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Turtle Beach



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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

Greta Scacchi, is an Australian photojournalist wanting to break the story of the Vietnamese boat people seeking refuge in Malaysia.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - The only real nudity is a woman's bare derriere. A scene where a woman uses her body to cool her husband's anger-playing the baby, the "bad girl," to the papa who is always protecting her; she is clad in a negligee and he puts his hand to her breast.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - The movie opens with rioting in the streets. Later, during a Hindu festival, a long needle is poked through a youngster's lip. When the Vietnamese boat people try to swim to shore, the Malaysian villagers charge them with swords and butcher knives-slicing open their sides, chopping off heads, etc. Eventually only dead bodies are left floating in pools of blood.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used once-and that's about it. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The movie raises questions of extra-marital sex, submissive sex, the black market, oppression and violence.

MESSAGE - Of course, the main message is the victimization of refugees, which can also be applied to the treatment of minority groups in general.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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