Champions | 2023 | PG-13 | – 4.3.5
A man’s (Woody Harrelson) dreams of coaching an NBA team seem all but squashed when he is arrested for drunk driving and sentenced to 90 days of community service coaching a youth basketball team of players with intellectual disabilities. Also with Kaitlin Olson, Matt Cook, Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning and Matthew Von Der Ahe. Directed by Bobby Farrelly. [Running Time: 2:03]
Champions SEX/NUDITY 4
– A shirtless man lies in a bed (we see his bare shoulders, chest and abdomen) and a woman wrapped with a sheet (we see her bare shoulders) climbs in the bed next to him and they kiss (sex is implied). A shirtless man is shown sitting in bed (we see his bare chest and abdomen) as a woman dresses in the room (sex is implied) and we see her wearing a bralette and skirt (cleavage and bare abdomen are seen); she retrieves her underwear and puts them on under her skirt (no nudity is shown). A man and a woman kiss and lie on a bed, the woman lies on top of the man and removes her top and we see her wearing a bralette (her bare back, cleavage and shoulders are seen).
► A young man talks about having two girlfriends and having sex in several scenes. A young man plays guitar in a band and another young man says, “He gets all the chicks.” A man says that a particular basketball play arouses him. A woman talks about a dating app and says, “A woman’s got needs.” When talking about a previous sexual encounter a woman tells a man, “You got the job done.” A man asks a woman where their relationship is going and she tells him, “It’s just sex.” A young woman asks a man if he is having girlfriend problems and he says he doesn’t think he’s bad looking; the young woman tells him, “You’re no McConaughey.”
► Several young men are shown wearing towels around their waists in a locker room and shower room. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and the sheer fabric of the skirt shows the silhouette of her legs to the hips. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
► A dog nuzzles a man in the crotch and the man recoils.
Champions VIOLENCE/GORE 3
– A man leaves a bar inebriated and drives away: he speeds through a red light, crashes into a parked police car, we see him having his photograph taken, locked in a jail cell and later in court where he is sentenced to community service.
► A man punches another man hard in the stomach and he falls to the ground. Two men argue while coaching a basketball game and when one man tells the other to leave the court, he pushes him and the man falls to the floor (the team members and crowd are shocked). A man is struck hard in the side of the head with a basketball and complains (jokingly) that he has a concussion. A man hits another man in the arm trying to get him not to talk to a judge in a courtroom. A young woman shoves a coach and tells him, “If you come near me, I’ll me too your [anatomical term deleted].”
► A man yells at another man and accuses him of having kicked a basketball player in the buttocks and bruising his coccyx. A woman yells at a man and tells him that he is not part of a conversation regarding her brother. A man and a woman snipe at each other about careers and relationships. A young man refuses to play basketball for a man and we understand later that the young man was badly injured in a drunk-driving car accident and that he refuses to play for the man because he drove drunk. A young man refuses to shower (people complain about his odor) and we understand later that he almost drowned and is afraid of water. People on a bus disrupt the other passengers and distract the driver; one person throws gum at the back of the driver’s head and hits him causing the driver to stop abruptly, another person vomits on a woman (we see goo splash on her shirt and face) and the riders are then shown on the side of the road. People are insulting and dismissive of people with Down syndrome in several scenes. A man pretends to have injured his leg to get a young man to play in a basketball game. A man talks to a young woman in a loud voice and she confronts him saying, “I have Down syndrome, I’m not deaf.” A young man asks a man if he still drinks and if he drives drunk. A young man is fired for standing up to his boss about scheduling him so that he cannot play basketball with his team. A woman tells a man that she doesn’t believe that he is sincere because he was “court ordered to care.” A woman accuses a man of fostering a hostile work environment. Several young men pull a young woman through hotel hallways on snow skis. Several people on a basketball team are alarmed at how tall the opposing team members are and the coach says, “We are in trouble.” A young man talks about working at an animal shelter and saving animals that are about to be euthanized. A young man hugs a man and introduces himself as his “Homie with an extra chromie.”
► A young man has a dislocated finger during a basketball game and we see the finger bent unnaturally; he pulls on it, we hear a crunch and it is shown back in place. Two young men rush out of a shower room yelling that there is a rat in the shower; a man investigates and sees that it is a mouse and tells one young man how he can help it out of the drain before the mouse drowns (the mouse is fine). A dog nuzzles a man in the crotch and the man recoils. A man flatulates while another man stretches out his leg in a locker room.
Champions LANGUAGE 5
– At least 1 F-word, 2 obscene hand gestures, 16 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory term for people with intellectual disabilities, name-calling (freak, idiot, bastards, dumb, meme, ignorant people, boo-boo words, what’s his pickle, last shot, cocky, passable, illegals, frickin’ giants, filthy dogs, schmucks, dog face, stink eye, food Nazi, off the rails, nonsense, vexed, normal, big secret), exclamations (shut-up, wow, are you kidding me, snap the [F-word deleted] out of it, touché, what does that even mean, come on, oh jeez, what the heck), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, oh God). | profanity glossary |
Champions SUBSTANCE USE
– People are shown drinking at a bar.
Champions DISCUSSION TOPICS
– Dreams, DWIs, memes, building relationships, abandonment, Down syndrome, bravery, exploitation, life choices, disappointment.
– Real relationships with people makes life fulfilling.
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