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xXx: Return of Xander Cage [2017] [PG-13] - 4.6.5

 
 

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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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Called out of exile by the CIA, an xXx agent (Vin Diesel) mobilizes a team of daredevils to find and destroy a weapon called Pandora's Box, which controls all the satellites orbiting Earth. A super villain (Donnie Yen) wants to use it to destroy the world. Also with Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by D.J. Caruso. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Chinese, Spanish and other languages with English subtitles. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Six women remove a man's coat and push him below the frame; we later see the clothed man looking down and we see the women semi-clothed with three of them wearing bra and panty sets that reveal cleavage and partial buttocks while the other three wear only panties while lying on their stomachs with arms blocking their breasts from view (we see partial buttocks) and it is implied that the man had sex with all the women.
 Three women wearing halter tops that reveal cleavage and very short skirts that reveal bare thighs and midriffs writhe against a wall as men stare at them and one of the women later rubs her body against a man. We see a close-up of two women's pelvises writhing together, clad in skimpy bikini bottoms (we see navels). Four large party scenes on an island and at a pool feature dozens of women wearing short dresses, short-shorts, halter tops and bikinis (we see cleavage, some bare backs, midriffs and abdomens). A woman wears a flimsy dress that slit to the top of one thigh and also reveals cleavage. A bare-chested man is covered with tattoos on the chest, neck, back and full arms.
 A man and a woman kiss briefly. A man and a woman begin to kiss, but do not do so. A close-up shows the back and head of a man above a woman's face, kissing her briefly with the couple apparently in bed and the scene ends. A woman wearing a halter top that reveals some cleavage, a very short skirt and thigh-high boots kisses a man.
 A caption says that a DJ had sex with two famous female pop stars on the same night.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man jumps from a skyscraper roof into the window of another high rise where he shoots 10 men dead, four of which were shooting at him; he kicks several men before shooting them (no blood shows), he stabs a man in the thigh with a knife, and jumps out another window. Two helicopters send down several soldiers on cables and they fight with men and women on the ground while others run and scream; automatic rifle fire and small grenade explosions create smoke and flames as fistfights occur and one woman beats a soldier unconscious as a man is stabbed through the arm (no blood is seen), a woman shoots six soldiers dead and we see them fall without blood, and then shoots two more men in the face (their faces are turned away from the camera and no injury is visible) and they fall dead. A man points a handgun at two men and a woman across the street in another building shoots the man and in the head and he falls off-screen (we see him dead with a bullet hole in his forehead and a stream of blood across an eye and cheek). Soldiers arrest two men and take them to a flying fortress where a woman shoots one of the men three times in the chest and he falls (he is wearing a bullet-proof vest).
 A prisoner kicks a soldier in the groin and another knocks him unconscious while the first captive fistfights and kicks another soldier, and a third soldier accidentally shoots and kills the pilot flying the plane they are on (his face becomes covered in blood); the vessel dives and the people aboard float in Zero-G with two soldiers attempting to shoot the prisoners and one prisoner shoots two handguns several times, killing the soldiers with a little blood visible.
 Army snipers shoot at a group of men and women, who shoot back with assault rifles and automatic pistols; two women with two pistols each shoot and kill dozens of soldiers who were shooting at them (we see them fall without bloodshed) and an electric cable breaks and falls into water on the floor electrocuting three soldiers (we see sparks). A woman shoots a sniper many times, shaking and stuttering as she shoots, then she falls and the rifle goes off by itself, killing two other snipers with sparks and some blood; a man runs at two snipers, who shoot him twice in a leg and he falls as the gunfire continues and six explosions fill the screen with increasingly large balls of flame (when the smoke clears, we see many soldiers lying dead).
 A woman in a cargo plane shoots a man in the legs twice and he falls; he hooks her ankle to a heavy crate that has no parachute and sends her out the cargo bay (she screams and we do not see her again).
 A man flies a cargo plane into a flaming satellite in the sky and he jumps from the plane as the screen fills with fire and the camera zooms back to show a large explosion in the sky (both the plane and the satellite are destroyed); we see the man zoom down to a cargo container that has a parachute attached to it, deploys the parachute and lands on the ground unhurt. Two scenes feature one of two satellites in space igniting in a shower of sparks and flames, then falling toward the camera audience. A woman shoots a box out of a man's hand, destroying it and the camera cuts to a TV newscast stating that several Russians were killed when a satellite fell from the sky, crushing them.
 Two men run through an alley and into an abandoned high rise and a man at the top of a series of staircases shoots at them until they throw him through an opening to his death and we hear a faraway thud. A woman shoots a handgun at a man without effect. Two men fist fight until one man is unconscious. A soldier wears prosthetic gloves and attacks a man, but punches walls and control consoles on a plane creating sparks; the fight continues with punches and kicks, until the man knocks the soldier out. A man runs and flips over a motorcyclist, stealing the cycle out from under him. Two men fistfight and jump off a bridge onto the tops of semi-trucks on a highway; they meet on one truck and fistfight, falling off and onto the pavement (they seem unharmed) and they jump over cars and two SUVs crash and arc over their heads while another man pulls a man out of an SUV, throws him to the ground and steals the SUV to chase the fighting men, who escape over a fence; the SUV and a large van collide and the SUV flips twice, knocking the driver unconscious.
 A man jumps off a platform with a knife in his hand while a woman points a high-powered rifle at a man, a woman points a handgun into the groin of a man while he points a knife into her stomach and they slap each other until she holds a knife to his throat and he holds a gun under her chin. Two men on motorcycles ride into woods and enter water; one of the men runs over a soldier who is choking a woman and the two riders ride under the water briefly and under a tall wave (one rider disappears and the other walks out of the water onto a beach). A man tries on prosthetic gloves that increase speed and power of punching and he punches through the bulkhead of a plane.
 We see the aftermath of a shootout where a medic zips up a body bag containing a dead man in a suit (no blood or injury shows). A man has a badly scarred cheek that looks like a burn. A man's portrait stands next to a coffin at a funeral where a few people cry (we see him standing in the balcony, alive).
 Two men and a woman play with hand grenades at a table after the pins are pulled on three of them; they toss and catch them, holding the switches closed. A man finds what looks like a bomb in a case and soldiers surround him with automatic rifles; he grabs one of the rifles and whips around in a circle (he discovers that the bullets are fake, as is the bomb). A man kicks a heavy can of food into another man's throat, causing him to fall unconscious.
 A man hooks five soldiers to a large crate and pushes them out the back of a flying fortress as they scream; they are seen unharmed in another scene. A man on skis jumps from a very tall cell tower and skis through a tropical forest canopy, down hills, and into a town as police give chase and lose him; he switches to a skateboard on a two-lane street, dodging traffic and he jumps off at a village and runs along train tracks to a shack. A man on a plane grabs a parachute and slides out the cargo bay. A man drives a car into a walk-in ATM kiosk, smashing glass and metal work; two men slam him against his car and take him away. A man drives a van along a street, breaking off the side-view mirrors of a dozen cars. A man throws an electronic device the size of a brick onto the ground and stomps on it, completely smashing it.
 A man delivers a crate of assault rifles to a criminal, argues about price, and breaks one of the rifles over his knee. A man argues briefly with a woman. A man says that during a war, he lay in a hospital, drowning in his own blood. A man says, "The CIA has been trying to destroy the world for years."

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 3 obscene hand gestures, 8 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, fools, punk, slackers, loco, hero, suit, deranged, self-righteous, fruit loop, flea market, hot shot, bastard, boardroom billionaires, Chatty Cathy, Rocky, Frankenstein, Red Bull Freak Show, Lt. Leningrad, Moscow Mule, Ivan, Igor, Jadzo), exclamations (wow, shut-up), 4 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. God Help us, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, Oh God, Thank God, the hymn "Oh Happy Day"). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman hold bottles of beer (they do not drink), a bottle of clear liquor is seen on a table at a café and empty beer bottles are seen on a bar, several men and women hold mixed drinks as they dance in a crowded club, a few bottles of clear liquors are seen on a bar, a man and a woman drink clear liquor at a table, and a man at a bar tosses the contents of his drink over his shoulder. A man lights and smokes a cigarette, and smoke rises from a café table below the frame (it might be cigarette smoke or a steaming cup of coffee).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Patriotism, duty, politics, the CIA, corruption in government, world destruction, greed, power, dishonesty, disinformation, military operations, guns, death, teamwork, friendship, justice.

MESSAGE - Major world governments compete for power with deadly force, but there is hope for peace.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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