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Whispers in the Dark



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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

Annabella Sciorra stars as a psychiatrist who becomes psychologically involved with one of her patients, a sensual blonde who insists on relating her sexual escapades -- which involve bondage. Then the blonde is found strangled.

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Total female nudity. The opening scene depicts a foggy dream-like sexual encounter. Side view of a nude woman hanging by the neck. Police photos of women's bodies after having been beaten and abused. Sexual fantasies and obsessions are a major theme, especially depictions of bondage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - 5 violent deaths. One man falls out of a window; we hear the crash as he lands on the roof of a car, and we see the results with his twisted body laying in a pool of blood. A woman shown hanging by the neck. A man stabbed in the chest, and a man axed in the head. Most of the scenes of violence are shown after the fact.

PROFANITY 6 - F-word and lots of detailed descriptions of sexual acts and fantasies. Very explicit, sexually-oriented language used throughout. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual dysfunction, sexual obsession, murder, trust.

MESSAGE - Trust no one.

Special Keywords: S8 - V7 - P6 - MPAAR

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