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Hoodlum | 1997 | R | - 6.8.8

Gangsters battle for turf in this 1930s crime drama.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Several women skinny dip and we see total nudity (from front and rear). Implied oral sex (woman performing on man). A couple is shown in bed together obviously after sex although nothing is seen. Sexual innuendo.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Many people are shot and knifed (sometimes in shoot-outs) with lots of blood (on bodies, in bullet holes, around corpses, coming out of mouths). A severed, bloody finger and severed testicles. A stabbing with pick axes. A couple of throats are slit. A man is hung up, he's very bloody and later his corpse is held up on a wall. Bodies are thrown out of cars. Many people are beaten up (punching, kicking, hitting with objects). Explosions.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 60 F-words, many scatological references, many anatomical references, many mild obscenities, many racial slurs (which African-Americans use in reference to other African-Americans and whites referring to African-Americans).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gangsters, depression, race relations.

MESSAGE - Even bad guys can have some good qualities.

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