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Smokin' Aces [2007] [R] - 7.9.10



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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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While monitoring surveillance of a mafia boss's home, two FBI agents overhear an order for a hit on a Las Vegas illusionist named Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) -- Israel happens to be the government's lead witness in the case against the boss and his group. In a race against time, the FBI moves in along with bounty hunters anxious to claim the million dollar price on Israel's head. Also with Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Jason Bateman, Ray Liotta and Alicia Keys. Directed by Joe Carnahan. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Several scantily clad prostitutes lie on the floor of a hotel room and it is implied that they have been having sex with men during a party the night before; one wears only thong panties and her breasts are shown, and another wears a sheer dress and her breasts can be seen.
 A woman wearing only thong panties stands up and her bare breasts and buttocks are shown.
 While being tortured, a nude man hangs upside down and his bare back, legs and buttocks are visible.
 Elevator doors open and three men stand inside bare-chested; one has his hand in the front of his pants, and a woman standing outside the elevator says, "I'm going down," while one of the men replies, "I bet you are," and the man with his hand in his pants moves his hand rapidly as if he is masturbating.
 It is suggested that a woman is romantically interested in another woman and she flirts with her in several scenes (nothing sexual is shown). A woman dresses in a provocative outfit (low-cut, short and with fishnet stockings) while another woman watches with interest.
 A large picture of a woman pulling down her panties (part of her bare buttocks are visible) hangs in a hotel room where a man sits on the bed wearing boxer shorts (it is implied that he has been stimulating himself). We see a man wearing a tube style bra and thong panties while alone in a bed (it is implied that he has been stimulating himself).
 A man and a woman flirt while the man carries the woman out of a building.
 A man has a nude woman tattooed on his arm in such a way that the crotch is defined by his armpit (her bare breasts are illustrated).
 A man tells three men that they should "rape" a man.
 A woman picks up a sex aid and puts it away.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man is described as a ruthless torturer and we see him with bloody hands and wearing a plastic smock; we see him light a welding torch and use it on a nude man who is hanging upside down in front of him (we see smoke and the victim screams and thrashes).
 Three men with guns, knives and a saw charge out of an elevator and attack several other men; shots are fired, one man is cut with the knives, one is cut with the saw (blood spurts and sprays), and one man is set on fire (we see him running in flames and see his charred flesh later).
 A man is stabbed through the chest by a man with a metal shank up his sleeve (we see blood on the man's chest and watch him die). A man in an elevator is stabbed in the hand by a man with a metal spike up his sleeve; the two men then shoot each other repeatedly (blood spurts and sprays and they scream) and we see them both motionless and covered in blood later.
 Several men are shot in the back, and then again when they lie on the ground (we see bloody wounds as they lie in the street).
 A man is shot in the back as he runs away from two other men with guns (his jacket is soaked with blood), and one of the men has a bloody wound across his eyes and we are told that the other was shot in the back and cannot walk.
 We see a man biting off his own finger tips to avoid being fingerprinted (he has blood on his face, mouth and hands).
 Several men are shot by a large gun from a great distance and they are thrown when the bullet strikes them.
 A man shoots a man's knees (we see blood and matter and he falls to the floor), and then shoots his arm (blood spurts), and the man falls to the floor on top of a running saw that cuts him and kills him (blood spurts and he thrashes).
 A man is shot in the back as he crawls away from his assailant and he is then shot in the face (this scene is replayed several times). A man is shot in the back five times. A man is shot in the back, and then in the chest three times (he is thrown back from the force of the shots and we see blood spurt). A man is shot in the chest, and he falls to his knees and slumps forward (blood sprays on the wall behind him).
 A man in a lake stands up gasping for air (we see blood in the water) and holds his hand, which has had three of its fingers shot off (we see the remaining jagged bloody tissue).
 A man kneels over a dead man (with blood and matter sprayed on his face and clothes) and manipulates his mouth as if he is speaking. A man in a car is shot by two men (we see him slumped over).
 A dead man with a bloody gunshot wound on his chest is placed on a table, his head is closed in a box and a liquid is poured into the box. We see two dead men with bloody bullet wounds on their chests. We see many dead bodies with bloody wounds in several scenes.
 A woman is shot in the side (she is wearing Kevlar armor). A man shoots a man and runs, and he is chased by another man with a gun but he gets away.
 Life support is disconnected from two people in hospital beds and we watch them die.
 A man with frostbite on his toes and fingers is placed into a bathtub and holds his hand that has had three of its fingers shot off (we see a bloody cloth wrapped around it).
 A man talks on the telephone with another man about a murder, and that the man who ordered the killing, "wants his heart." A woman talks about her husband killing himself by hanging. A man tells three men that they should "rape" a man. A man yells at another man and accuses him of ejaculating on his expensive jacket.
 A man puts a gun in his mouth and faints (he does not pull the trigger). A woman falls backward into a glass table shattering it (she gets up and appears uninjured). Several women fight with shoving and kicking. A boy swings at an injured man and threatens him.
 A man hands another man a bottle that is filled with urine and talks about urine having medicinal powers. A man urinates (we hear the trickle), and then jumps on another man who's watching him.

PROFANITY 10 - 96 F-words and its derivatives, 19 sexual references (including a reference to unprotected sex), 6 obscene hand gestures, 56 scatological terms, 37 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, 8 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (thug, idiot, redneck, sick, loser, stupid, fool), 4 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man shows the effects of taking drugs (his eyes are bloodshot, he sweats, and he stumbles), and a man snorts cocaine in several scenes. Several men are shown smoking cigarettes and cigars and drinking alcohol in several scenes. A man takes prescription medications for pain.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The mafia, the FBI, magic, assassination, betrayal, loyalty, homosexuality, prostitution, kidnapping, morality, paternity, secrets, ruthlessness, sodomy, home invasion, infidelity, torture, undercover operations, mob infiltration, Al Capone, Elliot Ness.

MESSAGE - Many people can die when secrets are not revealed.

Special Keywords: S7 - V9 - P10 - MPAAR

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