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The Tailor of Panama



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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

A British spy (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself in Panama and proceeds to convince a famous tailor (Geoffrey Rush) to do some spying himself on local political endeavors. Also with Jamie Lee Curtis, Leonor Varela, Brendan Gleeson, Harold Pinter and Catherine McCormack. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - A few instances of sexual innuendo, including references to oral sex and homosexuality. A man and woman are lying in bed and we see the woman's bare breasts. In an extended scene, we see a pornographic video of what appears to be only a woman's bare buttocks and breasts, and we then see it's a threesome with two completely naked women and a completely naked man (genitals aren't visible but everything else is); several times we see the three of them kissing each other and moving around on one another, with several shots of breasts and chests and buttocks. We repeatedly see the bare backside of a woman straddling a man and humping him numerous times. We see a man on top of a woman having sex with him and we see her bare breasts. A man kisses the back of a woman's neck; we later see the two having sex with the woman straddling the man and then watch (and hear) the two of them climax. A man puts his hand inside a woman's dress and we see her bare breasts as he's rubbing them. We see part of a transvestite's buttocks. Two men dance together and we see a few gay couples kissing and dancing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Threatening with guns and shots fired. We see video footage of bombs dropping, causing big explosions. A woman is badly beaten with sticks and we see blood all over her face, clothes and hands; we see a few shots of a man being beaten as well. A man throws a woman on a bed and pins her down. A woman slaps a man; a man slaps a woman. A woman bites a man on the lips, causing the man to have a bloody lip. A man has a few cuts on his face. A woman has a permanently scarred face. A man commits suicide offscreen. A car crashes into another car. We see a man urinate.

PROFANITY 8 - About 30 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, some mild obscenities, several religious profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Spying, lying, infidelity, love, betrayal, suicide, multiple partner sex, Panama Canal

MESSAGE - Lies will catch up with you in the end.

Special Keywords: S9 - V6 - P8 - MPAAR

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