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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Robin Wright Penn, Kevin Costner and Paul Newman star in this drama about a woman's search for the writer of a love letter she accidentally found in a floating bottle. Also with Illeana Douglas, Robbie Coltrane, Jesse James and John Savage.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo and kissing, sometimes passionately. A woman takes her pants off and we see a bit of her underwear. We see an extended scene of a man and woman kissing and moving in bed (we only see their faces and the upper part of their bare backs).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - One brief fight (a few punches are thrown and a man is slammed onto a table). Two people drown, but nothing graphic is seen.

PROFANITY 3 - Several anatomical and scatological references and many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a spouse, grief, honesty, divorce, falling in love, letting go of the past.

MESSAGE - You can experience true love twice in a lifetime.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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