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Ten Benny



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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 shoe salesman with big dreams begins to alienate his girlfriend and his childhood friends when he gets in over his head with gambling debts and loan sharks. With Adrien Brody, Michael Gallagher, Tony Gillan, Sybil Temchen, Lisa Roberts, Frank Vincent and James E. Moriarty. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo and a few kisses. We briefly see a couple kissing passionately. A man and woman kiss passionately and unbutton each other's shirts (his bare chest and her bra are visible); we then see him thrusting on top of her (both are still clothed, but we see most of her bare legs). After a man gets out of the shower, we see his bare backside, then see him holding a towel in front of his groin.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches another; first we see a bloody cut under his eye, then see him with an extremely bruised eye. A man is thrown into a bathroom and his head is shoved into a toilet. A scuffle and a fistfight. A few men are slapped; one man is slapped repeatedly. Police drag several men out of a house, push them against a car hood and put them in handcuffs. During a couple of arguments, a man grabs a woman's arms and raises his fist to her. We briefly hear a man and woman screaming at each other. One scene of threatening with guns and a few verbal threats. We see a man who apparently had a heart attack recovering in the hospital.

PROFANITY 10 - About 190 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities and many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling, loan sharks, dysfunctional families and relationships, friendship, following your dreams, loyalty, betrayal.

MESSAGE - Life doesn't always turn out the way you hoped or expected it would. Follow your dreams.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P10 - MPAAR

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