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Hollow Man | 2000 | R | - 8.9.10

An arrogant scientist (Kevin Bacon) convinces his co-workers to let him be the first human subject of an experiment that will make him invisible, but when they're unable to bring him back he seeks revenge. Also with Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin, Joey Slotnick, William DeVane, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Mary Jo Randle and Rhona Mitra. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Several instances of sexual innuendo (in one scene, a man tells a crude sexual joke involving a nude woman, sodomy and rape) and a few kisses. A woman unzips her pants and leaps into a man's arms before they fall on a bed and kiss passionately (we see her bra through her open shirt and his bare chest); also, a woman wearing a tank top kisses down a man's bare chest while they're lying in bed. In one scene a sheet is pulled off a sleeping woman's body, her shirt is unbuttoned (her bare midriff is visible, but her breasts aren't), her panties are removed, and her legs are pushed open, presumably by an invisible person. A man grabs a woman, pushes her against a wall and kisses her neck. A woman's shirt is opened, and we see her bare breast being fondled by an invisible hand; also, an invisible hand opens the slit of a woman's skirt and appears to fondle her bare leg. A man watches a woman in another building take off her shirt and skirt (her bra and her thong-clad buttocks are visible) and she closes the shades as she begins taking off her bra; in another scene she does the same, only she removes her bra and her bare breasts are visible. We see a heat-sensor image of a nude man's front side; also, we see a man's groin area part-way through his "disappearing" process. A man drops the towel he's wearing, revealing his bare backside to the camera and his front side to two women; we also see his bare backside and chest when he's convulsing on a table during an experiment. A woman's bare breasts are visible through her open robe, a picture of a topless woman is visible as a man looks at a centerfold magazine, a few women wear cleavage- and/or midriff-revealing shirts, and we see the side of a woman's bare thigh while she's sitting on a toilet. We see a woman wearing a shirt and panties get out of bed; she later puts on pants, and a man who was in bed with her also gets out and puts on his pants.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A person is pushed into a pipe, causing a large bloody gash on the person's face and neck; a few times we see the body lying on the ground (with an extremely bloody face and neck) and we eventually see the person choke a bit before dying. A person is impaled through the chest, causing a bloody and fatal wound; another person is stabbed with a pole, which is then pulled out of the bloody wound (another person feels around inside the bloody wound and then tapes it up). A person is shot in the heart with a tranquilizer, then the person's neck is twisted with a loud snapping sound. A person is pushed into a pool, choked, and held underwater (we see the lifeless corpse floating in the pool afterwards). A person falls down a fiery elevator chute and presumably dies. A person is torched repeatedly; the person screams and we see burnt skin falling off the body. We see a person holding a rope, and it's implied the rope is used to strangle another person to death (we later see the body fall out of a locker). A dog is thrown against the side of a cage (we briefly see some splattering through heat-sensitive goggles). A mouse is picked up by something invisible and crushed (its bloody organs and bones are visible); the scene turns out to be a computer program. A person is electrocuted after hitting a fuse box with a tire iron. We see a red serum flow through an invisible animal's veins, then watch the veins, muscles, bones, organs and skin slowly become visible again (the animal makes loud noises and thrashes); at one point during the process, the animal starts having a heart attack and is shocked with defibrillators a few times and is then fine. After a person injects a serum into an I.V. tube, the person starts convulsing violently, yelling, and eventually disappearing (during the process, we see the person's muscles, organs and bones). In another scene, we see a red serum flow through the person's veins, then see the person convulse while bones, organs and muscles reappear and then disappear. A person is bitten by an invisible animal (we hear him yell and see blood on his hand). An invisible animal is shot with a tranquilizer; also, a person tries to shoot another with a tranquilizer. A person is thrown face-first into a pole, causing a bloody facial cut; a person is punched, kicked in the face, and then knocked to the ground; a person punches another and knocks the person into a table; a person kicks another; two people are slapped; a person steps on another's neck; a person throws another around a bit and grabs the person's neck; a person is hit with a tire iron and another is nearly hit with a tire iron; a person grabs another's leg as they're climbing up a ladder, causing them both to fall and land on top of an elevator. An elevator nearly crashes into a couple of people (it does hit one person's shoulder, causing a bloody wound). A woman screams as she appears to be grabbed; the scene ends immediately afterwards, but it's implied that she's raped. A person pours several bags of blood on a floor (we see the bloody floor a few times); also, several people have bloody hands, faces and clothing, and we see several bloody corpses as well. A person with visible bones and muscles is seen a few times. Someone throws a test tube of chemicals, causing an explosion; another very large, loud explosion causes windows to break and many rooms to be consumed by fire (the flames nearly engulf a couple of people). A person vomits invisible matter into a toilet.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 45 F-words, several anatomical references, lots of scatological references, many mild obscenities, many religious obscenities, and a few insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Scientific experiments, playing God, megalomania, jealousy, revenge.

MESSAGE - Megalomania can have deadly results.

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