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Brokedown Palace | 1999 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale are wrongfully arrested and jailed for allegedly smuggling drugs while vacationing in Bangkok. Also with Bill Pullman, Daniel Lapaine, Jacqui Kim, Lou Diamond Phillips, Amanda De Cadenet and Paul Walker. [1:40 )

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A little sexual innuendo and a few kisses (one is passionate). It's implied that a girl spends the night with a man and that they have had intercourse (we don't see anything happen). We see a couple of bare backsides of people showering, girls in midriff-revealing shirts, girls in bathing suits and a woman wearing a short nightshirt.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A girl is hit and falls to the ground, a girl's palms are hit several times with a stick and a girl bumps into another. We briefly see men kickboxing in a professional match. Police hold girls at gunpoint. A girl falls down; we later learn a cockroach crawled in her ear and caused an infection. We see cockroaches in some rooms and briefly see some fish heads fall out of a mat being unrolled. We see a girl squat and then hear her urinate.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, an anatomical reference, many scatological references, several mild obscenities, a couple of insults and an obscene finger gesture.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Thailand's legal system, drug smuggling, drug use, wrongful imprisonment, teen drinking, bribery, friendship.

MESSAGE - The Thailand legal system is too harsh and seems to assume defendants are guilty until proven innocent; self-sacrifice is the ultimate show of friendship.

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