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Live Free or Die Hard | 2007 | PG-13 | - 4.6.5

In the fourth installment of the series, John McClane (Bruce Willis) returns as the hard-nosed NYPD detective. Assigned to transport a computer hacker (Justin Long) from New Jersey to Washington, DC, he has to save the day when during the July 4th holiday a digital attack on the United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire country. Also with Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q, Cliff Curtis, Jeffrey Wright and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by Len Wiseman. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a car, the young man tries to caress the young woman's clothed breast, she pushes him away, he tries again, and she tells him no.
 A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.
 A young woman tells a man and a young man that she is going to bed alone. A man makes suggestive remarks about a woman who is now dead. A young man tells a woman, "You have a sexy voice" on the telephone and asks, "Is there anything else I can do for you... or to you?"
 There are several Internet ads shown on a screen that promote Viagra, larger male endowments, and guaranteed sexual prowess.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two men shoot back and forth at each other, a man and a young man leave an apartment to avoid the gunfire, and a man shoots a fire extinguisher causing it to explode and blow another man through a window (he falls down a few floors and crashes onto a car).
 A man presses a gun into a fresh bullet wound on another man's shoulder, the wounded man then shoots through his shoulder and strikes the other man knocking him back onto a car windshield (we see blood on his chest). A young woman head-butts a man and forces him to shoot himself in the foot (we see a bloody hole). We see two dead security guards with bloody bullet holes in their heads.
 Men in a helicopter fire on two cars, the men in the cars fire back, and several men are struck (blood is not visible). Several men entering a government building shoot several other men, one by one, and a man shoots several people. A man shoots a young man in the leg (we see a bloody hole in his pants and hear him scream). A man is shot in the arm and falls to the ground (we see a bloody hole in his shirt).
 Several men shoot into an apartment where a man and a young man are hiding; the man shoots back, striking one, and the other is blown through the air and against a wall when there is an explosion.
 Two men hold guns on each other, they shoot (both miss), they struggle and fight, and one shoots the other several times (he is thrown back through a door and onto the floor).
 Two men fight, they punch and kick each other, and one falls into a spinning turbine-like object where he is cut up (we see a spurt of blood).
 A man holds a gun on a woman, she fights with him with kicks and punches, he crashes through glass, he kicks and punches her repeatedly, throws her into a shelving unit (he is left with a handful of her hair), and she lies unconscious for a moment and she has blood on her head. A man fights with a woman who's inside a car that hangs inside an elevator shaft, and they strike each other with punches and kicks several times. A woman punches a man in the face, and he punches her back (we see him with a bloody mouth). A woman beats up a man with punches and kicks and shoots two others.
 A man with a gun approaches two men, one attacks the gunman, they fight, and one is thrown down a flight of stairs while another falls through an opening in the floor and crashes into vents and the floor below (he appears to be in pain).
 A man falls through an elevator shaft and crashes onto the floor after being struck in the back by a young man holding a metal bar; a car falls through the same shaft and explodes when it hits the floor (a woman was inside the car).
 A man drives a car through a building, strikes a woman who clings to the hood of the car, continues to drive through walls and crashes into an elevator shaft where the car tips and the woman dangles from a cable.
 A young man presses a computer key that causes an explosion and he and another young man in the house are blown up (we do not see bodies but we see a large explosion and flames). A power station explodes when it is flooded with gas, we see large explosions and two men are thrown into a van that is pummeled with rubble (neither is injured).
 A man jumps on the back of a plane that is spinning out of control, jumps onto a roadway below, and the plane crashes and explodes blowing flames toward him (he's OK). A man jumps onto he back of a speeding truck, climbs down the side and shoots the driver through the door; he then pulls his body out and dumps it on the road.
 A man in a car speeds through streets going the wrong direction, a helicopter chases him, the car crashes into a fire hydrant that sprays water knocking out a sniper in the helicopter, and he crashes onto the car.
 A man speeds in a car, he jumps out of the car (we see the man later with a bloody face), and the car continues to speed up a cement divider and crashes into an airborne helicopter causing an explosion.
 A man breaks the window of a car, grabs the driver around the throat, the car speeds away dragging the man along until he strikes a dumpster, it continues to speed through a fence and the man is thrown into another dumpster.
 A man is thrown out of a window, and he crashes into an air vent and onto the ground below.
 A plane fires rockets at a truck, the rockets strike the bridge and roadway toward which the truck is heading, and structures crumble nearly crushing it; the plane continues to chase the truck, which nearly tips over and ends up trapped on a piece of disconnected roadway.
 Car traffic from both ends of a tunnel speed toward each other, the lights in the tunnel are switched off, cars crash into each other, one car flips and spins, nearly crushing two men, and a truck crashes into a cement pillar.
 Many cars and trucks crash together when a traffic control system is shut down (we do not see injuries other than crumpled cars).
 A man driving a truck crashes into many parked cars along a road. A man flies a helicopter and as it lands the tail rudder tears up a fence.
 A man with a gun takes aim at a young man in his apartment, fires and nearly strikes the young man who drops to the floor in a panic.
 A man slaps a young man in the face (we see a bit of blood on his nose). A man holds a gun to a young man's head.
 A man threatens to beat a man to death if he doesn't help him and a man threatens to beat a young man to death if he dates his daughter. A man pulls a young man out of a car where he is kissing a young woman and threatens him.
 A young man makes a comment about having a pinecone shoved into an orifice. We hear that seven people are dead. A young man asks another man if he has ever killed people before. A man talks about not wanting a "religious nut job" to get his hands on a weapon. A young man is told to "get disappeared." A man talks about women liking men with scars.
 We see a chaotic scene in a police station where people are in a panic. We see stock market traders panicking and buying and selling feverishly. People are evacuated from a building when an Anthrax alarm sounds. Power across a large city and then across the country is shut down. People watch a TV broadcast of the Capitol building exploding (it is a fake).


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word derivative, 6 sexual remarks, 25 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, name-calling (hack-boy, chicks, digital Jedi, religious nut job, tow truck), 9 religious profanities, 19 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young man says that he doesn't feel any pain after having been given Morphine. A young man drinks an energy drink.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terrorism, virtual terrorism, public humiliation, fatherhood, being the hero, estranged families, heroism, bravery, computer hacking, fear, asthma, FEMA.

MESSAGE - Somebody has to be the hero.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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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