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The A-Team | 2010 | PG-13 | - 4.7.5

Based on the hit 1980s television series, about a team of elite US Rangers, who are wrongly accused of treasonous crimes and become soldiers of fortune: Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Face (Bradley Cooper), Baracus (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) and Murdock (Sharlto Copley) band together to clear their names and set things right again. Also with Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson. Directed by Joe Carnahan. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - It is implied that a woman and a man had intercourse after a man wearing a robe tells a woman she "forgot something" on his bed; the woman picks up a pair of female underwear and places it in her pocket, and a second man watches and smiles knowingly at the man.
 A woman wearing a robe (her cleavage is exposed) passionately kisses a shirtless man. A man flirts with a woman, leans in and kisses her; the woman slaps the man on the face and then passionately kisses him back. A man kisses a woman. A man and a woman appear very close to kissing, and the man pulls away.
 A man's bare chest and back are seen on multiple occasions as he enters a tanning booth and sunbathes.
 A man shouts at another man, accusing him of having had sex with his wife; the man laughs and admits he had sex with her, and the woman is physically restrained as she tries to blow kisses at the accused man. Men joke about previous sexual experiences with women. A man jokes with a woman that they were "busy" in a bedroom.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A series of explosions causes a large freighter carrying boxcars to begin to break apart, the boxcars fall to the ground, narrowly avoiding hitting men scrambling to avoid them, men are firing guns at one another and one man running through the wreckage is attacked by a man who jumps over him with a motorcycle, shoving him to the ground and presumably killing him.
 A man is seen trapped inside a stack of tires, after being punched repeatedly in the face: he is doused in gasoline and is seen with a noose around his neck, a van crashes through a fence, the two men in the van open fire on the crowd surrounding the bound man, a man sets a trail of gasoline on fire, and the van drives away pulling the noose off the tire-bound man, who rolls down a hill, slams against the van, the tires fall off, he turns his head and wretches (we hear the sound of vomit hitting the ground).
 A man fires four shots point-blank at another man's hooded head (we see what appears to be blood but later find out it is ketchup and the man is unharmed), he turns to shoot at another man, fires into his shoulder and the man drops to the ground (his is wearing protective body armor and he's fine); moments before he is about to shoot again he is stopped by police officers with guns drawn surrounding him.
 A helicopter chases another helicopter and fires on it: one of the passengers dangles outside the helicopter while it dodges bullets, the other occupants are jostled and scream in fear, and the helicopter narrowly avoids being struck by two missiles that crash into one another, causing a large explosion; the second helicopter blows up, presumably killing two occupants.
 A man uses a magnet to attach himself to the bottom of a large semi driving through a city; he throws star-shaped nails at a truck behind the semi, causing its tires to pop and the truck to crash and explode.
 A man leaps off a racing motorcycle, and the motorcycle slides in front of a caravan of semis, causing one to explode; another man jumps onto a semi and guides it through a tunnel with a car following and shooting, and it crashes through a barricade, lands in a river, and floats to safety before being lifted out of the water by an airplane.
 A man is seen tied to a chair and being punched in the face while another man instructs the man doing the punching to shoot him: he holds a gun to the man's head and pulls the trigger but the gun does not fire, and the two men leave the room and send two large growling dogs into the room; the tied-up man frees himself and is seen in the shadows, followed by the snarling dogs, which moments later walk out handcuffed to one another, as the man walks away with a small bloody cut on his lip.
 A plane is followed by two drone planes that open fire on it, the plane fires back and maneuvers to avoid being struck, the first drone plane is shot down and explodes, and the airplane's wing catches on fire; the men in the airplane escape in a tank attached to a parachute (one man fires its gun and blows up the other drone, and almost falls out but braces himself) and they land in a lake, overturning a fisherman's boat.
 A man is seen hanging from a window-washers skive and fires a shot that breaks the window of a distant building, just as another man swings into the broken window and begins to attack men in the room, shooting and punching them: one man is dumped out of the window (he is picked up be a helicopter, unharmed), men fire large machine guns at one another, and a man falls and slams into the glass ceiling of a building (he stumbles, but appears to be unharmed).
 A man chases another man through a crowded city street while firing a large rifle at him, he hits the man in the shoulder, sending him to the ground, and the two start hitting one another until one of them falls back to the ground; moments later he is struck by a car (we see him with a small stream of blood coming from his nose), and gets up only to be surrounded by many police officers wielding large guns, and he is placed under arrest and handcuffed.
 A man attempts to blow up a building where five men are hiding using a heat-seeking missile fired from a helicopter: four of the men manage to escape unharmed (they are seen standing in the burning rubble, covered in soot) and the fifth is presumably killed.
 A Hummer explodes, presumably killing the driver. A boxcar explodes and burning pieces of paper are seen falling from the sky. Three boxcars are dropped on the ground where a group of men are standing and two remote-controlled SUVs come out of the boxcars and crash into one another, exploding.
 A man holds a gun up to the head of another man while attempting to steal his car; the victim shouts that the man will not shoot him and the man fires, striking the man on the arm (we see the wound, it is bloody but superficial and it is later seen being stitched up).
 Men are seen engaging in hand-to-hand combat on multiple occasions, including a man punching and knocking out approximately ten men and throwing a man through a window; two men wrestle, until one of them elbows the other in the face (we later see both of them with blood-covered mouths and bloodied noses). After having a gun placed against his head, a man punches the gunman in the face, bloodying his nose and causing him to drop the gun. A man and a woman wrestle: the woman attempts to push her thumb into the eye of the man and the man handcuffs the woman to a railing and escapes.
 A man fires at the back door of a bus, a man leaps onto the rear door and skids down the road, and another man fires a machine gun at him until he's lifted into a car and driven off to safety. A man fires two shots into the ground of an airport lounge and shouts, "He has a gun!" while pointing in another direction, causing people to scream and run in panic. A group of men holding large machine guns are instructed to open fire on four men.
 We see a high-speed car chase through a crowded city street: a man drives a car through an alleyway, narrowly avoids hitting two people and causes massive destruction, including crashing through fences, walls and wrecked cars. A man drives an SUV through the wall of a building and calls for another man to jump onto it before driving rapidly through a parking lot and crashing into a security booth. Four men are seen stealing an airplane and driving it down a runway, breaking glass from dozens of fighter jets.
 A man inhales a drug which causes his heart to slow down to the point where he is presumed dead: he is placed in a body bag and then in a crematorium, he awakens, kicks through the door, stands up (he is covered in soot and ash) and causes a man to pass out. A stand-up tanning bed a man enters is tied shut and wheeled to another location; after the man exits the booth he looks surprised but unharmed.
 A man is seen being thrown into the air as he attempts to jump start a car, sparks fly when he is shocked, and he is later seen unharmed. A man sets another man's arm on fire and laughs as the man shouts angrily at him and pounds out the flames.
 A woman shouts at a man for using sticks of dynamite to scare fish. A man is seen pouring gunpowder onto a grill, causing a small explosion and two other men joke that the man uses antifreeze as a marinade -- we see the man drinking what is presumably antifreeze from a yellow jug.
 On multiple occasions, men shout angrily, attempt to attack a group of people and must be restrained, including being handcuffed. Men shout angrily at one another. On multiple occasions, a man angrily shouts at a group of men, saying that he is going to kill the other men.
 A man walks through a dirty sewer tunnel. A man rushes through the burning wreckage of a ship.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About two incomplete F-word derivatives, three utterances of "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!" implying an F-word acronym, 2 obscene hand gestures, 29 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 45 mild obscenities, name-calling (gringo, grunts, clown, old man, Pops, assassins in polo shirts, fool, crazy, nut job, cartoon character, stooge, thug, chicken, punk, outlaws, Backstreet Boys, coward, idiot, convicts, liar, traitor, huge banana, hustler), 4 religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man gives another man a pill without identifying it (he says it will "knock him out") and a man injects an unwitting man with a tranquilizer, which causes the man to pass out and fall on his face. Men and women are seen drinking alcohol on multiple occasions. Men are seen smoking cigarettes and a man smokes a cigar almost constantly through the film.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Forging money, military court, dishonorable discharge, revenge, Iraq, double-crossing, defending your reputation, betrayal, dishonesty, enemy of the state, scorned lovers, Army Rangers, mental hospitals, non-military special forces.

MESSAGE - Even if you're loyal to your country, sometimes you will be betrayed and it will take violence to clear your name.

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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.

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