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Jack the Giant Slayer | 2013 | PG-13 | - 2.6.5

In this fantasy, humans and giants have been warring against each other for hundreds of years and a young farmhand (Nicholas Hoult) unwittingly enters the fray by opening a gateway between their respective realms. Also with Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. Directed by Bryan Singer. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss briefly four times and hold hands twice.
 A man insists on marrying a princess but the princess refuses and says that she does not love him; the king tells his daughter that she will participate in the arranged marriage and she runs away to avoid it.
 Three women wear long V-necked dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a dress with a squared neckline that reveals cleavage and we see her from the front and from above, looking down from a balcony. In close-up, a golden statue on the forward column of a harp features the head and nude torso of a woman with large, pointed breasts directed toward the camera (the nipples are indistinct). About fifty 40-foot tall giants are bare-chested and reveal legs under animal skin skirt-type apparel throughout the film; we see their full backs, shoulders, arms, chests and abdomens (there are no female giants).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A giant eats an entire lamb in a long shot, then bites the head off a man and we see some blood; the giant picks up another man and walks away to the sound of thunder. A giant steps on a pile of human skulls with loud crunching and spits out a man's armor, indicating that he ate a whole man.
 Two men fight on a rock cliff, using swords and choke holds: one man suffers a superficial cut to the face that bleeds, he holds the other man's head under water until the man grabs a dagger in his mouth and stabs the first man in the heart (no blood flows, but the injured man crawls away, calls for help and dies on a ledge with his eyes open).
 A man throws an ax into the helmet of a giant and we see a little blood, the giant grabs the man in one hand and a woman in the other hand, a magic bean is thrown down the giant's throat causing the giant to cough and sputter and large bean stalks shoot out of the head, mouth, and shoulders of the giant; beanstalks rip up part of a surrounding castle as stones fall to the ground (no one is injured), and giants break in and look menacingly at a king and his soldiers.
 A giant wraps a man and two hogs in bread dough and sticks nails in them to make them bake faster: the nail for the man lands between his legs, not harming him, while the hogs die silently and without blood; the giant slides them all into an oven and a man with a large knife jumps over a high shelf, stabs the giant between the shoulders, the giant shouts and flails, falls against a wall, stabbing himself more deeply, and finally falls and dies with open, cloudy eyes (the men are fine).
 Giants attack soldiers, hitting some with large hammers and sending them sailing into far off trees: a giant holds a man's headless body (we see a bloody neck in a long shot), the soldiers set the castle moat on fire with boiling oil and flaming arrows, giants and humans pull on a drawbridge on opposite sides with grappling hooks and ropes and one giant falls into the moat and appears to burn but instead he is unharmed and swims under the oil and then comes up through a stone floor in a castle and destroys the floor, a large mirror and the walls of a hallway with a large hammer as he chases a man and a woman; the man and the woman escape through dark catacombs where we see one large brown rat.
 Monks ring an alarm bell that suddenly becomes silent and we see a large bell thrown through the air and crashing into a castle courtyard, destroying a statue; giants toss several burning trees into the courtyard as soldiers use long bows and flaming arrows, and repeater guns filled with larger arrows against them (a few giants fall dead with arrows in their eyes and faces but no blood is evident).
 One man pushes another man over a cliff (we hear him scream) as a third man says he will die when he hits bottom. A giant falls over a cliff after a beehive is placed into his helmet and he screams loudly; we see him hit the ground loudly.
 Soldiers are sent through village streets on horseback with swords drawn looking for a monk that stole magic beans; they capture the monk and question him until a man enters and draws his sword, and stabs the monk off screen without sound as the scene abruptly ends.
 Three men accost a woman and as she walks away they grab her by the wrists until a farmer steps up and punches one of the men; soldiers in armor arrive and take the woman to safety while one soldier points a sword at the farmer before riding away.
 Several giants climb down a wide beanstalk and into a village, where they steal horses and other items, and burn down houses; we hear that they eat the people of the village. We see in flashbacks that giants and humans have been fighting for hundreds of years, with medieval weapons like maces, clubs, daggers, spears, slingshots and crossbows and currently the giants carry clubs, maces, slingshots and they throw rocks.
 A monk holds a large black, glistening heart and aorta; he places it on the floor and it glows as it turns into a magic glowing crown. The leader of the giants has two heads that speak independently: one head constantly grunts, roars and mutters while making grimacing facial expressions and the other head wears a yellowed human skeleton on a chain around his neck. The sound of loud thunder accompanies most scenes in which the giants appear.
 We see a man after his death with his skin appearing like wood as he is placed in a sarcophagus and the lid placed on top; later, we see catacombs under a castle where a royal family is buried and we see his name carved on a wall and hear that he is buried there. We see the grave of a soldier in some grass, marked with crossed branches as a grave marker. We see the skeleton of a large mammal in a room in a castle.
 Beans sprout under a house and grow into a 50-foot wide stalk that is miles high, taking the house with it, a farmer uses a hatchet to try to climb the stalk, but slips to the ground and the next morning, soldiers arrive and climb the vine with the farmer, using hatchets, ropes, pulleys and zip lines; four soldiers slip, hanging from the waist by a rope and another man cuts the rope, sending them to the ground and the next morning, we see several dead bodies on the ground with their legs in unnatural positions (a man falls to a lower branch and asks a soldier, "Am I dead" to which the soldier replies, "Not just yet"). We hear that a bag of beans has magic properties and we see beans sprouting three different times into plants that grow miles high. A wide beanstalk falls as it is chopped at the bottom, and destroys forests, houses and part of a castle in smoke and rubble. At the top of a beanstalk, we see several large rock heads with waterfalls flowing through the open mouth; inside, there are rocks and dark caves and we hear loud thunder. Giants sprout magic beans in a pond and the plants grow rapidly into four wide stalks on which the giants ride down to Earth amid thunder. A castle's library is shown ransacked.
 On a wide beanstalk at night, a man and a woman are drenched in rain as we hear thunder and see lightning in the distance. A man and a woman swing on a beanstalk vine and land unharmed in a haystack.
 At a tent fair, dwarves and men portray the fairy tale of the giants and the villagers: the men grab the dwarves and carry them off stage, as they scream in horror. A man takes magic beans from a farmer and makes a throat-slashing gesture to him to warn him against telling anyone. Two giants argue about who will eat a princess and they strike each other with a mace and a hammer (neither appears injured).
 A man speaks of the land of the giants at the top of a beanstalk: "Fee fi fo fum. Ask not whence the thunder comes. For between Heaven and Earth is a perilous place. Home to a fearsome giant race." A man announces that he will conquer his own country and then cross the sea to the land the Vikings speak of and conquer that one as well. As a man picks his teeth, another man says that a relative died of the plague and was a plague himself. A man says that he hopes a princess walks off a cliff and out of his life.
 A village fair includes a fire-eater wearing blue body paint and dragon wings while swallowing fire and other performers dressed as giants and other childhood legends. Several workers sharpen axes in close-up on a grinding wheel and chop at a large beanstalk.
 Giants produce loud flatulence, burping and snoring many times in close-up throughout the film. One giant, a cook, picks his nose twice while baking and then places his fingers in his mouth. A giant rubs his underarm area and smells his fingers. All of the giants have bad breath depicted as wavy air in front of their mouth. The giants have black and yellow broken teeth. A community of giants look muddy with their faces and legs lined and gnarled, and they have scraggly hair and beards, muddy helmets and bent armor.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, lady friend [referring to a man], plague, useless), stereotypical references to dwarves, giants, heroes, villains, soldiers, men, women, teenagers, parents, royalty, politicians, farmers, gays, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Children's stories, racial and class differences, war, family, friends, loyalty, ambition, power, determination, courage, justice, authority, arranged marriages, magic.

MESSAGE - Anyone can make a difference in the world, even against gigantic odds.

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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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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