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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

Based on a Stephen King novel about Satan, who shows up in a small Maine town and wreaks havoc by selling to every resident exactly what he or she needs.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - There are two brief sex scenes with some kissing, while the woman is shown in her underwear. Some cleavage, and a shot of a phallic objet d'art.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two women have a fight, with a knife and a cleaver. They eventually fall off a roof and both die. A couple of punching and kicking fights, a number of explosions, and several people are shot. A teenager attempts suicide by shooting himself in the head, but nothing is shown. There is also a scene of the bloody, skeletal remains of a skinned dog.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used several times, as well as scatological terms and anatomically explicit language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, striking bargains with Satan. The supernatural and free will.

MESSAGE - If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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