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Proud Mary [2018] [R] - 1.6.5



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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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A professional assassin (Taraji P. Henson) working for an organized crime family reevaluates her life after she encounters a teenage boy (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) desperately in need of help. Also with Billy Brown, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley, Rade Serbedzija, Erik LaRay Harvey and Danny Glover. Directed by Babak Najafi. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in another language without translation or subtitles. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman is shown showering and we see her silhouette in profile from head to toe through a frosted shower door (there are no details). A woman is shown to the waist while wearing a bra (cleavage and bare upper abdomen are seen). A pre-teen boy takes off his shirt and we see his bare back to the waist (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the knees. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and upper back. A woman's bare back and hip are seen when she bandages a gunshot wound. A woman wears low-cut tank tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders in a few scenes.
 A man holds a woman from behind and she pulls away and he traces his finger down her bare chest (no cleavage is shown) before she walks away. A man and a woman slow dance briefly.
 A reference is made to a man sexually assaulting a boy. A reference is made to a man and a woman having had a romantic relationship.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman shoots a lock on a door and enters an apartment where she shoots a man in the head (blood splatters on a wall). Two men in an office draw guns on a woman and she shoots them both; she then shoots another man in the head (we see the bloody head wound), and another man as he enters the office (blood splatters). A woman jogs toward a man in a dark tunnel and shoots him four times (we see blood spurt and see blood on his face). Armed men in an SUV open fire on several men exiting and surrounding another car and we see a few bodies on the ground; we later hear 5 men were killed and one was injured. An armed man and woman enter a compound where there are many armed men outside and they shoot one man as they enter a building, they shoot many other men as they make their way through the building (blood spurts and the men spin and fall to the floor when struck and one man has a bloody head wound) and the woman is shot in the side (we see blood on her jacket). A woman shoots a man in the chest twice and we see bloody spots on his shirt and a hole through the chair where he sits. A woman shoots a couple of men as she leaves a building and blood spurts as they are struck. A woman is shot at by many armed men as she drives through an alley (we see the car riddled with bullet holes), she shoots at the men and many are struck (blood spurts), she pins two men between a car and a wall, and she continues to shoot and kill many men inside a building as well as fight with a couple of men (one man is thrown through an interior window); the woman is shot in the shoulder and we see blood on her sleeve. A woman shoots a man twice in the chest and he falls to the floor (we see bloody wounds), and she then shoots him in the head at close range and we see the bloody head wound.
 A man with a plastic bag over his head and tied to a chair is tortured for information and we see a man shoot a nail into the man's foot, and then two more into his hand as the man yells.
 A pre-teen boy delivers a packet of drugs to a man who pays him, they argue over the sum and the boy threatens the man with a gun. A pre-teen boy threatens a man with a gun and then gives it to the man without shooting. A pre-teen boy falls asleep on a bench and a man steals his backpack; the boy chases him and shoots a handgun in the air causing the man to drop the bag and the boy then collapses unconscious on the ground.
 A man backhands a teen boy in the face (we see boy with a bloody nose and mouth and a gash on his head). A man grabs a pre-teen boy and covers his mouth; we then see the boy tied to a chair and gagged. A man threatens to cut the tip of a pre-teen boy's finger off and then his hand when the man discovers that the boy has stolen money from him. A woman grabs a pre-teen boy by the shoulders and appears close to hitting him (she does not).
 A man yells at a preteen boy. A man yells on the telephone. A woman asks a pre-teen boy, "Back from the dead?" A pre-teen boy says that a man will kill him and a woman. A man is rude to a woman and calls her names ("A parrot with [anatomical term deleted]"). A man tells a woman that he owns a pre-teen boy and that he will sell him to her. People talk about starting a war between rival crime families. A reference is made to a man sexually assaulting a boy. A pre-teen boy talks about his mother leaving and that, "She forgot to take me," and then that his father was murdered and his grandmother died. A man talks about "An eye for an eye." A woman finds a pre-teen boy sitting in her closet and holding a handgun; she yells at him and takes the gun away. A pre-teen boy complains about trying on new clothes. A woman talks about running away when she was younger because her father didn't treat her well. A man tells a woman, "You are a liability." A man tells a woman, "I own you." A woman yells at a pre-teen boy for using obscene language.
 A woman prepares a handgun and attaches a silencer. A pre-teen boy finds a closet filled with a variety of weapons in a woman's apartment.
 A woman is shown bandaging a gunshot wound on her side (we see the bloody wound, blood in the sink and on her hands as she gulps cognac from the bottle). A pre-teen boy removes his blood-covered shirt and we see his back with healing lash marks, bruises and what looks like burn marks. A man spits on a woman.

LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words, 12 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (little man, rude, snitch, little thief, perv, arrogant, fat mouth, animals, stupid, boujee, gutter snipe, pathetic, nosey little [scatological term deleted], crazy, ungrateful [mild obscenity deleted], Danny Boy), exclamations (whatever man, shut-up, oh my gosh), 6 religious profanities (GD), 1 religious exclamation (Jesus).

SUBSTANCE USE - A preteen boy delivers a packet of drugs to a man who tastes it and pays him for it, and a woman talks to a pre-teen boy about carrying "2 bricks of brown." Two men drink whiskey in an office, people are shown at a dining table with glasses of wine, a woman drinks several gulps from a bottle of cognac, several men drink shots of vodka, a man drinks a glass of whiskey in his office, and a can of beer is shown on a table where a man sits. Men smoke cigarettes outside a building in a couple of scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug dealing, hustling, orphans, abandonment, death of a parent, murder, organized crime, family, justice, forgiveness, reparations, grudges, child services, respect, child abuse, secrets, trust, guilt, debt, survival, regret, living on the streets.

MESSAGE - The streets are a dangerous place to live. Find family where you can.

Special Keywords: S1 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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