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3 Strikes



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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

Just minutes after being released from prison, a man with "two strikes" against him is innocently involved in a shoot-out with police and becomes a fugitive from the law in this comedy. With Brian Hooks, N'Bushe Wright, Faizon Love, David Alan Grier and D.J. Pooh. [1:23]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to sodomy, cunnilingus and masturbation). A woman wearing a bra, panties and a garter belt stands in front of a man whose eyes bulge while looking at her; she lies on a bed with him and then he rolls on top of her as the scene ends (it's implied they have intercourse). A woman wearing a tiny halter top and shorts that reveal most of her bare buttocks dances suggestively in front of a man during a few short scenes (her backside is facing the camera); in a later scene, we see the man push her head off-camera toward his crotch and then see his pleasured expression (we briefly see her bare back and part of her bare breast). We see clips of a video game in which two small male and female characters have intercourse in a few different positions with movement and moaning. In a few scenes we see a woman's face (with a pleasured expression) and hear a humming noise along with her moans; in the last scene, she brings a phallus into the camera's view. A man licks his lips while looking at another's buttocks, which are held up in a sling; later, the man unzips his pants in front of the other (the scene fades to black immediately afterwards). A man puts his hand down his pants as he watches some scantily clad women do aerobics on television and daydreams that he's dancing with them. A woman in a cleavage-revealing negligee and robe dances behind a man and rubs a feather boa on his neck and head; she later shows him a box of sex toys, including a paddle and a phallus. A woman runs her hands underneath a man's shirt, a man kisses a woman's bare shoulders, a man thrusts his hips into a bed a few times and a man looks at a woman's buttocks and thrusts his hips toward her several times. We see a few scantily clad women dancing suggestively and serving drinks to men at a bar (most of the women's bare buttocks are visible); we also see a woman's bare shoulders as she's taking a bubble bath and several women in cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Mostly played for laughs. Two police officers threaten two men (one of whom has a gun); shots are exchanged, cars are hit and one man is shot in the buttocks (we see blood on his pants as he's rolled away on a gurney); in another scene, many police officers surround a man and start shooting at him (he's not hit, but his car is shot many times). A man daydreams that police officers break down a door and shoot him repeatedly (we see several small bloody circles on his shirt). Two men punch another man in the stomach and grab his shirt; one briefly threatens to rape him and thrusts his hips a little. A man is punched in the face; also, a man is tripped and then repeatedly kicked by many others. A man flicks another's wounded buttocks (we hear him yell in pain), a woman pushes a man, a woman hits a man with her purse a few times, a woman slaps a man twice, men slap at each other, a man shatters a bottle over another's head and a boy accidentally hits a man's crotch with a stick. A police officer puts his hand on a woman's shoulder, and when she knocks it away he threatens her with a gun and has her taken away by a few other officers. A man jumps off a diving board and leaps over a fence (we hear things breaking, but he's not injured). A few scenes of reckless driving during a car chase; a man is knocked to the ground when a car spins and hits him. A man is chased by a dog. A man passes gas loudly several times and we see a man spit.

PROFANITY 10 - At least 76 F-words, some profane finger gestures, lots and lots of anatomical references, scatological references, mild obscenities and racial epithets and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Prison, marijuana use, the "three strikes" crime law, running from the law, infidelity.

MESSAGE - Running away from an illegal situation when you're innocent makes you appear to be guilty; it's easy to find and get into trouble everywhere.

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