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Children of Men | 2006 | R | - 6.8.10

In a future world ruled by martial law, humanity has become infertile, and destined for extinction. But there is one shred of hope, when a young prostitute becomes pregnant. An unlikely man (Clive Owen) is given the task of escorting her to a place called the Human Project, where the young woman can safely have the first child born in 27 years. Also with Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Charlie Hunnam. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young woman opens her dress to reveal her bare breasts and pregnant abdomen to a man. While a woman is delivering a baby we see beneath her skirt, and although heavily shadowed there is a glimpse at the baby emerging through the lips of the labia.
 A man and a woman play a game with a ping-pong ball, blowing it back and forth into each other's mouths, and then they pass it from one mouth to the other.
 People talk about the possible environmental causes of infertility.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is shot once in the hand, once in the chest and then once again, blood spurts with each shot, and he falls to the ground dead.
 A car in flames rolls down a hill and into a road where another car is traveling: the car that is driving on the road, nearly crashes into it, then the driver reverses and is chased by many people with guns, some on motorcycles, and one of the passengers in the car is shot in the throat (blood spurts and pours from the wound and the victim dies).
 A man shoots two police officers and we see them lying dead on the ground with blood and matter on and around them. A man is shot in the head.
 A building explodes, we see people thrown to the ground and one woman charred from the explosion walks out of the smoke carrying her severed arm (we see charred and bloody flesh). A man sitting on a floor reaches out for help, and as we get closer we see that he seems to be a bloody mess below the waist and that most of his legs have been blown off. We see a man with a very large and bloody leg wound climb off the back of a motorcycle. Blood pools on the floor from a man's gunshot wound.
 A man shoots at another man who runs away, the man with the gun is then hit in the head with a car battery and his neck is broken (we see his very bloody face as he goes limp.
 Many people shoot guns back and forth at each other, several are struck and they fall to the ground dead (blood spurts a few times and blood is visible on wounds).
 A tank is fired on, the tank fires on a building, rubble rains down to the street below, and many people are shot down as they come out of the building.
 A woman is struck hard in the face and dragged off a bus (we see blood dripping from her nose). A man punches a woman in the face and she pounds on him with a heavy club.
 People are driven by bus to refugee camps, we see people in squalor, we see people tied inside cages, and we see people on their knees with bags over their heads and surrounded by guards with guns. Many people with guns march through streets chanting and firing their weapons into the air.
 A man with a black bag over his head is bound around the hands and a bright light shines in his face. A man holds a gun to another man's head. A man holds a gun to another man's back and forces him into a van.
 A man chases a moving car, two women in the car scratch and push him and he falls to the ground; another man chases the car and holds a gun on the driver of the car, and the driver kicks the door open and knocks the man to the ground. A man raises a club to threaten another man.
 We see a woman holding a dead man in her lap and she screams and writhes in grief. We see dead bodies being burned. We see a field with piles of what looks like cattle in flames (we see their charred hooves sticking up, out of the mounds). A woman chants over the dead body of a woman.
 A woman spits in a man's face. A man and a woman argue about the death of their young son. A man shoots a gun into the floor and a dog whimpers.
 A woman goes into labor, she pants and moans and screams, the baby is born and we see the infant covered with blood and the umbilical cord attached. A woman's water breaks and she goes into labor.
 There are many scenes depicting people who have been determined to be illegal immigrants locked in large cages and buses and in one scene a woman appears to be complaining about being locked in a cage with a black man.
 A man prepares a suicide kit and we hear that he used it on his wife and dog (they are found dead later). We hear a news report about a teenage boy being stabbed to death and that the man who stabbed him was then beaten to death by an angry mob. We hear that a man's young son died from the flu. We hear news reports of chaos around the world ("the siege of Seattle"), and we hear reports of illegal immigrants being deported. We hear a report that "the world has collapsed and only Britain soldiers on." A young woman talks about the extra teats of cows being cut off so that they will fit into milking machines.
 A man flatulates in a few scenes.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 58 F-words, 5 sexual references, 21 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (fascist pig), 12 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men smoke marijuana in a couple of scenes, a man and a woman smoke marijuana, and a man talks about buying "weed" from another man. A man is shown drinking alcohol in several scenes and a man pours alcohol into a cup of coffee. a man smokes cigarettes in several scenes. Two men talk about "suicide kits" and we see them advertised on TVs and billboards. A young man takes pills for some ailment (we are not told why), a man takes a pill and offers one to another man.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a civilization, death of a child, infertility, martial law, freedom fighters, the future, rebels, grief, faith and chance, dignity, despair, pandemics, atrocities, environmental causes of infertility, equal rights, fear, illegal immigration.

MESSAGE - Never give up hope.

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