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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation | 2015 | PG-13 | - 3.6.4

In this fifth installment the IMF leader (Tom Cruise) attempts to convince a pompous CIA chief (Alec Baldwin) that an organization called "the Syndicate" is a real and present danger. However, the CIA shuts down IMF, and its leader organizes his team (Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg) to bring down the Syndicate and capture its members. Also with Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Zhang Jingchu, Jens Hultén, Tom Hollander and America Olivo. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Dialogue contains several German lines with and without English subtitles. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman embrace for several seconds and say goodbye. In a fight scene a man falls backward into the lap of a woman and they stare at each other briefly. A man and a woman rappel down a wall on a rope while in an embrace, she with her legs wrapped around his waist.
 In an extended sequence, a woman wears a billowing floor-length gown that is off one shoulder and shows slight cleavage with a slit in the front of the skirt; a close-up shows a full thigh and leg as she props a rifle on her bent knee with another scene showing her climbing up around a man's neck, bending her knees around the neck and knocking him down toward the camera (we see both thighs with a flash of her panties). A woman wearing a bikini bottom removes a matching tank top and appears nude from the waist-up from the back (we see upper buttocks). In two scenes a woman wears a bikini that reveals some cleavage and abdomen; in one of these scenes, she is saving a man from drowning and has her legs wrapped around his waist from the back. A few scenes include women wearing thin-strapped long gowns that reveal cleavage. A few shots reveal slight cleavage. A poster in a phone booth shows a woman wearing a bra and panties, revealing moderate cleavage and midriff. In a captive's scene, a man's bare chest shows in close-up.
 A man recovering from a drugged dart (please see the Substance Use category for more details) looks at another man that is holding an iPad and says, "You have a warm hand" in a semi-flirting voice; the second man looks surprised. A red lipstick "kiss" print on a piece of paper left on a woman's swimming pool gate indicates that she is at home.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man in a record shop takes a new recording to a sound booth and listens to a threat from international villains as he looks out the booth window and sees a man pointing a silencer-equipped handgun at the head of a clerk and pulling the trigger (she falls dead without bloodshed); the first man pounds on the glass as the booth fills with gas (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A woman jumps up and wraps her legs around the neck of a man, brings him to the floor and disarms him, then lays the gun on a desk where another man picks it up and shoots the man who is now standing behind the woman and he falls dead (no blood) as the woman flinches slightly. A man and a woman fight with large knives at night in a courtyard and around stone pillars and in the shadows: we see and hear clinking metal, hear grunts and see many slashes; the woman cuts the man on the shoulder and the thigh, but no blood shows as the man wails in pain and she climbs around the man's neck and reaches down with her knife to stab him in the chest, drawing blood (the man falls dead with eyes open).
 A man climbs into the catwalks and rafters of an opera house to prevent an assassination attempt made by a woman, a man carrying a musical instrument case and a police officer with each of the assassins assembling a high-powered rifle: one rifle emerges from an overly large flute, while another is made of aluminum railing parts: The first man fights with the man holding the flute rifle, climbing ropes, jumping from catwalk to catwalk at various heights, and nearly falling to the floor below as he fights the man at close range using kicks and punches against a chokehold and a knife that tears though a curtain, finally delivering a two-footed kick to send the gunman off the catwalk and lighting display to his death (we hear no sound of it during the loud opera performance); someone shoots the assassination target and we see a cut on his upper arm and some blood as he falls backwards into his opera box (he walks out of the opera house without help), the first man in the rafters hangs on the side of a lighting display and shoots the police officer who is pointing a rifle at the target and the officer falls (no blood shows) as the woman in the rafters runs across catwalks high above the opera floor.
 A man kidnaps another man and ties him into a metal armchair with metal cables and the camera cuts to the captive sitting at a café table at night with an earpiece in one ear and a bomb strapped to his chest under his jacket along with a contact lens camera in his eye; a woman in the seat next to the bomb-wearing man is holding a gun in her pocket as another man sits down, talks into the eye camera saying that he will kidnap a government official; the bomb timer is switched off electronically and instructions are given to "Kill the woman," who with the remaining man at the table fight off ten men with kicks, punches and shots that level some men (no blood is seen), before running away.
 A man and a woman parachute into a computer facility and disable surveillance cameras, then enter the facility where the man must hold his breath for at least three minutes to work underwater under highly pressurized water flow; he jumps from a high railing into a turbine of flowing water and is pushed through to a bank of small hatches where he stops himself on one, and swims to another, fumbles with two computer card circuits and changes one before he tries to swim to a larger hatch, but coughs and loses consciousness (a woman appears underwater and pulls him off screen); the camera cuts to the man beginning to revive as another man appears and the woman slams two defibrillator paddles into the second man's back, stunning him, then steals a flash drive from him and runs off screen (the two men stand up and are woozy, slurring their words).
 Two men steal a car and the driver speeds erratically through streets as the other man screams and several men and a woman on motorcycles give chase with a few of them falling off their bikes before leaving their garage, but they revive and give chase, shooting handguns at the car; we see that the car driver's vision is blurred from his point of view as he drives down two wide flights of steps followed by motorcycles, he sideswipes a larger SUV containing two men as we hear a lot of squealing brakes and tires during the chase and see three men fall off motorcycles (one cycle explodes with smoke and flames); the SUV rushes toward the camera and turns a corner, then speeds down another set of steps and spins end over end a half dozen times before resting on its roof (its two occupants hanging upside down in seatbelts) where one of the men inside shouts in fear and the other man opens a knife and cuts him out of the car.
 A man and a woman run across a roof, sliding down another roof and rappelling to the ground on a rope as police chase them and a metal structure crashes to the ground next to them as they stand on the pavement; in front of them an SUV rushes down the street and explodes loudly into smoke and flames. A man and a woman fight off half a dozen men in a room with kicks and punches and leave them unconscious on the floor; the woman sends the man out a passage and returns to the room, but the unconscious men revive and one of them fires a rifle at the running escapee, missing him with each shot.
 An agent is attacked, tied up and handcuffed off screen and we then see him bound by his wrists to a metal beam grunting as another man (called the Bone Doctor) punches him in the midsection ten times before taking out a bone saw and a knife; the captive kicks the second man into a wall and a metal table, unconscious, then shimmies off the top of the beam. Two men fire drugged darts at a government official and three other men (please see the Substance Use category for more details), sending them into a stupor; one of the shooters rips off a lifelike latex mask and asks the recovering official to use his retinal scan, fingerprints and voice print to unlock a coded data file that reveals an illegal organization that has stolen billions of dollars and pounds worldwide with plans to kill millions of people. A man leads another man on a foot chase through dark streets and jumps down an opening in a street; the second man follows and we see the first man clutching his thigh with a bloody hand as walls of bulletproof glass slam into place around the second man and it fills with gas as we see him try to shoot his handgun without effect and he slams his body onto the glass walls (we see one of his palms on the glass as he slides to the floor, unconscious).
 Men chase a man and a woman and shoot at them, but miss and the man runs into a building, jumps out a shattering window onto a sidewalk and limps, then jumps through a glass wall, shattering it. A man and a woman run through traffic, narrowly missing collisions with several cars. A foot chase in dark streets includes several men chasing another man with a few of the pursuing men shot down (no blood shows). A man shoots two men in each of two cars, presumably killing them.
 A man jumps onto the wing of a large plane taking off, runs across the wing, grabs the closed door on the body of the plane, and hangs by his hands in strong winds as his legs flail; the door opens, the wind blowing him against a bulkhead and when he sees a large crate of cylinders of nerve gas he grabs onto it, pulls a parachute cord on the crate, and sails out the open rear hatch of the plane ending the scene; we hear that the bodies of the three-man crew onboard landed dead upon touchdown. An SUV chases another SUV with the passenger shooting at the first vehicle; a woman drops out of the first SUV, lands hard and rolls toward the camera, looking unhurt. Three motorcycles race down a two-lane highway in a mountain range, tilting with their riders nearly touching the ground and cars and trucks honk; one man spins out and his cycles wrecks and explodes in flames (we do not see his condition), another man falls off his motorcycle at high speed (he is unhurt) and the third rider rides away. A 3D printer makes a mask for a man to wear as he infiltrates a facility under the ocean but he is captured when crackling in-wall Tasers level him to the floor shuddering.
 A man successfully infiltrates a facility and steals data onto a flash drive. CIA agents break into a hideout, carrying rifles, but find no one. A man pulls a spike out of a woman's hair and finds a large dagger in the waistline of her dress.
 We hear that a plane in America clipped the top of a skyscraper and another plane damaged the Kremlin in Moscow; a man in a federal court argues with judges about these mishaps. We see clippings of headlines about large industrial fires at chemical plants and crashed airplanes; we see a black and white photo of a mangled car and hear that a foreign president died in the crash.
 The CIA chief shouts at the IMF leader and accuses him of recklessness, blaming him for an attack on the Kremlin. A man and a woman argue fiercely about spy methods and we hear that she no longer has protection from her government; her boss says that he told the CIA that she is a rogue assassin. In a warehouse four men argue loudly about kidnapping a government official. The CIA man closes down the IMF and the IMF leader regroups his team, planning to illegally track down hired assassins; later, a former IMF man tells another man, "The CIA is going to kill two agents." A man says that he helped his government kill many people and now he kills many more people in order to effect changes in the world. A syndicate of rogue government agents is said to provoke violence, civil unrest, and destruction globally. A man argues with his boss about having to submit to lie detector tests every week and calls data that he gathers for the CIA "excrement."
 A man sticks a wad of chewing gum onto his computer screen, returning to chew it again later.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 not fully enunciated F-word (What the f...), 2 obscene hand gestures (in one of these gestures a man holds up a middle finger to another man then pauses and inserts the finger into his mouth before pulling a ring off the finger), 2 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities (1 is muffled), name-calling (idiots, wanton, throwback, terrorist, gambler, excrement), 1 religious profanity (GD), 2 religious exclamations (Jesus Christ, Good God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - In two scenes a small booth containing one of two men fills with opaque gas and each man falls to the floor of the booth (one man's palm is pressed to the glass wall), a woman carries a bag full of vials of clear liquid and empty hypodermic needles into a dungeon room (she does not use them), two men shoot two other men with drugged darts and the struck men fall unconscious, a man shoots another man in the chest with a drugged dart and the second man collapses in a chair (he later awakens and mumbles), a man directs a dart into the shoulder of another man who falls flat on his back and stares while speaking very slowly, and a man hands a hypodermic needle that he says is an antidote to the drugged dart to another man. We see short glasses of amber liquor and champagne on tables at a large opera house and at a large banquet (no one drinks), we briefly see a man during opening credits hold the opening of a beer bottle to his lips, and men and women sit with glasses of wine at a café (no one drinks).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Women in spy agencies, the clandestine services, international crime, chemical and drug warfare, power, assassinations, justice, cooperation, loyalty, determination, danger, courage, sacrifice, trust, friendship.

MESSAGE - Government agencies must work together long term in order to end terrorism.

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