Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

 
 

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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

Updating of the classic horor tale with Robert De Niro as the creature, and Kenneth Branagh as the doctor.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - The creature emerges nude from an artificial birthing chamber: There is brief frontal nudity, in deep shadows, and a man is shown shirtless. There are a couple of passionate kisses and a wedding night scene in which the couple loosen each others' clothing and make love. Dr. Frankenstein marries a girl who was adopted by his family and raised as his sister.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A dissected human body is shown, and several scenes of doctors cutting into bodies, just barely off-screen. The list of body parts includes a severed monkey arm which is re-animated and a human brain. There are close-ups of hypodermic needles entering a body, and body parts being stitched together with a needle. The creature steals a corpse from a grave and rips the heart out of the chest of a living person. A young boy is murdered off-screen, and the act is described in sadistic detail. Two characters set themselves afire. A woman dies in childbirth. A man is stabbed to death and his bloody body is shown. There are two hangings. People are shown to be dying from cholera, and the creature evades a mob by riding atop a cart filled with dead bodies. The creature is beaten with clubs. A sailor is tossed overboard into frigid water, and another is crushed by a falling mast.

PROFANITY 2 - A few mild profanities and insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Technology vs. moral responsibility.

MESSAGE - Passion untempered by moral responsibility leads to destruction.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P2 - MPAAR

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