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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
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell star as the leaders of the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics team (S.W.A.T.). Their team is called to escort an international criminal into the custody of federal law enforcement, but to complicate their work the man offers $100 million to anyone who can get him out of the country. Heavily armed people start crawling out of the woodwork to collect the reward. Also with LL Cool J and Michelle Rodriguez. Directed by Clark Johnson. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man kisses a woman's forehead. Scantily-clad women stand in the sun roof of a limousine, dancing and flirting with people in cars around them. A man makes a sexual gesture with a pool cue. A woman lifts her top as a car passes and we see her bare back and part of her bare breast. A woman wears a short top and low-cut pants that reveal her bare abdomen and back to the hips. A woman wears a sports bra and pants that reveal her bare abdomen. A man is shown in his underwear, and a man lifts his shirt to show his bare abdomen and part of his boxer tops. Men are shown bare-chested in a few scenes while working out. A man talks briefly about a venereal disease, and people talk briefly about sex in jail.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man slits another man's throat: we hear the slicing, the man gurgles and gasps and he falls dead onto a table (the assailant wipes the blood off the knife and onto his shirt). A man holding a woman with a gun to her head is shot (the bullet passes through the woman's shoulder and kills the man). A man is shot in the head, and a few other men are shot. Two men are shot on a bus, a shootout ensues, another man is shot and blood sprays, and people run for cover and scream. A man is shot and falls out of a car when the door is opened (we see him motionless on the ground with blood on his neck). A helicopter is shot out of the air, it swirls out of control, crashes to the ground, and explodes causing glass in nearby buildings to shatter. Truckloads of armed people pour onto a street surrounding a car, firing their weapons in every direction, smoke canisters are tossed around, other trucks slam into cars, a car explodes, people are shot and fall to the ground dead. A man is stabbed through the hand and the knife sticks into the bed of a moving train (we hear him groan as he removes the knife). Men robbing a bank fire weapons at police officers, some are hit and some vehicles are hit. People in the bank are held hostage and appear terrified, and a woman is held with a gun to her head. People in a car shoot at a plane, a man in the plane shoots at the car, and the car rams the plane causing it to skid out of control; more gunfire is exchanged, a man is shot, and a man shoots himself in the head (we hear the shot). A man is hit in the legs and head with a metal pipe, and he and the man who hit him fight with many punches and kicks; one pulls a gun and they fight on train tracks, and one man is kicked under the wheels of the train and we hear a crunch as the train passes and we see his body jerk. A car is shot at and two cars on either side of it explode as it passes through. A man and a woman are held hostage on an airplane, it lands on a bridge and skids on the wet road, and the man is shoved out of the plane and the woman remains. A man punches a man as he rounds a corner, the man is thrown onto the ground and kicked by another man a couple of times. A man grabs a piece of glass and slashes a man who's on top of him in the ear (we see some blood). A man in a house shoots a gun toward the street where police are gathered. A woman on a bridge is tied with a rope around her waist and is used as support to lower two men to the ground below her. A man shoves a man into a mirror and his head breaks the glass, and a man elbows a man in the stomach. Two men shove each other around and another man tries to keep them apart. A woman throws a frying pan at a man and he drops to the ground to avoid it. A man lunges at another man, they yell at each other and the man is pulled away. A man in a hospital has a bruised face with blood trickling from his nose, and a woman in a hospital has a cut on her side. S.W.A.T. team members lower themselves out of a helicopter and onto a rooftop, with their guns drawn. A device is used that is inserted through a wall and when it is pulled out it tears down the entire wall. A man talks about having killed his father. We hear a police radio call for help at a bank robbery in progress. A swarm of bats flies at a group of people in a tunnel. There's a tense moment when a man disarms an explosive device, re-arms it and it blows a tunnel door off the hinges. A training exercise with a plane hijacking scenario shows people being shot with paint guns. Two men do target practice shooting at standees of people with guns (we see holes shot through their heads). A woman has a bloody arm and a man has blood on his face. A man vomits (we see the goo). A man chews tobacco and spits into a cup.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 4 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 37 mild obscenities, 13 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - American greed, heroism, tactics, respect, second chances, Homeland Security, venereal disease, Interpol.

MESSAGE - Sometimes doing everything by the book isn't exactly doing the right thing.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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