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The Italian Job | 2003 | PG-13 | - 4.5.5

A thief (Mark Wahlberg) seeks revenge against the man (Edward Norton) who killed his partner (Donald Sutherland) during a robbery they pulled in Italy together. He is accompanied by his partner's daughter (Charlize Theron). Part of his plan is to rig the stoplights of the city of Los Angeles so that all traffic is tied up by red lights, while the thieves can drive out of the city with a lot of gold. Based on the eponymous 1969 Michael Caine film. Also with Seth Green, Jason Statham, Christina Cabot and Mos Def. Directed by F. Gary Gray. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and woman are shown in bed together (he's in boxer shorts and bare-chested, she's in panties and a tank top) presumably after having had sex. A man films a woman's clothed breasts and makes remarks about them. A man and a woman hug. A man puts a pin on a woman's shirt. A woman wears a tank top that reveals a hint of nipples, a woman sleeps in a tank top and shorts and we see her cleavage and bare thighs, and a woman wears other outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, and bare midriff. There are a couple of references to naked women, sex and a man flirts with a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man threatens a man with a gun and shoots another man in the chest. A van with men inside drives off a bridge, bullets are shot into the water, and a body floats to the surface. A man slams another man against a safe and holds him by the throat, throws him on a table and shoots him twice (we see blood coming from his mouth). A man punches a man in the face, and he falls on the floor with blood on his mouth. A man pulls a gun on a man, and two other men pull a gun on him. A man pulls an axe and acts in a threatening manner, a woman lunges at a man and is held back by others, and a woman punches a man in the face. Cars drive recklessly along sidewalks causing pedestrians to scream and jump aside, cars drive down a stairway and through a subway station, they race a train and jump onto tracks in front of it and are nearly crushed. Cars race through tunnels being chased by motorcycles (the riders shoot at them) and one motorcycle is knocked over and one crashes into a car door. A helicopter chases a car into a parking garage, and the car drives through the helicopter blades causing the helicopter to fly out of control and forcing it to land. A boat is chased through the canal streets of Venice by other boats; one boat jumps over another and lands on a skid of vegetables, another boat crashes into a barrier, one crashes through an unoccupied gondola and another drives up onto a mound of sand. A gas is pumped into a truck causing the two men inside to fall unconscious. Cars crash in an intersection and are stuck in huge traffic jams. A man drives a motorcycle down stairs and through a tunnel. Three people race cars through a dry riverbed. A woman drives a car recklessly. A man and a woman grieve over a man's death. A boy blows up a toilet and is sprayed with water; we see him afterward and hear that he lost his hearing. Two dogs jump on the side of a van startling the driver. A man is covered with tattoos. A man puts a pin on a woman's shirt and pricks her. A floor explodes causing a safe to fall through and land in a boat, a street explodes and a truck falls through the ground and to a tunnel below. A man takes a swing at another man in a joking manner. There are tense moments when a character is trying to crack a safe, and when a character is surreptitiously filming a man's home.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 4 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 2 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (1 in Spanish not translated), 11 mild obscenities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol. A man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, death of a parent, trust, virginity, heroes, right vs. wrong, betrayal, imagination, cowardice, emotions, estranged fathers.

MESSAGE - Life is meaningless without someone to share it with.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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