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9/11 [2017] [R] - 1.4.6

 
 

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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
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Based on a play: Five people (Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzmán, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda) are trapped in an elevator during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers and fear for their lives as the towers begin to crumble. Also with Whoopi Goldberg and Jacqueline Bisset. Directed by Martin Guigui. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss and hug.
 A man tells a woman that she is, "A 10" and she is upset and asks, "Are you hitting on me?" A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage throughout the movie. A man's pants slip down and we see a bit of his bare lower back and buttock cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see several TV news broadcasts of the World Trade Center attacks and we see the towers billowing smoke after the first strike, then watch the second plane crash into the second tower and bursts into flames, and then the second tower collapses; we also see the Pentagon billowing smoke after being attacked.
 Four people in a stuck elevator lie on the floor and float into the air when the cables break and the car plummets to the ground (we see them all with bloody head wounds after the car stops). A stuck elevator drops a few feet as one passenger is being passed through a hole made in a wall and inside a building (the passenger is OK). Five people are thrown when a cable holding an elevator breaks. Five people are thrown violently when the elevator they are stuck in is thrown after an explosion. Five people in an elevator are jostled when an elevator lurches and stops. The lights in a stuck elevator go off and the people inside scream. Five people in a stuck elevator scream and pound on the walls for help (no one comes). A man yells and pleads for help while pounding on an elevator control panel. A woman on a stuck elevator hyperventilates and panics when it stops and there seems to be no way to get out. Smoke pours into a stuck elevator and the people inside cough and gasp. A man gasps and holds his chest fearing that he is having a heart attack (he is OK).
 A firefighter pries an elevator door open and three people emerge before the elevator drops again and one person is trapped inside; the firefighter climbs on the top of the elevator car and opens the hatch as we hear a loud rumble (the screen goes black and we assume that both people are killed). A firefighter pries an elevator door open and a man emerges from inside. Four people boost a man up to reach a ceiling hatch in an elevator to release a lock. Two men on a stuck elevator open the stuck doors and break away the interior wall with a sledge hammer. Two men on a stuck elevator attempt to open the doors a few times (they are unable).
 A woman calls the families of people stuck on an elevator to tell them what is happening. Three men argue and make objectionable remarks about others being racist. A woman yells at a man when she thinks he is making sexual advances. A woman says, "I don't want to die today." A fire fighter talks about "the inferno on the 90th floor," and they determine that they will have to walk 90 floors to reach the fire since the elevators are out. People talk about a terrorist bombing in the basement of the World Trade Center in 1993. People on a stuck elevator talk about the odds of surviving if the car falls. We hear that a small plane crashed into a World Trade center tower. A man jokingly threatens another man with physical violence. A woman says, "Today, I get my life back," it is not clear what this refers to. A husband and his wife argue in a meeting where they are to be settling their divorce and negotiate the custody of their child. A man talks about being struck by a taxi while on a bicycle and that he injured his knee.
 We hear a voice on a radio say that a toilet is still clogged and a maintenance engineer replies. A man makes a joke about a doctor asking him for blood, urine and stool samples.

PROFANITY 6 - About 16 F-words and its derivatives, 33 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, derogatory terms for Pakistanis, name-calling (crazy, man, suga' mama), exclamations (son of a), 2 religious profanities (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ, Oh My God, Thank You God, God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman takes a prescription anxiety pill and offers some to others, a woman takes an anxiety pill from another woman and swallows it, and a man takes a pill for anxiety when he thinks he is having a heart attack. A man smokes a cigarette in an office and is told to put it out (he puts the butt in a coffee cup), and a man takes out a cigarette in a stuck elevator and does not light it.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, wealth, gambling debts, estranged parents, divorce, heroes, survival, goals, racism.

MESSAGE - Never forget.

Special Keywords: S1 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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