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Ant-Man and the Wasp | 2018 | PG-13 | - 2.5.4

Nearly at the end of his two year house arrest after his first foray in Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, the tiny superhero (Paul Rudd) risks life in prison in order to help The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas) with a mission that will take them into the Quantum Realm; they also encounter a new foe and an unscrupulous tech dealer. Also with Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Randall Park, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Tip 'T.I.' Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. Directed by Peyton Reed. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and the woman wraps her leg around the man's waist. A woman kisses a man. A husband and his wife kiss. A man and a woman stand close together and seem like they might kiss, but do not. A man touches another man's face tenderly (apparently a woman has entered the man's body), and they hold hands later. A man kisses a woman on the forehead.
 Two men talk about how large they grew while wearing a special suit and a woman makes a comment about their "comparing sizes." A woman makes a comment about a man and her "other stuffing" together (implying a romantic relationship).
 We see a shirtless man as he prepares to take a bath and his bare chest, abdominal area and back are shown along with one leg to the mid-thigh. Superheroes wear skin-tight suits that hug their bodies.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We see an explosion that leaves a man and a woman dead (we see their faces charred and they are littered with rubble) and their young daughter injured. We see clouds of ash where three people had been (they were presumably disintegrated).
 A superhero fights with several men as they shoot at her and she miniaturizes and enlarges herself and other items to help her dispatch the men as she punches and kicks them: one man's sleeve catches fire in a restaurant kitchen, another man is struck with a pan, others are punched and kicked and zapped, and the miniaturized superhero is nearly smashed by a food mallet, and knives are thrown at her. A superhero is attacked by a being (called The Ghost) that seems to phase in and out and we see her with her fist pushed through a man's neck (he is shown to be fine afterward). An adversary knocks out two superheroes and we see them, along with a man, unconscious and tied to chairs later. We see someone with special abilities being tested and used as a weapon as she describes killing people. An adversary strikes a man hard in the chest and he falls to the ground (it's not clear if he is dead). An adversary kicks a superhero through a wall and they fight, and she chases him. Two men with guns threaten two other men and they are tasered by two men behind them while a third man is punched in the face. Two superheroes fight an adversary and dodge her kicks and punches as she phases in and out.
 Two superheroes attempt to disarm a missile and one reduces herself in size to fit through the seams of the device (we hear that she will never return) to crash the missile into the ocean and save many people.
 Four men threaten a man for information and tie him into a chair where he is injected with a "truth serum" (we see the hypodermic press into his skin); one of the men waves a handgun around while talking. An enlarged superhero collapses into the ocean and sinks to the ocean floor (he is revived and brought to the surface unharmed). A man seems to be having a heart attack (he is not). A man is zapped in the neck by something flitting around him and he falls unconscious. A woman climbs into a compartment where lights flash as phases in and out (she seems to be in pain). A man is enlarged and slams his head into the ceiling of a closet (he exclaims). While being chased in a van a man yells, "We're gonna die."
 A man in a van speeds away and is chased by many other vehicles; the first van shrinks and enlarges causing the chase vehicles to crash and flip nearly crushing the shrunken van as it swerves around rubble on the road. Many armed agents and police surround a man and a woman. Several scenes show FBI agents breaking a door open and charging into a man's house searching for him. A man and a woman are handcuffed to a table in an interrogation room. Several motorcycles chase a van and the bikes are shrunken throwing the riders to the road (we see no injuries) and an enlarged Pez dispenser flips into another rider knocking him off his motorcycle. An adversary throws a superhero out of a van and drives away, and then jumps onto a truck and speeds away in it with a miniaturized superhero stuck to its windshield wiper. An adversary throws a man across a room (he seems OK). A man speeds away in a car and is shot at by men in another vehicle chasing him.
 A man in a small vehicle shoots through a glowing tunnel and into the Quantum Realm where there are unusual beings that float in what looks like liquid; the vehicle stalls and several creatures move toward it with suction cup looking mouths that look like they are going to clamp onto the vehicle before it accelerates away to safety. A dream sequence shows a man in a dark setting (the Quantum Realm) where he watches a young girl and her mother playing hide-and-seek. A man in a small vehicle crashes in the Quantum Realm and is stuck in what looks like goo; he appears to be hallucinating and falls to his knees yelling. An enlarged man kicks a vehicle off the road and chases a man that runs away.
 A building is enlarged on a roadway and people are thrown from the crumbling ground. Two pigeons peck at the windshield of a miniaturized car with two miniaturized people inside it. Many scenes show giant ants performing tasks (moving equipment, threatening people, etc.) and a giant ant eats a house plant and tips it over onto the floor. A man is surrounded by several large ants that snap their mandibles together and they push him into an elevator. A man and his young daughter slide down a cardboard chute that throws them into a fenced yard where his foot breaks through the fence (no injuries are shown). Giant ants pop out of a small mint tin and cut the ropes binding three people to chairs. Many ants swarm onto a camera lens and across a ceiling in a few scenes. An enlarged superhero uses a flatbed truck like a skateboard. Several seagulls snatch ants out of the sky as they fly toward a miniaturized superhero; he flies away on one of the ants and falls into the ocean when a seagull swoops by. A man, a woman and a young girl watch a black-and-white movie of a giant ant attacking a woman and the woman in the movie screams.
 We hear a man's voiceover telling his daughter that he and her mother had to leave her one night and we then see the man with a bloody wound on his face and we understand that the woman (the girl's mother) never returned. A woman is shown with a bloody cut on her forehead.
 A young girl tells her father, "I eat fear for breakfast" while they play an adventure game together. People argue in several scenes. A woman talks about needing to find a way to control her pain. A woman tells a man, "I'm not going to hurt you unless I have to." We hear that a man was fired and discredited. A woman tells a man to be careful of creatures and that they will "eat you" and "we won't be able to save you." A young girl tells a man that her father was "puking, a lot." References are made to a man having "barfed" and that another man is not worried about seeing vomit.
 Objects and people are miniaturized and enlarged throughout the movie. We see a man under house arrest wearing an ankle monitor in several scenes. We see the tires of a vehicle melted. A moth flits around a miniaturized car and it covers it with moth dust when the man in the car honks the horn.
 A man spits out a deck of cards as if he is vomiting them and makes a gagging sound. A man pretends to vomit into a toilet (we hear him gagging).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (the fuzz, popo, witch, idiot, freak, malarkey, jerk, ex-cons, pig, jerk, bogey man, dummy, dumb, homie, traitor, insane), exclamations (I swear, oh boy, what the dickens, oh man), 1 religious profanity (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, My God, Jesus, I Swear To God, For God's Sake). | profanity glossary |


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is injected with a truth serum, and three men are shown under the influence of a truth serum. A man drinks wine with a meal at a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superheroes, parenting, death of parents, freedom, black market tech merchandise, chaos, ego, taking risks, molecular disequilibrium, harassment.

MESSAGE - Working together toward a common goal can benefit many.

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