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Blow | 2001 | R | - 6.8.10

Based on the book by Bruce Porter, this biopic follows the ups and downs in the life of drug czar George Jung (Johnny Depp), who made millions on cocaine in the 70s but was sentenced to prison in the 80s (until 2025) for drug trafficking. Also with Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Ray Liotta, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Max Perlich, Cliff Curtis and Ethan Suplee. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo, including references to genitalia, oral sex, and homosexuality. Passionate kissing. In one extended scene, a man and woman do drugs, engage in passionate kissing and sensual touching (including buttocks squeezing), and then have S&M sex (while we don't see any frontal nudity or thrusting, we do see the woman dressed as a dominatrix and we see her with a whip). We see the bare breasts of two women posing for a photo. We see a woman's bare back and shoulders. We see a woman in her bra and panties sitting on a man's lap with her arms around him. A woman straddles a man while they're in a car. We see several women in bikinis. A man grows phallic-looking marijuana plants.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Several instances of threatening with guns and several shots fired with a few people dying. A man puts a gun in another man's mouth and threatens to kill him. A man points a gun at another's head (this occurs in a few scenes). A man is shot and killed at point blank range; we see blood squirt out all over the wall behind him and watch him die. We watch people drag a corpse across the ground. A man is shot in the chest and we see blood gush out of the wound onto his shirt. A man is beaten with the butt of a rifle and then kicked several times. We see a man with bruises and scars all over his face (from being beaten). A woman slaps a man; a man slaps a woman. A woman has a bloody nose from doing too much cocaine. We see a woman having a baby; she's in pain with her legs spread and we see blood on her inner thighs. A man passes out from doing too much cocaine. A woman dies of cancer off screen. Lots of drug use.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 110 F-words, several anatomical and scatological references, several mild obscenities, insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drugs, drug smuggling, murder, family, wealth, success, marriage, deception, friendship, prison, death. Several slang references to genitalia.

MESSAGE - Drug dealing can be a lucrative way to make a living, but personal sacrifices must be made…just ask George Jung.

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