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Max Payne | 2008 | PG-13 | - 4.6.5

Not being able to let go of the memory of his wife and child after they've been murdered, police detective Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) follows a trail of clues that connect a current murder case to that of his wife. Also with Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Jamie Hector, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Chris O Donnell and Amaury Nolasco. Directed by John Moore. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman kisses a man on the cheek, he pushes her away, she walks away and removes her dress (we see a glimpse of her bare breast from the side, and bare back and panties); she then lies on a bed and invites the man to join her for sex, he refuses and makes her leave.
 A man looks through a door and sees a woman lying down (we see her bare abdomen) and someone caressing her skin (we see only a hand touching her).
 Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage at a party. A woman wears a low-cut, short dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs to the thigh. A man is shown bare-chested in a couple of scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is strapped into a chair, he yells and twitches, he is given a serum, he rips the restraints off the chair and falls to the floor, struggles to reach a vial of serum, and another man steps on his hand as he grabs it and crushes the vial; he then kills him with a large knife (we see the man with the knife in silhouette bringing the blade down several times and hear a loud crunch and a moan).
 A man is shot: we see several bullet holes in his chest, abdomen and shoulder and another man is shot through the chest and we see the bullet break through his back (a glistening hole are shown). Many men with guns enter an office, they shoot one man in the chest (we see a hole in his shirt and he falls to the floor), they shoot at another man who shoots back while running away, and several gunmen are struck, while glass shatters all around the running man.
 A man shoots a man he finds in his house, he is attacked by another man with a large knife, whom he also shoots, and then he shoots at a third man as he runs away. A man walks into a dark warehouse, shoots two men, then others with guns shoot at him, he continues shooting, and he is thrown against a wall and kicked in the face by a man with a large knife, who then straddles him preparing to kill him, but is shot in the chest by another man (we see a bloody hole in his chest and he falls over dead). A dead man falls out of a car, and several other man standing near the car are shot and two others run away.
 A woman walks down a dark alley, she hears something moving around her, she sees winged creatures flying, she runs, falls on the ground and screams; we later see her dead body in pieces strewn around the alley (we see undistinguishable bloody bits and a severed hand).
 A man stands in an empty room, he sees creatures moving in the shadows and he screams, backs toward a window and holds onto the wall, but is pulled back through the opening by a large black winged creature and he is then dropped; we see the man's fingernails tear away as he tries to hold onto the wall and then see him slam onto the roof of a car below (there's no blood). A man runs through a dark subway tunnel, he sees winged creatures moving in the shadows, he falls to the ground and screams as if something is attacking him and he is struck by a speeding train (we hear a loud thud and there is a flash of red).
 A dead man with a bloody slash across his throat is shown. We see a dead man on the floor with bloody bullet wounds. In several scenes we see a dead woman lying on a bed (there are no blood or visible wounds) and we understand that she and a child were murdered.
 A man flails under water struggling to get to the surface but then sinks deeper and seems to be unconscious; we see a few other people below him apparently dead and hear a voiceover talking about the number of dead people in the water; we see this scene again and we see the man swim to a pier and climb out coughing up water and sputtering.
 A woman holds a gun to a man's head, forces him to his knees and strikes him a few times with a club (we see blood on his head). A man walks by three men in a subway station, the men appear nervous and twitch, and then follow the man to the restroom where one tries to take his watch while one man holds him at gunpoint; the man strikes the man with the gun, twists his arm and strikes him again, shoots repeatedly at a stall where another attacker is hiding and then holds the gun to the man's chin and threatens him. A man is beaten up and slammed against a wall, and he falls to the floor and pulls himself across broken glass (we see him with a bandaged hand later). A man punches a man in the face several times and then holds a gun to his head (we see the man with blood on his face and his nose appears broken). A man is struck hard on the back of the head and falls unconscious.
 A man screams loudly as black winged creatures circle around him, and the roof of the building he is in breaks away and we see flames. We see black winged creatures flying in several scenes and a few have enough detail that we can see a human-like form with glowing yellow eyes. A woman drinks a blue serum from a vial, becomes nervous and appears to see winged creatures moving in the shadows around her. A man drinks a serum, screams loudly, and we see sparks flying around him and black winged creatures swoop down.
 A man holds a gun to another man, and a woman shoves another woman and they argue. A woman slaps a man hard in the face and tells him to leave her house.
 A man has a scar on his face. We see photos of crime scene photos of dead bodies a few times and one shows a man with a bloody slash across his throat. A man walks into a street in front of a speeding taxi (he is not struck). A man sits at a table with three guns and ammunition and loads one gun.
 The top floor of a building explodes, glass and debris drop to the ground below, and one large piece crashes the top of a car.
 People grieve at a man's wake. A man talks about how a woman screamed while he was killing her. A man talks about "the devil is building his army."


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 9 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see several people drinking a blue liquid serum from a vial in a few scenes. People drink alcohol at a party. A woman holds an unlit cigarette in her hand.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pain, fear, death of a spouse, death of a child, murder, Norse mythology, hallucinations, super-soldiers, war on terror.

MESSAGE - Finding the truth can be a relief but it will not change reality.

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