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The Next Three Days | 2010 | PG-13 | - 3.6.5

When a woman (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for the murder of a colleague and numerous trials and appeals do not go her way, her husband (Russell Crowe) takes matters into his own hands and plans to help her escape from prison. Also with Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, Moran Atias and Lennie James. Directed by Paul Haggis. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A wife climbs on her husband's lap while in their car and they kiss passionately (sex is implied when we see her later with mussed up hair and his sweater is inside out). A husband and his wife kiss and hug in several scenes. A wife in prison caresses her husband's face and says she wishes they had conjugal visits because she doesn't know if she can last 20 years.
 Two women argue over one of the women suggesting that she could seduce the other woman's husband.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman changes her clothes and we see the top of her bare chest. A woman wears a low-cut, long T-shirt that reveals cleavage, the outline of her nipples and bare legs to the thigh.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man with a gun pushes his way into a house and holds another man in front of him, a guard dog bites the man being held on the leg and he screams, and the gunman threatens two other men with the gun; one man is shot in the arm (we see a bloody spot).
 A man sets a house on fire (it turns out to be a meth lab), one man inside the house runs for a child that he says is upstairs, the other man follows with a gun, they shoot back and forth at each other, and another man is struck twice and falls to the floor with two bloody bullet holes in his chest; one of the other men is shot dead and falls back against a wall (a bloody bullet hole is seen in his chest).
 A man is struck by another man with a pool cue, he falls to the ground, he is kicked numerous times and a man holds a knife to his face and threatens to cut his eye out (we see the man with a lot of blood on his face and later with cuts and bruises in various stages of healing).
 A woman strikes another woman in the face with a fire extinguisher: we see the victim with a bloody face in a photograph of the scene and we see her body on the ground with blood pooled at her head in a few scenes.
 A man with a gun holds police at gunpoint and strikes one officer in the face. There are several scenes with armed men pointing their guns at each other and at innocent, unarmed people (shots are not fired).
 A dog jumps on a man's car as he speeds away and another man shoots at him (the car is not struck). A woman opens a car door and hangs out as the driver grabs her and swerves on the road; the woman is nearly struck by an oncoming truck and the car drives off the road (no one is harmed).
 A woman is seen in a hospital bed with bloody bandages on her wrists after attempting suicide (her ankle is cuffed to the bed).
 We hear a man breathing heavily, asking to be taken to a hospital and saying that he can't breathe before he goes silent (we see the face of another man with blood splattered on it). A woman finds a spot of blood on the back of her coat and rinses it in a sink (the water runs red).
 Several police officers with guns drawn force their way into a house, a few hold a man who struggles against them, and others handcuff a woman and take her out of the house while a young boy watches and cries for her. There are numerous tense scenes where a man is nearly caught by police in pursuit.
 A man puts a gun in the waistband of his pants and prepares to rob a bank (he does not). A man buys a gun.
 A man reverses in his car in a parking lot and nearly hits a woman and her child (we hear her scream, but they are seen unharmed). A man runs on subway tracks as trains speed by.
 A wife argues with her husband and storms away. Two women argue bitterly in an office setting. Two men argue and one storms out of the room.
 A boy tells his father that he hit another boy for saying something mean about his mother. A woman appears alarmed when a man tells her that his wife is in prison for murder.
 A man vomits over a railing outside a building (we see goo and he wipes his mouth). People are shown buying and selling drugs on the street in a few scenes.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 4 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, useless cow, snake, insane), 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man buys drugs from another man on a street, people are shown buying and selling drugs on the street in a few scenes, and a woman injects herself in the leg with a hypodermic needle (she is a diabetic). People drink wine and alcoholic beverages at a restaurant, and people drink alcohol in a bar scene. A man smokes a cigarette in a bar and an alcoholic beverage is in front of him.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, the justice system, appeals, the Supreme Court, friendship, psychopaths, suicide, hope, rational thought, virtue, Don Quixote, insanity, despair, escaping from prison, family, love, innocence, child abandonment.

MESSAGE - Desperate times call for extreme measures.

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