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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: PG-13

Two slackers (David Arquette and Scott Caan) leave their small Wyoming town to find their defeated wrestling hero (Oliver Platt) and help him revive his career. Also with Bill Goldberg, Rose McGowan, Page Falkinburg, Martin Landau, Steve Borden, John Goodman, Chris Kanyon, Chris Owen, Jack Palance, Joe Pantoliano, Caroline Rhea and Ahmet Zappa. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Some sexual innuendo (including references to homosexuality) and a little kissing. A woman throws a man on a bed, gets on top of him and takes off her shirt (we only see her cleavage and bare shoulders). A man and woman, both obviously naked, are wrapped in a towel; the man gets out of the towel and we see his bare backside (two brief shots). A woman scratches her clothed crotch in front of two men and makes reference to a sexually transmitted disease. A man simulates sodomy using two action figures. A man puts his hand down the back of his pants and tells a friend he has his finger in his rear-end (we see his underwear and the top of his buttocks). In a few scenes we see a man's upper buttocks when his pants are falling down. We see many women in their bras and underwear (many wearing buttock-revealing thong underwear) in a dressing room, several scantily clad women dancing suggestively, and a man in his underwear.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Not surprisingly, most of the violence in this film is associated with big-time wrestling. During wrestling matches we see many punches, kicks (including some kicks to the crotch), smacks, crotch-grabbing and body slams; also, a man is slammed into a table, a man is hit over the head (and later in the face) with a metal folding chair, a man hits another with a chain, a man is slammed into some equipment, a man's clothes catch on fire, two men and a woman are hit in the head with a steel ladder, men are hit with crutches and garbage cans and a man is thrown through glass. During the matches we see a few bloody faces and a close-up shot of blood gushing down a man's face. There's a "death cage match" in which a couple wrestlers are thrown off the cage and have their faces cut on the fence (we their bloody faces). There are a couple fights outside the ring with punches exchanged. A man's head goes through a glass door, a man spits in another's face and a man throws a bottle through a window. There's a truck wreck that is a little scary but nobody gets hurt (although many get splattered with human waste). We see a man sitting on a toilet. Lots of crude scatological humor with many verbal and visual references and jokes.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, lots of anatomical references and slang terms, lots of scatological references, several mild obscenities and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Professional wrestling, father-son relationships, idolatry, following your dreams, marriage, love, bathroom humor.

MESSAGE - Even the greatest heroes need a little help from their friends.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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