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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

Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are two detectives tracking down a killer who uses the seven deadly sins as the themes for his murders.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A couple of kisses, sexual innuendoes and a brief glimpse of a male corpse's genitals.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A corpse is shown with blood splattered on a wall. A corpse is shown with his hands and feet tied and his face in food; when his face is exposed we see opaque eyes. A corpse is shown post-autopsy, with autopsy stitches and blood; the pathologist holds up a bloody bag and we see photos of this a few times. There is a lot of spilled blood at a crime scene. We see a corpse in photos, with a gaping wound in his side and a sack of bloody flesh on a scale. A woman is killed with a strange device: a phallic knife (we don't see the murder though). A supposed corpse coughs (the man is skeletal with bloody track marks over his body). A man is shot in the head. A man is almost shot. There is much talk of graphic violence.

PROFANITY 8 - 25+ F-words, many scatological terms, many milder obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Serial killers, religion, marriage and career.

MESSAGE - It's a strange, mixed-up world out there and sometimes the good guys don't win in the end.

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