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Captain America: The Winter Soldier | 2014 | PG-13 | - 1.6.3

Captain America (Chris Evans) continues to struggle with the modern world and must also face a foe from his past. Also with Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernández and Emily VanCamp. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo & Joss Whedon. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman lifts the tail of her top to reveal her bare abdomen and belly button (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman's top hangs open and reveals cleavage. We see a photograph of a bare-chested man. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A man is shown wearing a tank top that reveals his bare shoulders and upper chest. The torso of a mannequin is shown with no clothing (no physical details are seen).
 A man and a woman kiss while riding on an escalator in a crowded shopping mall. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man puts his arm around the shoulders of a woman as they walk through a shopping mall.
 A woman is referred to as "23 kinds of hot." A woman asks a man if the kiss that they just shared was his first in a long time and they talk briefly about kissing. A woman talks to a man about dating and tells him that he should ask someone out on a date in a few scenes. A man talks to a woman, ill in bed, and tells her that he couldn't "Leave my best girl. Not when she owes me a dance." A man asks a woman to join him for coffee and she declines.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is shot three times in the chest and we see blood on his clothing; we later see the man in surgery with bloody drapes on his chest and abdomen as medical staff struggles to save him, but we hear them call a time of death. A man shoots another man through a glass divider; the glass shatters and the man falls to the ground (we see blood on his shirt at his chest as he lies dead on the floor).
 A super villain is clamped into a chair and a device closes around his head causing him to scream in agony and we hear that he is being "wiped." We see a flashback where a man falls out of an airplane and a bloody trail is shown on the snow- covered ground before a man is shown using a saw on the wounded man's arm (it's a blurry image but we see blood). A superhero is shot in the leg, then the arm and the abdomen (we see blood on his clothing). A superhero is surrounded by many men on an elevator and they all fight with him; one of his arms is clamped into a magnetic cuff that pins him to the wall; he continues to fight with the men, one of whom tasers him repeatedly, until we see them all lying motionless on the floor of the elevator (no blood is evident); he opens the elevator door and is faced by many armed men and he jumps out of the elevator.
 An SUV is T-boned, and then three additional cars ram into the SUV (the driver of the SUV has a bloody face and nose and we hear that his arm is fractured as he injects himself with something) before the occupants of the cars get out and open fire on the SUV (the SUV is riddled with bullet holes); a battering ram is placed at the driver's window and it slams into the glass several times before the driver opens fire on the armed men outside (we see them fall to the ground but no blood is shown) and then speeds away.
 A superhero and a super villain fight on a flying vessel and one is punched in the face repeatedly (we see his bloody face and swollen eye before he falls unconscious out of the flying vessel and into water below).
 Two men fight as a building crumbles when a flying vessel crashes into it; the two men run to avoid the rubble and one man is crushed as the other jumps out a window and lands in a helicopter waiting outside.
 A superhero and a super villain fight with many punches and kicks; they throw each other and slide along a ledge; one is stabbed in the shoulder and grunts before pulling the knife out (we see blood on his mouth), then one breaks the arm of the other (we hear a crunch and a grunt) before being held around the throat until he falls unconscious.
 A superhero jumps out of the back of a plane and falls with no parachute into the ocean, then climbs a vessel's anchor chain to board the ship, he confronts and dispatches many armed men onboard using kicks and punches, he strangles one, he throws a couple of them overboard and uses his shield to knock several unconscious; he throws a knife into the hand of one man pinning it to a wall (the man screams and we hear a crunch; no blood is evident), and a man holds a gun to the superhero and another man shoots the man (no blood is seen). A superhero attacks several guards as he approaches a plane and it explodes and flips over; other planes explode throwing men through the air while other men are shot (no blood is shown) and one man is thrown into a plane's engine and he it bursts into flames. A man holds a gun to the back of the head of another man; several other people in the room hold guns on the first man and he drops his gun, he slashes a woman near him using a knife and gunfire breaks out in the room. Two guards are shot in an office building (no blood is seen).
 A man with wings fights a super villain who pulls him out of the sky, breaks one of his wings and throws him off the roof of a building; he uses a parachute to land unharmed. A man with wings flies through the sky and is shot at by flying vessels. A man with a rapid-fire weapon shoots up a bus that has tipped on its side (the passengers escape unharmed). Several men with guns A superhero is shot at by a plane as he rides his motorcycle; he leaps onto the plane and destroys its engines causing it to crash land. A man is shot at and thrown off a bridge. A superhero and a super villain shoot at each other.
 An SUV is chased by two cars through crowded streets and they all crash into other cars and scrape along their sides to get through the crowded roadway; the occupants of the two cars shoot at the man in the SUV and when stopped by traffic he crashes into one man, then rams another throwing him through a plate glass shelter, a truck crashes into one of the cars as it speeds through an intersection and lifts it off the ground and an explosive sticks to the underside of the SUV, there's an explosion and the vehicle flips over in flames (the driver is shown with bloody cuts on his face).
 A superhero kicks a man with a gun and stabs him in the neck with a hook (we hear a squish) attached to a cable that she uses to hang from while shooting several other armed men. A superhero attacks two armed men and tasers one before punching and kicking him; she then strikes one of them in the head with a metal bar (no blood is seen). A man uses a taser bar to taser a man in the head; the man's head is thrown back and he goes stiff before falling to the floor. A superhero jumps on the back of a super villain and tries to use a garrote on him before he throws her against a car and she gets up and runs away as he shoots at her; then another superhero intervenes and they fight with punches and kicks, they throw each other and the super villain uses his metallic arm to grab the superhero around the throat, he pushes a knife toward him and a man with wings flies toward them and kicks the villain out of the way. A woman attacks several people in a room and holds a gun on one man (one man has a bloody lip).
 Three huge flying vessels shoot each other out of the sky and they crash to the ground destroying a large building in the process; as they crumble we see a super villain trapped under a girder until a superhero frees him. A rocket strikes a building where two superheroes are hiding and we see rubble pile on top of them; the woman is shown unconscious as the man carries her out of the rubble.
 An explosive blows two superheroes through a glass divider and we see one of them seeming hurt (no injuries are shown). An explosive blows up on a crowded street and flips a car into the air (no injuries are shown). We see the red glow of a laser sight on a man's tie as he is questioned and threatened.
 A man is pulled out of a car by a super villain and thrown into speeding traffic; the super villain jumps on the roof of the car and shoots into it as another car rams into it from behind causing the car to flip and the three people inside fall out and skid on the roadway using a shield. We see several people held hostage (they are restrained and seated on the floor) by pirates holding guns and threatening to kill them.
 A superhero jumps through the window of a building and lands in another building, then runs through the building slamming through doors and out onto the roof where he throws his shield at a man who catches it and flings it back at him (no one is harmed).
 A superhero grabs a man and shoves him through a door leading to a roof where the man backs up to the edge and nearly falls over; another superhero kicks him off the roof and we hear him screaming until a man wearing large wings swoops above the roof holding the man and drops him (no harm is done). A superhero grabs another superhero and shoves her against a wall and they speak to each other sternly. A superhero punches a computer screen and it cracks. A man hits a super villain hard in the face to get his attention (no injury is seen).
 A badly burned man is shown being placed on a surgical table and we see his charred and bloody flesh. A woman is shown with a bloody bullet wound in her shoulder and blood dribbles from the hole. A man removes an eye patch to reveal a badly scarred eye lid and cheek along with a gooey eyeball. A man is shown wearing an eye patch through most of the movie and we see some scarring on his skin just around the edge of the patch. A woman lifts the tail of her top to reveal a scar from a gunshot wound (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 We hear about a plan to kill millions of people. A man talks about losing "his wing man," during a tour of duty. A superhero talks about his best friend being killed when he fell from an airplane. We hear a mission being planned to rescue a sea vessel that has been taken over by pirates. A woman tells a man that she just got off a shift in the infectious disease ward at a hospital. A man jogging passes another man several times and the man being passed yells at him (in a joking manner). A man asks another man about how he is doing after that "defrosted thing."
 A man sets a building on fire and walks away. Two superheroes walk through an abandoned military camp and find a computer room where a man on a screen speaks to them; he makes reference to cutting off "one head and two more grow in its place." Many armed men search a shopping mall for two superheroes.
 We see a man and a woman held captive in cells with glass walls and they appear to have powers that allows the man to move super-fast and the woman seems to be levitating objects (her finger tips are glowing) and they both have gray-tinged skin; two men watch them and refer to them as "the twins."


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (fossil, punk, traitor, martyr, specimen, parasites, smug, rats), exclamations (shut-up, oh man).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several men and a woman toast with champagne and drink, and a woman in a support group talks about someone thinking that she was drunk.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superheroes, truth, trust, power, corruption, medical experimentation, romance, dating, death of a friend, death of a loved one, happiness, international piracy, punishment before the crime, freedom vs. fear, secrets, privacy, DNA testing, treason, order, chaos, martyrdom, AI, Nazis, aging, guilt, PTSD, building a better world, doing what's right.

MESSAGE - Power corrupts. Building a better world can be difficult.

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