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Baby Driver | 2017 | R | - 4.7.10

A man (Ansel Egort) with tinnitus from a childhood accident has to constantly listen to music to distract himself and this peculiar routine helps him become an expert getaway driver for a sophisticated robbery ringleader (Kevin Spacey). When the driver falls in love with a waitress (Lily James), he wants to start a new life, but his boss won't let him. Also with Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. Directed by Edgar Wright. Two men speak to each other throughout the film with American Sign Language accompanied by English subtitles. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately for several seconds in two scenes and during one dream. A man and a woman kiss briefly. A man and a woman kiss several times and moan as they ride in an elevator with other people and while sitting in a car and they speak of getting married again.
 A man talks about having unprotected sex.
 A woman wears a miniskirt that reveals bare legs to her upper thighs; a close-up shows one bare thigh for several seconds. A woman wearing tight jeans wiggles as she walks away from the camera, beginning with a close-up of her clothed buttocks. We see a woman's bare legs up to the upper thigh, with her ankles crossed on a desk and the thighs near the camera, the rest of the woman is off-screen. We see a woman's bare legs to the upper thigh, with her knees bent as she sits in a chair and her top reveals cleavage. A woman sits on a man's lap while wearing a tight short dress that shows her legs to the upper thighs, cleavage, and cut-outs at the bottoms of the sides of her breasts that reveal the lower curve of one breast in profile.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man shoots three other men and one of them shoots the first man in the chest twice (we see blood on his coat). Several men hold guns on four people who arrive to buy guns as the dealer describes rifles, grenades, bombs and handguns as cuts of meat at a restaurant until the buyer sees police ID on a case of rifles and opens fire, killing the dealer, and another man and a woman fire high powered rifles and kill the rest of the sellers and we see several bodies lying in small amounts of blood as one injured person gets up and jumps onto an SUV, but two men and a woman fire rifles many times killing him and a man throws a grenade into the SUV and we see the screen light up with fire as we hear and see the explosion in the background. A man in a car rams into two men killing them (we see small pools of blood), and then chases a man in a car through a garage, shooting, and the second man hits the car twice and uses his car to push it through a barrier and down several stories where it lands on its roof and burns. A man holds a gun beside another man's head, pulls the trigger and the loud noise deafens the man, who falls and holds his ears as a woman tries to hit the shooter with a metal bar, but misses and the deafened man pushes the shooter through a barrier and down several stories on top of a burning car, which explodes loudly into flames.
 A man with a gun in a diner threatens a man and a woman when a police officer comes in to use the washroom and when he comes out, one of the first men shoots him, causing him to fall off-screen; the other man shoots the shooter, drawing blood and the man on the floor shoots a man outside the diner and that man falls off-screen.
 A man ends up in another man's car trunk with his bloody foot hanging out and when a man opens the trunk we see large holes and blood on the man's chest, and blood on his face and feet; the man closes the trunk lid and another man has the car compacted at a scrap yard.
 Three robbers enter a post office with rifles and run out with bags of money and shoot a police officer, who falls off-screen; they enter a getaway car and the driver freezes until they yell at him and point a gun at him, and the driver speeds into a dump truck parked in front of him (one of the other men is killed and we see blood running from his face, mouth, and on the passenger side window); a man and a woman jump out of the car with some blood on their faces and fire rifles at police who fire back (several police fall as they are shot with no blood) killing the woman and the man is shot (he survives with some blood on his chest).
 Three men put on celebrity masks and rob a bank with rifles and when they exit the bank, a guard lies dead on the sidewalk (we see a pool of blood under his head) as a getaway car speeds off and a man in a pickup truck chases and shoots a handgun at it, missing; the car drives onto a slanted wall and back to the road as the shooter in the pickup shoots again, cracking the windshield and the car hits the truck, which sails over a guardrail and down an embankment; the robbers and driver ditch their car and steal another one, and then speed to an underground garage, where they switch to two other cars.
 Two silent flashbacks show a woman driving as a man screams at her and their young son sits in the back seat, crying; the car hits the back of a large truck and the screen goes black.
 Two men and a woman put on skeleton masks and carry rifles and large bags into a bank; we seem them through the windows as they wave the rifles and people lie down on the floor as one man shoots into the air; the robbers get into a getaway car and the driver listens to loud music as he speeds away with police cruisers chasing; four cars bump at an intersection causing dented fenders and the getaway car slides past tire spikes, onto a highway on the wrong side of the road, skids to a stop, turns around and exits while other cars honk several times. A man steals an elderly woman's car and later he and a woman steal a vehicle from two men.
 A man runs away from police, using staircases and walls, a car, some tables in a mall, and a hedge as they chase on foot, while a helicopter hovers overhead; the man steals a pickup truck and hits two other vehicles, denting them, and knocking over a full shopping cart with its contents thrown out.
 A silent flashback shows a child crying as his father grabs and squeezes the child's mother's head and shakes her as he screams at her. A man points a gun at one of his friends then punches him unconscious; the second man comes to at a table where other men dump audio tapes on top of him. A man slaps the sunglasses off another man's face. A man shoots a cup of coffee out of a guard's hand and the guard shouts. A man talks to another man who holds a high-powered rifle and when a woman enters the man with the gun gives the couple a bag of money and a car in the garage. A driver slams on his brakes to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
 A man finds his apartment trashed and an elderly man who needs a wheelchair, lying on the floor; he carries the man to his car and drives him to a retirement home, where he puts him in a rocking chair, covers his lap with a quilt and say goodbye as a police chopper shines lights and calls for residents to come outside.
 A man turns himself in at a police roadblock and three police officers approach, force him to the ground, and the scene cuts to the prisoner receiving a long prison sentence.
 An older man threatens a younger man with broken legs and the death of all his loved ones, including an elderly man in a wheelchair, if he refuses to drive a getaway car and he says, "Behind the wheel or in a wheelchair?" A man points a rifle at another man and says, "The moment you catch feelings is the moment you catch a bullet." An arms dealer is called "The Butcher." Three men and a woman argue in a diner where a server looks frightened. An eight-year-old boy checks out a robbery site for cameras, cash registers used, number of staff, number of guards and reports matter-of-factly to his father. A man points to his head and says that he has demons in the playing music. A woman asks a man to kill a man for her.
 A man scratches his nose and almost picks it, but does not. A man says, "I gotta take a leak" (we don't see or hear it). A man steals a whole counter display of gum from a gas station and chews several pieces of gum at once. A man has a scar on the bridge of his nose and a longer scar on his cheek from an accident as a child. A man wears an artificial nose because he lost his nose in an unnamed crime and his neck is covered with tattoo designs. A man has two full sleeve tattoos, plus designs and the word "hat" on his neck. A man has a swarm of small bats tattooed on the side of his neck. A man on TV in a hospital bed has bandages over the top of his head and says that he was in a bank robbery. A TV broadcast shows the pictures of a man and a woman who died during a bank robbery. A TV shows a bull with five decorated spears in its back.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 57 F-words and its derivatives, 20 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, idiot, retarded, retard, slow, child, pussies, devil, jinx, whore, bananas, cripple, pigs, white man, butch, ladies, jerk, lap dancer, soldier boy, GI Joe, International Man of Mystery, Mr. Clean, Mr. It, Romeo), exclamations (shut-up), 6 religious profanities (GD), 37 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Find God, God Sent Bacon, For God's Sake, Jesus, Jesus Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man holds a beer bottle in a flashback, a woman drinks a glass of wine with a man who drinks from a tall glass of dark brown liquid in a restaurant, and three men drink from short glasses of whiskey. Two men mention that they use and sell drugs regularly but we do not see drugs, and two men in a parked car appear to be smoking marijuana with large puffs of smoke and they ask a man who approaches if he "is holding" (has drugs and the man answers no). A man smokes a cigarette outside a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Domestic violence, accidents, death, orphans, deafness, tinnitus, bank robbery, murder, revenge, involving children in crime, fear, courage, making choices, sacrifice, relationships, family, love, justice.

MESSAGE - It is best to surrender to authorities after committing crimes and try to begin a new life.

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