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Meet the Blacks | 2016 | R | - 5.6.10

When a family steals a million dollars in drug money, the dad (Mike Epps) moves them from Chicago to Beverly Hills, unwittingly just in time for the annual Purge Night. Their Chicago creditors come to hunt them down during the 12-hour crime spree in which lawbreaking of all kinds is allowed for one night. Also with Gary Owen, Zulay Henao, Mike Tyson, George Lopez, Lil Duval and Bresha Webb. Directed by Deon Taylor. A few lines of dialogue are in Spanish without subtitles or translation [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man stands behind drapes and masturbates and we see the rhythmic hand movement moving the drapes and we hear a sticky sliding noise; a teen girl walks behind the drapes, looks down off camera and screams as the scene ends.
 A man wearing tight biker shorts (seen only from the back) jumps onto the bed of a clothed teen girl and writhes as she smiles; he hides behind drapes as the girl's stepmother enters the room. A man licks a glass windowpane as he looks at a woman outside. A man wriggles and does pelvic thrusts on a creeper as he rolls on it from underneath a car. A man and a woman kiss briefly.
 A woman wearing a mask and a skimpy tank top has a lot of cleavage showing; she tells a man's wife that she is the husband's real wife. A teen girl wears a tank top that reveals moderate cleavage. Several scenes feature a teen girl's buttocks as a man stares. A woman wears clingy low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a bathing suit that shows her abdomen and side as well as cleavage. A woman removes a tight tank top to reveal another tight tank top underneath (showing cleavage).
 A man says that he has baby-mamas.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man uses two handguns to attack a homeowner who owes him money and he beats the homeowner twice in the groin and many times in the stomach, as the victim grunts and tells the other man, "Your breath smells like a dark toilet"; another man presses a running hand drill into the attacker's temple (we see this) and blood splatters the camera lens, as the drilled man falls dead after screaming.
 A man with a chainsaw enters a garage, an elderly man enters and cocks an automatic rifle, then kisses an elderly woman who fires her own rifle and kills the chainsaw man (he falls unseen off- screen); another man enters the garage and shoots and kills the elderly man and woman (they fall off-screen) as the homeowner grabs a rifle, kisses his wife briefly, and shoots the gunman (blood gushes out his back as he falls). A man surprises a homeowner and threatens the second man with death if he does not return stolen money and drugs, saying, "Tonight, I could kill you for free"; the two men struggle and the homeowner smashes a silver platter into the other man's face many times, leaving bruises and the man smashes his back into something sharp on the wall, dies with eyes open and falls face down off camera (he revives in the film's end credits). A man speaks to the camera and says, "It's time to die!" as he fires two handguns off a balcony in a house and a family on the first floor is not struck; a teen girl pushes him off the balcony and we hear a thud and splat and see the dead body on the floor below, with some blood on the midsection and head (a man rolls the body up in a rug below the frame). A man who is owed money wears a mask as he attacks a teen girl with a pool cue and she throws pool balls at him and misses; he jumps on her and misses, then chokes her until a woman grabs him and the girl kicks him in the stomach several times and stabs him in the heart with a broken pool cue, apparently killing him with a little blood flow. A man dusts himself off in a living room, flatulates loudly, and shouts, "Somebody's gonna get purged tonight. I'm about to shoot off a black [anatomical term deleted]," as he shoots two handguns and a bullet ricochets off a metal statue in a packing box and kills him (we see a little blood and we hear the dead body flatulate).
 A family sneaks into their garage and into their SUV where a gunman wearing a rabbit mask confronts them and forces the family out of the car, locks the driver's side door and starts the engine, causing it to explode off-screen, twice; the camera pans back to show the man with his bloody hands on the window, sliding down onto the car floor. A preteen boy sends a drone over his stepmother's head and we hear automatic rifle fire as the woman dives off-screen, unharmed. A man hits another man many times with a light, plastic ball bat, while shouting (no blood is seen).
 Two women fight over a man and one woman attacks the other with a meat cleaver, but misses; a preteen boy hits the cleaver wielding woman on the back and neck with a toilet tank lid, knocking her unconscious. A man sees his cousin working under the hood of an SUV and slams the lid on his head; the cousin is unharmed and says that he will blow up the SUV while sitting in it, long enough to have a long burn on his chest and get an insurance settlement. Two men wearing masks jump through a shattering window and grab a man inside, then take him outside (we see that he is unharmed later); a man with a blow gun sneaks up behind the man that was grabbed and blows a dart, which misses. Three white men wearing masks harass an African-American family inside a home and a young boy says, "Dad, I'm scared," as one man outside says that he will destroy the homeowner's wife's guts and a masked man says, "I'm going to cut the power now. Two KKK Klansmen dance and confront two women and a man sitting in chairs; one Klansman removes his hood to show he is African-American and punches the other Klansman unconscious, then removes the hood of a third man to reveal an African-American man and the other man curses and the scene ends. We hear pounding at a door, followed by the sound of a chainsaw and a man speaking in a sing song voice about killing. A man wearing a mask walks around inside a house for hours, revving a chainsaw and calling out to the family inside. A man with a chain saw calls out in a house, "I would never put your wife in a box in the back yard." A man and a woman each tell another man, "I am going to purge you!" A father tells his young son that he (son) will die if he keeps on talking. A frightened teen girl looks in her closet for an anonymous text-sender and shouts in fear as she turns and finds her old boyfriend; they hug and he says, "I want to pop (hit or kill) your Dad," she says no.
 A loud siren sounds at nightfall followed by loud booms and breaking glass outside, along with long bouts of automatic rifle fire and men screaming off-screen. Long strings of automatic gunfire occur several times off-screen, interspersed with men screaming and the sounds of a chain saw. A splotch of blood splatters a stop sign. Masked men and women carry ball bats, meat cleavers, weed whips, handguns and automatic rifles as they hunt people to kill. A family marches out of their garage and we hear a rifle shot as the screen goes black, we then hear four more shots and the screen comes up on a presumably dead man in a kitchen who has revived.
 President El Bama announces on TV that The Purge is here as he puts on a Kevlar vest and a mask and gathers multiple automatic weapons on his desk; he warns killers, thieves, and deadbeats that they will die. An elderly man and woman take automatic rifles from a car trunk and tell a man on the sidewalk, "Happy Purge, neighbor!" A family hides in a panic room where the father slaps his young son's hand and tells him not to touch the surveillance monitor. A boy says that his mother died six months ago and rushes from the room. A man says that a thug killed all the witnesses to the theft of drug money back in Chicago. A man tries to call 911 on Purge Night and gets a wrong number; he announces that he will kill himself if he does not get help and the operator says he doesn't care and hangs up. A comic strip depicts a group of angry people holding cleavers, ball bats and a chain saw. A man wearing a white hockey mask and dark jumpsuit, and holding a sword, is seen at the side of a road and walks away from the camera.
 A man argues with a woman on a cellphone and another man screams at a gated community guard. Two men argue loudly about a summons, with a lot of name-calling (please see the Language category for more details). A man says that he knew a big time drug dealer and off-ed a few people in Chicago. An angry woman tells a man that she is tired of waking the kids in the middle of the night to move. A married couple has several brief arguments. A man tells another man, "Your breath smells exactly like your [anatomical term deleted]."
 A preteen boy wears big vampire teeth and roars in a deep male voice twice. A preteen boy sprays red silly string at people to resemble blood twice.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 122 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 14 sexual references, 73 scatological terms, 44 anatomical terms, 57 mild obscenities, 42 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (e.g. crazy, stupid, dummy, dumb, slave), exclamations (shut-up, oh man), 8 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Good Lord, God Is Good).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man says that he knew many drug dealers in Chicago, a man keeps two one-gallon plastic bags of marijuana in his safe until his male cousin takes them out and the first man smells a hunk of it, a man lights up two marijuana cigarettes and two men smoke them (filling a room with smoke), a man says that another man spit all over a marijuana cigarette (we see no spit), and one man speaks loudly in a somewhat inebriated way. A woman drinks a shot of whiskey at home and we see three bottles of whiskey on the kitchen counter, and a man receives a gift basket that contains a bottle of champagne (he does not open it).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Horror movies, racism, class differences, gangs, theft, drug dealing, murder, death, hate crimes, running from danger, survival, blended families, step parents, owing money, wanting a better life, honesty, cooperation, loyalty, love.

MESSAGE - Families should stick together.

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