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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

At the risk of losing his marriage and his job, newspaper reporter (Clint Eastwood) begins investigating a man sentenced to die that very evening for a murder he may not have committed six years earlier. Also with Isaiah Washington, James Woods, Denis Leary, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Penny Bae Bridges, Diane Venora, and Bernard Hill. [2:07]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo (including a reference to oral sex) and a few kisses. In an obviously post-coital scene, a man with a towel wrapped around his waist kisses a woman's upper leg (she's wearing a slip and we see a bit of her panties) and she rubs his bare chest a few times. We briefly see a woman in a cleavage-revealing top.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A few times, we see different parts of a flashback scene: a man threatens a woman with a gun then shoots her in the chest (we see her lying on the floor with blood on her chest and face); while she's still alive, another man performs CPR on her and gets blood on his hands and clothing. A woman loses control of her car and we see it crash into a parked truck (we don't see her body). We briefly see a man scuffling with two others. A man shoves another man onto a couch. A woman hits a man with a briefcase several times. A girl falls out of a stroller and gets a couple of bloody cuts and scrapes on her face. We see an IV inserted into a man's arm, then see blood pour out of it when it's removed. Reckless driving.

PROFANITY 9 - About 32 F-words, lots of anatomical and scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death row, capital punishment, the legal system, infidelity, alcoholism, investigative journalism.

MESSAGE - Follow your instincts; don't let others sway you from what you think is right.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P9 - MPAAR

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