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Lucy | 2014 | R | - 4.7.4

A mob boss forces a woman (Scarlett Johansson) to work as a drug mule in Taiwan. She suffers excruciating abdominal pain and forces medics at gunpoint to remove whatever is causing it, but the drug she carried has already leaked into her body, causing major neurological changes that give her superhuman powers. Also with Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik and Amr Waked. Directed by Luc Besson. The film includes French, German, Italian and Chinese dialogue with English subtitles. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man looks down the blouse of a woman and reaches in to begin fondling her breasts before she slaps his hand away. A woman is chained to a wall while sitting on a chair and grins at a man who enters the room; wearing jeans, she spreads her legs and he approaches, unbuckling his belt (sex implied but she kills him instead; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 Several scenes flash by containing animals mating: rhinos, frogs and birds and the last image is a car at night, rocking and we see human arms (sex is implied). A woman briefly kisses a man.
 A woman awakens in a bed, wearing jeans and a bra that reveals some cleavage. A man appears shirtless in a shot of his upper chest and shoulders that are covered in tribal tattoos. Five Native Americans are shown shirtless with their chest covered in colorful paints. A woman at home wears a bra that reveals a little cleavage and abdomen.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman shoots and kills several men in the hallway of a hotel and they fall with a little blood showing: she shoots through a door and we see a man fall dead with a bloody throat among dead men's bodies in pools of blood, she enters a tattoo room and stabs a man in both hands (we see blood running as the man screams) and he is later shown wearing bandages on both hands, and she presses her thumbs to the man's forehead and we see images of neurons and arteries, followed by images of passports. A woman in a cell lets a man approach and as his hand reaches for her thigh, she smashes it between her legs, kills him with a punch and takes his handgun; outside, she shoots and kills a taxi driver (no blood) and forces another driver to take her to a hospital where she walks to an operating room, looks at an X-ray, shoots the patient, rolls him off the gurney and states that his brain tumor is in inoperable; the woman demands that a surgeon remove drugs from her belly and we see a scalpel cut stitches and remove a bloody bag of blue powder.
 Police forces arrest three drug mules with some scuffling, the three male prisoners stand in a room and gunmen enter the building, shooting government officials and secretaries (we see blood flow), they shoot one prisoner and savagely cut his abdomen to remove a bag of blue crystals and we see blood flow; they cut open another abdomen as the victim shouts and they shoot the third prisoner, killing him with some blood shown; a woman enters the room and asks for the blue crystals as the gunmen point handguns at her until she sends the weapons to the ceiling, along with knives from pockets using her mind, and then levitates the gunmen to the ceiling (the woman jams her fingers into the last prisoner's abdomen and removes the bloody bag of crystals). In slow motion, gunmen and police fight in a hallway, shooting, and some fall with a little blood flow; one gunman fires a bazooka into a room with a large flame discharging and a man enters with a handgun pointed at the back of a woman's head as she sits in a chair; the woman's face becomes black, the color rising from her throat, the man shoots several times, but the chair is empty and a tall mountain-like computer undulates and produces a large flash drive that a scientist takes and the computer turns to dust. Several armed men shoot and kill men and women in a university building and we see some blood; in a hallway, a standoff occurs between gunmen and police.
 A man shoots two other men and blood splatters a woman's face. A man arguing with a woman about delivering a briefcase to someone in a hotel pulls her arm, and handcuffs the case to her wrist; the man is shot outside the hotel and we see blood covering the glass door. Two sets of bloody legs, one set convulsing, are seen sticking out of an office door. A man with a bloody face and hands walks out of an office and washes in a basin of water held by another man.
 Five men in a hotel carry and drag a woman to another man, while she trembles and cries. A woman in a warehouse room is punched in the head and kicked in the abdomen by a man, causing a bandage on her abdomen to turn bloody (she had slapped his hand away from inside her shirt and caused a finger to bleed; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). When a woman refuses to work for a man, she receives a powerful slap in the face. A woman awakens in a bed, groans in pain and we see vials of liquid and scalpels on a nightstand; there is a bloody bandage on her abdomen and blood shows on the bed quilt as men put her and a group of men in black hoods and take them to airports.
 A woman on a plane loses a tooth into a glass of champagne and several other teeth fall out (we see their bloody roots); her hands become raw and we see streams of atoms flow from her nails, arms and hair as she pushes people away with mind control and locks herself in a washroom; in a panic the woman eats handfuls of a drug (please see the Substance Use category for more details) as her face melts; she reconstitutes and glowing blue and yellow light shines through her face, arms and hands as a man pounds on the door and the scene ends. A woman chained to a wall with a handcuff and a long chain screams and rolls up a wall and across the ceiling, where fluorescent lights spark and flicker, and then rolls back to the floor, runs toward a wall and screams as the scene ends.
 A doctor tells a police detective that a woman should sleep for 12 hours (please see the Substance Use category for more details) but she wakes up, handcuffed to a gurney and escapes and takes an officer's handgun; in a hallway, she causes two dozen officers to fall to the floor asleep and a detective's gun to lose its bullets; in a car, the woman pushes a detective to the passenger seat with her mind and takes over driving, she drives the wrong way on one-way streets and causes several cars to crash into each other in multiple scenes, one car skids with some sparks occurring and some cars flip over (occupants are unseen), and one car rolls over repeatedly through an intersection; five police cruisers smack into one another and one flips over the top of a pile of cruisers (no injuries are seen, no fires, no explosions).
 Several men stand behind a glass wall, use police riot shields for cover and point handguns and shout at a woman as she opens a briefcase (nothing happens as the case opens).
 A sequence of images of natural disasters include tsunamis, tornadoes, and thunder storms. We see a cheetah stalking an antelope, run, catch it and carry it, dead and limp (no blood is seen). A T-Rex eating an animal turns with a bloody mouth, roars and charges the camera. We see a woman's body briefly with X-ray vision (blood, bones, nerves and organs are seen). We see the birth of a horse with amniotic fluids and blood spurting to the ground, and in a long shot, the birth of a baby behind a surgical drape (the baby appears to be wet). A man receives a tattoo from a tattooed woman (shoulders, back and arms under a crop top).
 A woman in a chair spits electricity that fills a room causing some equipment to be thrown across the room; her arms turn red, then black and then grow glowing red-black roots that extend and expand to swallow the computers and servers all around the room and a large statue outside explodes into rubble and a shock wave blows everything away except a group of scientists and the woman. A woman makes people freeze and then makes them move so fast that they disappear. A woman meets with a group of scientists, grabs the shoulder of one and narrates via telepathy how his daughter died at age six in a car crash; she says that as her brain creates additional neurons increasingly quickly, she is losing all emotion and she sits down and causes her hand to form two palms and 10 fingers, resume its shape, and then become a webbed hand, and then a claw.
 A man says that he will kill a woman (he carries two large handguns and his band of thugs carry handguns and a bazooka).
 A woman vomits toward off-screen; we see a little of the vomit and she wipes her mouth with a handkerchief.

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LANGUAGE 4 - A possible F-word, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, fool. nut bar, silly), stereotypical references to drug dealers, drug mules, drug addicts, mob bosses, scientists, men, women. 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Lord Help Me).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman and several men work as drug mules and carry plastic pouches of blue crystal drugs in their abdomens, a briefcase contains four 2-kilo packs of a drug, a man says that he will "blow some smack later" to a woman, a man forces a drug addict with rotten teeth to snort a sparkly blue powder with a soda straw (the addict becomes stiff and then laughs hysterically), a woman eats handfuls of a drug in an airplane washroom and receives an IV of four kilos of the drug and we see the injection of the needle happen (her irises turn purple), we hear that European teenagers like a drug called CPH4 that is used in very small amounts to enhance the growth of unborn children, and a doctor says that a woman should sleep for twelve hours after receiving an injection and she awakens more quickly (we see a saline IV running to her arm). A man and a woman drink shots of alcohol in a dance club amid flashing lights, a man and a woman drink short glasses of alcohol in a meeting room, and a woman drinks champagne on a plane and a man sits beside a glass of wine in a hotel room. A man smokes a cigarette in an office.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime, corruption, illegal drugs, development-enhancing drugs, mind expansion, telekinesis, eidetic memory, mind control, time travel, origins of life.
MESSAGE - Illegal products can cause major side effects.
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