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The Emoji Movie | 2017 | PG | - 1.3.2

When the "Meh" emoji (voiced by T.J. Miller) in a teen boy's phone has a problem focusing on his assigned emotion, he looks for help from a hacker (voiced by Anna Faris) before being deleted from the operating system. Also with the voices of James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara and Rachael Ray. Directed by Tony Leondis. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - An husband emoji tells his wife, "My love for you burns like a red hot flame," and she kisses him. Two emojis flirt and seem to like each other. A teen boy texts a teen girl and she talks to him; he asks her to a dance and she accepts. An emoji tells another emoji that she will dance with him as long as he is not all hands again (he is the "High Five" emoji).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A huge bot with long arms that can stretch a long distance with claws at the end chases three emojis through app blocks and ends up getting twisted in knots. Large bots enter a bar and one slams something into a character and it explodes, others are shot with lasers and they explode, and others are knocked out of the way. Large bots with arms and claws hover and glow red as they move threateningly toward an emoji; the emoji is shot at as he runs away. An emoji gets torched repeatedly when trying to get through a firewall (we see him with char on his face).
 A huge bot collapses and falls on top of an emoji (we see her hand and leg sticking out from under the bot and we hear her voice as she continues to speak). A large scanner tears through a wall of blocks where emojis are held for use and we see rubble and fallen emojis on the ground (there are no visible injuries). An app is deleted and three emojis scramble to get to a ledge; one falls and the others pull him up to safety. An emoji is trapped in a game board and two others play the game to try to get him out (he is eventually freed). An emoji imagines another emoji bursting into flames (it doesn't happen). Emojis climb across lines of code and slide down others. Emojis ride in a boat along streaming music. Three emojis ride in a car that looks like a roller coaster and they fall straight down (no injuries).
 An emoji tells another emoji that he will be "deleted." An emoji panics when he is called up and cannot settle on the appropriate emotion. An emoji mimics another emoji. An emoji leaves her husband after they argue about their son. An emoji tells another emoji to "Shut up and dance."
 Pirates, viruses, a hacker and trolls gather in a bar; a virus sneezes and sprays goo on another character, spam approaches a character and offers him a deal, and a bottle is thrown at an emoji and it breaks on the floor. Two teen boys bump into each other and fall on their backs while walking and looking at their phone screens (no injuries are seen). An emoji bumps into emoticons and scatters the symbols; one says, "Oh, my colon." An emoji kicks a little wagon and sends it careening off screen (we hear it crash and do not see the result). An emoji hides behind a cactus and we see the emoji with tines in his face (they go away in the next scene). A hand emoji pretends that a monster is eating his finger (it is a monster finger puppet). We see a large "firewall" in flames and it speaks with a booming voice.
 An emoji says, "Words hurt." An emoji on a gurney says, "I can see the bone," as he complains of a broken arm. A "Poop" emoji splats on the ground and we see splatter. A flatulence emoji is shown behind an elephant and he jokes about it. Two "Poop" emojis leave a bathroom stall and joke about not washing their hands as one chants, "We're number 2." An emoji flosses and picks her teeth with a large dental hook. An emoji spits a mouthful of mouth wash on another emoji twice, and then hits him in the face with the cup she is holding in her hand. An emoji spits out a piece of eaten candy (we see goo on it), and then eats it again. An emoji talks about, "Digital death." An emoji is shown on a pile of other emojis and discarded data and he says, "Leave me and let me die." An emoji says he thinks he's going to throw something up (he does not).


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LANGUAGE 2 - 5 mild scatological terms (we also see the "Poop" emoji in several scenes), 2 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (weirdo, smart simians, malfunction, freak, knuckle head, loser, knuckle butt, princess of nightmares, fingers for brains, saucy gypsy, bubble butt, buzzkill, freaky deaky, fingers, finger head, bozo), exclamations (oh my gosh, for crying out loud, sweet mother board, jiminy sassafras, shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Many emojis are shown at a party and they drink something that could be alcoholic, we see a "Beer Mug" emoji in a few scenes, and many liquor bottles are shown on tables in a bar scene (we do not see anyone drink). An emoji talks about having a sugar addiction and we see him overindulging in "Candy Crush."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Smart phone technology and the impact it has had on younger generations, relationships, being who you are, fitting in, emojis, being useful, one's purpose, disappointment, truth, popularity, rules, stereotypes, illegal malware, female roles, real friends vs. fans.

MESSAGE - Be who you are. Smart phone technology can warp the minds of young people.

(Note: An animated short accompanies the feature and contains the following: A young tarantula/girl pleads with her parents to have a puppy and her vampire grandfather (who calls himself The Lord of Darkness and sleeps in a coffin) brings her a giant puppy; the dog breaks down a stone wall to enter the house, it hops around the house with loud thumps, it urinates (off-screen and we hear the stream), it gobbles the girl up and then spits her out on its long slobber-covered tongue, it is fed a wheelbarrow full of raw meat and bones (we don't see it eat them), it tramples toward a family of skeletons and eats them (we see the mangled bones in the animal's mouth and other skeletons missing limbs and moaning on the floor), and a monster checking into a hotel is shown to have an exposed brain that it sticks the room key into to hold (we hear a squish)

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