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The 15:17 to Paris | 2018 | PG-13 | - 2.5.5

A recounting of the real-life August 2015 incident when three young Americans thwarted a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. Their story traces their childhood friendship until they find themselves on the fateful train and the three men (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler) play themselves as they reenact the attack. Also with Ray Corasani, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Irene White, William Jennings, Bryce Gheisar, Stephen Matthew Smith, P.J. Byrne and Paul-Mikél Williams. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Men and women dance close together in a club scene; we see gyrating hips and buttocks, holding and touching. A woman dances and spins around a dance pole in a club. A man and a woman hug in greeting.
 A pre-teen boy says, "I need a girlfriend." A woman tells two men visiting Italy about a bus tour and the name sounds like "Virgin Excursion."
 Women in a nightclub scene are shown wearing various small outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, backs, abdomens, bare legs and partial lower bare buttocks. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wearing a tank top is shown and we see cleavage and bare shoulders. A shirtless man with a rifle strapped across his chest is seen and we see his bare shoulders and part of his chest and abdomen. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder top with a short skirt that reveal bare shoulders, upper chest and bare legs to the mid-thighs. A shirtless man is shown with bare-chest, abdomen and shoulders visible.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man charges toward a gunman who pulls the trigger but the gun does not discharge; the man tackles the gunman and they wrestle and punch each other, they fall onto a table where the gunman tries to shoot the man in the head with a handgun, then cuts him on the back of the neck with a knife and he almost severs the man's thumb before the man is able to subdue him; we see the unconscious gunman hogtied on the floor later. Two men fight with a gunman over the high-powered rifle he is holding; one man gets away with the gun and runs until the gunman shoots him with a handgun (we see him with a bloody bullet hole on his back and a lot of blood pours from a wound on his neck). We hear a gunshot on a moving train and see a puddle of blood on the floor as people scramble to get away from a gunman.
 A man talks about another man having gone into a bathroom on a moving train and having been in there for a long time with a suitcase; the door opens and the man inside is shirtless with a high-powered rifle strapped across his chest.
 An alarm sounds and we hear that there is an active shooter on a military base; people scramble to block a door and hide under their desks; one man stands at the door holding a pen as a weapon until the alarm is released. A boy is struck in the head with a basketball (on purpose) and confronts the other boy using a mild obscenity.
 Two men practice wrestling in a class and one holds the other around the neck until he taps his arm to release. A man is ordered to do push-ups when he is late for a session in boot camp basic training, and again when he does not follow orders; he is finally eliminated from the proceedings. Three boys play war in the woods with airsoft guns. A boy has a variety of airsoft guns and also a rifle that he says he uses for hunting.
 Men in Humvees drive along a road in Afghanistan and there are mounted guns on them with men tending to them. A pre-teen boy leaves his mother's home and moves away with his father. A man is denied a position he wants in the Air Force because he lacks depth perception.
 A man presses his finger over a large neck wound that bleeds profusely on a gunshot victim; we see the wounded man on a stretcher later receiving medical treatment. A man sits on a chair outside a train and we see that he has blood on his neck, head, eye and hand after a lengthy fight with another man. A practice dummy is shown on a floor during a training session and we see it has a lot of blood on its arm and leg as the instructor describes that the treatment the individual has applied would have lobotomized the wounded person. Three men wake up with hangovers aver a long night of drinking.
 A teacher confronts two boys in a hallway and one boy tears a poster in front of the teacher as they are led away to the principal's office. A teacher asks two women about their sons and recommends medication for treating ADD. A woman yells at a man when he suggests that her son should go to live with his father. A woman yells at her pre-teen son and says every time she leaves his room, she is disappointed. A boy asks an African-American boy, "Have you seen a gun before?" and the other boy says, "Black people don't really hunt." A pre-teen boy says, "There's something about war." A man conducting a tour of the place where Adolf Hitler killed himself after the war sings a line from "The Producers" song, "Springtime for Hitler and Germany." We hear that a gunman had 300 rounds with him on a train.

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LANGUAGE 5 - One possible F-word, 13 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (robot, jokers, loser, trouble, problem children, skinny black kid, dummy, pasty white kid, beast), exclamations (jeez, you've gotta be kidding me), 2 religious profanities (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus Christ, Oh My God, during a confrontation a woman says, "My God is bigger than your statistics").

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SUBSTANCE USE - A teacher recommends medication for two boys that she says cannot focus, and a man makes a joke about another man's cigarette being something other than tobacco. Two men drink beer from bottles in a hotel room, two men drink wine on a train, people in a bar are shown holding and drinking from glasses of beer, men and women are shown holding alcoholic beverages and drinking while dancing in a club scene, a man and a woman toast with steins of beer and drink, and a reference is made to drinking beers. A man smokes a cigarette on a balcony.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Finding your passion, heroism, courage, responsibility, lifelong friends, single parenting, faith, bullying, survival, fear, motivation, follow-through, pursuing a dream, failure, luck, depth perception, public schools vs. parochial schools, the Rome Coliseum, Afghanistan, ISIS.
MESSAGE - Training, courage and motivation make heroes.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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