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21 Grams [2003]



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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: R

The story about the evolving, complicated relationship between a woman (Naomi Watts) whose husband and two daughters are run down and killed by a drunk driver, and the man (Sean Penn) who becomes the recipient of her husband's heart. Their lives cross paths and they struggle with the pain of loss and the desire for revenge. Also with Benicio Del Toro, Clea DuVall and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman hug and kiss, and they have sex -- we see her bare breasts, her bare buttocks, and his bare chest and buttocks; he kisses her breasts, goes down her abdomen, she moans and writhes, and she kisses his chest. A man reaches up a woman's shirt, she moans, they kiss, she sits on a dresser and lifts her skirt, and they kiss passionately (we see her bare thighs and see the man reaching up her skirt). A man goes into a room in order to provide a sperm sample; the doctor shows the man pornographic magazines (there are women with bare breasts on the cover) and he turns on a pornographic movie (we see a man and woman having sex: he thrusts and she moans and we see his bare back and buttocks and her bare breasts and thighs). A man and a woman kiss passionately. A woman wearing a tank top and panties climbs into bed with a sleeping man. A man kisses a woman on the neck and caresses her breasts (she's wearing a camisole). A nude woman sleeps on her stomach (we see her bare breast), and a nude man sits on the bed next to her (we see his bare chest and legs). Men talk about "safe sex," a man and a woman talk about artificial insemination, a man talks about another man not having "lead in his pencil anymore." A woman has a vaginal exam (we see her with her legs in stirrups and we hear the clanking of the metal examining tool). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Women wear bathing suits (one piece) and we see their bare legs and cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man kicks a door down, a man holds a gun on him and the first man tells the man with the gun to shoot him. A woman hits a man in the head repeatedly with a lamp (we see blood on his mouth), a man steps on a glass and cuts his foot, and we hear a gunshot and see a wounded man with blood on his chest. A man holds a gun on a man, makes him walk, kneel on the ground, and he throws dirt in his face, yells at him and shoots at him several times (we see this scene a few times). We see a man with a bloody wound on his chest (from a gunshot) and feet (he stepped on glass and it broke) -- we see this scene several times. A man cuts himself with a heated knife blade (we see his skin separate and bleed and he douses the wound with alcohol). A man tries to hang himself from a pipe, the pipe breaks and he falls to the floor (he gags and coughs). A woman slaps a man in the face and head and screams bitterly at him. A woman holds a man in her lap and his face and mouth and her hands are covered with blood. We see dead bodies covered with blood-stained sheets lying on a street. A woman screams and falls limp when she hears that her family has been killed. We hear a car skid and we hear a thud when people are hit by a car. A man lies in a hospital bed with tubes in his nose and mouth and a bandage on his chest and he talks about death and dying; another man lies in the bed next to him in a coma, we see a man die and watch his monitor flatline. A man talks about having killed three people with his car, and a woman talks about her husband dying. We hear that a woman had an abortion. Men scuffle on a basketball court and one tries to get the other to hit him. A boy hits a girl on the arm and the father makes the girl hold out the other arm for the boy to hit, and he does. A man hits a boy twice on the head. A woman tries to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and backs into another car. A man vomits while driving (we see goo on car and hear him gagging). A man vomits (we see goo and hear gagging). A man looks at his feet and they are tinged blue, and a man has a large scar on his chest from heart surgery. A man suffers from a bad heart; we hear him wheezing, he wears an oxygen tube and has an oxygen tank with him. We see a human heart in a jar full of liquid.

PROFANITY 7 - 24 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 5 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of family members, guilt, drunk drivers, revenge, faith, promises, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Life goes on.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol to the point of inebriation, and taking drugs -- pills and snorting cocaine.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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