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The Mask



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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: PG-13

Jim Carrey plays a milquetoast who acquires superhero powers when he puts on an ancient mask.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Several shots of cleavage, some flirting and a few kisses. A condom is shown.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There is a lot of hollering and property destruction but it looks cartoon-ish. There are a few shoot-outs, and one scenes leaves a man bloody; he eventually dies off-screen. In another, about a dozen men are shot; there's little blood, but we do see the bullet-holes in their clothing. A man falls out a window and is shown flattened on the street (ala Wile E. Coyote). A man is shown with a muffler protruding from his back side. A man is used as a golf tee, and gets whacked on the nose. And a man is flushed down a huge drain. A dog urinates on a man's head.

PROFANITY 3 - About a dozen anatomical and scatological references are used. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, loneliness.

MESSAGE - Nice guys don't always finish last.

Special Keywords: S2 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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