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The Lego Movie | 2014 | PG | - 1.3.2

Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is an ordinary LEGO construction worker that always follows instructions. However, he is mistaken for the Special, a kind of LEGO god that can save the universe, and he finds himself drafted by fellow LEGOs to stop an evil tyrant (voiced by Will Ferrell). Also with the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A male figure looks at a female figure and freezes, making a buzzing sound instead of talking: In two scenes, he sees her in a haze and wearing extra makeup as he imagines her saying she likes him; in one scene, they face each other and hold both sets of hands. Several male-female Lego couples hold hands in different scenes for about 2 seconds.
 A female figure says that a Batman figure is her boyfriend and she calls him "Baby," but they soon break up. A guard photocopies his bare bottom on a copy machine and we see only black holes in bricks on the copies; a pirate jumps out of the machine and tells the guard the rule is, "Never put your bottom in a pirate's face."
 A nude male Lego figure is shown in the shower and is covered by round plastic bubbles up to the waist (no anatomical details are seen). Two female Lego figures wear scoop-neck saloon gowns (no cleavage is seen since they have no gender details except long hair and eyelashes). A Lego man wears nothing from the waist-down in a TV Show called "Where are My Pants?" and has no genitals.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Violent actions appear as if performed by actual Lego pieces; rushing water, fire, laser bolts, explosions, and smoke, all look like the plastic pieces in a Lego set.
 A wizard fights a CEO, who throws a sharp disk and cuts the wizard's head off; the head with glowing eyes speaks to another figure, then the eyes turn to black Xs and the wizard dies; the wizard returns as a ghost to give advice in three scenes, lowered into the shot on a wire, wearing eyes and a smile made with a black marker.
 Five deputies ride horses off a cliff and fall a long distance, after which we see a small amount of fire and black smoke, indicating the plastic figures and horses "died." In a car chase, sheriff's deputy figures fire automatic weapons with plastic bullets at a male figure (he is not struck); a nearby wall falls on another figure (we do not see the outcome). A police figure drives his cruiser across the tops of moving train cars, shoots out a trestle, and causes three other figures to fall off the bridge and onto the ground (they are unharmed). A male figure receives a shot to the back and complains of pain (no damage is shown).
 A Lego city falls into the sea and pieces of plastic float on top; several figures escape drowning by riding on a double-decker couch and a pirate ship retrieves them while others are picked out of the water by robots with silver skeleton ribs; the robots take the captives to an evil Think Tank and tie them up.
 Construction workers blow up two buildings that fall under small puffs of black smoke. A construction worker falls off a building and down a tunnel, shouting "Ouch!" several times; landing unhurt, he touches a glowing door and receives a buzzing shock with a flash of light that knocks him out; he awakens, chained to a chair and facing a menacing Bad Cop that shouts and throws things; the cop rotates his head to show Good Cop a few times, but resumes Bad Cop and throws more things before placing the construction worker in a device to melt him down, but a female freedom fighter enters and uses karate on several other cops to rescue the construction worker.
 A figure falls from a skyscraper window and hits the ground, then awakens to hazy images of Lego buildings, a human boy, and a human father; the boy stomps on the figure three times (no damage), but later picks him up and tosses him down a cardboard tunnel and into the city; there, micromanager robots and rebels fight until the falling figure arrives in a puff of white plastic "smoke" pieces.
 A baseball is thrown toward the audience and hits a male figure in the back (he is knocked away), then a squadron of cops in planes; the baseball goes on to knock down Lego buildings and we see some flames made of plastic pieces and a unicorn dances by with flames on his back; guards fire chewing gum at figures causing them to stick to the ground and a Batman figure throws a batarang into the helmet of a guard, who shouts in pain and bangs his head on a wall several times before the final walls of the city fall down.
 A Bad Cop in a cruiser with lights flashing, on a horse with a flashing blue light on its forehead, and in a police airplane with flashing blue lights chases a construction worker and a freedom fighter on foot; other cops join Bad Cop and they all shoot plastic pieces (bullets) at the two, simulating handguns and automatic rifles, hitting no one; the construction worker falls off a motorcycle and shouts in pain (no injury is visible).
 A Bad Cop arrests several figures as other cops handcuff them and lead them away to a skyscraper where lightning and thunder surrounds the top floors; cops chain the captives, stand them in small compartments and shock them with electricity and we see sparks as they shout in pain.
 A CEO who wears a red hat with two flaming red coffee mugs slams Bad Cop's face into a windowpane without injury, then Krazy Glue sticks Bad Cop's parents to their front yard and erases Bad Cop's "good" face. A businessman/CEO orders his robots to destroy a wizard with glowing eyes; the robots attack, but the wizard wins the fight (no one seems hurt). In two scenes, a female figure saves a male figure from robot attacks by using karate kicks and punches to knock down the attackers. Batman and Bad Cop figures fight and flip one another. A female figure kicks an actor figure off a TV stage and he flies off screen.
 A figure confronts the CEO and convinces him to stop gluing things down with glue spray and capping the glue tube makes the CEO's black skyscraper fall down into individual bricks, while hurting no one. A CEO orders his computer mainframe to "destroy everyone" before he rides to the top floor of his skyscraper and then the top floor flies away; micromanager robots that are black cubes with whirling hands and fingers descend, position figures on the streets "just so," and the CEO sprays the figures with Krazy Glue; a figure tied to a transistor battery rolls out a skyscraper window, falls, dislodges the battery that is attached to the mainframe, and prevents the destruction of the figures on the streets via a time bomb that reaches "0" and goes offline.
 A huge pirate Transformer-type figure shoots a double-barrel automatic rifle from his left arm several times in five or six scenes (no damage is done). Several male figures swing handguns around, but do not fire. A CEO uses lasers, sharks and laser-firing sharks to discourage visitors from his skyscraper. A Bad Cop throws a piece of a car at someone in the distance, knocking down the figure.
 A happy kitty figure occasionally changes from pink to red, briefly sprouting big sharp teeth when angry; in one scene, she becomes angry and chews up several robots. An indistinct monster head rises from the ground, swallows a passing Lego airplane and disappears into the ground again. A snake bites a Cleopatra figure's hair and becomes tangled. A herd of pigs chases a male figure, but does not harm him.
 A father and his young son argue about Lego buildings and the father becomes convinced to be less controlling and possessive of the toy building sets. A male figure speaks to a crowd and afterward the other figures throw pieces of plastic at him, but he ducks and is not harmed. A large dragon flies by and lands on the ground to roast meat on a spit with its fiery breath.
 A TV announcement from the President/CEO of "Octan" includes the statement, "Follow the instructions or be put to sleep (melted down/killed)."
 A female figure spits into a saloon spittoon and we hear the action but cannot see the spit. A pirate talks loudly in a saloon and sprays green spittle dots over another male figure's face.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 5 mild anatomical terms, 14 very mild obscenities and exclamations (Dang it!, darn, darny darn, Oh man!, What the heck, Wow, Oh my gosh, Oh gosh), name-calling (hippy dippy baloney, stupid, crazy, insane, dumb, loser, lame, ding dong, dorky, old man, useless, liar, cowardly, special snowflake, unspecial, weird), stereotypical references to wizards, heroes, Big Business CEOs, Big Oil, women, men, followers, the police, cats, Mexicans, the Scottish, TV personalities, micromanagers, controlling fathers.


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SUBSTANCE USE - The Superman figure asks someone to give him some Kryptonite to end his mental pain when confronted by the annoying Green Lantern figure, and Krazy Glue serves as a paralyzing control substance to freeze Lego figures who think or move too much. Cowboy figures drink from glasses of what may be beer in a saloon scene.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adventure play, heroes, villains, Big Business, monopolies, equality and human rights, true meaning of "special," critical thinking.

MESSAGE - Anyone can accomplish special things, if they believe in themselves.

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