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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

A law-school student and reformed poker addict is drawn back into the game when the friend he used to hustle with is released from prison. Starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Martin Landau and Michael Rispoli.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Sexual innuendo (including references to homosexuality). Several kisses. We see some topless dancers in thong underwear. In two scenes, some scantily clad women are sitting around what looks to be a brothel (twice we see a woman kneeling before a clothed man, presumably ready to perform oral sex). A man moves his hips in a sexual manner while taunting another man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man drags another man out of a bar, then punches him a few times in the stomach and face (he gets some bloody cuts on his face). Two men are punched and kicked by a group of men (their faces are very bloody). A man threatens to kill two men.

PROFANITY 10 - About 135 F-words, many anatomical references, lots of scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and a couple insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling addiction, organized crime, relationships, prison life, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Pursue the career you're best at, not the career others encourage you to pursue.

Special Keywords: S5 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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