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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

A half human, half alien woman decides she wants to mate. A team of scientists try to stop her as murder and mayhem are unleashed by her reproductive drive.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - The alien is shown topless with her breasts clearly visible in numerous scenes. As the alien is "born" we see her totally nude body, but only her breasts can be clearly seen. There are several sex scenes, with nudity: In one scene oral sex is implied. Another sex scene is extended and graphic and contains ample nudity. A man is shown taking a shower and we briefly see the side of his buttocks. A topless couple is shown kissing and writhing in a hot tub. The woman tries to take off his shorts but he resists and she nearly rapes him. A woman is also nearly raped.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - People die from cyanide gas poisoning, a man is drowned in a hottub and a man is killed when he is thrown across a traincar (he's shown with a broken neck and blood on his face and mouth). But most of the many very violent and gory scenes involve the alien. She kill numerous people by using her tendril-like appendages. In two particularly violent scenes a woman's spine is pulled out of her body and a man has a tendril stuck through the back of his head. A girl has tendrils erupting through her skin, then the tendrils turn into worms. She then becomes a pulsating, bloody cocoon. In a particularly gory scene a woman cuts off her own thumb (in close-up, we see blood and the stump). Wormy things replace the thumb and then it becomes an actual thumb again. Another person's thumb is cut off but off screen. The alien gives birth to a baby which looks human but is covered in slime. The baby proceeds to shoot out a tendril, catch a rat and crunch it in his mouth.

PROFANITY 5 - 7 F-words, 5 scatological terms, and some milder obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - ESP and extraterrestrial beings, DNA and the development of new life forms, the reproductive drive.

MESSAGE - Don't mess with nature.

Special Keywords: S8 - V9 - P5 - MPAAR

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