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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

Spanish film about a group of dock workers living in industrial north Spain who are left unemployed when the dockyard is shut down. They end up spending part of each day drinking at a bar and talking, while each man is struggling with issues of personal dignity and self-worth. With Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Jose Angel Egido, Jose Angel Egid and Nieve De Medina. Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. In Spanish with English subtitles. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man kisses a woman's neck and caresses her clothed breast, a man kisses a woman's cheeks, and a man and a woman hug. A woman puts on her bra as a man watches from bed (we see her bare back and he is wearing underwear and a T-shirt). A man gets into bed with his wife (she's sleeping). A woman's top opens and reveals cleavage. A woman in a bra applies deodorant in a few scenes. Women on a television wear mini-skirts and one wears a bikini. There is flirtation and the suggestion that there may be a sexual relationship between a man and a teenage girl.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man lies dead on a ledge over a doorway (he apparently jumped) and we see him again in a coffin. During a protest people are hit with sticks, tear gas canisters are launched into a crowd, and men line tires up along a road and set them on fire. A man and a woman argue and a man yells at another man. We see people cleaning fish in a canning plant. A man throws a rock breaking a street lamp, and a man breaks a glass pane with his elbow. A woman spits in fish that she has cleaned in a plant. An apartment is filthy, with garbage in bags all over.

PROFANITY 8 - 34 F-words, 4 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unemployment, plant closings, friendship, death of a friend, suicide, infidelity, dignity, God, principles, loneliness, public assistance, desperation, depression.

MESSAGE - Without hope and dreams we cannot survive.

(Note: People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P8 - MPAAR

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