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Home of the Brave | 2006 | R | - 5.8.8

Three soldiers return home from the war in Iraq, where they have witnessed atrocities which make it hard to adjust to civilian life: they have nightmares about battles and the horrible incidents they witnessed, as they struggle to recover. With Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci, 50 Cent and Brian Presley. Directed by Irwin Winkler. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A husband and wife kiss in bed, we see brief thrusting and then they are shown sleeping together.
 A man kisses a woman's hands (one is prosthetic and she is uncomfortable), they kiss while sitting on a bed, they take each other's clothes off (he is bare-chested and she wears a camisole), and they continue to kiss (the scene ends).
 A woman sleeps in bed in a low-cut negligee that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage. We see a man in a tank T-shirt and boxer shorts. We see a poster with drawings of nude men and women (primarily outlines of breasts with nipples and shaded crotches and the context does not seem sexual).
 A husband and wife kiss.
 Male soldiers talk about what they are going to do when they get home and several remarks pertain to sex with women.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A military vehicle drives through a village, a bomb explodes next to it as it passes, one passenger is killed instantly (we see him with charred and misshaped features and skin), and the other is badly injured (we see her with a very bloody arm and face and she is missing two fingers on one hand).
 A military vehicle is blocked on a road, the soldiers become anxious and suspicious of people walking, and they are fired upon: one soldier is stuck by a bullet, an explosive is shot into one vehicle and it explodes, another solider is shot in the throat (we see blood), two other soldiers are struck and fall on the ground, and a soldier shoots a woman (blood spurts and she falls the ground).
 A man recalls being bombed while in a military camp medical facility and we see many wounded soldiers with bloody and missing limbs.
 During a gun battle a man is shot in the leg, and a man is shot in the neck three times (blood spurts). A doctor puts a powder on a woman's badly injured hand (we see the bloody hand) and she writhes in pain.
 Police surround a donut shop where a man holds several people hostage using a gun, the man stands up at the window and is shot and killed by police (we see the bullet hole in his chest and blood on the floor around him).
 A man shoves his son onto a dining table and pulls the ring out of his lip piercing (we see blood on the young man's face and see a scar later. During a gun battle a soldier falls from a ledge and hurts his back.
 A military doctor talks about four soldiers dying one day and that he amputated so many arms and legs. A man describes in some gory detail the conditions of a medical facility in a desert military camp.
 Armed soldiers roust men out of a car, and one man is pushed against the car.
 Two girls fight in a school: they shove each other, and a woman tries to break them up and is shoved hard against a wall. A man pushes and threatens his father with a hammer, and then uses the hammer to pound on a car. A man punches a window in frustration (the window does not break).
 Several people are disoriented and agitated by frequent flashbacks to combat situations in several scenes.
 A man carries a dead dog along dirt roads and through a bombed-out village and leaves it on a blanket in the road. A dead dog is used to disguise an explosive on a roadway.
 A man in a pick up truck chases a woman in a car after she cuts him off on the road, and the truck swerves and speeds up behind her and flashes his lights. Soldiers drive in armed military vehicles through roads and villages.
 A woman lost her arm below the elbow after an injury and we see the wounded remains once, without her prosthetic device. Wounded soldiers on stretchers and in wheelchairs (most appear to be missing a limb) are lined up in a hospital hallway waiting for therapy.
 A soldier holds a gun on a military doctor and threatens to kill him if he doesn't save his friend (the soldier is subdued). A man holds a gun in his hand and his wife believes that he will use it on himself (she manages to take it away from him).
 We see people grieving at the funerals of dead soldiers.
 A young man wears a T-shirt inscribed with transposed letters that are understood as an obscene remark toward the United States President and he is suspended from school for wearing it.
 A man and a young man argue. A man and a woman argue and she breaks up with him. A wife yells at her husband. A mother yells at her son when she trips over a toy truck left on the floor.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 41 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 25 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid), 2 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol in many scenes and it is said that he has become an alcoholic, a man drinks from a bottle of alcohol while driving, a man drinks beer, and a man and a woman drink alcohol. People are shown smoking cigarettes in several scenes. A man and a woman talk about the drugs that they take to help with depression and sleeplessness.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, military campaigns, effects of warfare on human beings, humanitarian aid, dealing with the effects of warfare when returning to civilian life, shame, guilt, forgiveness, normality, war vs. occupation, love, liberation.

MESSAGE - War and combat affect people intensely, and in different ways.

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