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Focus | 2015 | R | - 6.5.10

A professional con man (Will Smith) takes a younger woman (Margot Robbie) on as an apprentice and falls in love with her, but dismisses her after her training. Years later she shows up as his opponent in a big swindle, now a seasoned con artist herself. Also with Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, BD Wong and Robert Taylor. Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. [1:44]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man kneeling in bed (his bare chest, abdomen and hips are seen along with one of his bare thighs) thrusts, wide-eyed and grimacing, into a woman kneeling on all fours in front of him (we see her bare buttocks, upper thighs, lower back and a large tattoo of numbers 55 above her buttocks).
 A man and a woman go into her hotel room and kiss passionately as they remove their tops and we see her bra, cleavage, midriff, slip and lower legs along with his bare chest; the camera cuts to the couple in bed in close-up and we see their faces and shoulders as they kiss with the woman lying on top of the man. A man and a woman lie under bed covers and we see the woman's bare arms and the man's bare chest as they kiss. A man and a woman lie in bed and the man is bare-chested while the woman reveals full bare legs to the thighs.
 A man and a woman kiss in a hotel room, when another man with a handgun bursts in, threatening the first man and shouting; we see one man running out of a room and down the hall wearing only a shirt and briefs. Men and women kiss briefly in a few scenes. In half a dozen scenes, a man and a woman kiss for several seconds in close-up, embracing closely. A man and a woman dance closely and kiss in one scene. A woman hugs a man and he says he wants to have sex with her, but she laughs and says no.
 A man says to a woman, "Grow a pair" when she says that she has no eyes in the back of the head. A man tells a woman, "You'd slap my face if you knew where my hand was" (his hand is below the frame and she laughs). A man says a woman has had the longest menstrual period in the world to avoid sex with him. A man says to a woman, "I want you. I will keep you safe" and she angrily asks, "Does that get you laid?" as she walks away. A man walks up to a woman and tell her to put more clothing on and she refuses. A woman sits in the back seat of a car while a male passenger up front asks the male driver if the driver is having sex with the woman; the woman protests and the driver denies having sex with her. A woman says that a cop had wandering hands. A woman tells an injured man, "I love you" and admits to pretending to be living with another man to make the injured man jealous. A man says that he has one red hair in his groin that tingles when things are about to go wrong.
 At a hotel pool, dozens of women wear skimpy bikinis that bare cleavage. In a few scenes, several women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage; some of them also wear miniskirts or short shorts that bare their full legs. Two scenes feature waitresses wearing tight mini-dresses that bare their full legs as well as a small portion of the lower buttocks (no underwear shows). A woman wears a short skirt slit to the top of her thigh. A cheerleader wears a sleeveless, high-necked top with spangled short shorts. A woman wears a very tight dress at a racetrack; the dress extends to her knees and features a scoop neckline that reveals cleavage and the straps and top of her black bra. A woman wears a lacey sleeveless top that reveals the outline of the top of her bra (no cleavage shows). A woman walks in across a scene wearing a long-sleeved man's shirt and we see her bare legs. A man walks through his hotel room wearing only sweat pants and we see his bare chest and abdomen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man and a woman are shown sitting in chairs in a garage with their mouths duct taped and their hands tied with cable ties; the woman says, "Now we're dead," a man in the room says, "Do you want to die?" and another man screams at the tied up man, rips the tape off his mouth without much reaction and chokes him briefly, and then he slugs the tied man in the face without leaving a mark; the punching man holds the nose of the woman closed and she struggles and crumples in the chair as the tied man shouts and an older man shoots him in the chest (we see blood flow, and he falls back in the chair with blood pouring around his throat and onto the floor as he closes his eyes); one of the other men is knocked unconscious off-screen as we hear a punch, the woman screams and jumps to the shot man on the floor, clawing the knee of the older man as he approaches and he curses, tapes the shot man's chest and puts a huge needle into his ribs to re-inflate a lung and the shot man gasps and opens his eyes.
 A man purchases and puts on a bicycle helmet, a mouth guard and a neck collar, and then drives a car very fast; we hear a crash and see his airbag deploy and then see him leave the crumpled front end and cracked windshield of his vehicle and a couple sitting in another car with the driver's side door crumpled (their hair is askew).
 A man at a party shouts loudly, once bellowing, "Where are the black people?" and he punches another man in the nose twice (we see no injury), another man puts a headlock on the attacker and two bouncers pull the shouting man out into a hallway and drop him on his face, uninjured.
 A man drives another wounded man and a woman to an ER, argues with the wounded man briefly then leaves as the woman helps the shot man, who has been groaning, and we see them both covered in blood, but smiling as the scene ends.
 An overweight man pretends to have a heart attack in a restaurant; men and women shout and mill around; a screaming woman grabs a man who says he is a doctor and the doctor looks the victim over and we then see the screaming woman and the man in a car, unharmed and well.
 A man and a woman argue about gambling. A man breaks up with a woman and she cries as he leaves and gets into a car. A man argues with an older man, who shouts, curses and calls him names.
 We hear that a man's father killed the grandfather in a swindle in order to keep a con going. We hear that a man had his throat cut. An older man tells a man and a woman that during a swindle, another man pointed a gun at him and a boy, so the older man ceased contact with the boy after they safely escaped.
 At a tent café in the middle of a car racetrack, three men talk as racers speed by with extremely loud whining noises that sound like a buzz saw on metal. Close-ups on a pro football field show hard tackles and we hear loud crunches and the crowd shouting, but see no injuries.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 76 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual gesture, 6 sexual references, 24 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (R. Kelly, hooker, crazy, dumb, suckers, shopaholics, marshmallow, lechers, drunks, boy, lesbian, lazy, piker, race skunk), stereotypical references to men, women, gays, lesbians, fathers, con artists, party girls, car race groupies, the rich, gamblers, drunks, Asians, Saudis, Hispanics, African Americans, exclamations (shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Dear God, Jesus, Lord Jesus Christ, For Christ's sake).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman jokes about Rohypnol (date rape drugs) in a drink (there are no drugs in her wine) while she and a man drink wine at dinner and after dinner, a man and a woman meet in a cafe and drink wine while a man sitting nearby has a martini in front of him, a man and a woman drink wine in a courtyard and in another scene in a bedroom, a few party scenes and a pool scene include men and women drinking short glasses of liquor as well as cocktails and champagne and glasses of wine as servers walk through with trays of drinks, a bottle of champagne pops and foams in a close-up, a man at a party drinks several apple martinis causing him to slur his speech and shout before being carried out into a hallway by two bouncers, a man pretends to be an alcoholic and has glasses of water with olives to look like martinis, two small bar scenes show men drinking bottles of beer, a football game features a man that a woman says is drunk (we see no drinking) and we see men and women in a skybox at the game drinking glasses of champagne, and men and women drink short glasses of liquor at slot machines as servers walk by with additional drinks on trays. A man smokes a cigarette at garage, and two men light and smoke cigars in a skybox at a football game.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Career criminals, con artists, double crosses, honesty, safety, families, relationships, trust, love, danger, excitement.

MESSAGE - It is sometimes difficult to know who to trust.

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