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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
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MPAA Rating: R

An undercover police officer (Jason Patric) who has been suspended after a chase ended in the death of a baby, is asked to come back to the force in order to solve a murder case. The murdered man was also an undercover policeman killed in the line of duty and his partner (Ray Liotta) will do anything to resolve the case. Also with Busta Rhymes, Chi McBride and Richard Chevolleau. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man is not wearing pants and we see his bare buttocks (and we hear that he has contracted a venereal disease). A man and a woman lie in bed together (she's in a nightgown), he caresses her chest and then his hand moves down under the sheets. A woman wears panties and a tank top. A woman kisses a sleeping man and puts her bare foot under his nose. We see a baby boy's private parts during a diaper change. A man in a shower (he's bare chested) holds a baby and caresses his bare back (we see the baby's bare bottom).

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man chases another man (one has a gun drawn and the other is carrying two hypodermic needles) and they run through a house over a wall. A man is stabbed in the neck with a hypodermic needle and he gurgles, twitches, convulses and falls to the ground. A man threatens a child with a hypodermic needle, another man shoots him in the head and he falls to the ground. We see a pregnant woman lying on the ground in a pool of blood; she's bleeding uncontrollably and we hear that she lost her baby. We see the silhouette of two men punching and kicking a man and then they shooting him three times (we see this scene with more detail each time, throughout the movie and we see the scene again with a close-up of the man being shot in the head; blood spurts out and he falls to the ground). A dead man is found in a bathtub, and it appears that his head is missing (shot off with a shotgun); there's also blood sprayed all over the wall behind him and a tooth is found lodged in the wall (a witness to the scene vomits, loudly). We hear that the man has been dead for a couple of weeks and the people in the room react to the smell. A man is shot, falls to the ground and dies. Two men chase and shoot at two other men who shoot back at them, and one man is hit in the leg and is dragged inside a warehouse by the hair, where he and the other man are threatened and questioned for an extended scene: they are punched repeatedly until their faces are very bloody and they whimper in pain. A man is shot in the neck, and another man is shot dead. A man holds a gun on another man, then hits him in the face with it (the man spits out blood), and kicks him and punches him in the face (he spits and dribbles blood from his mouth and nose). Two men covered and dripping with blood drag themselves onto a street. A man shoots his gun around the heads of two men who are tied to chairs and are very bloody. A man pours hot sauce in a young man's eyes. A man grabs another man, and beats and pounds on him. A man puts a pool ball into a sock and swings it to hit a man who is handcuffed, in the head and body, and he falls to the floor. A man shoves another man around a couple of times, a woman kicks and yells when two men try to put her on a stretcher, a man yells at a man and threatens to kill him, and a man slams a young man's head into a wall. A man's neck is bleeding and he presses a cloth against it. We hear about someone having been stabbed 57 times, and there's another reference to someone having being stabbed to death. A man talks about burning his girlfriend with a match. We see photographs of a dead man covered with blood and a pool of blood around him on the ground. A man talks about his wife having died of cancer. A man and a woman argue bitterly, and a man yells at a woman. We hear about a young girl's stepfather pimping her out for rent money. Two men tear up a warehouse, throwing things around, breaking up a car with a crowbar, and shooting up a car with a shotgun. Two men with guns drawn barge into a man's apartment. A man throws things off a desk and kicks a shopping cart in anger.

PROFANITY 10 - 225 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 68 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 5 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Internal affairs, police corruption, undercover operations, planted evidence, drugs, family, grief, death of a spouse, regulations, integrity, betrayal.

MESSAGE - What is right and what is wrong is sometimes not clearly in black and white.

(Note: People are shown smoking and doing drugs.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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