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The Commuter | 2018 | PG-13 | - 1.6.5

A man (Liam Neeson) who's already having financial troubles loses his job and boards his usual commuter train to get home to his family. When a woman offers him $100K for a seemingly simple task he becomes inadvertently involved in a deadly conspiracy. Also with Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Killian Scott and Ella-Rae Smith. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss in a couple of scenes. A husband and his wife are shown sleeping in bed and waking up in bed in numerous introductory scenes; one scene shows the wife with her arm across the husband's chest and he kisses her hand.
 A train employee seems to be flirting with a passenger in a few scenes; he says, "We locked eyes." A man asks a woman if she has a boyfriend.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man on a crowded street corner is pushed into the street where he is struck by a bus (we see him struck and see his body on the road motionless). A man's dead body is found in a floor hatch under a train car (we see a bloody head wound). A man on a train holds a gun on another man and they fight with punches, throws, slamming each other into tables and grab bars as the gun discharges several times; one man strikes the other with a guitar repeatedly, they wrestle on a table and one man's head is held out a broken window as another train speeds past, and then one man is thrown through the window and into the other train (we do not see the result).
 A train speeds on tracks and around a turn causing it to derail and the cars are thrown through the air as a man is thrown from one car to another and nearly falls under the car; a car filled with passengers is thrown and spins and crashes into things outside the car and we see the passengers being thrown (one man has a bloody wound on his arm). A man is shot in the back and falls dead on the ground. A man is shot in the shoulder (blood spurts) and he falls to the ground and another man with a knife stabs him (he is shown OK later). Two men fight over a gun, and one head-butts the other and one man is shot in the leg. A man holds a gun to a police officer as they argue and threatens to shoot him.
 A man pulls the emergency brake on a train and sparks fly from under the speeding cars; two men attempt to separate a passenger car from a speeding train. A man slams another man into the wall of a train car, head-butts him and quizzes him about who he is; they fight slamming each other into walls and punching and kicking each other until one holds the other around the throat and they fall to the floor (they both have bloody noses and mouths). A man climbs out of a train floor hatch as the trains begins to move and drags him under the train; he drops to the ground and rolls out over the tracks between the wheels, climbs onto the outside of a car and gets back onboard. A man with a gun threatens other people on a train in several scenes. Armed police surround a train car and helicopters fly overhead as sniper takes aim at a person onboard the train. We see a dead man who appears to have been burned (his skin is bloody and scabbed).
 We hear about and read about a man committing suicide by jumping from a window; we also hear that he was thrown from the window. A young woman sprays a man in the face with mace and he yells; she then drops a bag filled with fake IDs. A man bumps into another man on a train platform and the second man later realizes that his phone has been stolen. A young man and a young woman argue and he tries to kiss her but she pushes him away. A woman approaches a man on a train and offers him money to find someone on the train. A man is rude and dismissive to people on the telephone and on a train. A woman threatens a man's family if he doesn't do what she wants him to do. A woman yells and argues with a train employee who asks to search her bag. A woman says, "Now everyone dies." We hear that a man was threatened by other men and that someone overheard him screaming when they were hitting him.
 Police officers search a train inside and out looking for a man who hides in a floor hatch. Police officers perform bag checks as commuters enter a train. A train employee opens a breaker box and it sparks (he is not harmed).
 A teen boy and his father talk about college applications and finances. A man talks to two clients about his father having died when he was 43 and that he left him and his mother under a mountain of debt. A radio announcement mentions a 6-alarm fire burning (no other details are given). A man is fired from his job and he talks about being 60 years old with 2 mortgages and a child going to college. A man talks about being divorced and that his kids hate his guts. A man says his prostate is as big as another man's head. A train employee says, "If the train don't kill me the people will." A woman tells a man, "You broke the rules." A young woman says, "This train is freakin' me out."
 A man searches a restroom on a train and lifts the toilet seat using his shoe (we don't see anything).


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (scum bag, crazy, bastard, stupid), exclamations (shut your mouth, jeez, you're kidding me), 6 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ, Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Jesus, My God, I Swear to God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink beer in a bar, and a man says that he is going for a beer.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Life insurance, desperation, choices, murder, corruption, politics, illicit payoffs, pride, human behavior, "The Grapes of Wrath," personality types, consequences, suicide, fate.

MESSAGE - Doing the right thing can be dangerous.

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