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Hulk | 2003 | PG-13 | - 2.6.4

Film adaptation of the Marvel comic "The Incredible Hulk," directed by Ang Lee: Research scientist Dr. Bruce Banner's (Eric Bana) experiments with otherwise lethal doses of radiation cause him to transform into a super-strong, green-skinned giant whenever he loses control of his temper. Other complications in his life include the woman he loves (Jennifer Connelly) whose army general father (Sam Elliott) is after him, and his own unstable father (Nick Nolte). [2:18]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - We see a nude man from behind (bare buttocks) and a brief glimpse of flesh from the front but no discernable private parts. A man lies on a bed sleeping and we see his bare back to the waist, and a man floating unconscious in a water tank is bare-chested. A woman's blouse is partially unbuttoned and shows part of her chest. A drawing of a nude woman shows a bare back, buttock and legs. A man and a woman hug in several scenes.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - The Hulk fights three mutant dogs in an extended scene: one dog is thrown into a tree and it splatters; the dogs pounce on the Hulk biting and tearing at his skin, he punches, kicks, and throws the dogs repeatedly, and the dogs lunge at a woman in a car (barking and snarling); the Hulk shoves his fist down the throat of a dog and throws it into a tree, he holds a dog up by the leg and hits it, he bites one, and one dog is shoved through the windshield of a car. A man bites into an electrical cable and we see spots of glowing embers on his body, and he grows and transforms into an electrical creature. A man comes at a boy with a knife, a woman tries to stop him, falls on the floor with the man and she is stabbed -- she stumbles away and dies. A man knocks down another man, then slams a metal cabinet down on top of him (presumably crushing him). The Hulk and another creature fight: the other creature keeps changing, from being made out of electrical power to a stone formation, and to water, as they fight. The Hulk slips under water, a large bubble forms over the water, a rocket hits it and causes a massive explosion. A man approaches a restrained Hulk with a drill (pointing it toward his eye) in order to remove a tissue sample, the Hulk breaks free from his bonds, the man drops the drill, grabs a weapon and fires it causing an explosion that sends him flying in a wall of flames (he is apparently killed). A man zaps another man in the chest and stomach repeatedly (the man falls to the floor and moans) with a taser gun, and then punches him in the face knocking him unconscious. A man floats unconscious in a water tank, he begins to jerk and twitch, he wakes up, he grows into the Hulk, crashes out of the water tank, kicks down a wall, is shot at repeatedly, and is covered with foam that renders him immobile for a moment. The Hulk is chased by many helicopters that fire rockets and guns at him, as well as tanks that fire rockets at him (he is hit at one point, and we see the open wound being healed by itself): shockwaves throw the Hulk into the air, he runs and jumps high in the air, he flips a tank and throws it far in the distance; he tears another tank apart and uses a piece as a shield, and jumps on a helicopter causing it to spin out of control and crash. Two helicopters crash into another and they both crash into the ground (the pilots are not hurt). The Hulk catches a missile, bites it and spits a piece at a helicopter, it explodes and causes the helicopter to crash. A huge rock formation is leveled on top of The Hulk. The Hulk causes a great deal of property damage: in one scene he demolishes a laboratory by kicking, punching and crushing equipment, machines, windows, walls, etc., and he throws a large piece of equipment through a wall and it crashes into a police car outside. The Hulk jumps up through a ceiling and roof, and he also comes up from under a street causing the street to crumble, and a cable car tips and throws its passengers to the ground, and cars tip and roll on top of each other. The Hulk jumps on a plane ready to plow into a heavily trafficked bridge, and the plane, with the Hulk, flies straight up (ice forms on the Hulk's cheeks); the Hulk falls unconscious back to Earth, crashing into water. A man screams and flails during his transformation into the Hulk: we hear crunching as his body grows, we see his feet burst out of his shoes, we see his legs burst out of his pants, his skin and eyes turn green, he yells and snarls and growls. A frog in a glass chamber develops growths that inflate and explode killing it (we see blood splatter the glass). A man is exposed to "nanomeds" (microscopic organisms) that get into his blood stream, and is zapped with radiation (he survives). A man zaps himself with radiation, he cuts his hand, it bleeds (a large bubble of blood oozes out of the cut), but the wound heals and he can become whatever he touches -- his hand becomes like the metal beam it rests on, his foot becomes like the grid he stands on. Two men shove each other, one grabs the other by the hair, one shoves the other to the floor, one grabs the other by the neck and holds his fist up, and the other pushes him off and sends him sailing across the room. A man turns into the Hulk, he kicks another man and a couch out the side of the house. The Hulk is shot repeatedly and he just grows larger, he picks a man up and throws him across the street and he crashes into a rock (we see the man later with cuts on his face, an arm in a sling, and a knee in a brace). A rat is zapped with radiation and it turns into a snarling creature (we hear it gnashing and snarling and see it from the back). During the opening credits we see genetic experiments on sea creatures, reptiles and animals: a jelly fish is poked with a hypodermic needle and a star fish's leg is cut off with a scalpel (some white liquid oozes out of the open wound); a monkey is injected, gas fills its glass tank, the monkey collapses off-screen (we see the monkey scream and begin to lose consciousness). A boy hears a man and a woman fighting behind a closed door; we hear screaming and pleading and we see parts of this scene in increased detail several times. A group of armed men knock down a man and a boy and threaten other people. A man grabs a woman around the throat and she screams. A man walks through a deserted house and appears frightened when he approaches a door (he falls to his knees, trembles and breathes rapidly). A woman in a remote cabin hears a noise outside, goes to investigate, finds the Hulk, he picks her up and puts her on the roof of the cabin. A dog barks and snarls viciously at a man, and dogs bark and snarl when a man throws a scarf over a fence and commands them to "go get her." A woman hears an evacuation siren and hides with her child under a table. Men yell at each other in a few scenes and a man threatens a man in several scenes. A man is zapped by a piece of equipment and is in pain, and a man is shot with a tranquilizer dart and falls unconscious. A man cries and grieves over the death of his mother. We hear that a man's birth parents are dead, and we hear that a man has died. A man dreams of a green-faced creature snarling at him, he dreams of a frog exploding, and sees a hand holding a knife. We see a toddler crying, a mushroom cloud in the background and a man putting his hand over the girl's face when a woman recounts a memory from childhood. We see the Hulk shrink back to human form a few times: he deflates in size and is left weakened. When a baby (and later a boy) cries or gets upset we see green patches on his skin. We see and hear a woman screaming during childbirth. A man takes blood from a boy's arm.

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LANGUAGE 4 - A not-fully enunciated F-word ("Fuh..."), 3 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 3 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking beer.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Genetic manipulation, DNA, cell regeneration, immune system, the proper use and implementation of scientific discoveries, rage, power, greed, military operations, freedom, fear, loneliness, ideals, being unique, collateral damage, repressed memories.
MESSAGE - The damage of an emotional wound can be far harder to heal than physical damage.
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