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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

A group of college students become victims of the creepy stories we've all been told but don't really believe. Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Natasha Wagner, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, John Neville, Robert Englund and Julian Richings co-star. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Sexual innuendo (including references to oral sex). A kiss. We see a woman in a bra moaning and moving rhythmically in front of and then on top of a shirtless man. In a book, we see a few illustrations of clothed people in sexual positions. A girl strokes and pretends to lick a microphone. We see several women in cleavage-revealing tops.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - We see many bloody corpses throughout the movie. A man's ankles are slashed with a knife (we see lots of blood pouring from the wound) and he's then run over by a car and impaled on some spikes (we see his bloody body lying on the ground). Someone shoves a funnel down a man's throat and pours drain cleaner into it (we see blood on the man's face and chest). Someone wraps a rope around a man's neck and throws him to the ground; we later see him hanging from a tree, then falling from the tree onto a car's windshield (his face is bloody). A woman is punched, tied to a bed and gagged; we see some blood as her stomach is punctured and then slit with a scalpel. A woman slashes another's chest and shoots her (we see blood on her clothing). We see blood dripping from the inside of a microwave (it's implied that a dog has been cooked in it). A man intentionally runs into a guardrail; a woman is flung through the windshield and lands in a river (we see her body floating away). A car bumps another off the road; the driver is unconscious and has bloody cuts on his face. A woman is nearly hit with an axe twice; later we hear squishy noises as it's implied she's being hit with it (we don't see her body or any blood). A woman is choked to death. We see an axe swing through a car window (it's implied that the driver is decapitated). A woman hits a man with the side of an axe and pushes the handle against a woman's throat. A woman is shot and then falls out of a window. A woman is thrown over a railing and falls to the ground. A woman sprays mace in a man's face and hits him with her car. On a television program, we see a woman threatening a man with a gun, then hear the man being shot. Two people are threatened with a gun. Two women scuffle and a woman punches a man. A woman bites someone's hand and a woman slaps another. A woman slips and falls into a pool of blood. We see words written in blood on a wall. After eating something, a man falls to the ground and we see brown foam coming out of his mouth (he's fine later). We hear a man urinating.

PROFANITY 6 - About 12 F-words, a few anatomical references (one is mouthed), many scatological references, many mild obscenities and several insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Urban legends, murder, revenge, friendship, journalism, college life.

MESSAGE - Revenge can be carried out in the strangest ways.

Special Keywords: S3 - V8 - P6 - MPAAR

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