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Hidden Figures | 2016 | PG | - 1.3.3

Based on true events: The film relates the untold story of the impact female African-American mathematicians and engineers had on the space race during the early 1960s. With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge and Glen Powell. Directed by Theodore Melfi. [2:07]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man tells a woman, "I think it's high time that I kiss you," and they kiss. A husband and his wife kiss and hug. Men and women dance at a party.
 A woman tries to fix another woman up with a man and she is resistant; the man and the woman flirt in a few scenes. A woman tells another woman that she shouldn't ogle a man and the second woman says, "I have the right to see fine in every color." A man apologizes to a woman for sexist remarks.
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see several rocket launches that are unsuccessful and result in large explosions. A capsule in re-entry turns red hot and the astronaut inside is jolted around and complains of the temperature; the command center loses contact with the capsule, then it returns and the capsule splashes into the ocean safely. A police car escorts another car and they speed on a road; the passengers in the car following are uncomfortable with their speed. A test of a rocket begins and a woman is in the area when strong air currents blow and she struggles to get to the door when her shoe heel gets caught (she gets out OK). A woman puts her bare feet on the dashboard of a car and the driver smacks her and tells her not to do that.
 We hear about a bus being fire-bombed. Several men protest peacefully with posters and chanting and police dogs bark at them. An African-American woman and her two young sons are escorted out of a public library. Three women are stranded on the side of the road when their car breaks down and a police officer arrives and asks for their IDs and quizzes them about their activities; he eventually gives them an escort to get to work at Langley. A man pounds on a "Colored" sign hanging over a restroom until it falls to the floor while people watch and he says, "We all pee the same."
 Two men argue about whether a woman should be permitted to attend a meeting. A man reprimands another man in an office setting in a few scenes. A man yells at a woman when she leaves the office for a period of time each day and she explains that she has to find the women's restroom designated for African-Americans that is on the other side of the compound. A man yells at a woman for being in a computer room. A husband and his wife argue over her wanting to be an engineer and wanting to go to college for a degree. A sign reads, "Colored Computers." A woman entering a court room is told, "Colored seats are in the back of the court room." A woman asks her supervisor for a promotion and she is declined. An African-American woman working in an office with only white men serves herself coffee and the men stare at her. A woman tells her employee, "Don't embarrass me" when she is assigned to a more significant job. People working on analytical data are referred to as "computers." A young girl asks her mother if the "Russians are fixin to kill us?" and she and two other girls tell their mother that they are doing bomb drills in school. A comment is made that "Civil Rights ain't always civil." A reference is made to someone's parents having died in concentration camps. We understand that a woman is a widow and she is raising her three daughters alone. Three young girls argue over who gets to sleep in which bed. A man asks a woman if she is a Russian spy. A woman says that she is, "Proud as the devil." We hear that a Russian astronaut has made it to space and an American man says, "They beat the pants off us."
 A woman is shown going into a bathroom stall with some urgency after running a great distance to the bathroom in a few scenes.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 18 mild obscenities, 11 derogatory terms for African Americans (several signs for restrooms, on a coffee pot, etc., contain the word "Colored"), name-calling (commies, dummy), exclamations (heck, what the devil), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Dear Lord, God, Jesus Christ, Thank You Jesus, Amen, Praise God, Hallelujah, God Speed, Grace Of God, Holy Moses, Lord Knows, several people say a prayer before eating dinner).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Three women drink a beverage from a Bell jar and it is understood that it is a potent liquor (one woman dances and acts inebriated).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, segregation, sexism, the space race, spy satellites, IBM computers, NASA, Freedom 7, fairness, freedom, oppression, confidence, disrespect, progress, separate but equal, Brown v. BOE.

MESSAGE - Working together and allowing people to use their skills and abilities can lead to amazing results.

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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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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