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The Collector | 2009 | R | - 6.10.6

A handyman and ex-con (Josh Stewart) attempts to burglarize his employer's home, but instead encounters a house full of deadly traps. Becoming a reluctant hero, he has to save the family he planned to rob. Also with Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernandez and Robert Wisdom. Directed by Marcus Dunstan. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A teen boy and a teen girl kiss on the front porch, they go indoors, continue kissing, he lifts her skirt (we don't see anything) and removes her jacket, her shirt and her bra (her bare breasts are seen), he gets on top of her, kisses and fondles her, and then kisses her abdomen; we see that someone is watching them.
 A woman is shown dancing topless in a bar a couple of times. Other topless female dancers can be glimpsed in the background of a bar scene. A teen girl wears a low-cut top that shows cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut top that shows cleavage.
 A teen boy and a teen girl are shown kissing in car. A husband kisses his wife.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - A teen boy walks into a room loaded with bear traps: they clamp onto various parts of his body, ending with one clamping onto his head, killing him.
 A layer of acid coats a floor, eating away at a man's shoes and burning his feet; a cat lands in acid and starts to dissolved, and it then leaps onto a window frame and is sliced in half by a guillotine-type device (we get a glimpse of the bisected cat in the acid).
 A man is hanging from the ceiling by hooks through hands; there are many hooks in his flesh, holding him to the wall, another man slices his forehead with a knife, and takes a hammer and chisel to the man's teeth, knocking one tooth out -- which we see in close-up. A man attached to a wall by hooks in his flesh strains against the hooks to free himself, tearing his flesh.
 A woman is impaled and falls down a flight of steps: she is dragged away by her ankle and a man sews her mouth shut with an upholstery needle (we see her with her mouth sewn shut). A woman is chained in a bathtub; her hands are tied, she is blindfolded with duct tape and staples, she is covered in blood and the water in the tub is blood-tinged. A mechanical device hurls a teen girl into a wall of spikes.
 A man runs a knife blade through a teen boy's hand and the blade cuts off all the fingers of one hand. A knife is slashed at a chained man's head; in the dark it's difficult to see the damage but his ear may have been cut off. A razor device slices a man's hand, leaving it trapped against the blade for a few moments and bloodies the hand severely.
 A man, bloodied and suffering, is found chained to a chair (he is so bloodied it is hard to tell how severe his injuries are). A man uses a dead man's head as a battering ram, to knock down a door, creating a bloody mess. A man wounded in a car crash is stabbed in the head with a knife.
 A man forces another man to hold his hand and arm above a flame and we see his arm hairs burning away. A man holds a woman's tongue with a pair of pliers and threatens to cut it with tin snips. A teen girl is tied to a banister with barbed wire around her neck, and chained by the hands. A man, bloody and wounded, is thrown out of a room by something unseen. A man is electrocuted by a TV set in water.
 A metal spike in telephone earpiece injures a man's ear. Razor wire hits a man's cheek, drawing blood. A man gets fishhooks in his face and one is near his eye; he pulls them out.
 We see what appears to be a beheaded body, wrapped in plastic and hanging upside-down; we also see many shots featuring bloody and dead bodies and another view of a dead body in bathtub. We get a glimpse of a pile of entrails. A blood-covered woman steps into a pool of blood. A man covered with blood moves toward a little girl, making her scream. A large box is opened to reveal a bloodied and panicked, chained man. A man punches a window out with his fist, bloodying his hand.
 A woman is thrown onto bottles, breaking them, and is grabbed by a man. A man slams another man's head onto a tile floor and they struggle violently. Two men wrestle and fall down a flight of stairs. A man is struck by a police car, and is thrown over its hood. An ambulance overturns and its occupants are thrown around; a man is suspended from the ceiling of the overturned ambulance by restraints, and he then falls to the floor of the ambulance and is hurled outside.
 A vicious dog chases a girl; it snarls and shows its teeth and grabs at her leg, but the girl gets away. A ferocious dog scratches a man's cheek with its teeth, leaving a bloody scratch.
 A man with a knife threatens a little girl. An injured man is put into another man's van and is driven away. A police officer points a gun at a man. A man throws a wastepaper basket that's on fire at another man. A man fires a shotgun. A house explodes. A man holds a knife threateningly and a man throws a knife.
 A man is grabbed from behind by something we can't see. An elaborate mechanical snare grabs a man by the ankle and drags him out of sight. Hundreds of tripwires and booby traps are planted throughout a house. Whimpering noises and screams are heard through an air duct in several scenes.
 We see several large spiders throughout the movie. Wasps from a nest attack man (he is not harmed). A woman sticks a syringe into her forehead (it could be a Botox injection).


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 10 F-words and its derivatives, 3 scatological terms, 9 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 5 religious exclamation, 1 religious profanity.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man in a bar swigs a beer and bar patrons drink and smoke. A man smokes a cigarette frequently throughout the movie, and a man shares a cigarette with a teenage girl.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sadism, home security, reluctant heroism, bad choices, divorce, teen sex, home remodeling.

MESSAGE - You never know when you'll have to do save someone you planned to rob.

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