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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

Black comedy about professional killers, gangsters, armed robbers and other assorted creatures direct from director Quentin Tarantino's imagination.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - There's hardly any nudity, but there are several very explicit discussions of sex, and, most importantly, a man is shown being raped by another man. A couple kiss while in bed, and oral sex is referred to and implied. A man is shown nude from the side (we see his derriere from the side and a hint of pubic hair).

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Several people are shot, some repeatedly, some at close range (heads, arms and groins are the main targets). Most deaths are accompanied by a lot of blood and gore. One man is slashed and stabbed with a samurai sword, but the most graphic incident takes place when a man is shot in the head, while sitting in a car. We see an explosion of blood and the car, as well as the passengers are shown covered with bloody brain matter. The resulting bloody mess actually becomes a story subplot, as the killers try to clean the car. The result is that the camera lingers on the gory details for a very long time. A woman overdoses on heroin and she is seen with a very bloody nose and foaming from the mouth. A man slams a very large needle into her chest, and she's shown sitting up with the needle sticking out. A man is raped, and we both see him and hear screaming. A few punches. A man injects himself in the arm with a syringe filled with heroin; we see the long needle pierce his skin and watch as his blood rises up and swirls around in the syringe (the camera focuses on the syringe for a while).

PROFANITY 10 - About 250 F-words, scatological references, anatomical terms, racial insults, and other profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Killing for a living, rape, drug use and abuse.

MESSAGE - Life is random.

Special Keywords: S9 - V10 - P10 - MPAAR

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