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Desperado | 1995 | R | - 6.9.8

Antonio Banderas is avenging his lover's death in this sequel to "El Mariachi."

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A couple of sex scenes with the participants interacting in various positions: a woman is on top of a man moaning; she's in a garter belt and thong while the man is naked -- but all we see are his chest and shoulders. In another extended love scene the woman's breasts and buttocks and the man's chest are visible. This scene is heavily cut and it is hard to see exactly what is happening. There are a few passionate kisses.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man cradles a dead woman whose head is in a pool of blood. A man is shot through the hand (in close-up: the hand explodes in blood). A woman stitches up a man's arm in bloody close-up (we hear squishy noises as she pokes around in the wound to retrieve a bullet). A couple of shoot-outs: A man is shot in the head point-blank and his head explodes, another in the face and half his face is blown away, a close-up of a man with a bloody bullet hole in his forehead. A man is hit by a car and dragged under it. A man is stabbed with many flying knives; later he pulls them out (slowly, with squishy noises and a lot of blood). A child is shot. Some people die with gushes of blood from their mouths. A rocket launcher and machine gun kill many and cause explosions.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 25+ F-words, 20+ scatological references, and many milder obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Revenge, family, death, murder, love, redemption.

MESSAGE - Revenge is honorable but can destroy you as well as your enemy.

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