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Paddington | 2015 | PG | - 1.3.1

Based on the children's stories "A Bear Called Paddington Bear" by Michael Bond: A young bear from deepest, darkest Peru is sent away after his uncle dies and his aunt can no longer care for him. When he arrives in England with a note around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear" he learns that finding a home and a family is more difficult than he thought. Also with Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris. Directed by Paul King. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife kiss.
 A man seems to be smitten by a woman and we hear a love song playing when he looks at her. A man is shown dressed as a woman and another man flirts with him saying, "It is unusually hot, like you." A woman flirts with a man and asks him for help. A man pokes a man dressed as a woman with a pin. A comment is made about a woman jumping into a lake "naked." A man refers to a man dressed as a woman as "that sexy woman."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An earthquake shakes the ground in a jungle and three bears run to find shelter; after the quake stops we see rubble and destruction and discover that one of the bears was killed.
 A bear is shot at by a woman as he runs, he climbs up the inside of an incinerator shaft and flames shoot toward him; when he reaches the top, he jumps but misses a ledge and falls until a boy and a girl catch his paws and pulls him to safety. Pigeons swarm a woman standing on a rooftop and she stumbles and falls back onto a ledge where another woman opens a hatch and knocks the first woman off the ledge (we see her holding onto a flag pole). A bear is shot with a tranquilizer dart and he falls down a flight of stairs; the bear is then shown strapped onto a taxidermy table as a woman talks about what a fine specimen he is and opens a box of surgical tools. A woman blows tranquilizer darts into the necks of two men and they fall asleep. A man hangs from a rope under a bridge and when the rope is cut he falls into water below. A bear chases a man riding a skateboard, he holds onto the back of a bus where a man with an umbrella hits him, and the bear grabs the umbrella and is lifted into the air like a kite before being thrown and he tackles a man on the sidewalk. A woman dangles from a ceiling by a tether and into a house where she pulls a dart gun and shoots a tranquilizer dart toward a bear; the woman is pulled up on the tether and she drops a tank of gas on the floor that is ignited by a gas stove and she is thrown by the blast (we see rubble).
 A man is hit in the head by a mail carrier and he falls down. A man is slapped in the face. A man climbs out onto a ledge, then falls and catches onto a gargoyle where he dangles.
 A bear imagines a dark and frightening orphanage as lightning flashes in a dreary sky. A bear is shown sleeping on a park bench in the rain after being asked to leave a house. A young bear is sent away by his elderly aunt who can no longer care for him; she places him on a lifeboat where he hides until the ship reaches England. A bear saves a man from a scorpion by swiping it off the man's back.
 A teen girl talks about wanting to run away. When in a life-threatening situation a character asks, "Is that you God?" A man is banished from the explorer's guild for an infraction.
 A bathroom floods with water when a toilet overflows and a bear floats down a flight of stairs in a bathtub after a man opens the door. A bear's nose is sucked into a vacuum tube. A bear hides in a mail bag and is tossed off a ship and onto a truck below (he is unharmed). A bear is bumped and jostled by many people moving through a train station. A bear falls from a tree branch and swings from a vine. A bear trips and tumbles and tosses oranges into the air. A bear eats soap and coughs and spits out bubbles. A man puts a hat on his head and is surprised when he finds that it was full of marmalade. A bear eats a piece of cake messily, he spills tea on a table and he squirts ketchup on someone (we do not see the mess). A bear swallows a bottle of mouthwash. A bear falls from his perch when he is sleeping in a ceiling rafter. A bear is struck in the face by a subway turnstile before being squeezed between them. A bear is bumped on an escalator and he falls down landing hard on the floor. A bear gets wrapped up in scotch tape. A small rocket is launched and it sputters and spins around a ceiling whistling while a boy and a man watch (no one is harmed).
 A woman is shown shoveling animal feces as a piece of heavy equipment dumps another load of feces onto the woman. A bear puts toothbrushes into his ears and pulls them out covered with wax and fur that he licks and he gags; a man later uses one of the toothbrushes not knowing where they have been and gags. A bear licks a girl's face and goo drips off her cheek. A bear burps loudly. A bear leans over the side of a boat to flatulate (we hear the ship's horn blow and not the flatulence). A bear is bathed and when he shakes the water off his fur splattering a boy and girl and his fur fluffs up. A woman pulls a nasal hair and whimpers.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (that bear, that animal, weird, tree hugger, boring, annoying, unsavory characters, raucous cur, strange man, home, longing, insane, dog breath), exclamations (oh dear, crikey, shut your pie hole), a character asks "Is that you God?" when in danger.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man holds a glass of wine in his hand (we do not see him drink) and a man and a woman drink shots of rum. A man puts a pipe in his mouth (no smoke is evident).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mystery, discovery, death of a loved one, adventures, undiscovered species, loneliness, family, orphanages, taking risks, truth, trust, kidnapping.

MESSAGE - Families should stick together.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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