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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

Bill Paxton and William Sadler star as two small-town fire-fighters who are searching for buried treasure in an abandoned building in a big-city neighborhood of East St. Louis.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - More weapons and gunfire than in most war movies: the gangsters seem to be adding more weapons to their arsenal by the minute. Two murders in which victims are beaten, shot and then thrown down through several floors of the building. One suicide and several more killings as a result of gunplay and explosions. A few old-fashioned fist fights. Also one disturbing scene in which a character stabs another in the neck with a needle loaded with heroin.

PROFANITY 8 - Lots of profanity, ranging from the scatological to the F-word. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, revenge, suicide, drug addiction, corruption and betrayal, and racial stereotypes.

MESSAGE - Money (as well as lust for wealth) will corrupt many and may blind you to dangers, as well as to the "right path" in life.

Special Keywords: S0 - V8 - P8 - MPAAR

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