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Malcolm X



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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-13

Director Spike Lee's biopic of the slain African-American leader, it follows Malcolm X's life as a conversion from petty criminal, to religious fanatic, to unapologetic racist and finally to enlightened leader teaching a message of self-reliance and self-respect.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man is seduced by a woman in a dance hall. They are later shown kissing and some petting between a couple in the back seat of a car. A woman is shown in a conservative negligee and a man in bed with only his underwear. A man and woman are shown lying on the beach kissing, fully clothed.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Opening credits and voice over occur while scenes of the Rodney King beating are shown, which fades into an American flag burning. A man is shown, with a bloody head, tied to railroad tracks. We hear him screaming as the train approaches. A man is hit on the head with a bottle and left bloody. Two men play Russian roulette with a seemingly loaded gun. Death threats are made over the telephone. A man is beaten by the police and taken to prison. Repeated slow motion shooting of Malcolm X and others around him.

PROFANITY 6 - S.O.B., several times. There are racial references, reference to a female dog, the F-word and its variations are used several times. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, inter-racial relationships.

MESSAGE - Not clear: part of the film seems to be teaching that whites and blacks should live separately, but toward the end racial harmony is presented as the solution to racism.

Special Keywords: S2 - V5 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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