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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

A smooth-talking New York publicist (Colin Farrell) answers a phone ringing in a phone booth and is forced to stay there for the duration of the film by a sniper who is bent on making him pay for his professional and personal indiscretions. Also with Forest Whitaker, Keith Nobbs, Katie Holmes and Kiefer Sutherland. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss a couple of times. A woman tries to entice a man by rubbing her breasts (she's in a bikini top) against a glass phone booth door. A man asks another man about his inability to satisfy his wife sexually, and a man talks about being unfaithful to his wife. The phone booth is situated across the street from an exotic dance club and we see several of the women who work there in revealing outfits throughout the movie (their outfits reveal bare legs, cleavage, bare shoulders, bare backs and abdomens). A man and a woman send each other a "big kiss" over the phone.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shakes a phone booth, breaks the glass with a baseball bat, grabs the man inside, pulls him out, punches him a few times and holds him by the throat, then the aggressor is shot in the back, he stumbles backward and falls dead on the ground (we see blood on his mouth and on his back). A dead body is found with a pool of blood beside it and we hear that he slashed his own throat with a carpenter's knife (we see him again on a gurney with his eyes open and a very bloody neck wound). A man is shot in the ear -- we see a chunk missing from his ear, a stream of blood on his ear and down his neck through the rest of the movie. We see two men being shot (in grainy flashback). A toy robot is shot and blows to pieces on a busy street. A man is shot and falls to the ground. There are tense moments with many police officers holding guns on a man. A gun is aimed at several people (we see a red dot on their clothing). A man talks about being in war and describes wounded people with charred flesh, and finding grenades hidden in his boots. A man describes the size the exit wound would be if someone was shot by his bullet. A man yells on a telephone. We see the chalk outline of a dead man on a street.

PROFANITY 10 - 95 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians, 3 religious profanities, 12 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Infidelity, honesty, prostitution, pedophilia, inhumanity, divorce, psychiatry, credibility, stalking, selfishness, loneliness, sins, religion.

MESSAGE - Trust is the key to any relationship.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes.)

Special Keywords: S4 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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