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Atlas Shrugged: Part I| 2011 | PG-13 | - 7.2.4

The first part of a planned three part treatment of the eponymous 1957 novel by Ayn Rand: A powerful railroad executive (Taylor Schilling) struggles to keep her family business afloat as the worldwide economy sinks and society is in peril. Also with Nick Cassavetes, Grant Bowler, Paul Johansson, and Matthew Marsden. Directed by Paul Johansson. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a man standing behind a woman, kissing her back and shoulders as he unzips her dress, and they are seen moments later lying on a bed, with the man on top of the woman; his bare back is visible as they continue to kiss passionately and the man thrusts on top of her, the woman moans sexually, and the man's bare chest is visible later when the woman lays her head on his chest.
 A man is seen thrusting above a woman that's lying in bed (his bare back is visible), she makes a remark about him being "all done" and he rolls off, pulls on his pants and walks away from the bed.
 A woman unzips her jacket to reveal cleavage when a man walks into a room. A shirtless man's bare chest is visible as he stands in a window. Women wear cleavage-exposing, tight dresses and surround a man. Women are seen wearing low-cut, cleavage-exposing formal dresses and backless formal dresses that reveal bare backs.
 A man and a woman kiss. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. Men and women kiss on the cheek in greeting. A man and a woman hug.
 A woman wraps her arms around a man's neck, he touches her hands, the woman makes a comment about the man wanting her, and the man says no. After a woman makes a comment about being tired, a man tells her he is not interested in sex. A man tells a woman he wants to kiss her, but he has a wife, and the woman tells him to kiss her.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman approaches a burning oil field, she drops to her knees and cries as the fires grow larger, and we hear an explosion. A woman runs past police officers and firefighters that warn her to stay back, and she enters an empty house that is close to a large fire; she is uninjured. A woman throws a glass of water on a man's face, and he laughs and wipes his face.
 A man shouts at a woman. A woman shouts at a man. A woman threatens a man, telling him she had never harmed a living creature and would not want to start.
 On multiple occasions we hear men and a woman discussing the disappearance of a group of men. A woman tells a man that she was preventing future looting by removing a train line from a country. A man tells a woman that he has received implied threats from a government institution. On multiple occasions we hear men and a woman discussing the safety of a metal. A man tells a woman that he will not allow men to be in "mortal danger" by driving a train on an untested metal. A man tells another man that a metal could be a physical danger, and another man demands that the man show proof of a threat of danger. We hear a television reporter announce that violence in the Middle East has led to a cut-off in oil supplies. We see newspaper headlines that announce that a pirate had seized a ship. We see newspaper headlines that say a man had disappeared and hear a television reporter say that people were still searching for a missing man.
 On multiple occasions we see television footage of burning buildings, crashed and burnt-out cars, and a collapsed highway overpass (no injuries are visible). A woman watches a television broadcast about a train that had de-railed; we see the crashed train and fire burning in the wreckage (there are no visible injuries).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 scatological terms, 2 sexual references, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (incompetent, greedy, selfish, pathetic, intractable, ruthless, slacker, lousy, wretched, liar, stupid, evil, miserable children, depraved playboy), exclamations (shut up), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol, wine, and champagne at dinner, parties and bars, and men and women ask one another for drinks and we see drinks being served at dinners and parties. A man smokes a cigar and a man smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The philosophy of Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Libertarianism, Dow Jones, economic depression, economic downturn, dependence on oil, movies made from books, loyalty, John Galt, political favors, government nationalization overtaking private property, human rights, altruism, engines ran on vacuum polarity.

MESSAGE - Government regulations and labor unions cannot prevent entrepreneurs from using innovative technologies.

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