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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

John Goodman stars as a producer of schlock "B" horror movies, who comes to Key West, Florida for a personal appearance. But, it's the time of the Cuban Missile crisis which contains the real horror of atomic warfare.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - There are a couple of scenes of teenage couples necking. There is no nudity, other than some cleavage here and there.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 -The only real violence has to do with a small-time hood: he first threatens a boy, then tries to steal a wallet, gets caught and thrown against a wall, and eventually robs Goodman and kidnaps a girl at knife point. Her date tries to save her, and ends up getting punched and knocked out. What other violence there is consists of stock footage of atomic explosions, and scenes from silly B-movies with mutated creatures attacking mainly women and tall buildings, with only one scene containing gore: a giant ant bites a man and we see his bloody neck (in black & white). One scene of a theater balcony collapsing -- a young boy almost goes down with it -- may be scary, especially if you're sitting in the balcony. Two teens get stuck in a bomb shelter and there's the threat of running out of air.

PROFANITY 1 - Some name calling, also some anatomical references and a few mild four letter words. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Cuban missile crisis and the cold war, mutation, procreation.

MESSAGE - Life is basically good and there's always hope, especially if you hold onto a child-like curiosity.

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