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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: R

In this comedy written by David Mamet, a movie production plagued with problems relocates to a small Vermont town, which welcomes the crew until its stars begin behaving badly. With Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Clark Gregg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon and Julia Stiles. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Many instances of sexual innuendo and a passionate kiss (as well as a few near-kisses). We see two illustrations on storyboards that show a nude man and woman having intercourse (the woman is on top of the man, and her bare breasts are very visible). We hear several references to a man's "hobby" of liking -- and presumably having sexual relations with -- teen girls; in one scene a girl who learns of his hobby goes to his hotel room and they flirt a bit, in another scene we see him in a robe as she's leaving his hotel room (a kiss between the two is implied, but not seen), and in another scene she accuses him of taking advantage of her. A woman wearing high heels and a long shirt walks out of a hotel room and yells at a man (who later walks out with a towel around his waist) about her inability to "come." We see the bare legs of a probably-nude woman lying on a man's hotel room bed, then we see her bare back and upper shoulders when she stands in front of him (he denies her advances; nothing sexual happens). Several discussions about a woman's refusal to appear topless in a movie, as well as references to the fact that she's appeared topless in many previous movies. A man comments that ties accentuate men's genitals (as opposed to bowties, which accentuate the ears). In a non-sexual scene, we see a woman's bare back when she removes her shirt in front of a man (he tells her to take it off because he doesn't like it); also, we see a woman wearing a cleavage-revealing top and a girl wearing a few midriff-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - In a scene that's somewhat played for laughs, a man burns his thumb with a lighter and then gets a fishing hook caught in his thumb (we see a close-up of the bloody wound, then see a bandage on his thumb in later scenes). A swerving car flips onto its roof and hits a street light; a bystander pulls the driver out of the car, and then a passenger climbs out (both have bloody facial cuts and one has some blood on his shirt; in later scenes both have small bandages on their heads and one is wearing a wrist brace). A man intentionally throws a weight through a window; it's implied that a shard of glass falls on his head, but we don't see the wound. A man grabs another's shirt.

PROFANITY 6 - About 7 F-words, a couple of anatomical references and lots of anatomical slang terms (in reference to breasts), some scatological references, a few mild obscenities, a couple of religious profanities, a couple of insults (plus an anti-Semitic slur and a derogatory term for homosexuals). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Movie productions, "small-town" America, reneging on a contract, bribery, falling in love, underage drinking (a teen takes a sip of a man's mixed drink), an older man's interest in (and involvement with) teen girls, legal depositions, perjury, honesty.

MESSAGE - Every problem can be solved (though not necessarily through legitimate means).

Special Keywords: S6 - V2 - P6 - MPAAR

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