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The People vs. Larry Flynt



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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
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MPAA Rating: R

The trials and travails of "Hustler" publisher Larry Flynt (played by Woody Harrelson) are detailed here.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Lots and lots of sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation, lesbianism, bestiality, oral sex, etc) and lots of nudity (topless women and full frontal female nudity). Also kissing, suggestive dancing and stripping with scantily clad, often topless women. A sex scene between three women who are eventually joined by a man in a hot tub. We see bare breasts and bare female and male buttocks, kissing, caressing, fondling and thrusting. A huge, cartoon penis is shown, a woman poses topless and spreads her legs for the camera (but she has underwear on).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man shoots a rifle at another person. A man pushes a woman in the face and knocks her down. In a slide show we see many scenes of death and violence with some blood shown -- dead bodies and Holocaust survivors. A man throws oranges at another. Two men are shot and there is some blood on their torsos. A man has a bloody bandage on his shoulder and a bloody IV tube. A drowned woman is seen in a bathtub. A woman is seen in many scenes with many bruises on her body.

PROFANITY 8 - About 30 F-words, a couple of profane hand gestures and a man wears a shirt in court with the F-word on it. Some scatological references, many anatomical references, some mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The First Amendment, adult and very adult entertainment, the legal system.

MESSAGE - The First Amendment should be protected at all costs.

Special Keywords: S8 - V3 - P8 - MPAAR

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