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Fantastic Four | 2015 | PG-13 | - 1.6.4

While testing a teleportation device four colleagues find themselves in another dimension only to return with special abilities that they struggle to control. They must also each decide how to put these new powers to good use. With Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Josh Trank. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A young woman wears a low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man altered by a teleportation occurrence has the ability to use blasts of energy to cause people to burn and blow up from the inside; we see a man slowly begin to bubble up and redden from the inside, then his head explodes within a helmet and we see blood and matter spray inside the plastic mask; the altered man charges through a laboratory and kills many other people with blood splattering on walls and in containment suits, he throws bursts of energy at a woman who deflects them with a force field, and then throws another man against a wall. A man fights with a young man and holds him around the throat; the attacker is caught in an energy beam and floats to the top, where he seems to disintegrate.
 Four young men teleport to another dimension and explore where they land: we see unusual terrain with what looks like glowing lava under the surface that appears to be an energy source and when one young man touches the material the ground blows up and throws rock and liquid all around and the young men run and climb up a ledge trying to return to the teleporter and one cable breaks as the young man climbing it is covered by the green material and falls back down to the surface (we do not see what happens to him, but the others leave without him).
 Three young men teleport back to a lab where the device explodes blowing a young woman off her chair (we see her unconscious on the floor); we see one young man pinned under rubble, another young man is seen lying motionless and engulfed in flames and the third is buried under a pile of rocks. Three young men and a young woman are seen in observation rooms after a mishap in a teleporter; we see one young man with his limbs stretched unnaturally, another young man lying on a table in flames, and another young man appears to be made of stone and the young woman appears and disappears. We hear that an environment suit fused to a man and we see him with cracks in the covering that glow green.
 A young man in flames on a table in an observation room thrashes and yells and when he sits up the window of the room is blown out sending glass toward the observers on the other side (no one is shown to be hurt).
 A planet in another dimension throws giant rock pillars into the air and causes a beam of energy to shoot into the sky that opens a hole on Earth that begins to draw everything into it; we see cars, planes and people being drawn into the hole and pulled into the sky. We see a large crater left on the Earth's surface after an energy beam has begun to break it apart.
 Three young men and a young woman with special abilities fight with a man (also with special abilities) on a planet in another dimension: one young man is covered with large rocks that make him unable to move, another young man is covered with flaming shards that knock him out, the third young man is pulled to the surface of the planet and is unable to become free and the young woman is pinned under her own force field; they eventually free themselves and one of them throws the attacker into a deep hole.
 A young man in the woods is surrounded by armed soldiers who fire at him as he dodges the bullets (one soldier shoots another and he falls to the ground with no blood seen) and shifts himself (like rubber) out of the way until a giant rock creature swings at him hitting a tree instead, then head-butts him and the young man falls unconscious (we see him conscious later and in a containment room on an airplane). Something in human form moves toward men exploring another dimension and he appears to be injured, dragging one leg behind him; he collapses when he gets close to them and we see him later in an observation room.
 A young man that's now a giant creature made of rocks is seen on a video destroying tanks and equipment; a young woman is shown creating force fields and moving equipment with her powers; another young man bursts into flames at will and we see him fly after a drone and blow it up in mid-air.
 A young man runs after and hits his younger brother (a pre-teen) in the head and face until the boys' mother grabs the older boy and hits him in the head and face while yelling at him. A teacher is dismissive of a young boy and then later the same boy as a teenager.
 Three young men in cars race along streets and through traffic moving into oncoming traffic and squealing around turns before the back of one car bursts into flames and the driver loses control slamming into a pole (we see the driver at the hospital later with cuts on his face and his arm in a sling). When a young man's arms and legs return to normal size after having been stretched out unnaturally we hear a squishing sound. A young man changes his face by stretching and reforming it and when he changes it back to normal we hear squishing and crunching.
 A chimpanzee is place into a teleportation device and the machine begins to whirr and glow, and with a flash the device disappears; we see video of the chimp on a foreign looking planet and the chimp is returned unharmed.
 A device that a pre-teen boy designed and built in his garage whirrs, everything shakes and rumbles and the power blows as the device creates a bright light that makes a toy car disappear and in its place is a pile of sand. Two young men demonstrate a teleportation device at a high school science fair and when they reverse it, the sound and vibration break a basketball backboard and the item that was teleported returns broken and slightly melted; a teacher yells at them and disqualifies them.
 A pre-teen boy hides in a car in a junk yard as guard dogs bark and jump; another boy with a baseball bat approaches the car and the boy in the car says, "Please don't kill me" (no one is harmed). A man dismisses another man's efforts with talented young people and calls it a "little orphanage." A young woman tells a young man that he ripped a hole in space time. A father and son argue about the young man's future. A man makes reference to "waterboarding in the 4th dimension." A young man says, "My Dad might actually kill me this time." A young man pleads with his friend to help him after a teleportation accident.
 A young boy and then a young man has scars on his face and his throat.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, insane, unprofessional), 1 religious profanity (GD), 6 religious exclamations (holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Three young men drink alcohol from a flask, and a young man accuses another of being drunk.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Heroes, goals, teleportation, other dimensions. Dreams, pattern recognition, adoption, opportunities, good vs. evil, advancements and technology used for good or evil, diminishing resources, saving the planet, success, evolution, NASA, friendship, family, teamwork, jealousy, making a difference.

MESSAGE - Make the most of your situation but you can't change the past.

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