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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

Jeremy Irons stars as an History teacher, who responds to a question about the meaning of History by launching a meandering airing of his family's secrets, which include a number of closeted skeletons. There's sex and murder.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Bare male bottoms, and teenage girls in modest underwear. A young man is shown in is long-johns and it is obvious that he is aroused. Bare breasts. Two teens are shown making love several times, in various locales: a train, an abandoned hay storage outbuilding.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is found dead, floating in a river. When he is turned over he is bluish white and bloated. Some pushing and shoving between two young men. A young woman is shown in the early stages of an abortion (the old-fashioned way), and is heard screaming out in fear and pain.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used several times. Scatological terms are also used several times. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drinking, "intoxication shows them for what they are: mindless fools." Murder, jealousy, incest, premarital (teen) sex, teenage pregnancy, abortion, kidnapping.

MESSAGE - The very insignificance of a single event, however dreadful it may seem at the time, is where hope dwells.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAR

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