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Lucky Number Slevin | 2006 | R | - 7.8.8

A young man (Josh Hartnett) is mistaken by two rival mob bosses (Morgan Freeman and Ben Kinglsey) as being someone who owes them both a lot of money from gambling debts. They both want their money back, both threaten him, and he enlists the help of a neighbor (Lucy Liu) trying to stay alive. Meanwhile he's under surveillance by a detective (Stanley Tucci) and an infamous assassin (Bruce Willis). Directed by Paul McGuigan. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex: she is on her hands and knees (her bare breasts and buttocks are visible), and the man thrusts from behind her (his bare buttocks and chest are visible).
 A woman is on her hands and knees wearing a bra and garter belt, and a man thrusts from behind her (we see his bare chest).
 A man begins to remove a towel wrapped around his waist, and a woman comes back in the room and reacts to seeing his genitals. A man is wrapped with a towel around his waist and bare-chested in many scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Two men caress each other briefly (one is bare-chested).
 A man and a woman lie in bed together after having sex, and they talk and kiss. A man and a woman kiss and hug.
 We hear about a man forcing himself on a 14-year-old girl.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - We see a badly charred body in a morgue (with blackened and crackled skin, and bloody tissue is visible beneath the char).
 A man shoots two men repeatedly as they break through a wall (they are thrown back by the force of the bullets and thrash around). A wounded man is shot in the head (blood sprays out of his head). A man is shot twice in the chest, and blood spurts and pools under him on the floor. A man is shot from a distance and falls to the ground dead (we see this scene again later). A man shoots a man in the head (blood splatters on the windshield). A man is shot, blood splatters on the door behind him and he falls to the ground. A woman is shot, and blood splatters and pools under her on the floor (we see this scene again later with description).
 A man breaks a man's neck by twisting it sharply (we hear a crack and we see this scene again later, with a description). A man stabs two men in the throat with a pointed and poisoned weapon (we see this scene again later, with a description). A man throws a baseball that hits another man hard in the face and kills him (blood spatters and dribbles on papers near him and we see this scene again later, with a description). A man is shot in the back, blood splatters on a car window and he crashes through the window; he then falls to the ground (we see him motionless with a blood-soaked shirt and we see this scene again later, with a description). A woman is shot and blood splatters on a wall behind her (we see this scene again later, with a description).
 A plastic bag is wrapped around a man's head, and he's smothered to death; a plastic bag is wrapped around another man's head and he is also smothered to death. A plastic bag is put over the head of a man, he pleads for his life and gasps for breath (we see this scene again later, with a description).
 A man is grabbed by two men, forced into a car and we see him later with a very bloody and bruised face from having been beaten; also, a man punches him in the stomach. A man is hit hard on the head (we see a gash on his forehead) and he wakes up tied to a chair. A man punches a man in the stomach and then in the nose (his nose is very bloody). A man is punched in the nose in several scenes, and a man is punched in the stomach in several scenes. A man grabs a man around the throat. A man has black eyes and a gash on his nose, he twists the nose and we hear cracking.
 A dead man is shown sitting in a walk-in freezer. Two dead men are slumped over in an elevator in pools of blood. Two dead men are shown slumped over in a car with bullet holes in the windshield.
 A man holds a gun to the back of a boy's head and we hear a shot. We hear about a man forcing himself on a 14-year-old girl.
 A man talks about looking into the dead eyes of his wife (after she was murdered), having 6 bullets burning in his stomach, and hearing footsteps moving toward his child's room. A man panics when he realizes that his car, with his young son in it, is missing.
 A floor of a building explodes -- with people inside.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 30 F-words, 6 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Jewish people, 1 religious profanity, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol, and people drink wine in a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gambling, loan sharking, planning, horse racing, dreams, death of a child, law of retaliation, assassins, anorexia, choice, grief, assassination, luck, race fixing.

MESSAGE - Gambling can be a dangerous pastime.

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