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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

Kevin Costner brings hope to a post-apocalyptic world by posing as a mail carrier.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Kissing. Sexual innuendo. An extended sex scene with kissing, thrusting, changing positions. A shot of female bare buttocks and several shots of female bare breasts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is hung upside down and slashed; blood splatters onto another's forehead. A man is branded on the arm and a man is kicked in the head. A bloody, mutilated corpse is shown. Threatening with knives and guns. People are stabbed in the arms and torsos with some blood. A man is eaten by a lion with crunching, tearing and some blood. A few battle scenes with fires, cannon and mortar fire and gunshots with people being shot and killed with a bit of blood and sometimes they fall/fly from impact. Blood is seen in a bowl. A man's head is crushed with a rock. Bloody animal carcasses, a skeleton is shown and corpses with bloody heads, bruises and heads in puddles of blood. Hanging bodies. A firing squad kills a group of men. A fight with face punches, head butts, choking resulting in a bloody face and nose.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, one racial slur, many mild obscenities, some anatomical references and scatological references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, freedom and the government, hope.

MESSAGE - There's always hope and it can come from strange places.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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