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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
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Willem Dafoe is a New Mexico sheriff, investigating the apparent suicide of a man who died in the desert while clutching half a million bucks.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - One sex scene in the shower, Mastrantonio is exposed from the side. Also, sexual sounds are made to pretend that sex is happening.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A dead body is discovered, and there's a very close shot of the bullet hole in his head. A number of people are shot. There is quite a bit of blood. Dafoe is threatened with two guns and a knife, by two women who want the money. An autopsy is performed, and an organ is pulled out of the body and cut apart.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word and assorted foul language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gun-running, FBI and CIA covert operations, sex, murder.

MESSAGE - Pretending to be somebody you're not may land you in trouble.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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