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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

Modern-day tragedy about life in the American ghetto, specifically south-central LA, it follows a young man as he becomes more and more caught up in the business of the street -- crime, murder and revenge. By the time he decides to turn away, it may be too late. Directed by 21-year-old twin brothers Allen and Albert Hughes.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - No nudity. One implied sex scene -- lots of kissing in bed, but no nudity shown (everything is under sheets).

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - The film is very, very violent. Mostly gunplay, but also a few brutal fist fights. A store owner is shot several times, and we see him lying in a pool of blood. Another character is shot through the stomach, another is shot in the head, and another in the shoulder. Again, there's lots and lots of blood. There are three very violent beatings, and one extremely violent scene at the end of the film: it's a drive-by shooting, and the victims are literally torn apart by the bullets. Blood is everywhere, from start to finish.

PROFANITY 9 - Lots. F-words and all other four-letter words are employed and used frequently throughout the film. There are simply too many to count. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, revenge, premarital sex, theft, drug addiction, drug peddling.

MESSAGE - The choices you make early on can effect the rest of your life. Sometimes it is really too late for some people to change.

Special Keywords: S2 - V9 - P9 - MPAAR

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