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The Perfect Storm



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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: PG-13

Based on a true story: During the fall of 1991 the fishing trawler Andrea Gail, under the command of Captain Billy Tyne (George Clooney), set out from Gloucester, Massachusetts only to encounter one of the worst sea storms in recorded history. Also with Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, Karen Allen, William Fichtner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John C. Reilly, John Hawkes, Allen Payne, Cherry Jones, Bob Gunton, Christopher McDonald, Dash Mihok, Josh Hopkins, Michael Ironside, Rusty Schwimmer, Janet Wright. [2:09]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Sexual innuendo and some kissing; in one scene a couple kiss in preparation for sex (they are moving towards the bedroom and taking off clothes as they kiss passionately). A couple goes upstairs and then the ceiling shakes. People in a bar below laugh and yell and one man does a hip thrust; as a man plays pool another says he could put the ball in the pocket if the hole had hair around it. A woman's blouse shows lots of cleavage. Men talk about trying to have sex while on shore leave (talking about being "horny"). We see a man's hip while being given an injection.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A shark comes onto the deck of a boat and bites a man on the leg leaving a bloody cut. The shark is hooked many times and is shot with a shotgun. Before it is killed it is quite bloody and we see a large bloody wound where it was shot. A man has a hook go through his hand, is tugged underwater by the hook line and nearly drowns; there is some blood on his hand and then the hook is pushed through his hand in order to remove it. There are many scenes of a storm at sea with tall, crashing waves and wind. A number of times a boat capsizes, then rights itself. Waves wash over boats nearly sweeping people off (at times people fall overboard). Some people die by drowning (in one scene many people are shown in a boat filling up with water and they either can't or won't disembark). A helicopter goes down and crashes in the sea. Glass shatters on a boat nearly hitting people. We see sparks from a downed power line. A man hangs onto a boat and is nearly hit by a flying chain. We see a man with a black eye, a man with a bruise on his cheek, a man with a bloody nose and bruised cheek, a man with a bloody temple, a man with blood on his mouth and two men with bloody cuts on their cheek. We see a corpse in a body bag, a few scenes of bloody fish carcasses, bloody bait on hooks, and bloody ice and blood on the boat's deck. While fishing, men jab hooks into the fish and we also see them gutting it (fish entrails are evident). A man lunges at another with a pool cue, a man is hit in the face and there is a brief scuffle. A man is punched and grabbed by his shirt.

PROFANITY 6 - About three F-words, two F-word derivatives, many obscenities, scatological references and anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sailing, rescue missions, natural disasters and nature, sharks.

MESSAGE - You can't beat Mother Nature.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P6 - MPAAPG-13

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