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The Fighter | 2010 | R | - 6.7.10

Based on a true story about a boxer (Mark Wahlberg) from Lowell, Massachusetts, whose chances at success were nearly squandered by his mother (Melissa Leo) and crack-addicted older brother (Christian Bale). Also with Amy Adams and Jack McGee. Directed by David O. Russell. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman wearing a bra top and a short skirt struts on a street corner, a man in a car stops and she joins him in the car where she performs oral sex on him (we only see the man's head moving rhythmically and she sits up and wipes her mouth).
 A woman wearing a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen and legs are visible) and a man wearing boxers (bare chest and legs and back are visible) kiss and caress each other, climb into bed and continue to kiss and caress (they are then interrupted).
 A woman wearing a short skirt (her bare legs are visible) straddles a man seated on a couch, they kiss and he caresses her clothed back and buttocks. A man and a woman kiss passionately while on a street. A man kisses a woman that he passes on a street (it is unclear if they know each other). A man and a woman kiss in several scenes.
 There are several scenes during boxing matches where women wearing skimpy bikinis (cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs and backs are visible) walk around the ring carrying round numbers on large cards. A man admires a woman that's wearing a short, low-cut top and short, shorts that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back (with a tattoo) and bare legs. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a dress with a low-cut back revealing her bare back to the waist. A man is shown bare-chested to the hip. A man and a woman sleep in bed together (the man is wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt and the woman is wearing a T-shirt). A man grabs his crotch while talking into a camera.
 Several women talk about another woman using disparaging, sexually suggestive terms in several scenes. A woman complains about a movie and says, "There wasn't any good sex in it."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There are several boxing matches that show numerous head and body strikes and usually end with one fighter falling to the mat; an extended sequence shows boxers exchanging heavy blows to the body and face and they both have blood and bruises on their faces. During one fight scene a fighter ends up with a very bloody face and nose and blood splatters after one very hard blow to the face. Several boxing matches show a fighter being punched relentlessly and falling to the mat. A boxer is shown being punched in the face repeatedly while leaning against the ropes and his face is bloody and bruised.
 Police officers hold a man against a police car and pound on his hand with a nightstick until his hand is bloodied. A man fights with police officers, who hit him with nightsticks and restrain him (his head and face are bloody).
 A man pulls another man down from a fence he is trying to climb and tries to punch him; the man on the fence punches the other man in the face and he falls down, but we do not see any injuries. Two men spar several times with head protection and gloves; in one scene one of the fighters is struck hard in the head and body and falls to the mat (he's OK later).
 A man slams another man's head onto a bar and threatens him (no injuries are shown) after he makes an insulting remark to a woman. A man punches and kicks another man (there are no visible injuries). Two women fight in a bar (we see them slap each other and one shoves the other; no injuries are shown). Two women fight and one tackles the other and they punch each other in the face; they also pull each other's hair and we see them with bloody noses.
 A woman throws dishes at a man (the dishes shatter) and yells at him; then she throws pans at him (there are no visible injuries but he complains that the pans hurting). A man punches a locker. A small boy punches a locker several times.
 We see a man after a boxing match and he has bloody bandages on his face. A woman re-bandages wounds on a man's face (we see blood-soaked bandages).
 Two men in the audience of a boxing match shove each other. Several men shove each other in a prison common room and guards stand between them until they calm down.
 A man is pulled out of his car by another man that identifies himself as a police officer. A man jumps out a second story window in a few scenes and lands in garbage bags on the ground below (he does not appear harmed). A woman stumbles and falls while climbing into a boxing ring.
 People argue bitterly in many scenes. A crowd boos and chides a boxer entering an arena. A man argues with another man and accuses him of thinking that Cambodian people are stupid.
 A man on a balcony drops a bottle that breaks near another man walking on the sidewalk below (he is not harmed and it does not appear to be on purpose).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 107 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for gays, name-calling (sugar, MTV girl, stupid, fat, crook, moron, crazy, gangster, junk bag), 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several people are shown in a house (referred to as a "crack house") where they smoke crack from a plastic bottle in numerous scenes and we see the effects of being under the influence, a man buys drugs in a dark doorway on a street, a man is said to be addicted to crack, a man goes through withdrawal while in jail (he shakes, sweats and thrashes), and two men talk about doing crack and the first time they did crack. People drink beer and alcohol in several bar scenes, people drink shots of alcohol in a couple of bar scenes, a man holds a beer in his hand (we do not see him drink), a woman drinks a scotch and a man drinks a beer, a man drinks a beer, a woman talks about "drinking too much," people drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in several bar scenes and a woman smokes a cigarette and drinks a beer. Many people are shown smoking cigarettes in many scenes, a woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes, a man smokes a cigarette and a man has an unlit cigarette in his mouth and behind his ear in a number of scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Boxing, family, dysfunctional families, brothers, crack addition, divorce, success and failure, trust, perseverance, embarrassment, disappointment, ambition, prostitution, racism, betrayal, deciding what's right for your own future, taking advantage of people, existing in the shadow of a successful sibling.

MESSAGE - Perseverance can pay off.

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