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Catch That Kid | 2004 | PG | - 3.3.2

A teen (Kristen Stewart) with a passion for rock climbing needs $200,000 to pay for her father's surgery -- an old spinal injury has paralyzed him. After her family is refused a bank loan, she decides the only way to get the money is to steal it from the bank's ultra high-tech vault. She enlists two friends to help her with the heist, which requires her to climb 100 feet straight up. Also with Corbin Bleu, Jennifer Beals, Max Theiriot and Sam Robards. Directed by Bart Freundlich. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a low-cut, slinky dress, she pulls a man toward her and says, "I have you all to myself"; she sits on his lap in an office chair, and they kiss (we hear smooching and see her skirt fall open, revealing her bare thighs), while a teenager and a toddler are hiding under a desk. Two boys and a girl lie in bed together talking (the boys both like the girl romantically). A girl pretends to profess love to two boys in order to get them to do something that she wants them to. A girl kisses two boys on the cheek a few times. A boy says to a girl, "we never even got to kiss." A husband and wife dance and hold each other. Two boys talk about what girls like in boys (i.e. computer nerds vs. athletes) and they ask a man for his input. Women wear evening gowns that reveal bare backs, shoulders and cleavage. A cartoon character (on a TV) has his pants down and we see a part of his buttocks.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is hit with a taser stick, he falls to the ground convulsing (we see sparks in his mouth and coming from his fingertips), and another man is hit with a taser stick and falls on top of the first man. A girl dangles from a metal frame 100 feet from the ground, she climbs hand-over-hand across the framework, she drops onto a structure, stumbles, falls, catches onto the side and dangles for an extended period. A boy jumps from one speeding go-cart to another, and the now empty go-cart is run over by a police car that is chasing him. Police cars chase two go-carts through narrow alleys and along busy streets, a police helicopter hovers over a street and one go-cart speeds under it, and then under a semi-truck. One go-cart drops jacks on the street that pop the tires of the police cars chasing it. Two dogs chase three people, grab their bags and begin tearing them. Two people slide under a security door just before it closes. A girl climbs a pipe on the side of a water tower, she lunges to grab onto a step, her rope and gear pull away from their attachments and she falls toward the ground -- she is held by her ropes just before hitting the ground. A girl climbs a wall while opening drawers, which she uses to climb; she is nearly pushed off the wall when the wrong drawer is opened. A boy burns his arm on a hot grill (we see a patch of reddened skin). A man practices with a taser stick on a young man holding a book; he swings and hits the book several times and then the young man is hit in the crotch with the stick (he grimaces and moans). A rottweiler dog chases a boy while barking and snarling, and the boy runs and climbs over a high fence. A man zaps a spider with a taser and we see the spider in flames. A man tells a boy that a dog will rip his throat out. We see a video of attack dogs barking, snarling and baring their teeth. A boy shoves a boy on the ground. A boy yells at a younger boy, chases him and holds him in a headlock. A man yells at a young man in several scenes. A man collapses to the floor and is unable to move his legs (we see him in the hospital later and he is apparently paralyzed). There are tense moments when three young people are almost caught robbing a bank (cameras track their movements, dogs are released, etc.). A man yells at another man, and a man yells at a woman. We see go-cart races in a couple of scenes with people driving go-carts around a track; in one scene a go-cart loses its wheels and its engine smokes, and in one scene a boy crashes through barrels filled with water (he is uninjured). A young man jumps over a bar at a party and stands up covered with food. A man shows two boys a scar on his back and the boys touch it. A boy burps loudly, a young man flatulates, and a man removes his hairpiece and people watching seem alarmed.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 7 mild scatological terms (5 in German and not translated), 6 anatomical terms (3 mild), 2 mild obscenities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Theft, means vs. ends, family, respect, desperation, jealousy, friendship, betrayal, honesty, robbery, parenting, priorities.

MESSAGE - It's OK to steal if it's for a good cause and especially from a large bank with a rather unpleasant president.

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