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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

Scene-for-scene remake of the French film "La Femme Nikita," with Bridget Fonda as the young, amoral punk who becomes a professional assassin for the government.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Fonda is shown in her Calvin Klein underwear and there are a couple of love scenes: only cleavage, shoulders and legs are visible. During one encounter the lovers toy with each other by exchanging food, mouth to mouth. There are some women in thongs, and a quick flash of a topless woman.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - About a dozen people are killed, mainly by being shot. Some are killed at point-blank range and in cold blood. While the camera does not linger on gore, there is one scene where an unconscious woman is burned with acid: we don't see the result, but we do see her legs writhing in pain. One man is caught under a car and his arm is held against the spinning tire. He eventually gets run over.

PROFANITY 6 - About 20 F-words, and other profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Political assassination as government policy, drugs, pre-marital sex.

MESSAGE - Sometimes in life there are only bad choices. People can change for the better.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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