving 8 men, we see a graveyard filled with tombstones of soldiers who died in the war, and there's a memorial service for the men who were lost. We see a man with a hook (he's lost his arm in the war). A man threatens another man verbally. A man swats a fly and scoops it into the garbage.

PROFANITY 4 - 6 scatological terms, 1 sexual reference, 20 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 27 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for a woman and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The House Committee on un-American Activities, the Bill of Rights, the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, Communism, the human condition, World War II, Pearl Harbor, Democracy, grief, witch hunts, burden of proof, dreams, miracles, the 1920s West Virginia Coal Miner's strike.

MESSAGE - Magic is all around you, you just need to let yourself see and experience it.

(Note: A man is shown drinking alcohol in a bar and then getting in a car and driving off.)

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