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Death Wish [2018] [R] - 3.9.9



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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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Remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge movie: After his family is brutally attacked in their home, a wealthy surgeon (Bruce Willis) is frustrated with police inaction and so gets a gun and takes matters into his own hands. Also with Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, Dean Norris, Beau Knapp and Kimberly Elise. Directed by Eli Roth. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately in a club scene. A husband and his wife kiss. A husband and his wife hug.
 We see a woman wearing very short skirt bowling on TV and when she bends over we see most of her bare buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut blouse that reveals cleavage. A teenage girl wears short shorts that reveal her bare legs to upper thighs. A woman wears a dress that reveals bare shoulders and her upper chest. A woman wears a very low-cut top that reveals cleavage and part of her bra. A couple of wounded men are shown in an ER with no shirts and one is shown wearing only jockey shorts (bare chests, abdomens and legs are seen). We see a photo on a cellphone of a woman wearing a bikini on the hood of a car in a suggestive pose (bare shoulders, cleavage, abdomen and legs to the hip are seen). Several pictures of bikini clad women hang on a wall in a bar (cleavage, bare shoulders, abdomens and partial buttocks are shown).

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - An armed man enters a bar and shoots another man in the back of the head (blood and matter spray and pool under the victim and we see the bullet wound). Two men shoot at each other in a bar and one man is struck in the leg (we see the bloody wound as the other man steps on it); the wounded man kicks the other man in the crotch and holds a gun on him until a bowling ball crashes onto his head and he falls onto the other man where he is shot in the head (blood sprays).
 A man working under a car in a garage is struck on the leg by another man with a large wrench and knocks himself out when he hits his head under the car; the man is then shown strapped to a board and the attacker uses a scalpel to cut his leg open (we see the skin separate and bleed as he describes that he is cutting the sciatic nerve) and then pours brake fluid into the open wound and the other man screams and gags (no vomit) in pain (we see the fluid bubbling in the wound) and finally the man pulls a jack holding the car off the man on the floor and the car crushes him (we see a lot of blood and matter when his head is crushed).
 A man shoots another man repeatedly and he falls over a landing and snaps his neck when he hits the floor below (we see the twisted body with a lot of blood pooling on the floor); a man is shot in the head and we see blood splatter on the walls around him, another man is shot in the arm and a man is shot repeatedly against a wall splattered with blood. A man shoots through a bathroom stall door in a crowded public restroom; people run and scream and another man shoots at the first man (one man is struck in the shoulder and the other in the chest).
 A teen girl slashes an attacker in her home across the face with a knife (we see his bloody cheek) and a woman throws a pot of scalding milk on his face (he screams and we see his reddened skin) and another man shoots the girl and the woman (we hear the shots off-screen and do not see the result). A man with a gun approaches another man and shoots him several times in the chest (we see bloody bullet holes in his jacket.
 A man with a gun grabs a teen girl and holds the gun to her head while another man holds a gun on a woman in a home invasion; one gunman draws a knife, moves close to the teen girl seated on a stool, touches her clothed thigh and presses his pistol between her legs as she pleads for him to stop.
 Two men carjack a car with a woman in it; another man shoots the car as it speeds by striking the driver and the car crashes into a fire hydrant, the woman stumbles out of the car and runs away, one of the men in the car stumbles out shooting and he is shot in the back and then again at close range (we see bloody wounds) while the driver of the car is shown gasping and spitting blood with a bloody wound on his neck and head (he dies); we see a video of this incident several times. Two men hassle a woman in an alley and another man calls out to them; the two men punch and kick the man and leave him motionless on the ground. A man driving a pickup truck slams on the brakes and pulls off the road where he shoots a rifle at two men that he calls "poachers" as they speed away; we see a badly wounded deer on the ground with a large abdominal wound and the man shoots it once to kill it (we do not see the result). A man stabs another man in the hand with a dart (we see blood), and then holds a gun to his head
 A police officer with a massive chest wound is shown in a police car as he is transported to the ER and eventually dies (we see a lot of blood on his chest and uniform). We see a body on a gurney in an ER covered with a sheet and with a spot of blood at the chest (we understand that a woman has died from a gunshot wound); her husband pulls back the sheet and we see her bruised and blood splattered face. A teen girl is shown in a hospital bed in a coma and we see her in different stages with a breathing tube and a tracheotomy (and later with a scar on her neck). A man is shown with a very bloody chest/abdominal wound in an ER and a handgun falls out of his pocket and hits the floor. A very bloody chest and abdominal wound is shown on a man in an ER where he is zapped with defibrillation paddles twice, with no result. A teen girl is strapped into her hospital bed and we see her with restraints on her wrists after she reportedly had a seizure. A man is shown with a large bloody cut on his hand from a gun slide. We hear that a young boy was shot on his way to school and see a bloody leg wound when he is in the ER. A man with a bloody shoulder wound puts SuperGlue in the open, bloody wound and then staples the wound shut (he moans and yelps in pain while biting on a cotton ball).
 A man puts a loaded handgun in his pants waistband and walks near a fenced in area where many homeless people are gathered; a large dog jumps against the fence and barks loudly at the man. Two young boys pretend to shoot each other in an abandoned lot and one falls back onto a sofa. A teen girl playfully grabs a man around the neck in a hold. A man tells his teen daughter to hide in a closet under the stairs and she is afraid.
 A man yells and curses on the sidelines of a high school soccer game and another man confronts him; they argue and the first man shoves the other man and calls him names (they do not fight). A man complains about homeless people cleaning his car windshield and begging for money while on the phone with a police detective and the detective says, "Run 'em over, it doesn't count as a crime." A man talks to a counselor about not being able to sleep and she offers prescription sleep medication. A vigilante is giver the moniker "Grim Reaper." Two men yell at each other about criminals suffering no consequences.
 After a police officer dies in an emergency room, his partner confronts a doctor about going to the next room to save the man who shot the officer. We hear several 911 emergency calls and police dispatch calls reporting violent crimes: A young woman's voice reports, "I just shot my brother," news coverage reports a surge in the murder rate in Chicago, we hear that a teen boy was shot and killed, and we hear that there were 762 murders; we also hear a report of 90 shootings in a week. A man talks about fighting (physically) with his father when he was young. There are conversations about AR-15s. We see a few TV commercials for a gun store and videos of people cleaning and loading handguns. A doctor removes a spent bullet from a very bloody bullet wound on a patient in an ER.
 A man shoots a handgun at a metal sign and the bullet ricochets around the area (the man ducks to avoid being struck). A man takes target practice in a few scenes.
 Several men are shown using urinals in a public bathroom (we see no flesh and do not hear or see urine).

LANGUAGE 9 - About 49 F-words (1 mouthed) and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 19 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms (1 in Spanish with no translation), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (animal, hero or zero, scrapper, old man, criminals, The Fish, fat greasy, poachers, Grim Reaper, monsters, cold, funny guy), exclamations (shut the [F-word deleted] up, shut-up), 2 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations (e.g. I Swear To [F-word deleted] God, Jesus Christ, I Swear To God, Oh My God, Jesus).

SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a prescription drug (presumably a sleep aid), and a man injects another man with something before cutting open his leg (during a torture scene). Two men and a woman toast and drink with wine at a restaurant, a man is shown with a brandy snifter in front of him (he does not drink), a man is shown with 3 empty beer bottles on the ground around him as he sits by a swimming pool, men and women dance and hold alcoholic beverages in a club scene (one man stumbles out of the bathroom and seems inebriated), and a man drinks a beer with dinner at a home.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Home invasions, violence rates in major US cities, vigilante justice, letting go of children as they mature, AR-15s, Krav Maga, normalizing dangerous behavior, torture, drug dealing.

MESSAGE - Taking the law into your own hands is a dangerous proposition and only works in the movies.

Special Keywords: S3 - V9 - P9 - MPAAR

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