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Collateral | 2004 | R | - 1.7.6

Max (Jamie Foxx) has been driving a cab for 12 years and dreams of owning his own limousine business. But when Vincent (Tom Cruise), a contract killer, gets into his cab, he's about to take a trip he will never forget: A narcotics trafficking cartel is about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, and they want the key witnesses dead. Vincent's job is to make that happen in one night, by forcing Max to make five deadly stops. Also with Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, and Irma P. Hall. Directed by Michael Mann. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman hands a man her business card and invites him to call her sometime.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is sitting in a car when a body suddenly falls from a building next to the car and lands on the windshield -- the bloodied face of the body is seen through the smashed glass, and later the complete body is seen on top of the car; two men struggle to pull it off and put it in the trunk (more blood is seen) and they then wash the blood off the car with a bottle of water. Shots are fired in a very busy club, causing mayhem during which at least seven men (including some police officers) are shot -- one is seen directly as bullets hit his forehead and his chest -- and another man is stabbed. A man uses his hands to attack another man; movement and sound effects leave the impression that his neck is broken. A man is seen shooting two other men, and a security guard is seen slumped over his desk in a pool of blood. A man is shot, sits down in exhaustion, and he dies shortly thereafter. A man is shot three times in the head. A man is shot and killed off screen. Three corpses are seen in a morgue with bloody shotgun wounds. A man is shot near his ear, and is bleeding heavily. A man is forcefully hit on the back of his leg, he collapses to the ground and is hit again. A man, with a passenger, drives at high speed through city streets and deliberately crashes his car (both occupants are injured). A group of men approaches a man sitting in a car with his hands tied to the steering wheel and begging for help; instead of helping, one man pulls out a gun and asks for the incapacitated man's money, then sees a bag in the back seat of the car, and steals it. A man steals a cell phone from another man, and then threatens the man with a gun when he tries to retaliate. A man overpowers a police officer, knocking him to the ground and tying him up, he then takes his gun and leaves. A man pushes another man up against a car and holds him by the throat, and a man pushes another man to the ground. A man stalks a woman in a dark building. A man uses a gun to shoot a large glass door and gain entry to a building. Shots are fired in an office building, causing many windows to smash and break. A man with a gun pursues two people on a commuter train. A man holds a gun while entering an apartment.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 15 F-words and its derivatives, 30 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are seen drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hired killers, careers, pursuing dreams, security in large cities, safety of cab drivers, underworld criminals, police effectiveness, self-preservation, risking your life to protect a friend.

MESSAGE - Make real steps toward your goals and don't let anything stand in your way, no matter what your aspirations are -- including murdering innocent people.

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