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A Man Apart



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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
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MPAA Rating: R

A DEA agent (Vin Diesel) who's been suspended for 6 months, seeks revenge against the drug traffickers who killed his wife. To do so he has to team up with a former drug lord. Also with Larenz Tate, Timothy Olyphant, Jacqueline Obradorsa and Geno Silva. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman wearing a short, low-cut, sheer top that reveals her breasts and bare abdomen and a thong that reveals her bare buttocks and legs, dances seductively with another scantily-clad woman, and they kiss. A topless woman (we see her bare breasts and buttocks) climbs onto a man's lap and tries to seduce him. This same woman dances with a man and he touches her bare buttocks and breasts. A man and a woman kiss several times in different scenes. A woman jumps into a man's arms and wraps her legs around his waist, they kiss and hug. A man and a woman dance, hug and kiss romantically. A woman kisses and nuzzles a man's neck. Two women fawn over a man. We see women dancing in an exotic dance club: one woman removes her top exposing her bare breasts and we see her bare buttocks as she walks away in a thong. We see a woman in a bra and panties in a beauty salon. We see women wearing bikinis and men admiring them. Men talk about women having different ideas about sex. A man and a woman sleep in bed together.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - We see a dead man with his throat slit and his tongue pulled through the opening (he's covered with blood), we see another dead man lying face down on the floor with his hands tied behind his back and letters carved into his back (he's covered with blood), and yet another dead man whose body appears twisted. A man is shot in the back of the head (we see blood and brain matter spray and he falls dead). A man punches and kicks a man to death (we see the man's bloody face and head). Several men fire guns into a house and the man inside fires back; one man is shot and we see him die, a woman is shot and we see her die (we see blood on her face and chest), and a man is shot in the abdomen (we see blood on his shirt). A car catches fire and explodes with a woman and young boy inside. A woman shoots a man in the head (we see blood and flesh blow out of the back of his head) and then shoots him several more times. Two men shoot at each other; one is shot in the leg and then the arm and the other is shot in the chest (we see blood on his mouth and he slips under water, presumably dead). A man is shot repeatedly, another man is pulled out of an airplane, questioned and then shot. A man is shot in the chest and falls to the ground, a man is grabbed, he struggles and he's shot. A shootout shows people firing their weapons at each other repeatedly: we see many people hit and see them fall to the ground motionless, one woman is shot and then is hit by a car and we see her body under the vehicle's tires. A man is told to cut a man's eyes out, he holds a knife to his head (we see blood on his forehead), the man grabs the knife away and stabs the other man repeatedly. A man pulls the trigger of his gun at another man over and over again (it doesn't fire because he has taken all but one bullet out). Three men shoot up a bar, one man is grabbed, dragged to a stockroom, thrown on the floor, shot at and then hit in the face with a gun butt. Armed agents barge into a nightclub throwing smoke canisters and with guns drawn; guns are fired into a room where many men are hit, one man is held by the neck and he squirms, and many other people are held at gunpoint. A man chases another man (who's gotten into a car), running through busy streets (he bounces off the hood of a moving car), and when the car stops he grabs the driver and hits him several times; a shot is fired and he holds the passenger at gunpoint. A man is held by the neck until he falls unconscious. A man shoots at two men down through a ceiling and the two men shoot back at him (no one is hit). A man punches a man in the face, a man is hit, he falls to the ground and guns are pointed at him. A man grabs another man by the hair and pulls him out of a car while yelling at him. We see a man lying dead in the back of a truck with bloody wounds on his head. During the opening credits we see photographs of dead bodies with bloody wounds and read what looks like typewritten lines from publications about drug offenses and massacres. A man with blood on his face stands in a hole while a man shovels dirt on him and another man points a gun at him. A man lies in a hospital bed with tubes in his nose and chest and he screams and struggles to get up when he is told that his wife is dead. We see large smears of blood on a door and door knob. A man grabs a book out of another man's hand and speaks threateningly to him. We see people working in a cocaine processing plant, with armed men patrolling. An unoccupied car explodes. We see an accident scene (a bus on its side) and hear that two people were killed. A little girl twists a man's arm, he falls to the ground and she points a banana at him as if it's a gun. A man smokes marijuana while flying an airplane.

PROFANITY 10 - 88 F-words and its derivatives, 22 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illegal drugs, trafficking drugs, DEA, NAFTA, grief, love, friendship, arrogance.

MESSAGE - Getting rid of one drug lord just makes room for another.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol, and smoking cigars, cigarettes and marijuana.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V9 - P10 - MPAAR

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