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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | 2009 | R | – 9.8.5

Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s eponymous best-selling novel, about a journalist (Michael Nyqvist) and a young female hacker (Noomi Rapace), who investigate a 35-year-old homicide and uncover the beginning of a series of gruesome murders. Also with Lena Endre. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. In Swedish with English subtitles. [2:33]

SEX/NUDITY 9 – A man violently rapes a young woman after slapping her so hard she falls on top of a bed: he quickly handcuffs her to the headboard, uses a cable to whip her back, ties her foot to the leg of the bed, pulls off her clothing (we see her bare buttocks), forces himself on top of her (we see a portion of his bare buttocks) as she lays on her stomach and she screams while he thrusts; the woman is then seen walking with a hobble and we later hear a recording of this incident, which includes the young woman’s screams.
 We see the back of a man’s boxers as he forces a young woman to perform oral sex on him by shoving her head up and down against his crotch; and we later see the young woman using hand soap to wash out her mouth.
 A nude man is seen gagged and tied up after being tasered by a young woman, who begins to violently sodomize him with what looks like a sex toy; at the same time she’s shouting that he had done similar things to her in the past.
 A young woman climbs into a bed with a man (his bare chest is visible) and the two begin to have intercourse; the woman is on top, her bare back and a small portion of her buttocks are visible as she thrusts, we hear her moaning, and she then stands up and walks out of the room (no nudity is visible).
 The bare breasts and buttocks of a nude young woman are visible as she climbs out of bed, where another woman lies sleeping. The bare breasts of a young woman and bare chest of a man are visible as they lie in bed together (sex is implied).
 A nude man (his bare buttocks and a portion of his bare chest are visible) is seen gagged and tied up.
 Men and women kiss. A man remembers fondly when a young woman had kissed him on the cheek when he was a young boy.
 A woman tells a man that she had been raped multiple times as a child by multiple male members of her family (we see a flashback of a young woman running from a shirtless older man).
 A man and a young man discuss how many sexual partners the young man has had and the young man remarks that he had been with two; he then says two hundred and two thousand before walking away. People discuss how various women had been prostitutes. A young woman remarks that looking up female names on an Internet search engine “almost always” brings up pornography sites. A man reads aloud a Bible verse stating that if a woman and an animal “lay together” they must be killed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man violently rapes a young woman after slapping her so hard she falls on top of a bed: he quickly handcuffs her to the headboard, uses a cable to whip her back, ties her foot to the leg of the bed, pulls off her clothing and forces himself on top of her as she screams; the woman is then seen walking with a hobble and we later hear a recording of this incident, which includes the young woman's screams.
 We see the back of a man's boxers as he forces a young woman to perform oral sex on him by shoving her head up and down against his crotch; and we later see the young woman using hand soap to wash out her mouth.
 A nude man is seen gagged and tied up after being tasered by a young woman, who begins to violently sodomize him with what looks like a sex toy; at the same time she's shouting that he had done similar things to her in the past.
 A young woman has a flashback where as a young girl she had thrown a can of gasoline on a man inside a car, struck a match and watched as the man struggled to free himself and then lay on the ground engulfed in flames.
 Blood is seen pouring from a wound on a man's forehead where a bullet grazed his temple as he run and he is later seen covered in blood and the wound is covered by gauze.
 A young woman straddles a man, who is tied up, and applies a tattoo to his bare chest that reads, "I am a sadistic pig and a rapist."
 A man is seen hog-tied, foam and spittle coming from his mouth, and lying on the floor after having a vial of an unknown drug injected into his neck: another man begins to beat him, blood flies out of his mouth and he appears to pass out, and we then see a man throw a bucket of water on him to rouse him, place him in a choker that's attached to a wench, begin to tighten the wench and the man is left hanging in the air (he is cut down moments later, but he still has bloody wounds on his face).
 A young woman with a golf club beats a man, striking him in the face and back: we see blood from the wound on his face, the woman chases him out the door, breaking his car window with the golf club and starting a high speed chase, which ends when the man's car hits another car and goes over a guard rail, flipping multiple times; the wounded man struggles, trapped under the car which then catches fire, and we hear the man scream as the young woman walks away.
 A group of young men walk through a subway station, shouting and lunging towards people to scare them: one of the young men slams into a young woman, who falls to the ground and the young men begin to kick and punch her (she is later seen with a black eye), until she picks up a broken bottle and brandishes it, shouting and causing them to run away.
 An older man holds a large hunting rifle to another man's face and threatens to fire, another man interrupts and shouts at the older man to drop the rifle; the elderly man then fires a shot toward the man, who appears to vomit (no sound is heard, but spittle comes from the man's mouth). A man slaps a young woman and grabs her face while threatening her.
 Graphic photographs of multiple crime scenes are seen, including a nude, deceased woman with large portions of her skin removed (blood and flesh under the skin are visible), and one of the photographs shows what appears to be a skull in a pile of ashes. Crime scene photos of a woman show her covered in blood and partially decapitated and other photos show at least a dozen dead women, their heads wrapped in plastic bags, and blood pooled on their lips and eyes.
 A man and a young woman discuss the murder of a young woman, that her body had been mutilated in a religious fashion, and we see crime scene photographs of a young woman tied up and beaten, with blood on her upper thighs and coming from cuts on her face, neck and torso. A man describes a murder to another man, including that he had choked a woman only as a secondary thought to rape and he describes, in great detail, the enjoyment he got from watching the people he murdered in the process of dying. Two men discuss how a man believed that a young woman had been murdered, since she had disappeared mysteriously one day and it is suggested that she might have committed suicide or possibly ran. A woman describes having hit an older man with an oar, knocking him into water and drowning him and that she covered up the murder to appear as though it was an accident. People discuss death and near-fatal heart attacks, including a man telling another man that a woman had died of cancer, and a woman telling a young woman that her guardian had to be hospitalized after having a stroke. A woman tells a man that an older man had fallen into a lake while drunk and drowned. A man reads Bible verses aloud which instruct that people must be killed for their behavior. A man asks a young woman with multiple facial piercings if the piercings became infected.
 We see film of a car crash on a bridge and see an ambulance rushing towards a car with a broken window.
 The sounds of a toilet flushing are heard as a man stands up and appears to be zipping up his pants while speaking to a young woman.

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LANGUAGE 5 - About 3 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 6 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (little terrorist, petty, greedy, capitalist, pig, bitter old man, sissy), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink and discuss alcoholic beverages and the effects of alcohol, including a man remarking that a young woman smells like beer. A young woman smokes cigarettes constantly.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, sex crimes, hate crimes, conspiracies, Nazi sympathizers, Jewish history, computer hacking, kidnapping, childhood corruption, journalistic integrity, fraud, sexual abuse, abuse of power, loneliness.
MESSAGE - Investigation and hard work prevail in the end.
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