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Out of the Furnace | 2013 | R | - 3.7.10

A man (Christian Bale) seeks revenge after his brother (Casey Affleck) mysteriously goes missing. Also with Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Scott Cooper. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man makes a crude remark to another man, asking if he is gay; he then makes a crude remark about the other man performing oral sex on him and this leads to a violent fight (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 We see a shirtless man (his bare chest and abdomen are seen) in bed with a woman, they cuddle and the woman lays her head on the man's chest as she teases him about "putting a baby inside" her. A man and a woman hug and the woman tells the man that she is pregnant (not with his child); they hug again briefly. A man and a woman are seen holding hands.
 We see shirtless men in a prison yard on multiple occasions (their bare backs and chests are shown). A shirtless man is seen washing his face.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Two men in a car are surrounded on both sides of the road by two large trucks; a man gets out of one of the trucks, approaches the car and exchanges a few words with one of the men in the car and shoots him, point-blank (we see a lot of blood spray on the other man in the car); several other men grab the blood-covered man and carry him to the woods, where it is implied that he is shot.
 After two men engage in an extremely long pursuit we see the following: a man smashes another man in the back of the head with a gun, knocking him to the ground and then grabs the other man's leg pulling him to the ground before getting on top of him; the two men wrestle and punch one another when the first man gets up and the second man shoots him in the leg and he screams in pain; the man then shoots the other man in the other leg (we see what appears to be blood pooling under the man's pants) and he walks away slowly; the man follows the injured man for a long distance until a police officer arrives and sees the man, shouts for the gunman to stop and the gunman pulls the trigger and shoots the man in the back of the head (we see a spray of blood from the man's head).
 A man, driving under the influence of alcohol and not paying attention to the road smashes into a station wagon; the man's vehicle spins out and when he comes too (he has a bloody cut on his forehead), he goes over to the other car and we see the bloody legs of what appears to be a young child; the man panics and tries to pull the child from the car and it is implied that the child is dead (we later see the man in jail).
 Two men fist fight in a ring, surrounded by people cheering; one of the men is knocked to the ground twice and the other man jumps on top of him and beats him in the face repeatedly; he then stands up, and headlocks the other man, shoves him to the ground and beats him in the face repeatedly (we hear the wet noise of the man's fists smashing into the man's face) until another man pulls him away; we see the man spit as he walks away and we later see him with blood on his pants, with his knuckles wrapped and bloody.
 After a man makes a crude sexual remark to another man (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), the man leaps on top of him as another man appears and the two men beat, kick and punch him; a prison guard breaks up the fight, pulling the two men off the other man, who then collapses and weeps on the ground.
 Two men fight: they punch and grab and wrestle each other (we hear the wet noise of the man punching the other man many times), they lock heads together and punch one another repeatedly, and then one man knocks the other man to the ground and encourages him to get back up and punches him again; the man on the ground rallies and he punches the other man repeatedly (we later see the man's eye swollen shut, and with blood coming from a cut on his face and blood dripping from his nose and mouth) and he appears nearly blacked out as another man drives him away.
 A man shouts at another man through the man's car window until the man in the car whips out of the car and beats the other man until he is dropped to the ground; the man on top of him smashes his fists into his face (we hear the wet smashing noise of the man being punched in the face repeatedly); the man then grabs a woman from the car and shoves her to the ground, when a second woman rushes over and the man shouts at her, gets in his car and drives away. A man punches another man, knocking him to the ground and then kicks him in the torso and chest repeatedly.
 A man shouts at another man who is trembling and then we hear a gunshot, implying that the shouting man had shot the other man off camera; another man runs into the room and cries at the apparent site of the (unseen) murder. An older man flashes a gun at another man who tells him to put the gun away.
 In a car a man forces a woman's mouth open and shoves a hot dog in her mouth making her cough and choke; the woman gasps and holds her throat as the man slams his fists against the dashboard and shouts at the woman until a man interrupts them. A man slaps another man and the assaulted man tries to lunge at the other man when a third man holds him back and chides the first man for slapping him.
 An elderly man is seen in a hospital bed in a living room, and he has an IV hooked up and is using oxygen (he is obviously dying). A man is seen skinning and gutting a deer when another man comes and helps him; we see them dragging the carcass away, and then later hanging upside down and being bled out.
 A man makes a joke in reference to another man's excuse that he was "out" when the first man notices blood on his pants, saying that "boys must have played rough." A man discovers a bandage in the trash and we see dried blood on it as the man uses it to wrap his knuckles. A man smashes a phone against the wall and continues to smash the phone until the body of the phone falls off the wall.
 A police officer approaches a truck where two men are sitting and warns them that he will arrest them if they do not leave the county. A man makes a snide remark to another man, that the man had been jailed for getting in a drunk-driving accident.
 A man shouts at another man, and then threatens to shoot him. A man shouts at a woman and the woman whispers in fear. A man shouts at another man who shouts back. A man angrily tells another man that if he engages in fist fighting for money, that he may not come back alive.
 A man tells his adult brother that he had experienced significant trauma while overseas in the army, including that he carried the disembodied legs of his best friend, that he had seen a child with its head cut off, and had been forced to search through a pile of body parts collected in a street; the man then shouts and lifts his shirt to show his brother a large scar on his stomach, presumably also from the man's military time. A man tells another man that his brother had been killed, but they are unable to determine how he was murdered, and that his body had been found by a hunter. A man cries as another man (they are brothers) tells him that their father had died. A police officer tells a man that the man's brother is presumed dead after going missing in a rural area and that his hands are tied since police and people stick together in the area where he had last been seen.
 A man vomits out of the side of a car (we hear the sound of vomiting, but do not see the vomit). A man winces in pain as we see an older man applying a tattoo to the man's arm (no blood is shown).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 91 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 32 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (skinny mini, dirty old [mild obscenity deleted], sons of guns, woof-woof, inbred northern folk from New Jersey, nasty white boy, inbreds, crazy [F-word deleted], daft, tough and angry, tweaker, crazy [mild obscenity deleted], nasty [mild obscenity deleted], fat [F-word deleted]), 8 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus, Swear to God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We see a woman smoking a crack pipe, a man is seen taking a long time to create what appears to be heroin from a liquid into a powder and back into a liquid before injecting it into his toes (he appears instantaneously intoxicated as he claps loudly), a man asks another man if he can buy drugs as a rouse and rattles off a list of drug names, and a man purchases drugs from another man who pushes a small plastic envelope of drugs toward him and then a crack pipe while telling the man to smoke the drugs (the man does not). Throughout the movie we see men drinking liquor and beer, a man drinks from a small bottle of clear liquor, a man drinks bottles of beer throughout a majority of the movie, a man pours another man a glass of liquor and he initially turns it down but then takes it and the two toast and drink, men and women in a bar are shown with alcoholic drinks in front of them on multiple occasions, and we see a man who we earlier saw drinking alcohol get in a car accident and later hear that the man was jailed for being in a drunk-driving accident. We see a man smoking a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Revenge, family issues, abandonment, bare knuckle boxing.

MESSAGE - Revenge is a very powerful emotion.

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