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Now You See Me 2 | 2016 | PG-13 | - 1.5.4

Notorious tricksters The Four Horsemen, from the first installment, re-surface and find themselves forced to undertake a heist that seems all but impossible. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Jon M. Chu. [2:09]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman slaps a security guard on the clothed buttock as payback after he frisks her.
 A reference is made to someone as, "Not getting any sex in high school." Four people talk about imagining each other naked (to overcome being nervous). A woman makes a remark about what a man was doing with a bird in his pants.
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a cut-out dress that reveals bare sides, cleavage and back. While being frisked, a woman removes her bra from under her clothes (we see the bra but no nudity). A man unzips his pants and a bird flies out of the fly (we see no nudity).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man fights several other men in a crowded market and we see punches and kicks land; he uses fabric to distract the others and one man crashes through a plate glass window, another falls into an open crate and another into a hole in the ground, and the man uses what look like eels to slap and keep another man away and blows fire at several others (his sleeve catches fire but he is OK); the man is tackled, hit in the back of the head by someone with a blunt object and taken away by two other men (we see him later with blood on his face and mouth). A man is questioned and punched several times and we see blood on his face. A man is punched in the stomach and then kneed in the stomach and he moans. A man is punched in the face. A man slaps another man hard in the face. Two men argue, one lunges toward the other, punches him back in his chair and speaks sternly very close to his face.
 Rescue people rush to a scene where a man has been submerged in a safe for longer than expected and he presumably dies; the man's young son screams and cries and struggles to try to reach his father. A man is shown handcuffed and placed in a safe that is locked and dropped into water below; this is an escape trick that many people (including his preteen son) watch and panic when time passes. A man is bound and forced into a safe before being dropped into water where we see him struggle to open the safe door as it fills with water; we see the man later after he is resuscitated.
 Five people are forced out of an airplane (mid-flight) and we see them struggling and hear them yelling as they go. A woman is held at knifepoint and threatened with death (she is not harmed). Armed FBI agents enter an area and hold guns on several people (no shots are fired). A woman holds a gun on a man.
 A man finds a woman in his apartment and lying on his sofa where a heavy blade falls (like a guillotine) and decapitates her (we see what seems to be her head fall off-screen) and think that she is dead until we hear her talking and see her unharmed. A woman undercover as a member of catering staff argues with another member of the staff, they struggle over an electric knife that she ends up cutting her arm (we see the blade go into her arm and we see blood as she screams and thrashes); later when she flails her arms a blood-covered arm is thrown onto a table of food (it is a fake arm). A woman holds a dove, then twists her hands and we hear a snap as she holds what appears to be the bird's head (presumably not real). A man steps into a sarcophagus and disappears (we see him unharmed later). A plane mid-flight loses power and two passengers look panicked (the plane does not crash).
 Five people speed on motorcycles as other people shoot at them; one man falls over (unharmed), another jumps his motorcycle and crashes (he moans but seems to be unharmed), and a woman jumps off her bike and is caught by two other men on motorcycles as her cycle crashes and burns. Five people are shoved onto a plane and forced into seats. Four people jump and slide down a long chute that dumps them into laundry bins at a restaurant before being ushered out and into cars that speed away. A man walks through a dark tunnel and into a room where the door slams and locks behind him; a man's deep voice speaks to him and threatens him if he does not perform a mission.
 Two men yell at each other. Several people plan a mission where they must steal a highly sensitive item from a high security area. Two men hypnotize several people in separate sequences and suggest that they perform certain tasks, which they do. A woman says, "He kicked me to the curb." A man threatens to kill four people. A man confronts another man for putting him in jail. A reference is made to an act of God.
 A handcuffed man frees himself and handcuffs three other men before running away. A man working as a security officer is taken away by other security officers and it is implied that he is sent to a mental health facility. A man ties a woman's hands together and she frees herself effortlessly; the man ties her hands together again, tighter and behind her back and she frees herself again. We see photographs of four people unconscious and in a variety of poses (implied to have been hypnotized). A woman is locked in a thumb lock trick. Four people go through an elaborate passing game to avoid being discovered as carrying an item out of a high security area.
 A man sneezes and snorts several times in a high security area. After being pulled out of water and lying unconscious a man coughs up water and gasps for breath.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 7 obscene hand gestures, 9 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, floozies, crazy, unstable, narcissistic, bastard, laughing stock, buffoon, bimbo, dumb, imbecile, headless chickens, pauper, stupid, psychopath), exclamations (fricking), 2 religious profanities (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Oh God, Thank God, Jesus, Only God Can Do).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men are shown in a bar with shots glasses of alcohol in front of them (we do not see them drink), and two men drink what they think is champagne and spit it out.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Magic, sleight of hand, death of a parent, Robin Hood, thieves, greed, revenge, friendship, secrets, trust, eye for an eye, moral compass, lies, hypocrisy, fraud, privacy, controlling perceptions, betrayal, freedom, ego, dignity, vendettas, illegitimate children, shame, guilt, regret.

MESSAGE - Magic can get you out of dangerous situations.

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