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3,000 Miles to Graceland



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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

Five ex convicts dressed like Elvis rob a Vegas casino, but things go awry when three of them are shot and killed; the remaining two try to outwit each other to cash in on all the money. With Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, David Arquette, Christian Slater, Courteney Cox, Bokeem Woodbine, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Pollak, Ice-T, Howie Long, David Kaye and Thomas Haden Church. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Lots of sexual innuendo, including references to casual sex, prison sex, masturbation, homosexuality, S&M, and male and female genitalia. We see a man repeatedly thrusting on top of a woman (no nudity is visible); the two make loud noises and the headboard bangs against the wall throughout (the woman's young son is in the room during this scene). We see another similar sex scene; the woman's bare back and the top of her bare buttocks are visible when she's in bed post-coitus (we also see the man's bare chest). A woman and man are lying in bed together and the woman has her legs propped up (we can almost see the crotch of her underwear under her skirt). We see a man wearing only a towel; a woman lies in bed with him and puts her hand up the towel, supposedly touching his penis (she makes a comment about its size). A teenage girl leaves her father and drives off with an older man; we see her kiss him and perform fellatio while he's driving. A woman lifts up her skirt and shows a man most of her bare thighs. A man stares at a woman's clothed buttocks, which are very near his face, as she stands on a chair (we see several close-ups of the top of her thong underwear that's sticking out of the top of her pants). A man stands behind a woman and thrusts his hips several times. We see a woman in her bra on a bed. A woman grabs her clothed breasts and pushes them up. A man fills out a questionnaire with several sexual questions on it about masturbation, having sex with another man and bondage. There are numerous shots of scantily clad female dancers and lots of cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Numerous instances of threatening with guns and numerous shots fired, with many people killed. Two men are shot in the chest and killed, and blood gushes out of their backs. A man is shot numerous times in numerous places by several machine guns and blood splatters all about him (on the floors and walls); his body also twitches and shakes violently as he's being shot. A man is shot in the head and blood splatters out on to the wall. A man is shot in the forehead at point blank range and blood drips out of the hole and flows down his face. Three men are shot to death and one's blood squirts on the white wall behind him. A man is shot in the neck and blood flows down his neck and over his yellow coat; he dies a slow death, after one man tries to save him by mouth-to-mouth (and the man trying to save him gets blood all over his face and hands); then the corpse is tossed out of an airplane. A man is shot in the leg and a lot of blood squirts out of the wound in slow motion; then the man is shot in the chest and killed, with blood coming out of the wound spilling on to his white t-shirt. A man in a gun showdown is shot in the chest and apparently killed; then the winner walks up to the loser -- who appears dead on the ground -- and shoots him again (either to be brutal or to finish him off). A man kills another by shooting arrows into his chest at close range; we see a close-up of the blood-covered corpse. A man kills a woman by shooting her with arrows (we see her corpse as well, with blood coming out of the mouth). A man is shot in the forearm and blood drips out. A man is shot in the chest and knocked off a pier, falling several feet to the ground. A man is shot and killed while hanging upside down suspended from a cable (blood drips down him). Several men are shot in the chest and killed. A man is shot in a few places and his leg and hands are covered in blood, as are the walls around him. A man driving a car runs into a coyote, which smashes into the windshield and causes the man's head to slam into the steering wheel making the car go off the road; the man has blood on his face and is knocked out. We see two dark bruises on a man's bare chest after he's been shot (but he was wearing a bullet proof vest; hence the bruises and not bullet holes). A man is barely nicked in the face by a bullet; we see a small bit of blood come out of the wound. We see two corpses who've been shot and killed. A man drenches a gas station in gas from the pump's hose, lights a match and drives off; we see the tanks and station go up in flames (there's also a recently killed corpse inside it). A man who's been elbowed in the face pulls bloody gauze out of his nose. Twice a man hits another in the head with the butt of a rifle. A woman driving a car tosses a man out of it and he rolls on the road but isn't injured. A woman is gagged and thrown in a trunk. A man strangles another. A fast-moving van runs into a moving car several times, causing the car to crash. A man hits a woman in the gut with a metal bar. A man punches a boy in the shoulder. A small animal skeleton is run over by a car. Lots of reckless driving. Several police cars are shot several times and blown up. Two animated monster scorpions fight; blood and green slime ooze out of them when they're injured. Twice we see men urinating. A boy vomits.

PROFANITY10 - About 60 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, many mild obscenities, several religious profanities, some insults, one finger gesture (a young boy flips off an older man). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Heists, family, single mothers, fatherless boys, role models, murder, deception, loss, doing the right thing, trust, trickery, egomania, prison

MESSAGE - The power of love and brains prevails over the power of a man with big guns and no conscience.

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