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Den of Thieves [2018] [R] - 5.7.10



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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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An LA County Major Crimes task force hopes to scuttle an audacious heist planned on the Federal Reserve Bank by criminals with army training. With Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, Pablo Schreiber, Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, O'Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent, Cooper Andrews, Sonya Balmores, Eric Braeden, Brian Van Holt and Maurice Compte. Directed by Christian Gudegast. One line of dialogue is spoken in German with no translation or subtitles. [2:20]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A fully nude woman runs across a room and we see her bare breasts, buttocks, abdomen, back and legs briefly. A strip club is shown with scantily clad dancers on the bar and stage (bare buttocks, cleavage and abdomens are visible); one dancer does a wide split toward a man seated and watching her (we see her thighs to the hip and her clothed crotch) and a dancer leans over to speak to a man and we see part of her bare side breast. A man and a woman lie in bed together; the man is bare-chested and we see his bare chest and abdomen while she is wearing a tank op that shows her bare shoulders and upper back.
 A woman waiting for a prisoner to be released from jail waits outside wearing a tight-fitting sweater and jeans that accentuate her figure. Wait staff in a bar wear off-the-shoulder tops that reveal bare shoulders, upper chests and cleavage along with short skirts that reveal bare legs to upper thighs. Several women seated around men in a hotel room wear tight-fitting, low cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bra tops and straps, shoulders and backs. A teenage girl wears a dress with shoulder cut-outs and a woman wears a deeply cut dress that reveals bare shoulders, cleavage, upper abdomen and bare back to the hips. We see a photo of the body of a bikini-clad woman hanging at a man's desk with the photo of a man's head stuck on the neck (cleavage, bare abdomen and legs are visible). A man is shown shirtless and we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen.
 A man asks a bartender if he gets a lot of sex (using crude terms) from working at the bar; and the man says that he would have sex with him (then he says he's joking). We see a neon sign on a building that reads "Hustler Casino." A wife tells her husband, "You smell like a stripper." A wife shows her husband a sexually suggestive text that he mistakenly sent to her instead of the woman he was apparently with the night before. A woman flirts with a male food delivery person. A man makes a sexually suggestive remark in a restaurant.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There is an extended shootout between cops and robbers among cars stopped in a traffic jam: we see vehicles being shot up and many cops and robbers are struck and injured or killed (blood spurts and sprays and we see men dying in pools of blood on the ground). An armored car stops at a fast food restaurant and two guards leave the car with one remaining in the driver's seat; several armed men surround the car, one man drills through the windshield and pulls it out of the car, one guard reaches for his gun and is shot (blood splatters), the driver of the car is shot and another guard from inside the back is pulled out and killed as police arrive and a lot of gunfire is exchanged leaving all of the guards and many of the police dead, with bloody wounds shown.
 Many armed men move into a bank and yell for customers and staff to get on their knees and turn over the cell phones, as they cinch tie their hands and put bags over their heads; a woman is taken out of the room and we hear a gunshot suggesting that she was killed. An explosive blows out the windows of a bank during a robbery.
 A man wraps his arm around another man's throat and squeezes; the attacked man spits and coughs when he is released. A man punches another man in the stomach and he falls to the floor coughing; the first man then puts a gun to the other man's eye and questions him. A man tasers another man in a car and punches him in the face knocking him out. A man grabs another man's crotch and slaps him across the face a few times while questioning him. A man tries to intimidate another man by putting his hand in the shape of a gun and threatening him if he ever touches his young daughters. A man flinches and spins around when another man tries to push him out of his house. Police grab a man off the street and put him in a truck where they punch him repeatedly (we see his bloody face and mouth) before handcuffing him. A robber threatens to kill hostages if demands are not met.
 Many robbers and police arm themselves in preparation for a robbery. A man speeds in a car as a demonstration of his driving ability; he squeezes between two moving trucks and screeches to a stop. Two men take target practice discharging many loud gunshots in a firing range. There are several tense moments of men being nearly discovered or caught in a few scenes.
 A husband and his wife argue and she shoves and hits him when he tries to stop her from leaving. Two men argue bitterly in a few scenes and they shove each other during one argument. A man says, "We're cop killers now." We hear that 4 officers died and 6 were injured in a shootout at a robbery. A man says that another man was struck in the femoral artery and is "done." We read that bank robberies occur very frequently in LA. Two men argue about being vegetarian or vegan. A man says, "Loose lips sink ships." A man says, "We just shoot you. Less paperwork." Several men discuss the Federal Reserve Bank and that there have been 53 unsuccessful robbery attempts. A man along with a roomful of other big and threatening looking men speaks to a teen boy about being responsible for the safety of his teen daughter for the evening and intimidating him with threats of bodily harm.
 We see blood on wounds on dead bodies and pooled on the ground near them as well as on a box of donuts (a man takes a donut and eats it; we do not see blood on the donut). We see a photo of a dead man with autopsy scars across his chest. A man spits into a garbage can and we see goo. A man spits on the ground and we see spittle. A man wakes up in a strange place after having been knocked out and is alarmed that his pants are wet; another man tells him it's normal (he was tasered). A man places packs of paper money into a basin filled with water and one explodes releasing a red dye into the water. A man eats food from another man's plate. A woman spits a mouthful of food into a napkin implying that it has gone bad.

LANGUAGE 10 - About 112 F-words and its derivatives, 1 F-word euphemism (F-Bomb), 2 sexually suggestive remarks, 29 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for gay people, name-calling (shady cats, dumb-dumb, gangster, fat, agro, rude, spectacle, Uncle Tom, beast, chicken), exclamations (shut-up, my gosh), 1 religious profanity (GD), 3 religious exclamations (Jesus Christ, For Christ's Sake, Christ).

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women seated at a bar are shown with cocktails and beer and several of them drink, men and women in a bar drink alcohol, several people drink whisky and beer in a hotel room, people drink wine and beer at a restaurant, a man drinks from another man's glass of wine, and two men at a bar drink beers. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes throughout the movie (outside, in a bar and in a hotel room), several people smoke cigarettes in a hotel room, a man smokes while standing on a beach, a man smokes in a firing range, and a man tells another man that he has to stop smoking.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bank robbery, cops vs. robbers, rogue cops, family, parenting, divorce.

MESSAGE - Bank robbery is a dangerous undertaking.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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