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The Talented Mr. Ripley



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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Hired to convince a young millionaire (Jude Law) living in Italy to return to the States, a young man of modest means (Matt Damon) becomes part of a wealthy circle of friends (including Gwyneth Paltrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman) and takes drastic measures so he can continue living the high life. Also with Cate Blanchett, Jack Davenport, Caterina Deregibus, Philip Baker Hall, James Rebhorn, Stefania Rocca, Sergio Rubini, Celia Weston, Rosario Fiorello, Ivano Marescotti, Anna Longhi and Alessandro Fabrizi. [2:22]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Some sexual innuendo and some kissing. It's implied a couple is having intercourse, though all we see are their bare legs and the woman's bathing suit bottom at her ankles. We see a nude man's backside and genitals as he gets out of a bath tub (another man looks at his bare backside for a few moments); also, we see a man's bare backside when the towel wrapped around his waist falls to the ground. We see several men and women in bathing suits.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man hits a person in the head with an oar and then beats the person to death (we only see the first blow, though we do see lots of blood on and surrounding both of them); also, a person is beaten to death with a stone bust (we see the person's bloody head as it's being beaten and also see blood and what looks like brain matter on the bust). We hear the sounds of someone being strangled and we see a man choking another. A man pretends to shoot another during an opera (a red scarf flows on the floor surrounding the man's body and looks like blood). We see a body floating in the ocean and a corpse with blood on its coat being dragged someplace. A woman hits a man repeatedly and a man slaps another's face and arms repeatedly. A man falls off his moped and has some welts on the side of his face. A man kicks over a table. We hear a man and woman screaming and throwing things at each other. We see a spot of blood spreading on a bathrobe and a man with bloody fingers.

PROFANITY 5 - About 5 F-words, a few anatomical references, a scatological reference, a mild obscenity and a couple of insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - False identities, Italy, deception, murder, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Some people will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Special Keywords: S7 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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