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Brooklyn's Finest | 2010 | R | - 9.9.10

Three New York City police officers (Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere and Don Cheadle) are dramatically transformed in the course of a chaotic week, after they become involved in a massive drug operation. Also with Wesley Snipes, Jesse Williams, Brian P. O'Byrne and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:20]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - On two occasions, a woman is seen engaged in active, thrusting intercourse, each time with a different man: the first time her bare breasts are visible, as well as the man's bare chest as she is straddling him, and the second time the man's bare back is visible as he thrusts on top of her (another man walks into the room briefly, then walks out and blocks his ears to avoid hearing the moaning).
 A woman kisses a shirtless man's face, kneels in front of him and begins to perform oral sex (we see the back of her head).
 Topless women (their bare breasts are visible) in undergarments are portrayed as sex slaves and prostitutes, imprisoned and forced to have sex. Multiple women are seen topless, and women are seen in various states of undress (in only undergarments or in very low cut tops) in a strip club, dancing suggestively with men. A woman is seen wearing a sheer robe, her bare breasts are visible and her legs are propped up, and she appears to be wiping herself while on a toilet as a man watches her. Three half-dressed and drugged women (we see the bare breasts of two of them and one is wearing a bra) are handcuffed to a radiator or passed out on a sofa. A man walks around a house without a shirt (his bare chest and back are visible), and shirtless men are washing a car.
 Men and women kiss. A man and a woman are seen kissing passionately. A man rubs a woman's shoulders and attempts to kiss her while wrapping his arms around her, but she pushes him away.
 A woman implies that she is a prostitute and jokes with a man about not paying her enough money in exchange for sex. A man jokingly asks another man if he has his "Playboy."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - We see various instances of gun violence, including a man gunning down two men in a hallway: one of them, a bullet wound pouring blood from his chest, spits up blood as he lays dying; the other man, blood pouring from a wound in his abdomen, stumbles down a stairwell, leaving a massive trail of blood behind him, falls to his knees and begs for his life, but he's shot about seven times (his blood-covered body shakes with each bullet).
 A man walks into a room and shoots two people sitting on a sofa: as we see them bleeding to death, the man shoots another man, blood erupts from his chest and the man slumps against a wall, leaving a smear of blood as he slides down; another man enters and shoots the gunman five times, and we see blood pouring from the wounds, as well as his mouth, as he gasps for air.
 A man fires multiple rounds into another man, point blank, while sitting in a car: we see blood spray all over the car and pour from the man's chest and the shooter is later seen washing a large spot of blood off his arm. A man is gunned down in the street, blood pours from six bullet holes in his chest and another man cradles him in his arms (he is later seen with blood covering his shirt). A man is struck from behind by two bullets, he collapses to the ground, and blood is pouring from the wounds in his chest and from his mouth as he is dying.
 Two men have a very loud verbal altercation, one man shoots the other man, and as blood is pouring from the wound in the man's stomach (a huge stain of blood is also visible on the man's back), he lunges at his attacker: they begin to wrestle and punch one another, one man pins the other man against a wall and one man puts a zip tie around the other man's neck, tightens it and the man falls to the ground, gasping for air (the other man is later seen with blood on his face and hair).
 During a police raid, a dozen police officers barge into a building wearing bulletproof vests and carrying large assault rifles: multiple people are seen being shot, with blood pouring from their wounds, and a police officer shoots a man hiding behind another officer, spraying blood all over the wall, just as the man was about to kill the officer. We see a bloody scene after a gunfight, and a man cradles a dead man's blood-covered head in his arms.
 A man slams another man to the ground, as police officers rush past him and into a building where shots are heard; we see a man fall to the ground as blood pours form his chest and blood bubbles from his lips and another man fires two additional shots, while screams are heard in the background.
 Two men are seen pistol whipping a man (blood pours from the man's mouth and face) and they dangle him over the ledge of a 30-story building, threatening to drop him; another man interrupts them, they argue, and he punches one of the attackers in the side of the head and holds a gun to his neck.
 During a police raid, officers crash into an apartment and begin to slam people against the walls and floors, pinning their arms behind them; one man opens fire and the police officers fire back (no one is seen being shot); police officers forcefully break through a door, a man is seen slamming another man into the ground, and an officer holds a gun to the man's neck and screams into his ear.
 During a very heated argument between an elderly man and a teenage boy, another man shouts for the two to be quiet and when they continue to shout, the man draws a gun, tackles the teenage boy, a shot is heard being fired and a spray of blood is seen -- we later learn that the teenage boy is deaf from the shot.
 A man chases a young man down a street, they race through traffic, the man catches the young man, slams his face against a stairway and violently punches him (a bloody gash appears on his cheek) and shouts that he could have shot him.
 After finding three half-dressed and drugged women handcuffed to a radiator or passed out on a sofa, a man attempts to rescue them but is interrupted by another man, who begins to verbally harass him until the man pins him to the ground and handcuffs him to a radiator.
 A man puts a pistol into his mouth and pulls the trigger, but nothing happens; he opens the pistol to reveal that it has no bullets and he is later seen loading a single bullet into the gun and cradling it in his arms. In a flashback, we see a man cocking a gun and looking angrily at another man, but being instructed to put his gun away.
 During a heated argument, a man punches another man in the head; during a different heated argument between two men, one man attempts to pin the other man against a car, but the other man struggles free. A group of men are seen physically pinned against police cars or the ground, in the process of being arrested, as a police cruiser is burning in the background.
 A television report announces that a young man had been shot by a police officer, women are seen crying and one woman has to be physically restrained from running across police tape.
 A man shoots out a car's front tires. Two different men shout and smash objects; after shouting and breaking a bottle a man attempts to lunge at a woman and has to be held back by two men. A man throws a bottle at a meter reader's golf cart and shouts at him.
 A man shoves a woman, who is visibly sick, she begins to retch (we hear sounds of retching and the sound of vomit hitting the sidewalk but do not see anything), and another man grabs the woman's arm and shoves her into a van. In a hospital waiting area, a man is seen holding a towel to his head (no blood seen) and a very ill looking person is wheeled on a gurney.
 Men are seen shoving women in a few scenes, including one time when another man pulls a gun and attempts to separate a man and woman.
 People shout angrily at one another. A police officer thanks another officer for saving his life, and he replies that he would not save his life again. People discuss a shooting incident saying that a police officer had been attempting to rob a young man when he shot him. A man tells another man that he had seriously considered allowing a person to shoot two men, but had decided against it. A man mockingly threatens to slap a man. People threaten one another with violence in a mocking fashion. A man remarks that the death of another man was unfortunate, and a man jokingly discusses how different racial groups torture and kill people (including pouring hot sauce on dead bodies and setting the bodies on fire after genital mutilation). A doctor discusses a woman's illness and that it has a negative effect on her pregnancy. A man tells another man that he had been involved in a fight where he "got his head smashed in" and he had to run for safety, but he recovered. People discuss a high crime area being prone to murder, drug dealing, kidnapping, and prostitution. People crudely joke about dying or being shot in order to collect insurance money.
 People carry guns, police officers are seen carrying and holding large assault rifles and countless people are seen with handguns tucked into their waistbands. A video game of a person being shot is seen.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 218 F-words and its derivatives, 8 sexual references, 62 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 16 racial slurs, name-calling (burnout, pig, hairbag, snitch, cat daddy, nasty, crazy, sloppy, scumbag, young blood, knuckleheads), explicit and violent music lyrics are heard throughout, 2 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is seen doing cocaine, people are seen smoking marijuana in numerous scenes, we see people carrying bricks of marijuana and cutting and weighing it into bags, people discuss taking drugs and being under the influence of drugs, men discuss drug deals and the quality and quantity of various drug deals, and people are seen wearing T-shirts and jewelry decorated with the shape of marijuana plants. People are seen drinking alcoholic drinks in a bar setting as well as by themselves, a man is seen drinking while behind the wheel of a car, and men discuss drinking in excess and DUIs. People are seen smoking cigarettes and cigars in numerous scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Police corruption, drug dealing, undercover police, alcoholism, revenge, greed, murder, kidnapping, prostitution, loneliness, black mold, gang violence, video game violence, loyalty, regrets, divorce, theft, police brutality.

MESSAGE - You never know what the day might hold, and it is important to make smart decisions.

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