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The Last King of Scotland | 2006 | R | - 7.9.6

Biopic with Forest Whitaker as the former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, that chronicles his rise to power and his various brutalities through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) who initially became Amin's confidante and personal physician. Originally flattered, the doctor soon realizes his complicity in Amin's crimes. Also with Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson and Simon McBurney. Directed by Kevin MacDonald. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man kisses a married woman, he takes off his shirt (his bare chest is visible), she unfastens his pants and he raises her skirt and thrusts (we see the man's bare buttocks and the woman's bare buttock and hip) and they are shown in bed covered by covers later.
 A man and a woman have sex: we see the woman topless (her bare breasts are visible) thrusting on top of the man.
 A man undresses and we see his bare buttocks and penis. A woman's nude body is shown on a morgue table (the position of the breasts and crotch are visible, although the room is dark and she is soaked in blood so details are not discernable). Topless women (their bare breasts are visible) dance as people watch.
 Several men and women in their underwear (the bare chests of the men and cleavage and abdomens of the women are visible) jump into water and swim. Men and women in swimwear swim and walk around a pool. A man takes off his shirt and we see him bare-chested briefly, and we see a man bare-chested and in boxer shorts briefly. A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.
 A man watches a pornographic movie (we hear moaning but do not see the screen). A man asks about the size of a part of a woman's anatomy. A man kisses a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man is poked through the chest with large hooks (we hear squishing and see the hooks going deep into his chest), the hooks are attached to cables and he is pulled off the floor (we see the hooks pulling at the skin and the man screams in agony); we see the man later with very bloody, torn flesh on his chest and he is unconscious on the floor.
 We hear that a woman went to a village to have an abortion and she was murdered; we see her bloody body parts on a morgue table (her arms and legs have been cut off and placed next to her trunk in the incorrect positions).
 Men in a truck shoot guns at a car killing all the men inside (we see bloody bodies and bullet riddled car). A man is shot in the head, he falls to the floor and blood pools under him. We see a man on his knees, with hands bound, being shot (he is covered with blood).
 A nearly unconscious man is dragged by soldiers, he is thrown to the floor, we see his badly bruised eye and bloody face from having been beaten, and a man squeezes his head between his hands while threatening him. Men are kicked and beaten and threatened by men with guns. A man hits another man, and he falls to the floor.
 A man shoots an injured cow in the head (we see the bloody bullet hole).
 Armed guards surround a car and ask for a doctor, another man has been in a car accident and his hand is injured and an injured cow is on the side of the road, screeching.
 We see photos of many dead bodies.
 A man lassoes another man and pulls the rope tight around him. A man is chased on a street and put in the trunk of a car. A boy has an epileptic seizure and foams at the mouth; a man gives him an injection and the seizure stops.
 We see many sick people in cots in a makeshift hospital. We see soldiers driving through the Ugandan countryside after a government has been overthrown. A man makes fun of another man and teases him.
 A man is accused of being a cannibal. We are told that 300,000 Ugandans were killed at the hands of Idi Amin. A man talks about the cruel treatment inflicted upon him by the British army, which took him, as a boy, after his family was killed. A man asks a man to kill another man. A man is told about people being hung by hooks in the skin in order to "release the evil within them." We hear about a hijacking and hostage situation at an airport and we see many people huddled in fear on the floor. We hear that the man was murdered, and we hear an explosion and gunfire and hear about people being massacred.
 A man has severe stomach pain and says he thinks that he has been poisoned; another man holds a baseball bat across the man's abdomen and squeezes and the main in pain flatulates loudly. A man injects another man in the arm with a medication. A man vomits (we see goo and hear gagging).


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LANGUAGE 6 - 14 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (ugly), 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes and drinks alcohol and people drink alcohol at dinner.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Political coups, Uganda, Africa, naiveté, bigamy, betrayal, treason, loyalty, fairness, the Libyan hijacking of a plane and the Entebbe airport raid, making a difference, human rights violations, assassination, cannibalism, paranoia, change, hope, beginning of civilization, fear, terror, hatred, weakness, omens.

MESSAGE - Power corrupts.

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