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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

Mistaken identities comedy with Monty Python alumnus Eric Idle as an English duke, who is switched at birth with Rick Moranis, an uncouth American. Barbara Hershey and John Cleese co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - There's one brief scene of exposed breasts on a poster, and lots of cleavage from Barbara Hershey. There are scenes of exposed behinds (male and female) and one suggested sex scene, with Idle partially covered by sheets. A stripper dances with a G-string and pasties. And, lots of sexual and anatomical talk, including insinuation of mother/son incest.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Violence consists of a lot of cartoon stuff, while Idle tries to bump off Moranis. There's an exploding Nanny (off-screen), a pool vacuum runs amuck and tries to strangle Moranis, and a house is set on fire. A pastor dies from poisoning and a woman is found frozen in a meat-locker. The only really violent on-screen scene is when a woman drops a statuette on a man's head. There's no gore.

PROFANITY 5 - There are 4 hand gestures, which translate as the F-word, one F-word fully enunciated and one almost enunciated. Also, an assortment of name-calling, sexual references and scatological terms. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, class distinctions, incest, promiscuity, marrying for money, illegitimacy, drunkenness.

MESSAGE - Murder is wrong, especially if you are trying to kill your friends.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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