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Night and the City



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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

Remake of the influential Jules Dassin film noir, with Robert De Niro as the shyster-lawyer who "wants to be somebody."

SEX/NUDITY 4 - One sex scene in the entry way to an apartment building, no nudity. The couple carries on a conversation about moving to California. A scantily clad prostitute is in a lawyer's office after apparently having been arrested for solicitation, she propositions him and grabs his private region.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two fist fights which lead to a man being thrown out of a bar onto the street. An old man is provoked into starting a fight with a young man, and the old man ends up having a heart attack. A woman is punched in the face by her husband. Lots of violent threats.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used several times as well as a wide range of other profanity. Lots of name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Scamming, dishonesty, take the money and run, infidelity.

MESSAGE - The story boils down to a man's desire to make his stand and break away from being dishonest. He is desperately trying to do something honest because he is tired of running.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P5 - MPAAR

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