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Hancock | 2008 | PG-13 | - 2.6.5

The people of LA have had enough of superhero John Hancock (Will Smith): though he possesses superhuman powers and fights crime, he always manages to leave a mess behind, and he can be sarcastic, mean and even rude. When Hancock saves a PR executive (Jason Bateman) he returns the favor by encouraging Hancock to change his image. Also with Charlize Theron. Directed by Peter Berg. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A husband and wife kiss briefly.
 We see a man touch a woman's clothed buttocks and she turns around irritated and swipes at his hand. A man asks a woman if it is okay to touch her body and explains that his actions are not sexual.
 We see a man's bare buttocks through his burned and tattered clothing (one cheek is visible).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - We see a man cut off the hand of another man (we hear the man scream, and we do not see any blood or gore, but we later see the man with an artificial hand with a hook).
 We see a man get shot and we see blood in the bullet holes. A man is shot in the back (there's no blood or gore). We see a police officer who has been wounded by gunfire (we do not see the wounds, but see her in pain).
 We see a man lying on the ground after being shot, he appears to be dying and blood comes out of his mouth; although people think he is dead, he does not die. In several scenes we see a man get shot several times at close range (he is not injured).
 A man puts a man's head up another man's behind (we don't see the actual act, but we hear them yell in pain and then we see one man's body sticking out of the other man's behind).
 We see a shootout in a bank and several people are held hostage (including some children) with explosives strapped to their chests. A man threatens to blow people up.
 We see a man and woman fight with each other, and the woman throws a truck at the man smashing him into the ground. We see a woman punch a man hard and he is thrown through the air. We see a man snatch a man through a wall. We see a man hit a woman in the back of the head with a rolling pin (there is no blood or gore). We see a man poke a woman in the shoulder with a fork (there is no blood or gore). A man is hit in the face with a metal pole and falls to the ground. We see a man trying to choke another man.
 A man hangs out of a speeding car while firing a weapon at other cars on the highway. Police chase a car full of men who have guns and automatic weapons. We see a car full of men teetering on a pole on a tall building.
 A man throws a chair and a bed; we see the bed hit several men knocking them to the ground. A man is struck by a train (he is not hurt). A man is thrown off a roof (we do not see or hear him land). We see a man who has been burned in a fire (he is blackened with soot and we see smoke coming off him). We see a man trapped in a car on train tracks.
 A woman is dying and doctors try repeatedly to resuscitate her in the hospital. We see a woman lying in a hospital bed with several tubes in her mouth. We see a man throw a child into the air, he catches him and the child, crying and disoriented, runs off.
 In several scenes we see several cars and trucks crash, catch on fire and explode. A man and a woman crash into several buildings and we see the buildings break up in several places. In several scenes we see glass windows breaking and shattering, and we hear the impact and hear the glass shattering.
 We see a man flying in the air and he crashes into a large bird (the man then spits feathers from his mouth). We see several tornados touch down on a city, and the sky turns dark, but no one is hurt.
 A man tells a kid to kick a bully in his "piss pump" and "butt crack." A woman threatens a man and tells him, "You're dead." A woman tells a man that they are gods or angels.
 A man is sent to prison. We see a man sleeping on a bench; his appearance is dirty and grimy. We see a man blow mucus out of his nose.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 4 obscene hand gestures, 6 scatological terms, 26 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (crackpot, idiot, homo, homo in red, Norwegian homo), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is seen getting drunk in a bar, a man is seen staggering after drinking wine (he is drunk), a man is seen in several scenes throughout the movie carrying a wine bottle and drinking, a man purchases alcohol from a liquor store, a man carries a man who is drunk up to his bed, and a man admits in a group setting that he drinks.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Immortality, supernatural powers, angels, alcoholism, fighting crime, superheroes.

MESSAGE - Everyone can be vulnerable. Be kind and respectful of others.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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