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Annapolis | 2006 | PG-13 | - 3.5.4

James Franco stars as a young man driven all of his life to be accepted into the Annapolis Naval Academy. After finally achieving that dream, he quickly realizes that life as a plebe can be hard and he may not be able to measure up. Also with Jordana Brewster, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Donnie Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson. Directed by Justin Lin. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A young man wears jockey shorts (revealing the outline of his genitals) and a T-shirt. Young women wearing low-cut tank tops (revealing cleavage and bare shoulders) dance in a couple of bar scenes.
 A young man and a young woman kiss. A female commanding officer punches a plebe, he falls on the mat, she lands on top of him, he tries to kiss her, and she pulls away from him.
 Young men and young women dance. A young man's friend tells him that a woman at a bar is a played escort and the young man approaches her (she is not an escort and nothing happens).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We hear that a plebe has "jumped" and we see him lying on the ground beneath a window with a leg twisted under him (he survives). A young man cuts a bloodstained sock off his foot after a day in boot camp.
 A young man lies on a mat after having been knocked down in a boxing match, he gets up and he and another man fight landing many punches; they both have blood on their faces and one is knocked down. Two people fight in a boxing ring: they punch each other repeatedly, both have bloody faces, both are knocked down and get back up, and the fight ends. Two people box during a match: punches land, one goes down, gets up and goes down again, and the fight ends. Several boxing matches are shown and we see many punches land, we see boxers knocked out, and we see boxers with bloody faces. People spar in a boxing ring in a few scenes.
 A plebe punches his superior officer. A young man lunges at another young man and punches him in the stomach. A commanding officer punches a plebe (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A commanding officer yells at a plebe, insults him and squishes food on his chest.
 A plebe is ordered into a body bag and another zips it shut (as a demonstration). plebes are rousted out of bed in the dark.
 plebes run in place holding their rifles over their heads for an extended period of time while their superior officers berate them. plebes run an endurance course in several scenes: one young man falls off a log and into mud, and one falls off a ladder and onto the ground.
 A plebe is insulted repeatedly by his commanding officer for being overweight. A young man is ridiculed by his commanding officer, he is told that he stinks, and a racist insult is leveled at him. A plebe is asked by a commanding officer, "You wanna hit me?"
 A young man is shown with a bruise on his cheek after a fight. A young man eats a large blob of butter, and then shoves other food in his mouth.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 9 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 4 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a few bar scenes (beer and shots of liquor). People are shown drinking alcohol at a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Boot camp, hazing, aspirations, ambition, goals, success, failure, death of a parent, giving up, fighting, suicide, military indoctrination, letting people down, disappointment, underestimation, being worthy of a dream, pride, passing blame, promises, unions, racism, friendship, teamwork, lying.

MESSAGE - Dreams are worth fighting for. Working together is the only way to succeed in the military.

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