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Mirrors | 2008 | R | - 5.8.5

A troubled, former NYC detective (Kiefer Sutherland) encounters an alternate reality and a special kind of evil when he takes a night watchman job in an abandoned building. Fearing for the safety of his family, he keeps his promise to his wife (Paula Patton) and does whatever it takes to keep evil at bay. Also with Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck and Amy Smart. Directed by Alexandre Aja. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman takes off her robe and gets into a bathtub (her bare breasts and buttocks are visible). A woman's burned breast is exposed.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately (we see tongues). A man and woman kiss and hug.
 A bare-chested man wakes up and gets out of bed and we also see that his pants are unbuttoned. A woman's sheer shirt is wet and her bra and abdomen are seen through the fabric. Several women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man's throat is cut by a large piece of glass (we see blood spurting and hear gurgling noises and we see the skin open). A woman's mouth is ripped off her face (we see blood spurting, we see the torn flesh and the woman dies).
 People are shown burning: we see them moving, screaming and writhing in pain. A man's face is shown melting. A woman is shown suffering from burns and we see her skin bubbling.
 A body is shown during an autopsy (we see the intestines and other internal organs). A body that has just been autopsied is shown (we see an exposed chest and a series of incisions). Photos of a graphic crime scene are shown and we see a bloodied dead body from various angles. A man is shown with badly burned and scarred skin.
 A young girl is shown being restrained and she tries to claw her way out of a room (we see her skin and nails ripping away). A man's hand is cut and we see blood. A girl's throat is shown being cut and we see blood (she's, however, OK). A boy plays with a knife, and then cuts a woman. A man and a woman fight, she is stabbed with a pipe and shot at, he is beaten, and both are bloodied.
 A woman and a boy almost drown (he is given mouth-to-mouth). A man holds a woman hostage. A man is shown shooting at himself. A man shoots at mirrors several times.
 A man talks about his wife and children being killed. A newspaper shows a story about a man shooting another man. A newspaper story shows a large fire where several people died.
 There are many scenes in which suspense plays a major part in building fear: One scene shows a frightened man running from an unseen threat, and another scene shows a man in an abandoned building and he is startled by a bird. There is a large explosion and a building partially collapses.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 5 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking in a bar, a man takes pills each day to help him deal with alcoholism, a man talks about dealing with alcoholism, and a bottle of alcohol is shown.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, demons, possession, mental illness, alcoholism, marriage, family, divorce, accidents, guilt, the after-life, murder.

MESSAGE - Reality may not be what you think it is.

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