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Central Intelligence | 2016 | PG-13 | - 4.6.5

Bullied as an overweight teen, the now powerfully built CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson) looks up his old classmate (Kevin Hart), who is a nervous accountant and no longer a star athlete. The agent needs his friend's help to save the US satellite surveillance system, but reluctant to confront danger, the accountant is co-opted and involved in intrigues and gunfights. Also with Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet. Directed by Rawson M. Thurber. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - We see a video on a work computer of an old woman facing away from the camera, twerking with her dress pulled up to the waist revealing black panties and wrinkling thighs and legs; the video changes to a man wearing swim trunks with a very long white rod attached to the groin area, thrusting several times into the air.
 Two scenes show a man and a woman kissing for several seconds. A woman rubs a man's bare chest briefly and giggles. A man kisses his pregnant wife briefly and we see her large belly in a maternity top. A man kisses another man on the lips; the second man yelps and runs off-screen. A waitress flirts with a man by squeezing his tattooed bicep; he is polite, but ignores her.
 A high school boy dances in a gym shower and we his back, including buttocks, and part of his large abdomen hanging down to one side; several boys call him names, grab him, and throw him face down on a gym floor while another student gives him a jacket to cover his groin as boys and girls in the bleachers stare wide-eyed at him and laugh; we see him standing with the jacket in front of his groin, while his chest, is bare. A man puts the end of a thick rope between his legs and twirls it like a long penis.
 A teen boy says that he was called "weird dick" (we never see his genitals) many times and had to wear prescription underwear every day. A man says that he developed a sexting app called Junk Mail for his smartphone that makes a penis look 3-6 inches longer (we never see the screen), then mentions French kissing and wiggles his tongue. A man hands an e-tablet to another man who says porn is on the screen, but we don't see it. A man says that he regrets not having children and should have given his wife his seed. An African-American man says to an older white man, "My mom is into white guys." A man tells high school students that he is unable to have children. A man says that he keeps the lights off when he has sex. A man calls another man "girl" and a third man calls a male bodybuilder "she."
 A man at a microphone removes his shirt to show tattoos on his biceps and chest; from behind, we see him tear off breakaway trousers and see nude buttocks, thighs and lower legs. A few scenes include women wearing low-cut blouses and dresses that reveal some cleavage. A shirtless man dressed as a centaur for a party shows a hairy fat stomach and flabby arms. A man borrows a friend's pajamas, but the top is too small, revealing his bare stomach and chest skin.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A criminal in an SUV chases a running man in a garage and another SUV crashes into it; the runner continues to run and ends up on a bridge between two gunmen as the gunmen fire and punch and kick each other and the man in the middle ducks; one man says to the criminal, "I'm going to tear your throat out" and does so; we see a chunk of bloody flesh in his hand, but not the torn throat, because the victim falls over the side of a bridge.
 Three agents burst into a house and search it (they do not find what they want) and one agent threatens the homeowner, who tells her to leave. Three agents run into an office stairwell with guns drawn and find no one; a man hits several agents with a mail cart in which another man is riding, and punches four other men unconscious, then ties a necktie to a ceiling sprinkler and sets it on fire. Two men confront 20 agents who draw guns as fire alarm/sprinklers go off and an agent chokes a man; another man accidentally shoots the agent with a grazing shot to the temple, which draws some blood, and then knocks out another man with the gun butt. After several punches to agents' faces and a lot of gunfire, two men jump out a high window (they land on a giant balloon sculpture).
 Agents shoot up a car and two men steal it with the driver swerving and screeching tires and ending up in a warehouse where another man on a motorcycle speeds in and shoots an assault rifle; after a brief scuffle of fists and nunchucks, one man throws a length of rebar that knocks out the motorcycle man and the last man steals the motorcycle and leaves. A former high school bully pretends to have a religious conversion, apologizes to one of his victims, and then laughs in the man's face; the man later punches him in the nose, dropping him off-screen.
 A man near an underground parking garage complains that he will die without a handgun and a Kevlar vest as he runs in to find several criminals in the garage, armed with handguns and assault rifles; a man enters and announces that he is an international criminal as agents run in with handguns drawn, one man is shot leaving a bleeding wound on the neck and he falls face down into a stairwell (he gets up later); many shots are fired and we see all the criminals except one fall dead with a little blood. A man throws another man through an SUV windshield and we hear shattering.
 Three grainy flashbacks show a man caught in a glass elevator when an explosion occurs; in two of the scenes, we see bright flashing light without explosion sounds and the third scene, we see blood clots sliding down the blurred elevator door.
 Several high school boys attack another boy in a gym shower and the scene abruptly ends, several teen boys carry a nude boy into an assembly in high school gym and throw him face down on the floor as other boys and girls laugh and mock him.
 Police cruisers with flashing lights storm a plaza and arrest two men at gunpoint; one man is cuffed to a metal table and a woman uses a tool of some kind below the frame to hurt his fingers and he screams (we see his crooked fingers later, but he cracks his knuckles below the frame and holds up a normal hand); the other arrested man hits an officer in the face with a metal chair, leaving red scrapes. CIA agents pull handguns in the corridors of headquarters as a man shoots an assault rifle at agents (no blood), throws two men into a concrete wall that crumbles, and knocks another agent unconscious from behind; then, he and a male friend steal a vehicle and two other SUVs explode loudly into tall flames. A woman tasers a man in two scenes and we see electric waves as he convulses and falls off-screen. Five men, one with a pistol, challenge a body builder in a bar; he knocks all of them out quickly and breaks a few drink glasses and we see punches, strangle holds and strikes to the throat. A man taps another man in the face four times and the other man slaps back once, hard. We see a bloody cut-off ear on a computer screen. Men kidnap a man into an SUV where two men have scraped faces and there are rifles hanging on a wall. A captive man hangs on the inside of a closet door, gagged and covered in duct tape. A man opens a cooler and we see a rattlesnake as another man shouts in mock fear, then says it is his friend (pet) and picks it up.
 Two men steal a small airplane and the pilot sharply dives the plane, scaring the other man into screaming, and then rights it.
 A man does a back flip in each of two scenes and lands on his face on a hard floor and pavement (there is no damage to his face). A woman is severely cross-eyed without her glasses in a photo and in the present.
 A man tells a male friend, "Take this gun; we may have to kill some people" as the friend shouts "no" and jumps up and down. Two men argue many times throughout the film with one of the men constantly screaming and jumping up and down.
 A man becomes angry with a bully and rubs his behind on the bully's office door, then licks his fingers and leaves fingerprints on it. A computer screen shows a text message with three emojis vomiting green material.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 2 F-words and 1 muffled F-word, 7 sexual references, 27 scatological terms, 31 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, exclamations (I swear, sucks, goodness), name-calling (crazy, stupid, fat kid, dumb, weird, idiots, punk, weak, loser, psychotic, fool), 4 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Jesus, Holy Shit, Oh God, God, Lord Almighty, I Wish to God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A restaurant scene shows men and women drinking large cocktails and we see a beer bottle on a table, men and women at a class reunion are show holding beer bottles and glasses of champagne, beer bottles are seen on tables in a neighborhood bar, and two men drink from bottles of beer and one shot glass of liquor each.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Personal appearance, assumptions about another's sexuality, bullying, the CIA, international crime, corruption, murder, courage, self-confidence, respect, relationships, friendship, love, trust, making choices, success.

MESSAGE - Bullying needs to be stopped at all levels of society.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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