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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 look at aging rock musicians and wannabe actors in LA who're just looking for some recognition, success and love. With Rosanna Arquette, Ally Sheedy, Jade Gordon, Michael Des Barres, John Taylor, Martin Kemp, Larry Klein, John Doe, Lucinda Jenney, Jeffrey McDonald, Richmond Arquette, Lumi Cavazos, Vincent Berry, Polly Platt and Chris Mulkey. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to fellatio) and many kisses, some passionate. It's implied that a woman performs fellatio in a car (we see her head duck below the window before the scene ends). We see a woman in a slip lying in bed with a shirtless man, obviously post-coitus and discussing her past as a prostitute. A girl gives a pair of panties to a man. A man playfully slaps a woman's buttocks while they're dancing closely. We see a pregnant woman's bare breasts twice (once while she's showering and once while she's in labor) and her bare belly a few times; also, we see a woman in her bra and panties, a woman in a bra and the upper part of her thong-covered buttocks and lots of women in cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We see a man die, presumably from a drug overdose, after taking several labored breaths (a woman sees him in pain but ignores him; the scene is more comical than dramatic). A woman slaps a man's chest, a man slaps another several times and a man pushes another against a fence. A woman talks of being raped, but we later learn she was lying.

PROFANITY 10 - About 60 F-words, a profane finger gesture, lots of anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities and an insult. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hollywood, musicians, actors, fame, deception, lying, infidelity, uncertain paternity, drug use and abuse, rehabilitation, self-help.

MESSAGE - Fame is fleeting; what really matters is finding and maintaining personal relationships.

Special Keywords: S5 - V2 - P10 - MPAAR

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