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Mission: Impossible III | 2006 | PG-13 | - 5.7.4

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, super-agent for the Impossible Missions Force, in the third outing of the action series: While preparing to get married, Hunt is asked for help in retrieving a captured agent who's one of the people he trained. Eventually he has to defeat an international black market trafficker of weapons (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who has no scruples and does not feel remorse. Also with Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup and Michelle Monaghan. Directed by J.J. Abrams. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately in a storage room, they take each other's clothes off (we see his bare shoulders and upper chest and we see her bare shoulders and bra), they continue kissing and it is implied that they have sex (the scene ends). A man and a woman sleep in bed together (he's bare-chested and her bare shoulders are visible) and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A woman wears an extremely revealing evening gown that shows bare thigh to the hip, bare abdomen, cleavage, bare shoulders and back. A man remembers kissing and caressing his wife (we see him bare-chested and her in panties and bra). Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. We see nude male statues that reveal bare buttocks.
 A man and a woman kiss several times in several scenes. Men and women dance together. A man asks another man if he was having sex with a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man shoots a woman in the leg, and a man who's watching yells and the woman whimpers. A man is shot several times and then another man is shot several times (we see blood on his shirt).
 Two men fight: they roll onto a street, a truck approaches, one man is struck (his shoe falls onto the ground) while the other man is left on the ground. We hear a punch land and a man groan, and then see a man's bloody and bruised face (he is taped and chained to a chair).
 A man cocks a gun and points it to a woman's head (the woman is bound and gagged), and in another part of the scene we hear a loud noise as a man who's watching yells and it isn't clear that the woman has been shot until later (we see her slumped over a chair).
 We see a corpse as a body bag is opened: we see the grey-tinged skin and bloody wounds and we see someone removing a capsule from inside the head using tweezers.
 A woman grimaces and complains of a noise in her head, she writhes on the floor, we hear a noise and see one of her eyes turn cloudy (there was an explosive charge in her head, and it exploded). A man forces a medical device into a man's nose, pulls a trigger and it shoots an explosive capsule into his head (we see the man with a bloody nose afterward).
 Several rockets are fired from a plane into a bridge and when they strike the bridge, cars are tossed around (they flip and slide into other cars), and one car teeters at the edge of a hole that was created in the roadway. A helicopter opens fire on people who are stranded on a bridge (a woman is hit in the leg).
 People in a building shoot guns back and forth at each other: several people are struck, and one person is shot and falls through a window (he hits the ground hard). A man is surrounded by many other men with guns, he runs, they shoot at him, he is struck and falls to the ground and quakes (presumably he was struck by a stun dart of some kind). A man is shot in the neck with a sleeping dart. Explosives are set off in a building, the power flickers, and guns are shot into the building from outside (a few people are hit by gunfire).
 A man punches and kicks a man repeatedly: the victim begins to fight back with many hard punches and elbow hits. A man beats a man up and shoots another. A man bites a man on the hand, and then head-butts him. A man in an elevator punches and kicks several other men, and then climbs out along the elevator cable. A man hits a man who falls to the floor and then holds a gun to his face.
 A man is electrocuted by an exposed electrical wire and a woman performs CPR, trying to revive him. A man injects a woman in the chest with adrenaline and she gasps and moans. A man drops a grenade on the floor, a woman jumps toward a window as the grenade explodes and she is pushed through the window breaking it.
 A man enters a burned out building, moves through stealthily trying to find someone, and finds a woman who has been badly beaten (her face is bloody and bruised).
 A man jumps out a window, sails through the air with a parachute, the parachute is shot at by other men, he begins to fall, crashes through an office building window, lands on a desk, and he is pulled back out by the parachute; he then dangles from a light pole and hangs in front of an oncoming truck that tries to stop. A man jumps off a roof, swings by a cable and lands on another slanted roof, slides down, shoots a few men as he passes them, and hits a railing that stops him from falling over the side. A man pulls a man to the back of a plane during flight, opens a door, pushes the man forward, and nearly makes the man fall out of the plane. A helicopter tips mid-flight to dodge a missile fired at it, and a woman in the helicopter falls out the open door but a man grabs her arm and pulls her back in. A man jumps over a large hole in a bridge, clings onto the other side and then pulls himself up. A man and a woman lower themselves from a building onto the roof of a truck, and they hold onto the roof as the truck speeds away. A man runs through traffic trying to retrieve something. A man runs up the side of a building while he is attached to a cable that is hooked to the roof.
 A missile hits a truck and it explodes and the shockwave throws a man into another car. A plane is shot out of the air. A helicopter chases another through windmill fields, one shoots at the other hitting a windmill, and one helicopter crashes into a windmill and explodes.
 A car chases another car, the passengers shoot at each other, they crash onto carts in a marketplace, and one passenger is shot in the shoulder (we see blood on clothing); one man hangs out of the door of a car and shoots at the other, hitting the tires and causing the car to crash. A man drives recklessly nearly crashing into oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
 A man holds a knife on another man. A man threatens a man's wife and says he will make her, "bleed and cry." A man puts something on a woman's arm that causes her to collapse.
 We hear that a woman's father died and we hear that a man's parents died. We hear that an operative is missing and it is suspected that she has been taken hostage.
 There are a couple of scenes that show people wearing masks that make them look like someone else and later they pull the masks off. Two men stage an argument over a broken down car, and that creates a disturbance with other drivers.
 A hole is blown through a wall with an explosive. Foam is sprayed on the side of a truck, the metal appears to be bubbling, and a man hits the truck with a bar and the side panel shatters. A disposable camera self-destructs (smoke billows).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a party. A man is given a drug to drink that causes him to sleep, a man injects a woman in the chest with adrenaline, and a man is shot in the neck with a sleeping dart. A man smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Espionage, black market trafficking, "anti-god technology" (something that "undoes" all life), trust, love, patriotism, democracy, military contracts with foreign governments, overthrowing foreign governments.

MESSAGE - Family is everything.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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