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Funny Games | 2007 | R | - 5.8.5

U.S. remake of the eponymous 1997 Austrian film, both directed by Michael Haneke: Two young men (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet) make the rounds from one home to another on a secluded harbor where the wealthy vacation. At each stop they terrorize the inhabitants and use information they gather to gain entry to the next home. Also with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Devon Gearhart. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman is forced to unfasten her dress and drop it to the floor while two young men watch her (we see her bare shoulders and bra straps); she then removes her bra and panties (we do not see below her shoulders). We see a woman in her bra and panties that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen and legs in several scenes.
 A young man talks about a woman's figure and that he wants to see if her breasts sag and tells her husband to tell her to take off her clothes. A young man says that another young man is having sex with his mother. A young man teases another young man about being overweight and that a woman would not be attracted to him because of it.
 A husband and wife kiss.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A young man is shot with a shotgun and he is thrown back against a wall (we see the bloody hole in his abdomen, blood sprays on the wall and he slumps down).
 We hear a gunshot, we hear moaning and screaming and see blood splattered on a TV screen and a wall; and then we see a body on the floor, in a pool of blood.
 A young man puts a pillowcase over a boy's head, the boy struggles and screams and a man and a woman try to get to him but are held back (the boy can still breathe).
 A young man stands over an unconscious man lying on the floor and shoots him with a shotgun (we hear the gun fire but do not see anything else). A man covers the dead body of his son with a blanket (we see a large pool of blood on the floor).
 A boy finds a shotgun, he threatens a young man with it, cocks the gun and pulls the trigger but the gun is not loaded.
 A young man pushes a woman, who lands on a man's wounded leg, she gets up and the young man punches her hard in the stomach causing her to fall down again; another young man kicks the wounded man in the leg and when a young boy tries to make him stop the young man pushes him to the floor and threatens him. A man slaps a young man in the face when he becomes belligerent; the young man then strikes the man on the leg with a golf club (the man falls to the floor and we see blood on his pant leg). A man and a woman attack two young men and scuffle, and the man is knocked unconscious and the woman is struck hard.
 A woman opens the trunk of her car and her dead dog falls out and onto the ground (we see the body flop).
 A woman is struck with a gun and falls back onto a sofa. A man's arm has been broken (we do not see the strike that caused the break).
 We hear a dog barking for an extended period of time, we then hear a strange sound and then silence (we do not see anything but understand that the dog has been struck and possibly killed).
 A young man tells a woman to choose how her husband will die (either with a knife or a gun) and we hear the husband being stabbed off-screen (he yells and moans).
 A bound and gagged woman is pushed off a boat (she does not surface). A young man forces a woman to get on her knees and say a prayer to save her husband.
 A boy runs to a neighbor's house where he sees a dead body in a bathroom (we see feet and legs on the floor; there's a bit of blood on them).
 A young man throws a golf ball at a man (we hear the ball hit the wall but see the man with a bloody face later).
 After an altercation that we do not see, we see a man with a bloody nose and mouth and a woman who has been bound and gagged (she coughs from the cloth stuffed in her mouth). A young man tapes a woman's hands behind her back and her feet together at the ankles.
 A woman becomes angry and tries to make two young men leave her home but they will not. A dog barks aggressively at a young man.
 A young man plays a children's counting game to choose who will die first. A man calls 911 and says, "They killed my son." A young man wagers with a man, a woman and young boy that they will not be alive in the morning. A young man says that he and his friend rob rich people to pay for their drug habit. A young man teases another young man about being overweight.
 A woman gives her young son a sharp knife to take to his father who's outside. A woman runs from house to house calling for help. A boy appears nervous and stands at a doorway holding a knife.
 A woman vomits after seeing the dead body of her son in another room (we see goo and hear her gag). A woman spits in a young man's face. A woman cries and quivers and mucus drips from her nose. A man takes a bite of bread, and then spits it out. A young man drops several eggs on the floor and they break (a woman cleans up the mess). A young man shoves a boy toward another young man and says, "He's not even house-trained" and we see the boy has wet his pants.
 A young man plays very loud, shrieking music in one scene and that same music is used in the film's opening sequence and at the end of the film.

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LANGUAGE 5 - 5 F-words, 10 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (old man, tubby, stupid, disgusting, brat, spoiled, white trash, butt-head, coward), 6 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes a cigarette in a couple of scenes. A young man talks about another young man being a drug addict, and that he is one also.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wealth, psychopaths, murder, murder for entertainment, divorce, drug addiction, homosexuality, incest, regret, guilt.
MESSAGE - Psychopaths find violence entertaining.
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