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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
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Kevin Costner stars in this story of a future Earth covered with water.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - One nude scene in which we see the bare buttocks of a woman. Some sex talk: one character offers another sex in exchange for her life, lots of references to men being out to sea a long time and "needing" a woman. Threats of rape and a rape attempt (see Violence/Gore below). One implied sex scene in which a couple kiss and fondle each other (clothed).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Ships with and without people on them are blown up and set on fire. Several violent chase scenes in which a gang on motor boats shoot, stab, harpoon and bomb a group of people. Three individual killings -- two people are shot point blank and one is stabbed; there isn't much blood. One character has his eye shot out and walks around with the eye socket exposed and bleeding. Another character is wounded by a bullet and bleeds. One character is almost drowned in mud. Slavery and kidnapping are depicted. Most disturbing is the kidnapping of a child: The child is threatened with rape, death and mutilation. A woman is hit on the head with an oar and later almost raped (her assailant is stabbed to death, some blood is shown). Lots of gunfire, fights with harpoons and hooks.

PROFANITY 2 - Several scatological references and a few milder profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, slavery, kidnapping, rape, mutilation, intolerance. The bad guys (a roving gang) are known as "smokers" because they smoke cigarettes all the time.

MESSAGE - People need each other to survive and they need to believe in something.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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