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Poetic Justice



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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

Director/writer John Singleton's second foray into "the hood" is about the importance of family. Janet Jackson is a budding poet who's thrown together with would-be rapper Tupac Shakur on a road trip.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - No nudity. One clothed sex scene (woman lifts up her skirt). There are, though, lots of very explicit references to sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young man is shot point blank in the back of the head and lands in his girlfriend's lap. Another man is gunned down and we see his body being taken away on a stretcher. The rest of the violence is inflicted by fists: there are fist fights, between men and between women and men. Little blood and gore, but a lot of kicking, smacking, slapping, shoving, punching and groining.

PROFANITY 9 - Lots and lots. The F-word is used dozens of times, alone and in combinations. Also, scatological and anatomical terms are interspersed throughout, and used creatively. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug use, alcohol abuse, theft, revenge, usury (especially by women), references to suicide, murder.

MESSAGE - The importance of family and that no one can make it alone in this world.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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