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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Richard Gere is an American accused of murder in China.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman's bare breasts are vaguely seen in shadow -- we know she's totally nude but the shadows ensure nothing else is seen. A man's bare bottom in two separate scenes. Scantily clad women and drawings of nude women are seen. A man caresses a woman's clothed breast as they kiss; later we see the couple in bed with her on top of him and thrusting is implied. Kissing. Sexual innuendo.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There are several scenes showing blood: We see blood on a man's shirt and chest, a woman's head, a knife, a towel, on a floor, a bloody handprint on a wall, and a pool of blood runs down a drain (most of the foregoing are seen at least twice). A man's bloody chest and a bloody corpse are seen a few times. A man is shot with a bit of blood on his chest and a woman is stabbed repeatedly (not actually seen). A man is zapped with a prod, and a man is beaten with punches and kicks, and pushed down stairs. A man kicks and punches a woman and tries to suffocate her, and a woman is pushed through glass. A woman bites a man's arm. A couple of face slaps (once a man falls to the floor as a result). A rooftop chase with jumps between rooftops. Dead animals are seen.

PROFANITY 3 - A couple of mild obscenities and a few scatological references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - China's legal system and human rights, murder, courtroom advocacy, foreign cultures.

MESSAGE - Don't say you're guilty when you are really innocent. The truth cannot be hidden even under totalitarian regimes.

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