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Wild Wild West



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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: PG-13

In this sci-fi/western/action flick, Will Smith and Kevin Kline play special agents who must protect the President from an evil Doctor (Kenneth Branagh) who wants to take over the United States. Salma Hayek, M. Emmet Walsh, Ted Levine, Frederique Van Der Wal, Musetta Vander, Sofia Eng, Jerry Potter, Steve Tom. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Many instances of sexual innuendo and a couple of kisses. A man and woman passionately kiss and embrace each other while in a large tub of water (we see some of his bare chest and the tops of her bare breasts); later, we see the blur of his bare buttocks as he stands up and his bare front side with a hat covering his groin. A man puts a fake pair of women's breasts over his clothing (they look like flesh-colored balls); he and another man feel them, then fill one of the balls with water and feel it, commenting on its likeness to a real breast. In a brothel, a man eyes several scantily clad women from head to toe, then picks up a man dressed as a woman and takes him to a bedroom (nothing sexual happens). A man dressed as a woman dances suggestively in front of a man, a man drums his hands on a woman's cleavage several times and a man stares at a woman's scantily clad buttocks. We see a large phallic machine thrust a few times while a man makes a sexual innuendo. We briefly see lots of leather straps and harnesses hanging above a bed. We see most of a woman's bare buttocks as she flips up her skirt and the top part of a woman's buttocks through an open panel on her pajamas. We see a classic painting of nude women, lots of women in cleavage-revealing dresses, lots of women in revealing burlesque-type outfits and many scantily clad women and men in a brothel.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - With the exception of one scene, which is noted below, no blood or gore is visible. In two different scenes, men wearing magnetic collars are chased by spinning blades; in one of the scenes, the screen turns black, we hear a chopping noise, then see a man pull a blade from below the man's severed head. A man is shot in the stomach, a man is shot in the chest and a woman is shot (all at close range); also, a tank shoots lots of soldiers (we see their bodies all over the ground) and a man shoots several people hiding in a room (we see their bodies on the floor). A man who was shot and tossed into a river washes ashore wearing a bloody shirt. A man tries to strangle another with a rope; they scuffle, then one of the men is stabbed and stuffed down a train's smokestack. Two people fall out of a large water-filled tub (they're not injured); later, two men are presumably crushed when the tub falls on them. Many fight scenes, some extended, during which men are punched, kicked, pushed, choked, hit with shovels or other objects, thrown onto the ground and into walls, etc. A man is knocked onto a table, strapped down and then flipped to the underside of a moving train; A man steps on another's crotch, a few men are slapped and a mechanical foot steps on a man's face, leaving a small abrasion. A man is nearly lynched. Many explosions; it's presumed that people are inside some of the buildings and wagons that explode, but we only see one man being tossed in the air. A hang-glider's wings are shot and it crashes into the deck of a large mechanical spider, pushing a woman off; several other people are pushed or simply fall from high altitudes, presumably to their deaths (in one scene, two men land in a muddy river and survive). A woman is trapped inside a cage, men are caught in a net and we see a person inside a bag being thrown into a carriage. Fire shoots from a dancer's bra. Lots of threatening with guns and some threatening with knives. A severed head is used as a film projector. We see a man with a very scarred face and a small horn for an ear (in one scene, he tips the horn down and yellow goo drips from it); we also see other men with scarred faces, a man with no legs in a wheelchair and a man/robot with the top of his metal skull showing above his bolted-on skin. A man eats a crispy lizard on a skewer.

PROFANITY 4 - Many anatomical references (some are slang terms), some scatological references, lots of mild obscenities, a few insults and some racial slurs and jokes. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The West, the late 1800s, war, murder, inventions, slavery.

MESSAGE - Good triumphs over evil once again.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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