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Incredibles 2 | 2018 | PG | - 1.3.2

In this long-awaited sequel to the 2004 animated classic Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (voiced respectively by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Eli Fucile) are again relegated to near-obscurity when they are officially prohibited from using their powers since fighting crime often ends in property destruction. Coming to their rescue, a wealthy entrepreneur (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) and his inventor sister (voiced by Catherine Keener) begin a campaign to make superheroes legal again but a supervillain that can hypnotize anyone has other ideas. Also with the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini and Jonathan Banks. Directed by Brad Bird. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A teen girl and a teen boy flirt awkwardly in a few scenes.
 Superheroes wear skin-tight "super suits" that accentuate muscles and especially accentuate the figures of women.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear about a man being shot and killed in a robbery and see the gunman point the gun, and then we hear the shot (we do not see the injury or a body).
 A giant drilling machine breaks through the ground and a parking lot causing cars to be thrown and flip and people to dodge them as they fall back to the ground and a bank building and vault fall through a giant hole in the ground under it; a man and a woman try to stop the destruction and the man is pummeled with stones as he follows the machine (he spits rocks out of his mouth), he is sucked into a vacuum hose as a supervillain extracts money from the bank, they fight briefly with punches and throws and the supervillain uses his jackhammer hands and gets away. A giant drilling machine breaks through the roadway and moves through a city causing destruction; it runs into a monorail that derails and a man sprays ice to form a replacement track and keep the train from crashing; as the drill moves through the road we see it scoop up a car in its grooves and a man is rolled over by its tank-like treads (he is OK); a woman stops traffic as a bridge collapses and when one car falls over the edge, the woman pulls the driver to safety. A woman rides a motorcycle through crowded city streets chasing a train that speeds toward the end of the track; the woman jumps across traffic, across rooftops, through a window, on top of the train, through a tunnel and inflates herself into a parachute to slow the trains before the end (there are no injuries). A woman climbs on a roof and jumps onto a helicopter to keep it from crashing; she flies low over water and kicks all but one of the passengers out of the helicopter, and then jumps with the last passenger as the helicopter crashes and they float down to the ground when she turns herself into a parachute (the passenger faints but is not injured). A woman wraps herself around a motor to keep it from moving and we see her limbs stretched thin; when it explodes a teen girl creates a protective shield that keeps her and four others safe from the blast.
 A woman breaks into an apartment and fights a man inside: he jabs her with a cattle prod that leaves one of her legs limp, they fight and she chases him through the stairwell and out to the street where he is arrested. A woman fights with a man and wraps her elastic arms around him, and then kisses him to get control of him. A teen girl and a young woman fight with punches and superpowers. A superhero crushes metal vents where three children are hiding and one toddler grows very large and breaks out of the vent landing on the superheroes trying to catch them (we see them flattened under him), and then crashes through a brick wall and runs away. A superhero squeezes pipes together as another superhero tries to pass through them (no one is harmed). A man fights the crew members of a yacht knocking them unconscious and destroys the control panels.
 A woman flies a plane erratically throwing a passenger around the cabin and leaving her without oxygen (she falls to her knees gasping) and the pilot is sucked out of the plane and falls through the air (she is caught). A yacht nearly crashes into a city but is diverted safely. Three children speed in a super car that changes into a boat and they chase a yacht before being launched out of the vehicle and onto the deck of the yacht (they're unharmed). A woman on a motorcycle speeds through streets. A car swerves on a city street with people inside the car shooting guns in the air.
 Several superheroes are locked in a block of ice before breaking out and fighting other superheroes. A train conductor appears to be in a trance and woman slaps him in the face to revive him. A teen boy is interrogated and a red light shines on his forehead followed by a suction cup-type device that sticks to his forehead and presumably erases his memories of an event.
 Several scenes depict a toddler deploying his superpowers with little control over them: When he sneezes he burst into flames or is shot into the air and out of sight (to another dimension); when he becomes angry he turns into a small monster, jabbering and flailing about and can bursts into flames and he can shoot lasers from his eyes. A toddler becomes angry with a raccoon, he passes through a plate glass window and confronts the creature, taking back a chicken leg; they fight and the child throws the raccoon around the yard, shoots lasers at it, burns lawn furniture when he bursts into flames and when the child multiplies several of him pounce on the animal. A toddler is placed in a chamber where we watch as he goes through his various superpowers while wearing a new super suit that helps to control his powers.
 A man puts a table and heavy books on a toddler's crib to keep him from getting out. A teen girl yells at her father and puts her super suit in the disposal (we see no damage). A man yells in frustration when he cannot understand his son's math homework. A woman yells at a man. A woman remarks about a "jet destroying our house." A character tells another character, "Sorry I had to punch you."
 A boy plays with a remote control that moves objects in a house; it opens panels in the floor that reveals pools of water, it pours sheets of water from the ceiling and he eventually causes the furniture to become crushed in a couple of the floor hatches. A boy plays with the remote control of a super car that blows flames from its tail pipes and readies a rocket launcher (no rocket is launched). We see devices used for hypnotizing people and other oddities in an apartment; there are several eyeballs on posts (presumably cameras, not real eyeballs).
 A superhero called "Reflux" spews (can be seen as vomiting) what looks like molten lava in a few scenes. A toddler wearing a diaper is held in the air and we see the diaper fill as the child grins and giggles (we do not see waste). A teen girl drinks water and sprays it out her nose when she is startled.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 3 anatomical terms (a man's name is "Nick Dicker"), 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (hypocrite, idiotic, stupid, super freak, ghastly, jerks, demon baby, surly), exclamations (ah jeez, oops), 2 religious exclamations (Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are seen holding what could be alcohol beverages at a reception and later at a gala, and two women drink short glasses of alcohol in a computer room. A woman carries what looks like a cigarette on a long cigarette holder (it does not appear lit).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Doing good simply because it's right, superheroes, mistakes, chaos, laws, powers, adapting, ignorance, perception, gender roles, sexism, jealousy, defeat, making your mark, trust, weakness, quality vs. ease, choices, parenting, bad decisions, adolescence.

MESSAGE - Trying to restrict individuals from using their extraordinary abilities to do good leads to extreme frustrating and is ultimately self-defeating.

(Note: The film is preceded by a short animated film that includes a woman biting into a dumpling that cries like an infant and sprouts arms and a body; the dumpling walks unsteadily and when it falls to the floor it ends up with a flattened head so the woman feeds it more food and its head fills back out again, and the same thing happens when it plays soccer and head-butts the ball, and again when a dog bites it and carries it away -- we see bite marks that the woman flattens out. When the dumpling grows up and prepares to leave home the woman eats it and cries.)

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