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Plunkett & Macleane



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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

Swashbuckling adventure set in 18th-century England about a pair of gentleman bandits who became folk heroes. With Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ken Stott, Liv Tyler, Michael Gambon and Alan Cumming. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Several coarse sexual references and sexual innuendo. There are a couple of extended sex scenes, clearly showing the participants thrusting and moaning; they're mostly dressed, although we do see a topless man, some cleavage, and a woman pulls her skirt up to show-off her leg. There is one scene in a bordello where a man caresses and kisses a clothed woman. A man attempts to rape a woman -- it is not clear whether he succeeds or not (we only see her pained face as he's groping her). There's talk of venereal disease and a man applies ointment on his private parts. A man behaves effeminately, and it is implied that he is bisexual and perhaps a pederast.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There's a lot of muck, mud and grime throughout the movie. There are several shoot-outs, some with people getting wounded or killed and with some blood. One man is shot at close range and his blood covers the shooter's face. During a duel a man is shot in the arm (we see the blood on his shirt). We see several hanging corpses (one, hanging in a cage, looks mummified and another has bugs on it) and we see a man being hanged: we see his body convulse as the rope snaps. Two men dig up a decomposing corpse (we see the corpse's face and a worm is crawling on it, although the scene is too dark to make out any details). One proceeds to cut open the corpse's abdomen (we hear squishy sounds) and remove a ruby. One of the men swallows the ruby and we later see him as he's straining to have a bowel movement in order to extract it (he is squatting behind furniture). Prisoners throw what looks like feces on several men walking below their cells. A man tortures two men -- on two different instances -- by sticking his hand in their wounds and pushing on a man's eye with his finger. A man kicks and punches another man and tries to make him swallow a coin. A man hits a woman repeatedly. Two men are seen punching each other during a bare-knuckles boxing match; there are a few more fights with men slapping, hitting and head-butting each other. A man runs another man through with his sword. During several robberies men are knocked off their horses and a carriage explodes. We see a presumably dead dog and two roosters getting readied for a cockfight.

PROFANITY 7 - About twenty F-words, several anatomical and scatological references and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The 18th century, stealing from the rich, effeminate men, lying and cheating.

MESSAGE - You shouldn't cheat your friends. Being a "gentleman" has to do more with how much integrity you have, not with how much money you have or with your station in life.

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