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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

A medical laboratory space ship on a routine mission attempts to rescue a mysterious man in a long-abandoned mining ship. With James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Wilson Cruz and Vincent D'Onofrio. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Some sexual innuendo and a couple of kisses. In three scenes it's implied that a nude man and woman have intercourse: one couple is seen, from a distance, embracing each other while floating (his bare backside is visible) and two other couples are seen from their bare shoulders up, once kissing passionately and another time with some moaning and movement. We see the bare arms and shoulders of a presumably post-coitus man and woman. Several people undress to enter time travel "pods" (we glimpse part of a woman's bare breasts, see the outline of a woman's bare breast during a shadowy shot, glimpse the side of a nude man and see several men's bare chests); also, a nude couple embraces each other as they travel in the same pod (we see her bare back and their shoulders and arms).In two different scenes, we see the side of a nude man lying on an examination table; also, we see a man's bare backside and chest.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A still-conscious man is found in a glass pod with a few bloody strings of flesh coming out of his face; he asks to be killed and is then zapped in the head with a laser beam (we see his bare, disfigured back when he falls out of the pod). Someone is shot in the head and stabbed in the eye (both times a bloody wound is briefly visible). Someone is shot with a harpoon and yells and writhes in pain (no blood is visible; the person eventually pulls it out). A person's hand is chopped off (we see the bloody arm stump and the dismembered, slightly bloody hand lying on the ground); later, the person picks up the hand and reattaches it to the arm. A few people are repeatedly thrown across rooms, onto floors and against walls (in one scene a person is thrown through a glass wall and dies with some blood running from his mouth). In two scenes, a person is hit in the side of the head with an object, causing a small bloody wound (in one scene, the person is hit repeatedly). Two people are purposely ejected from a space ship (we see their bodies floating away); also, an explosion sends a person flying into outer space. A person is grabbed by the neck with metal tongs and thrown against a wall. A man grabs a woman by the arms and face. A person spits in another's face. A person is chased by a torch-blowing machine. A building collapses and nearly kills someone. A robot is harpooned. A person destroys several "pods" with an ax. We see some frozen and dusty corpses.

PROFANITY 3 - A few scatological references, several mild obscenities and a profane finger gesture. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Outer space, alien objects, deception, eternal life, procreation.

MESSAGE - Perseverance pays off; it's good to be suspicious.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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