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Gran Torino | 2008 | R | - 4.7.10

A racist Korean War Veteran (Clint Eastwood) befriends and protects his Asian-American neighbors after intervening in a gang-related fight. Also with Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley and Brian Howe. Directed by Eastwood. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Three men harass a woman and speak about her buttocks (using a crude term). A man grabs the waistband of his pants and moves them up and down while he taunts a young woman (insinuating that he'd like to have sex with her).
 A man calls a woman a sexually derogatory term for a prostitute. Three men remark on how they'd like to have sex with a woman. A man teases a teenage boy about giving him anal sex. A man calls a male priest a "27-year-old virgin." A man jokingly tells another man, "Let's let him play with himself." A man tells a priest he kissed a woman he wasn't married to.
 A man looks at a pornographic magazine (we briefly see a woman's cleavage and a woman's bare back). A man is seen in a bathtub and we see his bare chest, arms, shoulders and knees. A teenage girl wears a top that shows her pierced navel. A young man is seen working without a shirt and we see his bare chest, arms, shoulders and back.
 A young woman returns home covered in blood and it is later stated that the young woman has been raped.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Multiple men (they are a gang) pull out guns, fire them, and shoot a man to death: we see bullets enter and exit his body but no blood (the bullets enter through his jacket in his chest and back), the man falls to the ground and blood is seen dripping from his sleeve onto his wrist and hand and a small amount of blood drips from his mouth.
 A young woman returns home covered in blood (there is blood on her face, on her chest, all over the front of her clothing, and dripping down her legs); she appears to have a cut on her nose, her hair is messy and she appears to be in shock, as she sobs, and her family members cry and scream and help her as she stumbles and it is later stated that the young woman has been raped.
 A gang drives by a home and shoots automatic guns from a car: we see and hear gunfire as the bullets break through the front windows of the home, we hear glass shattering, and we hear screaming from within the house; the gang drives away, a young man inside the house is seen holding the side of his neck (his neck and hand are bloody and it is implied that he was grazed by a bullet) and we see two women in screaming and crying and there's glass and debris on the floor.
 A young man is surrounded by gang members in an alleyway, they push and grab and yell expletives at him, one man puts the young man into a headlock and holds him as he struggles, and another gang member extinguishes a lit cigarette on the young man's face (smoke comes off as his skin burns and we hear a sizzling noise); in the next few scenes, we see the young man with a circular burn on his face.
 Three men confront a young man and a young woman, they push them both around and grab the woman's arm, they push the young man into a fence and remove his hat, and they shove and grab the woman between them and make sexually derogatory and threatening remarks.
 A man sees a young woman being pushed around, he drives up, exits the car, and pulls a handgun, and the woman gets in the car with him man and they drive away.
 A man grabs and drags another man out of a doorway and onto a front lawn, he kicks him and punches him in the face multiple times as he lies on the ground (we see the man's face get bloodier as the attack goes on), and one man pulls a gun and the other man leaves.
 A man attempts to get a young man to join his gang by grabbing him and pushing him, the young man resists, other gang members get involved and shove the young man, the young man's family gets involved and screams for them to stop, and a shoving match ensues between the family and the men (both men and women are involved); a man with a gun joins in, pointing it at everyone, and threatening using expletives and derogatory racial remarks (referring to his time as a soldier in the Korean War).
 A young man walks down a street and is taunted by gang members riding in a car: they call him various racial slurs, another gang sees this and pulls up in a car alongside them, the men pull guns on one another and yell racial slurs and expletives at one another (there is no shooting). A man locks another man in a basement (the man yells for the man to let him out).
 A man punches his fists through glass and wood cabinets in his home while cursing, and he sits down and both of his hands are bloody.
 A man points a gun at a man who is attempting to steal his car, the man trips and falls, the gun goes off accidentally, and it shoots a hole in a garage wall; no one is injured.
 A man points a gun at people in various scenes. Gang members pulls guns on people in various scenes. A man loads guns in multiple scenes. A man is seen holding guns in multiple scenes. A man takes a handgun out in his car, and a man reaches for a gun. A young man holds a gun, and a man cleans a gun.
 A man tells another man that he "shot him right in the face." A man talks about killing people in war. A man talks about shooting men, stabbing men and "hacking 17-year-olds to death with shovels" (all referring to warfare). A man threatens another man by stating, "I should blow your gook head right off." A man states, "I should have blown his head off…" A young man asks another man, "How many men did you kill?"
 A police officer pushes a man. Men are seen on their knees in handcuffs, and then shown being taken away by police. A man makes hand gestures in the shape of a gun, and points it at people in various scenes.
 A man is seen in an open-casket at a funeral. Various people attend the funeral of a woman. Various people attend the funeral of a man. A stretcher with a body bag is shown being put into an ambulance (it is implied that a deceased man is in the body bag).
 A woman holds a machete to a live chicken's head (we do not see her behead the bird, but it is implied that she is going to). A woman is shown lying in bed with a bruised face and a bloodied lip.
 A man coughs and spits blood in multiple scenes (onto his hand, into a sink, and into a rag). A man spits out saliva in various scenes. A woman spits and we see a large amount of brown liquid emerging from her mouth (it could be tobacco juice).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 77 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 sexual gestures, 25 scatological terms, 41 anatomical terms, 35 mild obscenities, 53 derogatory terms about Asians, Italians, African Americans, Mexicans, Caucasians, etc., name-calling (idiot, barbarians, morons, punk, stupid, dimwit, nuts, glutton, bonehead, old man, goon), 7 religious profanities, 17 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks beer in multiple scenes, men drink in a bar, and people drink beer and rice wine at a barbeque. A man smokes cigarettes in multiple scenes, a woman spits and we see a large amount of brown liquid emerging from her mouth, which could be tobacco juice.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vengeance, racism, racial stereotypes, racial barriers, bigotry, gangs, gang violence, bullies, rape, guns, drive-by shootings, the Korean War, warfare, killing during war, killing a human being, illness, sacrifice, cultural differences, the Hmong people, traditions and customs, vintage cars, theft, death and dying, religion, Catholicism, confession, relationship with the church, friendship with a Priest, funerals.

MESSAGE - Human beings, no matter what race or culture they come from, are inherently good. The people who seem least likely to accept you are sometimes the people who welcome you as family.

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