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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: PG-13

Chris O'Donnell plays a photographer for National Geographic who's sent to cover a commercial mountaineering team as they attempt to ascend one of the world's most difficult peaks. Also with Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney, Nicholas Lea, Alexander Siddig, Scott Glenn and Izabella Scorupco. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - One mild kiss. Several instances of sexual innuendo, including a few references to oral sex, casual sex, and men talking about a mountain being a woman unwilling to "lift up her skirt and pull her panties down" for them. We see two naked men sitting in chairs but their genitalia are covered by their legs. We see a man's bare chest.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Several tense, scary scenes of rock climbers scaling cliffs and dangling from ropes. We see three people fall from a cliff but are saved by their safety ropes; they dangle several hundred feet above ground for a few tense moments. One man is cut free from a rope and falls several hundred feet to his death; we see his body hit the ground. Three people allegedly fall off a cliff and die but we don't see them land (just fall). A man falls and has his leg trapped in between two rocks. A person falls several feet into a crevasse. An avalanche loudly rolls down a mountainside and smothers a few hikers (allegedly killing them), trapping two others in a crevasse. A man slides down a mountain and just barely hangs on the ledge of a cliff. Two people dangle from a cliff's face and one person is killed when an avalanche knocks him off the cliff. A canister explodes and makes a loud, scary noise. A woman's finger is broken and is then snapped back into place. We see minor cuts on several characters' hands and faces. We see a frozen corpse. A man is blown away by an explosion but survives. A big explosion kills two people. One man kills another by stabbing him with a needle in the heart and then suffocating him. A woman punches a man several times. A man takes a knife and removes the internal organs of a recently dead corpse. A man chokes another and then lets go of him. Four people dangle from a rope in a crevasse. One man commits suicide to save the lives of others. We see a man's wounded midsection, apparently from a broken rib and internal bleeding. A man jumps across a large gap between two mountains and hangs on a cliff face by only his ice picks. Discussion of murder; one man intends on murdering another. A woman punches a man in the face. A man vomits. We see a man urinating. A few cannons fire explosives.

PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, one "F" finger gesture, a few anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities, several religious profanities, a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mountaineering, murder, suicide, war, family, death, love, loyalty, power, greed, loss of wife, loss of parent, sacrifice, forgiveness, atheism, theism, heaven, hell.

MESSAGE - Don't give up no matter how bad the circumstances; if there's a will there's a way.

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