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The Scarlet Letter



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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

Demi Moore and Gary Oldman star in this free adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic.

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Brief full frontal male nudity. Two women's buttocks and breasts are seen. A woman in a bath appears to be getting ready to satisfy herself with a candle. A man's buttocks are seen several times. Some kissing. A sex scene contains kissing and thrusting. Some sexual references.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Yelling and rioting scenes. A woman slaps a man who forces a kiss on her. Indians attack in a couple of scenes and we see arrows, scalping, and knifing (brief and not very bloody). A couple of arrows go through throats and cheeks (this scene is bloody). A man tries to rape a woman and she fights him. A slave's bloody, mutilated body is found. A man is attacked and killed and we see his bloody, mutilated body and his bloody scalp. A man's hanged corpse is found.

PROFANITY 2 - Some mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adultery, feminism, illegitimate children, Native Americans, Puritanism.

MESSAGE - We don't know what God would call sin; love is not a sin.

Special Keywords: S7 - V5 - P2 - MPAAR

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