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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

Sharon Stone stars as a resident of a ritzy New York apartment building where people have been dying mysteriously. Two eligible neighbors, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger hit on her, while she discovers that the building is filled with cameras following every resident's every move.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - The film deals with voyeurism and various sex scenes are shown on black & white video monitors. One of these scenes includes a brief image of male frontal nudity, and another is of Sharon Stone, alone in her bathtub and presumably aroused (judging from her facial expressions). There are also a number of torrid sex scenes in full color, with both male and female nudity. Some involve unorthodox positions, and one scene starts out violently. There's also very explicit talk of male and female anatomy and sexual practices.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - The film starts with a woman falling to her death, while the camera leisurely follows her entire trip. We see her hitting the ground, and the result is bloody. Conversely, another woman is stabbed repeatedly, but the scenes are flashed quickly and very little is discernible. Nevertheless, we do see her bloody body afterward. A man is shown dead in his shower, and another man is shot. Some blood is evident.

PROFANITY 6 - About half a dozen F-words, and lots of explicit sexual talk. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Voyeurism, promiscuity, impotence, Oedipal references, murder.

MESSAGE - One should live one's own life, instead of watching other people's. Voyeurism is tempting, but ultimately wrong.

Special Keywords: S8 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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