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Collide [2017] [PG-13] - 5.6.5



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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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When his girlfriend (Felicity Jones) cannot afford an organ transplant in Germany, a man (Nicholas Hoult) plans a cocaine heist for cash, but runs afoul of an eccentric drug lord (Anthony Hopkins). Also with Marwan Kenzari and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Eran Creevy. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in German with English subtitles. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - In a close-up, we see two piles of gummy candies in the shape of penises.
 A very dimly lit bedroom scene shows a man and a woman kiss briefly twice, they lie down on a bed, clothed and kissing, and the scene ends (sex is implied). A woman asks a man to move in with her and he does so; and later, they lie clothed on a bed as the scene ends (it is unclear if sex occurs). A man and a woman kiss passionately for several seconds in three outdoor scenes; in one of the scenes, he also rubs her upper buttocks (both are clothed). A man on a rooftop removes his clothing down to his briefs (we see his chest, back, and one bare thigh) and a woman removes some clothing (she is shown wearing a bra, underpants and stockings to mid-thighs) until she becomes ill and they go inside (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman kiss for several seconds in a hospital corridor. A man and a woman kiss briefly in three indoor scenes. In a living room scene a woman straddles a man as he sits on a couch, she kisses him twice, and the scene ends. A prostitute pushes a man into a small trailer as she laughs.
 A man wearing only briefs (we see his bare back and chest and part of one thigh) has five semi-nude women in a small trailer; the women wear only bras and skimpy underpants, one woman wears a corset and thigh high stockings, and another is topless with her back to the camera (we see cleavage of four of the women, three bare abdomens, and some bare thighs and legs). Three women in an office with a man are shown wearing blouses that bare cleavage and miniskirts and short-shorts. A few women in a club wear short skirts and short shorts that reveal bare legs to the top of the thighs. A woman wears a backless sweater that shows a bra closure and tights. Two other scenes show a woman wearing tights and a V-neckline that exposes cleavage. Movie footage on a TV screen shows a large exercise class of women wearing leotards, performing aerobics, writhing movements, and pelvic thrusts.
 In two scenes, a man and a woman both say, "I love you."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man enters a gasoline plaza, followed by three armed men and a hunter walks in with his shotgun drawn; the hunter is shot and falls off-screen, the camera pans to him as he shoots a gunman who drops (we see no blood) and a loud shootout occurs between three men as the first man escapes and we see one man slouch to the floor with blood on his chest, presumably dead. A man speeds in a stolen car to a horse track where two other men dance to loud music in a horse stable and point a gun at him; they have a loud argument, the man lays down the gun and another man shoots him (we see no blood and he later holds his side as he walks, but no blood is visible). A man hangs another man around the throat with a leather strap attached to a gate that revolves around a stable; as the gate moves, the first man beats the other man with his fists and kicks him several times, and then shoots the second man (we see a little blood); the second man slams a big hook into the first man's shoulder (we do not see blood), steals a car and escapes.
 A motorcycle and a car speed on a highway at night, swerving in and out of traffic, they pass a semi-truck and stop ahead on the road where the cycle appears to crash into the car; the truck stops, the driver points a gun at the car, shouting and shooting into the side of the car, when the other two men rush him and beat him with fists until unconscious, and then drag him to the grass off the road; one of the men steals the truck (we see blood running from a corner of his mouth) and the truck later tips on its side and skids off the road (the driver is unconscious and smoke rises from the cab).
 A man holds another man and a woman captive when a third man enters and shoots a handgun into the air; he argues with the first man while a SWAT-type team and police officers with several cruisers surround the building and a smoke bomb is shot into the building; gunfire breaks out as the captives escape and run down the street and a gunman is shot and killed (we see no blood).
 A man in a train station chases another man and a woman while shooting a gun in the air and he hits a guard in the head with the gun (he falls unconscious) as men and women scream and run out of the terminal until SWAT members shoot and kill the attacker (he falls dead with no blood shown).
 A man with blood on his head wakes up on a pallet in a warehouse where two men threaten him, one man picks him up, tosses him on the floor, kicks him and beats him with his fists (we hear loud grunting) until the victim stabs the attacker in the thigh with a shard of glass below the screen; he runs away, steals a car and smashes three cars in the warehouse, escapes the building, and drives away with men shooting at him and we hear and see the car's windshield cracking, side windows breaking out and the car rams through a guard shack, demolishing it.
 A car rams through three parked cars and into a café, demolishing it, while men in other cars pursue and shoot at it, police cruisers follow with lights and sirens operating and the first car sideswipes two more cars as we hear screams of men and women as they run away from the street; a cruiser hits a smashed car and two other cars come to rest on top of the cruiser with smoke rising (no injuries are seen).
 A man in a smashed car runs away as police and two other men shoot at him. A man shoots into a restaurant and hits a metal pillar with a loud "ping"; he breaks into an apartment house and is chased by two men who shoot at him, one man chokes him and he hits him in the head with a power saw (no blood seen). A man chased by other men is confronted by two barking dogs and they let him go.
 A man steals a car and rushes away from criminals, chased by three cars whose occupants shoot at him breaking the windshield and glass with loud noises while the drivers speed erratically, swerving in and out of traffic on a two-lane highway and a divided highway until the chased man drives the wrong way on the highway, causing several other cars to evade him and he drives into a deep ditch then back onto the highway in the correct direction; the cars of two criminals wreck among the stopped vehicles and run off the highway, a car smashes into a concrete block and sails toward the camera (debris covers several hundred feet of pavement around stopped vehicles); a speeding car flips forward and around its long axis at least a dozen times and lands on its smashed roof with the driver hanging upside down and unconscious (we see blood on his head and face); he wakes up with a loud grunt and exits a broken window as he looks at a smashed car with flames rising out of the broken windows (no injured people are seen) and he looks dazed as a man yells at him and he punches the yelling man unconscious before stealing a car and speeding away. A flashback shows a car speeding in and out of traffic on a highway until it flips forward and around its long axis at least a dozen times, landing on its roof, smashed and widely streaked with rub marks; the driver hangs upside down and unconscious (we see blood on his head and face) and debris covers several hundred feet of pavement among stopped cars and trucks.
 Two older men argue loudly twice: In the first scene, one man tells the other that the second man has no character or refinement; in the second scene, one man holds a gun while the other man points a gun at him. Two men shout violently at each other over a phone. A man and woman argue briefly over a phone. A man tells another man that a woman is dead, and then laughs and says he is joking. Two men follow a woman and we later hear that she was kidnapped.
 On a rooftop (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), a woman lies down and has convulsions as a man picks her up and the scene cuts to a doctor's office, where the physician tells the woman that she needs kidney dialysis and a transplant, but is not eligible.
 We see the entrance of a high-rise office tower where police cruisers with flashing lights and loud sirens stop; officers exit their vehicles and the scene ends (the arrest of a drug lord inside the building is implied).
 A truck driver handles three quart-size plastic bottles of dark yellow liquid on his passenger seat and we hear that they contain his urine. A woman sits in a dialysis chair with two large tubes filled with blood running into her arm under a covering, leading from a large machine.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 8 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, psychopath, stupid, idiotic, foolish, fat, disgusting, horrible, meaningless, beast, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone), 1 religious profanity (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, Amen, Hallelujah, Jiminy Christ-mass, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man asks another man if he wants a woman or champagne or cocaine and that he also has race horses and hookers, a man says that the drugs he took that day are very strong (we see no drugs), we hear that cocaine is hidden inside golf balls to be smuggled out of Germany twice, a man passes a wad of currency and receives a small indistinct packet for it (probably drugs), a man tells a woman that he quit his job selling drugs, a woman asks a man if he is high and he answers that he is not, a woman swallows a pill from a medication bottle in a gas station washroom and later gets out of a car and runs into a field where she has a panic attack and cries violently, and a woman tells a man that her parents did a lot of drugs and were not good parents. A bartender pours a glass of vodka in a bar and men and women drink from bottles of beer in a couple of bar scene, a large bar with loud electronic music features men and women drinking from bottles of beer as they dance on a crowded floor, a man drinks from a beer bottle at home, a man shouts for a drink until he receives a large rocks glass containing whiskey and he sips it several times, two men drink glasses of tequila mixed with Schnapps, a man sits on a car and drinks from a wine bottle, a man in a trailer holds a bottle of brandy and says he has champagne (we do not see it), a man and a woman each drink from bottles of Schnapps on a rooftop, and a truck driver drinks a can of energy drink as he drives.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Americans living in Europe, illness, organ transplants, money, power, selling illegal drugs, drug lords, deceit, punishment, escape, courage, love, sacrifice, relationships, respect, trust, justice, redemption.

MESSAGE - Some lovers go to great lengths to save their partners.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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