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White Men Can't Jump



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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

Woody Harrelson, is a white-bread who's actually a pretty good basketball player and Wesley Snipes is his budding buddy, with whom he roams the urban basketball courts of Venice, California hustling.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Several explicit sex scenes between Woody Harrelson and his girlfriend and Wesley Snipes and his wife. Several shots of upper frontal nudity, and total rear nudity.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - One bungled attempt at robbing a corner grocery store, but the perpetrator is recognized by the shop owner and he ends up asking for a loan instead. A couple of hoods keep chasing Woody and threatening him, but nothing really serious comes of it. People shove each other on the court.

PROFANITY 9 - Multiple use of the F-word and its derivatives. Assorted crude insults and a lot of verbal assaults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling, hustling and loan-sharking.

MESSAGE - People of different colors can be friends. We all share the same problems and we all need to pull together and help each other. Being dishonest is fine, as long as it is with strangers and not friends.

Special Keywords: S6 - V2 - P9 - MPAAR

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