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Last Flag Flying | 2017 | R | - 2.4.10

After a man (Steve Carell) is notified that his son has been killed in action in 2003, he seeks out two friends (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) from his time in service in Vietnam to help him claim his son's body and make funeral arrangements. Also with J. Quinton Johnson, Deanna Reed-Foster and Cicely Tyson. Directed by Richard Linklater. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Men discuss a man's first sexual experience being in a brothel in Vietnam. A man makes a sexual hand gesture in a couple of scenes. A man asks another man if a woman in his life cooks well and the man replies, "She doesn't cook, but she has other talents." A man in a bar talks to another man about a prostitute. A man says that his son would rather be drinking beer with his friends and chasing girls instead of being dead. A man talks about having had sex at the age of 13 for the first time. A man talks about another man having sex all the time and he gestures with his hips and thrusts against another man's leg while other men laugh.
 A man flirts with a younger woman at a gathering after a funeral.
 A man is bare-chested and lies on a sofa covered with a blanket (bare shoulders and upper chest are seen).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man drives on a highway and a truck speeds up behind him, nearly hitting his bumper; he and two passengers in the car yell and scream and the driver makes an obscene hand gesture out the window as the truck speeds away honking.
 A man opens a coffin and the father of the dead man inside the coffin cries as he looks inside (we do not see the remains). Five coffins draped with American flags are lined up in a hangar and grieving people gather around them. A man pushes his son's body in a coffin out of a hangar and another man tries to stop him a few times. We see the dead bodies of two men in a morgue on a TV news broadcast (we see autopsy stitches across the chest and abdomen). Several men in uniform carry a coffin and place it in a train, and then carry it out of the train and into a hearse. A man tearfully reads a letter written to him by his dead son.
 A man describes how a young man was killed and says that he went to buy Cokes in a convenience store when a man came up behind him and shot him in the head. A man asks to see his dead son and another man says that he was hit in the back of the head and the "exit wound would be devastating to the face," recommending that it is not a good idea to see him in his current state. A man grieves over his dead son and says, "He doesn't have a face anymore." A man talks about his best friend and his father being shot dead in his home town in California. A man feels guilty about another man having been shot; he says that that bullet was meant for him.
 Two officials from Homeland Security confront a man in a bus station after he was reported as being a terrorist; they then arrest him. A man confronts a commander and they argue about whether a man should take his son's body away for burial outside the Arlington Cemetery. A man raises his cane as if he is going to hit another man (he does not).
 A man asks about God, "Where was he when they were raping children, shooting Larry's face off? He should explain himself to me." Three men talk about one of their group dying in war and suffering because there was no morphine. A man talks about his wife dying from breast cancer. A man talks about his son being killed in action. A man tells another man that he would swallow a fly and not even know it (he sits at a bar with his mouth hanging open for extended periods of time). Men talk about a man serving time in the brig for a military infraction. A man tells another man, "We pay for what we say." A man talks about having a plate in his head from an injury in action. Three men talk about no pictures of death or destruction being shown so that the public is not reminded of death in war. A man talks about a "Baghdad boil," and says that he was bitten by a fly on the ear lobe and that the wound has left a scabbed wound. A man talks about a man being shot in the back of the head like a dog. A man asks an African-American man if he is embarrassed by rap music. A man asks another man why he married an African-American woman. A man talks about not believing in God. A man says that he slept fine in a hole in the ground with bullets whizzing over his head. A man says that his son would rather be drinking beer with his friends and chasing girls instead of being dead. A man talks about "fragging" another man. A man asks another man, "When did you get so old?" A man says, "I'd rather fight them over there than here." Men discuss government officials lying about reasons for war. Men discuss a lack of faith in our leaders. Men discuss people not liking occupying forces; one man says, "They hate us over there." Men discuss serving in the military strengthening their character. A man says that he smells urine, "The official scent of the city."
 A man urinates on the ground (we see a steaming stream and hear the trickle).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 73 F-words and its derivatives, 8 sexual references, 30 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Vietnamese people, 4 derogatory terms for Middle Eastern and/or Muslim people, name-calling (stupidity, shameful, commies, pinko scare, Mueller the Mauler, sheep, gnarly, crippled preacher, tard, godforsaken, gimpy legs, the cheerleader, terrorist, sewer mouth, his holiness, gambler, speed freak, retarded), exclamations (jeez, bless my soul, shut-up), 2 religious profanities, 22 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Oh My [F-word deleted] God, Lord, Oh Lord, Jesus, Lord Have Mercy, Praise God, God, Jesus, Sweet Jesus, I Swear To God, God Bless You).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man talks about being thankful that he and his friends are not drug addicts, and men talk about taking morphine in a war setting. Men in a bar drink beer and shots of alcohol in several scenes throughout the movie, a man confronts another man about being an alcoholic, a man is shown sleeping on a pool table in a bar after drinking, a man is shown slumped over in a booth after drinking in a bar, a man carries two cups of beer and a shot of alcohol (whiskey) and then drinks a portion of one beer quickly, people drink what could be alcoholic beverages at a gathering after a funeral, men drink shots and beer in a bar, and a man talks about being a recovering alcoholic. A man smokes cigarettes in several bar scenes, a man smokes a cigar on a porch, and a man smokes a cigar in bed in a hotel room.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vietnam, Baghdad, death in action, death of a child, war, truth, death of a spouse, breast cancer, racism, The US Navy, hardship, regret, guilt, insubordination, heroism, debt, pride, weapons of mass destruction, Homeland Security, Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan, denial, turning back time, the Gulf War.

MESSAGE - Every generation has their war.

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