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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

Patricia Arquette plays an atheist who becomes possessed by stigmata after receiving a rosary from her mother. With Mark Adair-Rios, Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hodges, Patrick Muldoon, Nia Long and Steven Jonathan Pryce. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman begin to undress each other and then have sex (both are naked but covered by a sheet; we never see any nudity). We see a man and a woman (both clothed) holding each other in bed; we also see them kiss a couple of times. Prostitutes grab their clothed breasts and one shows her backside (she's wearing thong underwear). The camera scans a naked woman's body while she's in the tub (her knees and arms shield her genitalia and breasts); we also see a woman in her bra looking in the mirror and a woman lying in bed with a sheet over her.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - There are numerous flashbacks scenes of the following: spikes being hammered into a woman's wrists and feet with blood squirting out; blood dripping down a woman's face (from a crown of thorns piercing her forehead); slashes on a woman's back covered with blood (from being whipped). A woman drops a tiny baby on the street and it is implied that it is run over by a car. A subway train goes out of control, during which a woman is whipped, cut and slashed by an invisible force (lots of blood is seen). A woman cuts her arms and stabs her wrists with a knife. We see a needle injected into a woman and the blood flows through some clear tubes. A woman levitates and hangs in the air as if hanging on a cross. We see a dead body in a coffin, and blood runs over this image on the screen. A man tries to choke a woman to death and a woman slams a man into a wall, a mirror and through a glass door. Flames engulf a room in a convent; statues of Mary begin to burn and people nearly get burned. We see a close-up of cuts being stitched together and numerous close-ups of a possessed woman's face, which is scarred with cuts and bruises. We see many shots of a woman's bloodstained bandaged wrists. A woman finds blood on her hands and wrists, and sees blood in water. A statue of the Virgin Mary cries tears of blood and a woman cries tears of blood. Many pictures and images of the crucifixion.

PROFANITY 5 - About 5 F-words, a couple of anatomical references and mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion, science, faith, Roman Catholicism, possession, exorcism, pregnancy, sex, death, deception.

MESSAGE - Institutionalized religion cannot be trusted, for "the kingdom of God is inside you, not inside buildings made of wood and stone."

(Note: Christians, Roman Catholics in particular, may find that this movie disparages Catholicism and organized religion: Priests kiss, lie, deceive and almost kill. Also the movie states there are 35 gospels, not four, all are "memories, dreams, reflections" of Jesus and there is no true gospel.)

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