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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

Melanie Griffith is cast as a tough cop who has to move in with a community of New York Hasidic Jews in order to find out who killed one of their members. She soon becomes enamored with their traditional values and Ariel (Eric Thal), a gifted student who's primed to assume leadership of the community one day.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - One romantic kiss, but no nudity or sex.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A cop is stabbed in the first scene, the shot is jerky enough that you don't really see the stabbing, but you see the knife and then the cop in an ambulance. We see a murdered body, after the fact. A young hasid is found murdered in his jewelry store storeroom. Gunshots and a hoodlum dying in a car after it crashes through a store front.

PROFANITY 5 - The full gamut of foul language, including the F-word, comes from Griffith in the early scenes. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religious beliefs, the strength of community, falling in love and following one's heart vs. maintaining traditional values.

MESSAGE - The Hasidim are represented as an ideal traditional society which has found the path to inner-peace. Closer examination reveals their communal family values as patriarchal authoritarianism.

Special Keywords: S1 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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