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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Jean Claude Van Damme uncovers a connection between the FBI and the Russian Mafia.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Sexual innuendo, kissing and fondling. A woman in a bra. A man nuzzles a woman's cleavage (she wears a low-cut dress). A shot of bare breasts (mainly from the side). Scantily clad women gyrating in a strip club (bikini tops and thong bottoms). A sex scene in a bathroom with people kissing, bare breasts and a bare chest, thrusting and moaning. Towel clad men in a steam room and a shot of a bare male tush.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Lots of gunfire (with glass flying, people screaming and falling) with people dying at times. A man is shot in the head and his brain matter splatters. A couple of stabbings with lots of blood (one time the knife is jerked up in the man's abdomen a few times and a man is stabbed in the toes). A man is shot several times in the head and chest with lots of blood. A man is run over by a subway train (squishy sounds). Fires and explosions and a man is engulfed in flames. A man and a woman are strangled. A man falls through a car windshield and there's blood on his face (his bloody-faced corpse is shown also). Lots of martial arts fighting with lots of bone crunching and agonized screams. A meat plant has animal carcasses in it and one carcass is cut in half with a chainsaw.

PROFANITY 5 - Two and a half F-words (a man starts to say it but doesn't finish), one scatological reference. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Twins, family secrets, the Mafia, police and FBI corruption.

MESSAGE - Sometimes law enforcement is corrupt; appearances can be deceiving.

Special Keywords: S5 - V9 - P5 - MPAAR

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