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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: PG-13

Jodie Foster and Richard Gere star in an Americanized version of the French film "The Return of Martin Guerre." Gere is a Civil War soldier who returns home to wife Foster, after six years at war. But things aren't quite right. Is he who he claims to be?

SEX/NUDITY 3 - No nudity. There are three separate sex scenes, with nudity and sex clearly suggested, but nothing is shown except a lot of wrestling and groaning between the sheets.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - One fight scene in which a rival goes after Gere first with a torch and then with a shovel. One very disturbing scene with Klansmen who have severely beaten a man and who burn a cross and threaten the family. A few scenes in which characters shove each other around. We also see the feet of hanged men dangling, the hand of a corpse and a dead dog. Another hanging is dramatically suggested with the drop of the scaffold trap door, but we don't actually see it.

PROFANITY 2 - Not much. Some harsh language. Since this is set in the South in the 1860's, the radical slur "nigger" is used occasionally. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fraud, lying, theft, sexual temptation, extramarital sex, murder, racial intolerance and self sacrifice.

MESSAGE - Everyone has the ability to change their lives for the better -- to become better. Yet deceit often leads to tragedy no matter how well intended.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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