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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

Michael Douglas plays a newly appointed U.S. Drug Czar who finds he can't even control his own daughter's addiction to cocaine, much less make major headway in the war on drugs. Also with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Erika Christensen, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Steven Bauer, Miguel Ferrer, Amy Irving, Dennis Quaid, Jacob Vargas and Albert Finney. [2:25]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Some instances of sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation, teen sex and homosexual sex. Passionate teen kissing. A man picks up another man in a gay bar by putting a cigarette packet on the bar with a condom wrapped on the package and the man checks out the other's clothed backside and looks at him seductively. Teens talk about getting high, having sex and climaxing together; we see a boy and girl begin to take their clothes off. We see a man and a young woman (teenage girl) in bed having sex, with the man on top thrusting many times; we see the man's bare backside and the girl's bare shoulders. We see a naked man, including his pubic hair and bare buttocks. We see bare-chested men in a pool. A woman is in her nightgown with a great deal of cleavage showing. We can vaguely see a woman's nipples through her top (not meant in a sexual way, just the way the material and sunlight interact). A teenage girl prostitutes her body for drugs and she is lying in a bed with a sheet up to her shoulders but is obviously nude under the covers.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Threatening with guns, and several shots are fired. Police hold guns on two drug smugglers and throw one to the ground and roughly handcuff him behind his back. A man is beaten and tortured and is shown bound to a chair and a man begins to spray something into his face while holding his jaw and we hear his screams; we later see him with bruises and cuts on his body and face. A man is shot in the chest (we see blood come out of the wound) and apparently killed. A man is shot in the back. We see blood dripping down a man's face. A man is shot in the back and a lot of blood squirts out of his chest; we see the corpse lying in blood. A car explodes, killing a man. A man is shot in the foot. A man is shot in the back of the head and killed at point blank range while his friend watches with a gun to his own head and after the pair had been forced to dig their own graves. A man is poisoned to death; we see him on the ground grabbing his throat in pain and foam oozes out of his mouth (we later hear he died). A man threatens to break a young man's neck. A young man passes out (and almost dies) from overdosing on drugs and we see some convulsing. We see several instances of teenagers freebasing cocaine; a girl takes an injection of heroin in her foot. A man grabs a teenager and shoves him; other instances of people shoving/pushing each other.

PROFANITY 10 - About 70 F-words and derivatives (some are spelled out in subtitles), several anatomical references, lots of scatological references, several mild obscenities and religious profanities, many insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drugs, the war on drugs, teen sex and drug use, teen prostitution, loss of a husband, torture, parenting, suicide, addiction, dysfunctional families, stealing.

MESSAGE - The war on drugs is a futile endeavor; drug addiction ruins individual lives and destroys families.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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