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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Richard Gere is a high-powered defense attorney who decides to represent a young man accused of murdering an archbishop.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo. A brief scene from a homemade porn video has young men and a woman (the woman is topless and one of the men's buttocks are evident) caressing each other.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man's fingers are chopped off in a bloody close-up. The murder scene is shown a few times as are photos of the bloody corpse, shown with deep, bloody knife wounds and gouged out eyes. A young man with bloodstained clothes is chased; another foot chase with another man, a few fistfights and scuffles. A man's earring is ripped leading to a gush of blood.

PROFANITY 8 - 25+ F-words, many scatological references, many mild obscenities, some anatomical references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The legal system, multiple personality disorder.

MESSAGE - Defense attorneys are able to defend someone who's guilty because they believe in the legal process.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P8 - MPAAR

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