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Battleship | 2012 | PG-13 | - 3.6.5

A multi-national naval exercise is interrupted by an alien invasion. A force field prevents nuclear weapons from attacking the aliens and the survival of the human race depends on figuring out how to battle at sea with conventional weaponry. Based on the Hasbro board game of the same name. With Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Liam Neeson, Peter MacNicol, John Tui, Jesse Plemons and Gregory D. Gadson. Directed by Peter Berg. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman kisses a man on the face, she straddles him while lying on the ground and they kiss; she is wearing a bikini top and short shorts that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs to the hip. A man and a woman kiss a few times. A man admires a woman at a bar and says, "I'm going in" before he approaches her.
 A nude man is shown in a bathtub filled with ice and we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs when he climbs out of the tub (a pile of ice cubes covers his genitals). A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and the fabric is sheer enough to reveal her bra underneath. A woman on a TV news broadcast wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man fights with an alien: they punch and throw each other, the man pulls the alien's helmet off and punches him in the face (we see teeth fly out of his mouth), the alien knocks the man to the ground and thrusts a blade into the ground next to him and the alien is struck by another man and disabled until the first man pins him in a chokehold and kills him. An alien (he looks like a human wearing an armored suit and helmet) approaches a police vehicle and punches the window out; we later see the vehicle tipped over and twisted with the bodies of the officers pinned under the wreckage (we see blood on one man). An alien with weapons on his hands chases a sailor through a ship and prepares to hit the sailor when the alien is shot in the face by a huge gun; he is blown to pieces. Armed sailors search a ship for aliens, and one sailor is grabbed and thrown into a wall (he's OK). An alien pushes a bolted door open and approaches a sailor, the sailor hits the alien with a metal pipe, and the alien picks the sailor up and throws him into a wall. A sailor shoots an alien repeatedly, and the alien hits her in the face repeatedly (we see her bloody mouth) and she continues to shoot him.
 An alien vessel shoots something like a sound wave that blasts the windows out of a ship's bridge (we see several people inside with bloody cuts on their faces). Explosives are shot from an alien vessel, and they hit a naval vessel and explode (we see flames and people on board being thrown). A navy jet crashes into a force field and breaks up on contact. A naval vessel fires at an alien vessel, many explosives are launched toward the naval vessel, they pierce the hull and explode causing people to be thrown and water to flood into the ship; the ship is peppered with explosives and blows to bits (presumably no survivors). A naval vessel is struck by numerous explosives, we see sailors jumping overboard and the ship lists and sinks; two men climb to the back of the ship and we see the huge propellers spinning out of the water as they prepare to jump off. A ship is struck by explosives and the front end blows up.
 Huge, spinning bladed weapons are shot through the air, they crash to the ground and tear up several helicopters on the ground; one helicopter attempts to lift off and the bladed weapon shoots out a long tail and rips the back end of the helicopter off causing it to crash and explode. A spinning bladed weapon crashes to the ground and tears up the supports under a highway causing the road to collapse and cars to fall off and into the opening (we see people running and screaming). Missiles are fired toward alien vessels and they strike their targets (we see explosions in the distance).
 Pieces of a vessel speed toward Earth and crash into a mountain and buildings in a city; we see people running for safety and we hear screaming as the top of a tall building breaks off and falls to the crowded street below. Missiles are fired into a mountain and there are several explosions.
 A man touches a large vessel floating in the ocean and he is shocked and thrown back into the water (he's OK). A man is chased by police, he is tasered in the back, he falls to the ground, crawls a few feet, and he is tasered again; we see him thrash and twitch. Two men pull a helmet off a dead alien (we see eyes, nose and what looks like a fleshy beard); the alien gasps when one man opens his eye and he grabs the man's face, and other aliens break into the room and take the wounded alien away in a flying vessel. A car speeds over a hill and crashes into a communications array (the driver's leg is pinned). A man with a gun threatens another man. A man sneaks into a communications shack and is approached by an alien that scans him (he is not harmed).
 Explosives are launched toward a naval vessel that dodges them. We see an alien vessel moving toward a naval vessel on a radar screen. Four vessels crash into the ocean. A cloud of energy shoots through space and slams into a satellite that breaks apart and pieces of a vessel hurdle toward Earth. We see a shark swimming around four vessels that have crashed into the ocean. The ocean churns and a huge flying vessel comes up and out of the water followed by two others. A vessel floating in the ocean shoots beams of energy into the sky and the area surrounding the vessel is covered by a force field.
 We see wounded sailors with bloody faces on a ship after an alien attack. We see many injured men with missing limbs and prosthetics in a hospital. We see two taser burns on a man's back and bruising around them. A man burps loudly after guzzling beer.
 A bladed weapons spins through the air, it lands on a baseball diamond and scans a boy (we see an X-ray type image of the boy's heart) and flies away. A small boat with three people on board shoots a large gun at a huge alien vessel, and the alien vessel fires back at them and misses.
 A man is kicked in the face by another man on a soccer field during play (we see him with a bloody nose). We hear two men fighting behind a bathroom door and we see one man with a bruised face afterward.
 A man yells at his brother in a few scenes. A man tells another man on the soccer field, "You are dead." Two players on the soccer field insult each other and make disparaging remarks toward each other. A man tells his crew that "We are here to crush every other ship" before a naval exercise begins. A man in physical therapy yells at his therapist. A woman tells a man "stop messing things up." A man says "they took out 25,000 people" and "this is an extinction level event." A man threatens another man by saying "I'm gonna break my steel leg off in your [anatomical term deleted]." A man talks about having lost his legs and that he is now only half a man. A man talks about his dog being killed by a dump truck.
 A man breaks into a convenience store and we see the CCTV video of him breaking in through the ceiling, and falling from the ceiling onto a shelf and onto the floor; when he leaves the store he climbs out through the ceiling and falls back into the store again (he moans and rolls around).


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LANGUAGE 5 - 4 not fully enunciated F-words ("what the F…," "mutha F…," "mother F…"), 8 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (princess, drama queen, chicken, Kentucky fried chicken, weak character, boob, boobish, beast, cyborg, dirty cheating, stupid, nincompoop, crazy), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink shots of alcohol and beer in a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Extra-terrestrial life, livable planets, Christopher Columbus, Native Americans, naval service, relationship building between nations, humility, displacing populations, Homer, character, wasted potential, self-destructive behavior, valor, courage, adversity.

MESSAGE - Working together can bring a positive outcome even in extreme situations.

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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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