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National Treasure: Book of Secrets | 2007 | PG | - 1.4.1

The second installment in the adventure series finds Nicolas Cage struggling to clear his family name from an accusation that his grandfather planned the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. To do so he must find pages that are missing from assassin John Wilkes Booth's diary. Also with Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren and Justin Bartha. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman hugs and kisses a man as a distraction (the man look stunned). A man kisses a woman on the cheek and her husband watches (they are separated).
 A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and arms. A woman wears a dress that is low-cut in the back (bare back is shown).
 A man watches a woman as she bends over and crawls on the floor looking for an earring.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shoots another man in the back of the head in a crowded theater, then jumps over a balcony and runs away from the scene.
 A man shoots a man in the chest, he falls back on the floor, and his young son cries out, rushes to his side and he watches his father die.
 A man finds a corpse (we see its decayed features) in ruins and pulls a dagger out of its chest.
 Several men with guns shoot at a car as it drives away, the car then reverses onto a sidewalk (people jump out of the way but luggage is struck), the car turns around and is chased by other men in cars who have taken the cars by dragging the drivers out; one car nearly hits several dogs, one car crashes into a bus, many beer barrels roll off the back of a truck and cars swerve trying to miss them (one barrel bounces in the air and breaks the head off a statue). Agents with guns shoot at a man.
 A man punches a man in the face, then punches another man, and then holds a dagger to a woman's throat (he is convinced to let her go). A man enters his home, he is struck on the back of the head and falls to the floor unconscious.
 A truck drives through narrow streets crashing cars and people scatter in fear. A car races toward a security barricade and drives over it, and the bumper is pulled off.
 Water breaks through stone walls and begins to fill a cavern where people are trapped: a door is opened and several people are washed out of the cavern, one man is trapped in the door (he is freed and OK), and one man is left behind while the water rises, we see him struggling to breathe in an air pocket and then he is covered with water and presumably drowns.
 A man jumps off a platform and onto a ladder, pulls himself up, a rung breaks and he almost falls, but he climbs onto a ledge safely. A woman climbs onto a ladder from a platform and is unable to reach the ledge (she is helped), another man jumps onto the ladder and another jumps just as the platform he is standing on falls away.
 Several people walk onto a platform and it teeters, almost throwing them off, but they balance the platform and are unharmed. A man and a woman swing on a vine and jump onto a ledge (they moan when they hit the ground but are OK). A man jumps off a bridge and into water to retrieve an artifact.
 Several people enter a passage, a wooden structure breaks and the entrance is blocked by a large stone.
 A man reaches into a hole between two rocks (we see cobwebs and bugs inside), the man screams as if something has grabbed him (he's kidding), he pulls a latch and a rock formation crumbles opening a passage.
 A man shows a woman a gun and threatens to kill her ex-husband if she doesn't help him.
 A man and a woman are arrested and confined in a museum storage room. Three people break into Buckingham Palace looking for evidence. A man breaks into a home and another man disables the security system. A fire alarm rings in a museum and people are rushed out of the building. A man reaches into a fire to retrieve burning papers.
 A security officer threatens to arrest a man and says, "I can detain you for 48 hours without cause." A husband and wife argue bitterly in public and people look on with interest. We see a decorated platform that a man identifies as a sacrificial stone "where they cut out the heart." A man talks about breaking into the Oval Office and kidnapping the President of the United States.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (traitor, liar, crazies).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink alcohol, and a woman talks in a disparaging manner about the Tequila she drank the night she fell in love with her ex-husband.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Treasure hunting, the Lost City of Gold, assassination of Abraham Lincoln, honor, secrets, marriage, marital separations, divorce, Iraq invasion, mercenaries, unified nation, conspiracy theories, sacrifices, urban legends, myths, traitors, treason, greed, the American Civil War.

MESSAGE - Treasure hunting can establish the historical truth.

(Note: An animated short starring Goofy includes the following: Goofy uses a knife to open large boxes and packing peanuts explode out of the boxes, out the doors and windows of his house and stick to him; men on a football field tackle each other and pile on top of each other; Goofy pounds on his TV set when it loses reception; cables spark and smolder after being incorrectly connected; Goofy imagines being in a football game and being piled on top of by many large football players (he has a bruised eye and torn clothing); Goofy runs into the door of a store and his face is flattened briefly; and Goofy strokes a large screen TV lovingly.)

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