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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | 2014 | PG-13 | - 1.6.3

Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), struggles with his identity and the death of his parents and his beloved uncle, while also fighting off evil masterminds. Also with Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott and Marton Csokas. Directed by Marc Webb. [2:22]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Spider-Man snatches a young woman off the ground and they swing to the top of a bridge where they hug and kiss. A young man kisses a young woman as he walks across a stage in a graduation ceremony. A young man and a young woman kiss in several scenes.
 A young woman breaks off a relationship with a young man.
 A young man removes his shirt in a few scenes and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A man shoots at Spider-Man and he wraps webs around his hands and pulls down the man's pants; we see the man's boxer shorts.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man climbs on a railing in order to reach and reconnect a coupling and after he plugs the two ends back together, he is shocked and falls off the railing and into a large containment pool filled with electric eels that swarm around him and bite him (we see the eels' large and pointed teeth); the man's eyes glow and he thrashes while electric bursts flash through the water until the containment walls break, the water floods out and we see the man shriveled and twitching (we see photographs of the accident scene later and the man on a morgue table partially covered by a body bag). A seemingly dead man on a morgue table moves and falls of the table; we see an outer layer of tissue break away from his body to reveal a glowing flesh underneath (we can see veins under the skin) and we can hear crackling as he breathes, his voice is booming when he speaks and electrical devices surge and pop when he moves near them.
 A man on an airplane in mid-flight holds a gun on another man as a woman strikes the gunman and he punches her hard in the face knocking her to the floor; the two men fight and the gunman shoots the woman in the abdomen (we see blood on her clothing and on her nose as she moans and presumably dies), the two men continue to fight as the plane nosedives, one of the men shoots out a window in the plane and the other man is sucked out the window (we see his body crash into the tail of the plane and then disappear) and it is understood that the plane crashes although we do not see the impact.
 Security guards break glass to be able to reach a man as a super villain that can control electricity begins to turn red, breaks out of his bonds, shoots a blast of electricity causing several guards to fall to the floor dead (we see smoldering holes in their chests) and another man is strapped into a restraint where the super villain had been and is dipped under water (we see the man attached to the metal framework and he yells and thrashes). A man is zapped in the chest by a super villain that can control electricity and falls to the ground (presumably dead); the super villain zaps the man again (the man regains consciousness and held at gunpoint by a young man). A young man is injected in the arm with spider venom and we hear buzzing and we see his veins protruding through his skin as he thrashes and yells; his nails grow long and pointed as he continues to thrash.
 A man washes blood off his hands after he comes out of the cockpit of a plane (it is implied that he has murdered the pilot). A man puts a poisonous gas in glass containers where there are several spiders and we see the spiders fall dead from the gas.
 Spider-Man and a super villain that can control electricity fight in a city square and they are each thrown into electric billboards; the super villain takes the cut ends of a large electrical cable and presses them to his chest (presumably charging himself) and causing a huge explosion until Spider-Man and firefighters shoot him out of the air using a fire hose and water. Spider-Man and a super villain fight in mid-air exchanging electrical blasts and throws; Spider-Man is struck and is thrown repeatedly and the super villain is struck by a car.
 A young man flying on a hover board has transformed and is shown with pointed teeth and his flesh glistens; he grabs a young woman and flies away on his board, chased by Spider-Man swinging on webs; the young man drops the young woman, Spider-Man catches her and as they fall together there is an explosion and the young woman falls into the cogs of a giant clock where Spider-Man and the young man fight and Spider-Man has him wrapped around the throat with a web; the young woman falls again and Spider-Man shoots a web that catches her around the waist but we hear a thud and we see the young woman hanging motionless with blood on her nose. A young man grabs another young man and yells at him, telling him to help him.
 A super villain pulls a grate on the ground open and touches power cables just inside; we see him glow and he twitches as the power around him flickers, police nearby hold him at gunpoint and throw gas canister around him, he becomes angry and sends out a wave of electricity that throws many police cars through the air, and the police shoot at him (he deflects the bullets); he then pulls down many huge electric billboards causing people on the ground to scream and run for safety and he sends a blast of electricity across the ground and up railings that people nearly grab onto but are stopped. A super villain zaps a man with an electrical blast and breaks his glasses. A super villain plugs himself into the power grid and an entire city goes dark; a hospital is shown with no power, and airplanes approach an airport on a collision course (they do not crash). A man grabs another man and threatens to rip his head off (the man is imagining doing this).
 We hear about a super villain having broken out of jail. Spider-Man uses his webs as he flings himself through the air and along busy roadways while chasing a hijacked truck containing dangerous chemicals; the truck crashes through cars on the road and drives over one car and we see many police cars also chasing the truck crash together; Spider-Man lands on the truck and the driver punches him and shoots at him through the driver side window; a man drops papers on the road as the truck approaches and Spider-Man whisks him to safety. Two guards are tasered and they fall to the floor.
 A huge mechanical rhino with a man inside it walks through a city street and shoots at people and Spider-Man; the police shoot back and a young boy wearing a Spider-Man suit stands in the street between them trying to make the villain stop; the rhino shoots a rocket at Spider-Man and Spider-Man swings a manhole cover to hit the rhino as the screen goes black.
 A truck crashes into the side of a bus filled with passengers and Spider-Man stops the bus from tipping on its side and onto a man and a child on the other side (no one appears injured). Men in a truck attempting to steal dangerous chemicals are pulled out of the truck by two web strands and they are seen hanging upside down by the ankles as police surround them and hold guns on them. Spider-Man gathers many vials of dangerous chemicals and one falls and bounces along a street; he chases the vial and is struck by a van; we see him clinging to the grill of the van, but appears unharmed. A gunman robs a convenience store and Spider-man sticks the man and his gun to refrigerator case doors using his webbing. A man shoots at Spider-Man and he wraps webs around his hands and pulls down the man's pants (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). Spider-Man leaps toward a burning building in order to rescue people inside and we see him later with soot on his face. Spider-Man swoops a woman out of the road as a bus approaches and she is nearly struck. Several pre-teen bullies surround a boy and tease him; one bully knocks a project out of the boy's hand and it breaks, Spider-Man intervenes and they run away. There are many scenes that show Spider-Man soaring through the air and catching onto buildings and other structures using his webs. A super villain walks through a street and the street lights pop as car alarms begin to sound. A young woman runs away from security personnel and hides in a closet.
 A young man enters a dimly lit room to see his dying father and we see the sick man in bed and his skin is discolored and with sores (we also see that his hands are severely discolored and he has very long fingernails that are blackened); there are monitors around the room and we see X-ray images of his skeletal structure. We see a sign for an Institute for the Criminally Insane and we see a super villain strapped into a device and held underwater; he is zapped a few times by a scientist monitoring him. We see a young man developing a large rash on his neck and he becomes pale and with dark circles under his eyes. A young man throws a glass against a wall and it shatters throwing a shard through the air and cutting his cheek (we see a bit of blood). A young man tears papers off his wall and throws things in a fit of anger; a calculator breaks open and the pieces are strewn on the floor.
 People gather at a funeral and grieve; a young man visits a grave site every day through every season for an extended period of time. A young man has flashbacks to a man dying (we do not see injuries). A husband and his wife leave their young son with a man and a woman (the boy's aunt and uncle) and run away.
 We see a man recording a message that says, "People will say that I am a monster for what I've done." A man talks to himself in a few scenes. A man tells his young adult son that he is a disappointment. A man tells a young man that "you will die a horrible death like your father." A man tells his young adult son that he has retro-viral hyperplasia and that it is a genetic disorder. A young man confronts his father about having sent him to boarding school. A woman yells at a young man and tells him that she will not tell him about his parents.
 Two planes turn abruptly to avoid colliding mid-air and passengers are jostled inside the planes (no injuries are shown). A young man walks through an abandoned subway tunnel where the tracks open and a subway car emerges. A young man walks through traffic and is nearly struck a few times; the drivers honk and he moves through unharmed. A man bumps into another man causing him to drop his jacket. A young man slams into a brick wall after running fast to catch up to a young woman (he is not harmed). A young man runs into another man in a hallway and spills coffee on him, and the young man then trips a third man and spills more coffee on another man. Spider-Man asks a man he has just saved to lick his fingers, he does and Spider-Man then uses his fingers to smooth the man's hair.

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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, helpless, stupidest guy, Sparkles, Spidey, caveman), 1 religious profanity (GD), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. I Will Be Like A God To Them, Lord Sakes, Oh God, God No, Thank God).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A young man is injected in the arm with spider venom (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young man pours a glass of liquor and he drinks some, and a young man drinks a glass of liquor.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, abandonment, using scientific advancements for good vs. evil purposes, electromagnetism, hydro-power, parental disappointment, retro-viral hyperplasia, hope, human healing, scientific research, persistence, commitment, life choices, hopes and dreams, friendship, treason, genetic research, biological weapons.
MESSAGE - Make your own path. Love is difficult for superheroes.
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