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Mary Reilly



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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Julia Roberts and John Malkovich redo the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde story as seen through the eyes of housemaid Mary Reilly.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A couple of passionate kisses and sexual innuendo. A line drawing of a male organ. A prostitute is shown with her arms over her naked breasts. A man rips off a woman's nightgown and licks her back.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A child is beaten (we only see shadows and hear screams). The child is then put in a closet with a rat. A child is kicked and stomped and blood is shown on her torso. A man breaks a teacup and has a bloody gash on his hand; he pulls out a shard of glass with his teeth. A room is drenched in blood. An eel is hacked to death, bloody animal carcasses and organs, blood on a table. A man is holding a woman's decapitated head with blood dripping from it. A man chases a woman. A man is beaten in the face and head with a cane.

PROFANITY 1 - One mild obscenity. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Science, being a servant in Victorian England, child abuse, doppelgangers.

MESSAGE - Evil may mean liberation and freedom.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P1 - MPAAR

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