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Michael Jackson: This Is It | 2009 | PG | - 3.3.1

Documentary of rehearsals prior to the late Michael Jackson's long awaited return to the stage. Also with Daniel Celebre, Shannon Holtzapffel and Charles Klapow. Directed by Kenny Ortega. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A female dancer struts seductively across a stage, a man follows her, admiring her, he caresses her clothed hip while they dance together and they walk arm in arm off the stage together.
 Dancers grab their crotches and thrust their hips repeatedly throughout the film. Many female dancers dance and the final pose shows one woman place her hand on the clothed buttock of another woman. Male dancers practice grabbing their crotches with a woman instructing them -- she remarks that, "I don't have anything to move."
 A movie clip shows a woman wearing a strapless evening gown (cleavage, shoulders and back are seen) while singing seductively; men watch. We see aerial and pole dancers wearing skimpy dance outfits (cleavage, bare abdomens, backs and legs are shown) dancing around poles and stage structures. Female dancers are shown wearing skimpy dance outfits in several scenes that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and bare thighs. Male dancers are shown bare-chested in several scenes. A woman is shown wearing a bra top that reveals her cleavage, bare abdomen and back.
 A woman talks about dancers "having the ooze" (meaning sensuality). A man tells another man, "You want to have a little more booty," when talking about the feel of a piano piece. There are several love songs performed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A sequence is rehearsed for a graveyard scene where zombies unearth themselves and move toward the camera, and a wolf howls and bats screech.
 Zombie makeup is applied to several dancers, including blackened teeth and gray-tinged and decaying flesh. Red paint is splattered on the screen to resemble blood.
 During the performance of a scene for the theatrical portion of a concert, we see a ghost with a noose around his neck fall sharply and we hear a crack. In a theatrical scene, we see fires erupt in a forest, a bulldozer moves through tearing down trees, and a young girl wakes up among the burning trees and struggles to save a sapling as the dozer approaches. We see flashes of fireworks and pyrotechnics displays around a large stage.
 A man says that "it feels like someone's shoving a fist in my ear" (about an uncomfortable sound level in his ear piece). Lyrics of a song include "everybody's gone bad." A man talks about his concern for the condition of the planet and the destruction of rain forest.
 A man running from another man with a gun is trapped in a room, he is fired upon, we see bullets flying, and he jumps through a window -- we see the glass break. A man in a movie clip runs through a building and slides down a banister and outside while being chased by another man with a gun, and they fire at each other.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 sexual reference.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Michael Jackson, entertaining, inspiration, love, destruction of the Rain Forest, magic of nature, mismanagement of the planet.

MESSAGE - Michael Jackson was a rare talent.

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