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The Host | 2013 | PG-13 | - 4.5.3

A few human survivors struggle to hang on to their way of life after an alien invasion. With Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Chandler Canterbury, J.D. Evermore, Max Irons, William Hurt, Boyd Holbrook, Mustafa Harris, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher and Scott Lawrence. Directed by Andrew Niccol. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman and a man kiss in bed (she is wearing a tank top that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage and he is bare-chested), they roll over and we see the man's bare back and his bare hip and upper buttock (sex is implied). A young woman and a man kiss passionately and she tells him, "When you touch me, I don't want you to stop" and she then says, "Sleep with me" (sex is implied).
 A young woman tells a man to kiss her and he does; the man then calls another man to come and kiss the young woman and he does. A young woman and a man kiss passionately in many scenes. Another man and another young woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A man kisses a young woman and she head-butts him and runs away; the man chases her and tackles her and they talk. A young woman and a man dance together and he flips her over his shoulder.
 A young woman and a man smile at each other and look at each other longingly in a few scenes. A man and a young woman kiss and hug. A man kisses a young woman and she punches him. A man kisses a young woman and she bites his lip (we see his lip bleeding). A man tries to kiss a young woman and she stops him; they later do kiss tenderly. A man asks a young woman to take a walk and we see them holding hands.
 A woman describes a young woman and a man as being "lovers" and says that humans have "strong physical drives."
 A young woman is shown wearing a low-cut, spaghetti-strapped dress in a few scenes (cleavage, bare shoulders and her bare back are seen). A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare back. We see the outline of a woman's thong underwear through her white pants. A woman wears a deep cut tank top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and back in several scenes and in one scene we see the outline of her nipples. A young woman is shown bathing and we see her bare shoulders and upper chest. A young woman's top pulls up a bit and we see her bare hip. A young woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman shoots toward a man and another man is struck in the head (blood splatters and we see a large puddle of blood under the man's head). A man shoots a woman in the shoulder when she points her gun at him (we see blood on her shirt).
 A young woman is surrounded by several aliens who try to take her away; she hits a few of them with a metal pipe, she runs away and jumps through a window (we see her crash to the ground below and she appears dead) and we see her later with deep cuts and bruises on her face as a man says, "There is hardly a bone not broken or an organ not destroyed."
 A man raises a machete to a young woman preparing to kill her and another man points a shotgun at him (no one is harmed). A man holds a gun in his hand and we hear a gunshot (we understand that he killed himself to avoid being host to an alien). A man holds a knife to a young woman's throat and she tells him to kill her (he does not).
 A man in a truck shoots at a helicopter after it lowers in front of him; the truck speeds away and is chased by the helicopter and other vehicles, the truck is surrounded and then speeds into a cement wall killing both of the occupants (we do not see the bodies). A car chases a truck and the passenger in the truck shoots at it; the truck stops short and the car crashes into it (we see the driver being pulled out of the car and he appears injured). A car swerves on the road and flips several times; we see the driver with a bloody elbow and nose and bruised face. A woman speeds in a car then stops quickly.
 A man looks for a young woman who hides and he grabs her when she tries to get away; they struggle and he slams her against a wall, she slams him into a wall, he falls into a fast moving stream, she tries to help him out, she screams for help and others come to rescue him. Three men confront another man who punches one of them and they fight; one of the men grabs a young woman by the throat and tries to strangle her and they are interrupted when another men fires his gun in the air. A woman slaps a young woman across the face. A man punches a young woman in the face. A young woman attacks a woman and tries to strangle her until the woman sprays her with something that knocks her unconscious. A man punches another man who falls to the ground unconscious and the man restrains him. A man with a shotgun moves toward a young woman threatening to kill her and others stand in his way. A man kisses a young woman and she head-butts him and runs away; the man chases her and tackles her and they talk. A man kisses a young woman and she punches him. A man kisses a young woman and she bites his lip (we see his lip bleeding).
 A young woman jumps off a balcony and into a swimming pool below; she attacks a guard and sprays him with something that knocks him out.
 A man threatens another man that he will either throw him "out" or he will shoot him. A woman loads a handgun. Several men with handguns surround four people in a car and force them to get out of the car and line up against a bridge (no one is harmed but it is tense).
 A badly injured young woman is shown with cuts and bruises on her face while unconscious on an operating table; a man sprays a mist over her wounds and they heal, he makes an incision on the back of her neck (we see the opening but no blood spills) and a glowing many-tendriled creature (it looks like it is made out of fiber optics) moves into the opening and we see it glowing under her flesh. An incision is made in the back of a woman's neck and a glowing many-tendriled creature comes out of the opening (a little blood is seen on the tissue at the incision).
 A young woman screams and runs away when she sees many alien beings dead in pools of blood on an operating table; we also see dead humans with incisions on the back of their necks. A boy cuts his leg with a scythe and we see the bloody gash and blood on his pants; we later see him with a badly infected leg and a bloody bandage. A young woman cuts herself on the arm and the forehead with a knife (we see a lot of blood).
 A young woman stumbles into the desert and walks for a long time; we see her with badly sunburned skin. A young woman is blindfolded and led into a cave. People living in a cave panic when they hear helicopters in a few scenes and scramble to close a mirrored opening that would be detected from the air. We see an animal skeleton in the desert.
 A young woman looks in a mirror and flinches when she hears a voice in her head saying, "This is my body" and "I didn't die." A woman tells a young woman, "She will have the death she desires." A voice inside a young woman's head says to her, "If only I could hurt you. I hate you." A woman says of humans that they are busy "killing each other and their planet." A young woman hears a voice in her head telling her, "They will kill my family." A young woman tells a woman, "You die and the danger dies with you." A young woman talks to a young boy and descries how she died. A man says that he fell through the roof of a cave. A voiceover describes that there has been an alien invasion and that the alien beings take over human bodies and erase their memories; the host beings have a glowing ring in their eyes.
 Several men steal from a store and load the goods into a truck. A young woman takes a man's car and speeds away leaving the man standing on the street. A young woman steals medicine.
 A boy practices boxing with a man and punches him in the stomach; the man flinches but they both laugh.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 mild scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (brutal, unreasonable, parasite, crazy, it), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Aliens are shown using a spray that knocks people unconscious, and aliens are shown using a spray to heal wounds.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alien invasion, peace, perfection, resistance, memories, life on other planets, common good, murder, suicide, self-sacrifice, parasites, hope, benign dictatorship, truth, democracy, pity, sacrifice, war, trust.

MESSAGE - Life is unkind. You never know where you're going to find your home.

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