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Strange Days | 1995 | R | - 6.8.9

In 1999 virtual reality tapes are black-market goods and Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett try to solve a murder.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A brief virtual reality scene of a bare-breasted woman climbing atop another bare-breasted woman. A woman takes off her top and rubs her breasts. During a rape scene we see a woman's breasts. In virtual reality we see a man fondle a woman's bare breasts (we see her breasts for an extended period of time), and we hear them both moaning and sighing. A woman in a VR tape is handcuffed and gagged and we hear moaning and see thrusting as a man makes love to her.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A violent rape scene has the man hitting and chasing the woman before he handcuffs, gags her and cuts her shirt open. He then strangles her. In a VR burglary scene we see people rush a restaurant, shoot people and hit them. A man falls to his death. Many scenes of rioting and wild partying with the police seeming to use excessive force to restore peace. A man is beaten up a few times and has bruises, cuts and blood on his face. A man is stabbed in the back. A woman beats up people a few times. A car is set on fire and drives into a river. A man is shot in the head and a woman is shot in the back. Two people have their brains fried while on a VR "trip" and look like zombies.


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LANGUAGE 9 - 30+ F-words, many scatological references, many mild obscenities, some anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Virtual reality, murder and rape, the millennium, rioting, corrupt police, racism.

MESSAGE - You shouldn't betray your own values. Even people living and working on the fringes of society can be ethical.

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