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The Expendables 2 | 2012 | R | - 2.8.4

In this sequel the Expendables team (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Novak Djokovic) is re-united and when one of them is killed on the job it becomes a mission of revenge. Also with Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude van Damme. Directed by Simon West. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss and he puts his arm around her when she sits next to him. A woman dances suggestively in a bar while two men watch her.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. We see large paintings of men wearing shorts or trunks and their bare chests are visible.
 A man makes suggestive remarks toward a woman. A man talks about love and relationships. A man teases two other man about having a "bromance." A man tells another man that his fiancée is a "cheater" and that she has the "cheating gene." A man talks of a woman with another man and says, "She hates you." A man says that a woman is "into me" (she does not acknowledge the remark). A man tells another man that even he "could get lucky."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Several vehicles carrying heavy weaponry and armed men speed into an encampment and shoot at armed men inside in an extended scene: we see many men struck by bullets and a lot of blood spurts from their wounds, as well as severed limbs being thrown through the air; missiles are fired and gas tanks explode; men driving in two separate Jeeps are shot and we see blood splatter on the windshields; the armed men continue to exchange gunfire with several other men as they try to get away, one man climbs a ladder with another wounded man (we see blood on his face) hanging on his back, and another man shoots a water tower that falls over and washes several other man off a rooftop.
 Many men with guns shoot into a building where men and a woman are hiding: they exchange gunfire and several men are struck and killed (we see a lot of blood spurt and spray), a tank fires into the building and there are explosions, a car blows up until all of the attackers are struck down and a tank explodes (we see a pile of dead bodies with blood on them and their clothing). Two men shoot several other men and we see blood spurt and spray. A man shoots another man who falls down a ladder and into the entrance of a mine; the shooter then shoots out the hatch that falls and blocks the mine entrance (many men are trapped inside the mine).
 A man kicks a large knife into the chest of another man (we see a lot of blood and he falls to the ground, dying quickly after he collapses); we see the man buried under a large pile of rocks. A man stabs another man in the throat (we see the blade sticking out of his mouth). A man pulls another man into his knife blade, and then twists it in the wound (we see blood, the man falls dead and the attacker pulls out the blade). A man throws two knives that stab two men in the throat (we see blood gush and spray).
 Many men are crowded into a mine and forced to their knees, many armed men stand behind them and prepare to fire and the armed men are shot to death (we see blood spray and spurt). A man is thrown through a window and we hear him yell on the way to the ground below.
 Men in boats speed through water and fire weapons at each other, we see several men struck and blood spurts and splatters; a boat is struck by a missile and it explodes. A man holds his hand in the shape of a handgun and pretends to shoot several other men who are actually shot to death (we see blood and bloody wounds). Several men open fire on oncoming trucks, the trucks veer, they crash into cars, then into a building where we hear people screaming and see them running for safety; many people are shot and we see blood spurting and spraying.
 A man kills many other men using a knife and he fights one man using knives and brass knuckles until one man is shoved into the whirring blade of a helicopter and his head is cut off (we see the head severed and fall away and the dead man slumps). A man fights off several other men using knives while he uses frying pans to beat them in the heads and bodies until they are all subdued or dead; we see the man pound on one man's face until it sprays and gushes blood. A man fights another man using punches and kicks while inside a speeding seaplane and eventually throws the man out the open hatch and into the water. Two men enter a bar and a very large man approaches them; the two men swing around and punch the large man in the face with brass knuckles and he falls to the ground unconscious. A man fights several other men; he stabs one (we hear crunching) and throws others. A man fights with several other men using knives and we hear a lot of crunching and squishing and we see blood spurting. A woman fights with several men with punches and kicks. A man slams another man into a pole and he falls to the floor. Two men fight using guns (we hear a lot of loud gunfire). Two men fight hand-to-hand and we hear many punches and kicks (we see one man spit blood). A man has a chain wrapped around his neck before being thrown over a ledge; another man swings a heavy weight toward the man but he dodges it. A man shoots another man repeatedly and we see blood and bullet wounds open up.
 A man drags a very sharp blade across the chest of another man and we see bloody cuts open up on his flesh. A man using a chain whips another man across the face several times (we see large cuts and bruises appear on his face and blood sprays). A man is shown tied into a chair and with a bag over his head while another man beats him in the face and head with a club and then a huge wrench (we hear him grunt and see him later without the bag on his head and he has bloody bruises on his face). A man is held at gunpoint (we see that he has blood and bruises on his face implying a beating) by several other men and one of the men threatens to kill him if other men do not put down their guns. A man threatens to cut another man's heart out. A woman uses sharp implements to coax information out of a man (we hear cutting and the man moans).
 Several men and a woman approach a plane wreck and we see two dogs pulling on human remains; one man remarks that his "fists are filled with fur" and that the man was alive until the wolves got to him. We see a cart stacked with dead bodies (we see some blood on their faces) and we hear that another man is sick from exhaustion; the sick man is then shot by another man. We see a body moving on the belt of a security scanner and we see it turn red after being shot.
 A plane fires missiles into the entrance of a mine and there are large explosions (we see a man in flames). A plane fires several missiles at a large line of men with weapons firing at it; the explosions throw the men through the air and we see some in flames. A helicopter fires on armed men on the ground, the men fire back and one man sends a motorcycle up a ramp and it crashes into the helicopter causing it to crash and explode.
 We see many armed men in a bombed out town and several men are shown grabbing women and dragging them by the hair into a building. We understand that a village has been left with no men and that the men have been taken and are being forced to work in a mine. Armed men search a village for any remaining men or boys.
 A mine collapses trapping many men underground. A plane nearly crashes into the wall of a dam. A woman speeds on a motorcycle and does a wheelie. A large digging machine cuts through a wall of fallen boulders. There is an explosion and a man is thrown (he's unharmed).
 A man falls on a security scan belt after being shot and we can see the man's skeleton and his chest cavity filling with red liquid (presumably blood). A man carries a human head in a bag and we see the bag dripping a lot of blood on the ground.
 A man talks about a military encounter where six men in his squad were killed and that his commanding officer shot a puppy that he had adopted. While shooting at men on the ground a man yells, "I've got your gang bang right here (presumably referring to his weapon). A man tells another man, "I will stab you one day." A man tells another man to "bury them all" in reference to mine workers. A man tells another man "I'll shoot you in the face." Two men trash talk each other and behave in a threatening manner in a few scenes (nothing comes of it). A man groans and says that he was "hit" twice after a firefight (we do not see his wounds). After a man with a parachute jumps out of a plane with another man (a Chinese man) strapped onto him, another man says, "That's real Chinese takeout." A man says we're going to "track 'em, find 'em and kill 'em). A man says, "We'll beat the truth out of them." A man says, "I'm gonna shoot him." A man says that he was bitten by a cobra and after ten days of excruciating pain, the cobra died. A man tells a dead man "rest in pieces" after shooting him repeatedly. A man says, "I'll tear him apart." A man tells another man, "I'm gonna take your life." Two men discuss a recovery mission. A man says that his favorite meal would be "baby seal and whale [anatomical term deleted]." A man tears a door off a Smart Car and makes an insulting quip about its size.
 A man sharpens a large knife blade. A man has a tattoo of a goat's head on his neck and refers to it as the "pet of Satan." A man drags a straightedge across his own throat (we see no injury).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 sexual reference, 13 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Afghanis, name-calling (Frankenstein, money bags, big boy, chemically unbalanced, retards, hopeless, maniac, dirt bag, Billy the Kid, stupid, crazy, psychotic mutts, cheese head, dirt bag, scum, selfish, Little Rascals, BamBam), exclamations (shut-up).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a flask in a few scenes, several men drink beer in a bar, people in a bar are shown drinking beer, and several men drink beer while flying in a plane. A man smokes a cigar in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mercenaries, Gitmo, payback, love, revenge, murder, respect, trust, relationships, forced labor, plutonium stores, ego, intelligence, changing the balance of the world, settling scores, torture.

MESSAGE - Some people will do anything to build a nuclear weapon.

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