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Miracle | 2004 | PG | - 2.4.3

The true story of coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) who, during the contentious 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid -- and despite overwhelming odds -- led the U.S. hockey team to victory against the highly regarded U.S.S.R. team. The victory was seen as a triumph of democracy over communism. Also with Eddie Cahill, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich and Patrick O'Brien Demsey. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man kisses a woman on the cheek, and a man and a woman hug in a few scenes. Men are shown in the showers and locker rooms with bare chests. Women wear dresses that are low-cut and reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. A woman wears a night gown that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A man opens a gift box that contains a pair of women's panties and another man says, "your girl left them at my house." Men remark about women sitting in the stands at a hockey game: "look at that blonde," etc.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man hits a man, he falls to the ice, they fight with punches and wrestle, and one is left with a bloody nose and bruised cheek. A man is knocked to the ice, he falls hard and takes some time to get back up. In many scenes, while playing ice hockey, players fall, are hit hard, and slam into each other and are shoved or run into walls. A man is thrown over a hockey goal, two men fall out of a hockey rink (over the wall) when one slams into the other. A man has a team doing drills to the point of exhaustion: in one scene some of the men vomit (we hear gagging and coughing), and others fall to their knees. A man yells at a group of men and throws a table in anger. Men and women argue in several scenes. While on the phone, a man talks about his airplane having hit a moose while they were taxiing down the runway and reassures the woman on the other end of the phone that the moose is OK.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations and some name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Cold War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, the invasion of Cambodia, the Munich Olympics, the Iranian hostage crisis, Apollo 17, Atari, Elvis, oil shortages, Love Canal, 3 Mile Island, nuclear power, competition, parental responsibility, winning, teamwork, taking risks, patriotism.

MESSAGE - Great moments are born from determination meeting opportunity. Taking risks can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing.

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