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Around the World in 80 Days | 2004 | PG | - 3.4.3

Very loosely based on the Jules Verne classic tale set in 1872: Verne's hero Phileas Fogg is no longer merely an English gentleman but an English gentleman inventor (Steve Coogan), his resourceful valet Passepartout is not French but a Chinese thief (Jackie Chan) who wants to restore a valuable jade Buddha to his village, and the Indian princess is discarded as a character for a French artist (Cécile De France) who wants to see the world -- and becomes Fogg's love interest. The three embark on a journey around the world in a mere 80 days in order to win a wager. Also with Jim Broadbent, Kathy Bates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Fyfe and John Cleese. Directed by Frank Coraci. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss a few times. A woman kisses a man on the cheek, a man and woman nearly kiss a few times, and a man kisses a woman's hand. A man flirts with a woman and invites her to be his seventh wife. Harem women belly dance in costumes that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens. Three men and a woman sit in a hot tub in 19th century undergarments (the woman wears a corset that reveals cleavage, and bloomers). A man hanging from a rope attached to a floating hot air balloon passes a window where there are several scantily-clad women (we see cleavage and bare thighs), he crashes into a statue of a nude man with a leaf over his private parts, he gets caught up on the hand of the statue and his pants are eventually pulled off (we see him in his boxer shorts). A woman's skirt falls open revealing her leg in a patterned stocking, and a man admires her. We see statues of women with bare breasts. We see a painting of a bare-chested man and while looking at the painting a woman asks a man if he dreams of naked men. A man begins to open his pants to urinate in the street but he is stopped. A man lifts his shirt and says that a "shark nearly devoured me" (we do not see anything but presume that he is missing his nipples). Two men dress in traditional Indian women's clothing (they're covered from head-to-toe) to avoid pursuers.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man fights many men with swords and daggers, he kicks and punches them, the man is thrown into a carriage that rolls backward barreling toward a house; he is stopped and the fighting continues with many men with swords (we hear the slashing of the metal) and hear kicks and punches landing, and a man is hit on the back with a wooden bench. A woman has long pointed fingernail attachments that she threatens people with in several scenes: In one scene she threatens a woman and two men, one man stays to fight her while the other two run, they fight with punches and kicks, the man is slashed across the abdomen (we see a hole in his shirt but no blood is evident), other people with swords join in the fight, the woman throws knives at the man and one hits him in the arm (we see him pull the sword out but no blood is evident); the woman throws more knives, one hits the man in the buttock (we see another man pull the knife out but no blood is evident), the man continues fighting with many men, a man falls to the floor and a woman holds a sword to his chest. A woman tries to stab a man in the chest with a blade in her shoe, a portion of a statue collapses and appears to crush a man and a woman but they both emerge unscathed. A man throws a quill pen at a woman, she snatches it out of the air, throws it back at the man and we see a portrait behind him with the pen stuck in his head and a dagger stuck in his crotch. A man throws three quill pens at a man but they stab a door when he runs away. Guards draw swords and threaten three people. A man is thrown out of a window, we hear him screaming and hear a thud. A man pours scalding water on a man's crotch, the man screams and flails around a train cabin, a door is slammed in his face (we see his bloody nose), he is knocked on the head by a compartment hatch, he stumbles, slips and we hear him screaming as he falls out of the window of a speeding train. A door is slammed in a man's face knocking him back against a wall and knocking him unconscious. A woman punches a woman in the face knocking her unconscious. A man hits a man in the face. A man is held with many swords around his throat. A woman slams a dagger into a table and talks about killing someone. Two men handcuffed together are wrapped with a chain, they fall out of a window pulling the chain and the man on the other end of the chain is slammed into a stone wall and knocked unconscious. Two men and a woman are thrown out of a carriage and onto the ground, a man grabs the woman and lashes her hand to the carriage with a strip of metal, one of the men is handcuffed to another man, and he fights with yet another man who swings chains, hitting one of them in the leg. A woman holds a sword on another woman, lifts her in the air and hangs her from a peg, a man with a cane threatens a woman and knocks an awning down on top of her (we see her fall to the ground unconscious). A man is chased by several men, they fight with punches and kicks, a few draw swords, the man splatters the men with paint, and he knocks two easels down on top of two men knocking them unconscious. A man slides down a tether attached to a floating hot air balloon, he fights with many men on the ground and one woman who bites him on the arm, he climbs back up the rope and continues to fight with more men. Barrels roll into several men knocking them down. A man is dragged along a street by a vehicle (we see him tied around the ankle and bouncing on the ground) that crashes, it dumps goo on the man's head and a part of the vehicle breaks off and falls on his head knocking him unconscious. An elderly woman chasing a man climbs over a stone wall and slams to the ground on the other side (we hear a loud crunch when she hits the ground). A man hanging from a rope attached to a floating hot air balloon crashes into a building. A fire starts in a laundry basket in a room where there's a sleeping woman with a baby -- a man jumps through the window, dowses the fire and jumps back on a rope. A man hanging from a rope slams into a big statue, and hangs up there until he is pulled free. A man is strapped into a machine that's speeding around a track, and the machine flies off skidding and bouncing off the ground, and it crashes into a carriage; it spins around, crashes through a painting, and the man crashes head first into a light pole (he is wearing a helmet). Two men and a woman are launched into the air in a flying machine, they begin to fall and struggle to regain control, and barrel toward earth and land hard. A man sitting in a chair crashes through a window, falls to the street below (he appears uninjured), is chased by police running into people and knocking things down, and he climbs a tree to hide. Three men and a woman are confined in bamboo cages and threatened by a man with a blades on his glove. A man is grabbed by police and put in a carriage with bars. A man lifts his shirt and says that a "shark nearly devoured me." A man on crutches and in a cast falls backward down steps (we hear him screaming). A woman stumbles and knocks a man to the ground. A man yells and throws things around his office in a few scenes. A man knocks over a table filled with dishes and a man falls off of a table while drunk. A man talks about another man having been electrocuted while testing an invention. A man talks about wanting to "make history or die trying." Several men complain of a man being a bully.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 4 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Science, laws of physics, inventions, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Theory of Evolution, tradition, polygamy, close-mindedness to progress, legends, symbols, superstition, cowardice, attitudes about the role of men and women in society, corruption, eccentricity, honor, family, friendship, art, progress, bravery.

MESSAGE - You cannot stop progress and scientific advancement.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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