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Gnomeo and Juliet | 2011 | G | - 3.3.2

A modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," involving two neighboring groups of garden gnomes and their on-going feud, which takes on a new twist when two star-crossed gnomes (voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) fall in love. Also with the voices of Hulk Hogan, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne and Patrick Stewart. Directed by Kelly Asbury. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A male gnome and a female gnome kiss twice. A male gnome and a female gnome are about to kiss (their faces are close) and are interrupted. A male gnome and a female gnome are forced apart, as they are about to kiss. We see a shadowed outline of a man and a woman kissing behind a curtain. A male gnome kisses a female gnome on the cheek.
 Male and female gnomes hold hands. Two plastic flamingos rub their necks together and look at one another lovingly.
 There a number of comments that could be considered as sexually suggestive: a female gnome remarks to a male gnome that his "tulips look limp," a female gnome and a frog joke to a man about a squirrel dropping "very large nuts," a frog tells a female gnome that she likes her "junk in the trunk," and a male gnome says to another male gnome "I love going commando." A woman is heard singing the song, "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls, including the lyrics, "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Don't cha wish your girlfriend was weird like me?" A princess doll tells a male gnome, "Call me."
 A male gnome is seen bare-chested on multiple occasions and wearing bathing trucks. A male gnome is seen on multiple occasions wearing a thong-style bathing suit and his bare buttocks are seen on one occasion. A female gnome is seen wearing a mid-drift exposing shirt (we see cleavage) and tight, form-fitting pants. A male and a female gnome are seen washing themselves, separately, and fully "clothed"; the male gnome is seen rubbing his behind and washing his armpits.
 A male gnome is stuck under a large bra; we see it dragging across the ground and the gnome uses it as a rope to climb a chair.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A gnome leaps onto a lawnmower being driven by another gnome, his head dangles over the side of the mower, the mower hits a wall, sending one of the gnomes safely to the ground and the other is thrown into a wall and shatters to pieces (he is later glued together, and seems unharmed but able to pop off his arms and legs at will).
 A gnome is believed to have been smashed by a truck after being bumped into a busy street while trying to avoid several gnomes throwing rocks at him; we see a pile of smashed ceramic, a woman cries and gnomes gather around the smashed pieces on the street (the pieces are later identified as a broken teapot and the gnome is seen unharmed).
 A lawnmower, driven by a gnome, tears through a backyard, crashing into fences and lawn decorations as other gnomes dive for cover; the driver of the lawnmower jumps to safety as the mower flies through the air, exploding in a giant cloud of smoke and crushing a lawn ornament where a female and a male gnome are standing, reducing it to rubble; a male gnome and a female gnome look at the destruction and cry, thinking the gnomes had been smashed (they are seen moments later unharmed).
 Two gnomes race lawnmowers down an alley as several other gnomes watch: they bump the mowers against one another, one is ramped over the side of the other, one of the drivers throws an object at the other, knocking him off his lawnmower (he is unharmed) and sending the mower through the air and into a street, the mower is hit by a car, sent back through the air, lands next to one of the gnomes and then falls apart.
 Several gnomes throw berries at one another over a fence while shouting; the berries hit the gnomes, splattering and causing one gnome to fall from the roof of a house and narrowly avoid being smashed by landing in a pond, unharmed. Two gnomes are discovered trespassing by several other gnomes and a deer when they attempt to climb over a fence, one of the gnomes escapes and the other is about to fight another gnome (they are holding sticks and are about to lunge); one of the gnomes knocks over the other one and they are both unharmed. A gnome on a lawnmower chases another gnome, he knocks the ceramic hat off the gnome and it shatters on the ground.
 A gnome knocks over another gnome and a third gnome shouts at the attacking gnome while helping the other gnome up. A female gnome tackles a male gnome, as a stack of logs is about to hit him. A deer kicks several gnomes; one of them falls from the end in a domino effect. A gnome kicks several gnomes, knocking one to the ground in a domino effect. A male gnome grabs the arm of a female gnome and pulls her away. A man grabs a plastic flamingo from the ground, its leg pops out and he throws it on the ground. A gnome pulls back a branch of a tree, she releases it and it accidentally hits another gnome in the face. A female gnome shouts when a frog pulls a strip of duct tape from the gnome's leg (similar to waxing legs). A male gnome smashes an electric wire and plug against a pipe and it breaks.
 A gnome uses boxers as a parachute as he drops from the sky; he loses his grip and falls into a tree, breaking a branch and falling to the ground, unharmed. A gnome knocks an apple off a tree and it falls onto a flowerpot, shattering it next to a gnome, who is unharmed. Two gnomes attached to a base fall on their faces when they try to walk.
 A dog drops a gnome out of its mouth and is about to bury it, the gnome leaps out of the hole and onto a piece of garden equipment filled with dirt, the dirt and the gnome are dumped, and the gnome is lifted up by several teenagers that throw him into the air (he is later seen unharmed).
 A male gnome and a female gnome playfully knock one another off the top of a glass sunroom and fall with a window pane spinning around them; they chase one another through the sunroom, swinging from wires and standing on a branch that breaks, sending them crashing into a pond, unharmed. A gnome is accidentally knocked off a tall statue, almost crashing into the ground until he falls onto a plastic flamingo; the side of the flamingo is dented (the flamingo pops the dent back out and they are both shown unharmed).
 A gnome pulls a tube of pesticide and says that other gnomes "will pay" after he discovers that they had destroyed his plant; we later see him with the pesticide, about to spray flowers but he is interrupted by another gnome. A frog dramatically passes out in the arms of a gnome, she then pulls petals from a flower and says, "love is dead, love is doomed" and drops the petals on the gnome.
 Drool is seen dripping from a dog's mouth and onto a gnome's head, the dog then grabs the gnome in its mouth and runs through a busy street, narrowly avoiding being hit by a bus. A ceramic bunny kicks a gnome in the behind, knocking him into a drainage pipe and we hear the gnome make an "Eww" noise. A gnome kicks a snail over a fence, it lands in the mouth of another gnome, he begins to choke, a deer performs the Heimlich maneuver and the gnome spits the snail out (we see a small amount of spittle on his lips and coming out of his mouth). A mushroom is thrown through the air and becomes stuck in a frog's mouth; she spit it out. A female frog has a sprinkler coming from its mouth and she spits water and burps on multiple occasions.
 A man and a woman shout at one another, accusing each other of destroying their respective yards. A female gnome tells a male gnome that another male gnome will "bury him under the patio" if he finds him. A male gnome shouts to a female gnome that other gnomes will be "sleeping with the fishes." A female frog jokingly tells a male gnome it was nice to meet him before he is killed. On multiple occasions several gnomes discuss getting revenge on other gnomes. A gnome instructs two other gnomes on the rules of a race, including no wrestling, biting, scratching or cussing. Two gnomes discuss how another gnome is "resting in pieces" implying he had been smashed. A gnome reads a portion of the prologue of "Romeo and Juliet," including the phrase, "Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." A statue of Shakespeare tells a gnome that he had written a story where a woman had faked her death, a man then kills himself in response and the woman wakes up and kills herself too. A female gnome and a male gnome jokingly tell a plastic flamingo that they are "fighting to the death." A female frog tells a female gnome that a male gnome will break up with her when he finds out how much she weighs.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 2 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (crummy old codger, old miserly hag, illiterate -- interpreted by person as illegitimate, awful, crazy, weird guy, ugly little fellow, loser, mouth bigger than head, pansy, idiots, jack dog, cheater, blasted hoodlums, sucker, witch, nit-wit, you look like your sister), exclamations (kiss some grass, gosh, shut up, oh my giddy aunt, blimey, rubbish).


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Revenge, Shakespearian adaptations, Romeo and Juliet, blood feud, star-crossed lovers, neighborhood rivalries, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - You must set aside your differences and embrace people for who they are.

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