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Peter Rabbit | 2018 | PG | - 2.3.2

Based on the popular Beatrix Potter books: A new farmer (Domhnall Gleeson) tries to eliminate the pesky Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) and his bunny family and they end up fighting over the attentions of a kind lady (Rose Byrne) as the rabbits grieve their departed parents. Also with Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki and Margot Robbie. Directed by Will Gluck. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - An elderly man kneels with his back to the camera, revealing his lower back, buttocks cleavage, and underwear waistband (a rabbit jams a carrot into the buttock cleavage; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A rabbit pulls down a man's trousers and we glimpse boxers and bare knees for a second. A woman wears two dresses with V-necks that reveal slight cleavage. A woman wears short shorts that reveal her legs to the upper thighs. A man appears shirtless for a couple of seconds (we see his bare shoulders, abdomen and chest).
 A man and a woman kiss briefly and he enters her home with her and turns out a light, but he wakes up in his own bed in the morning (it's not clear if anything occurred). A man and a woman press their foreheads together for several seconds and sigh.
 In a slow-motion close-up a woman dries a man's hair with a towel and his face shows pleasure. In a store, a man slaps another man on the buttocks below the frame. At home, a man puts a white towel in his back pocket and rubs his behind on a door jamb to clean it.
 A rabbit says that a woman likes a man romantically because her smile shows all her teeth; another rabbit says, "I think she has a thing for most men." A rabbit tells another rabbit that the embarrassed animal's jacket buttons look like nipples. A rooster talks of having fertilized eggs.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A farmer catches a rabbit in a basket, grabs it by the ears, and the man falls dead; the rabbit pokes him in an open eye with a toe, but no movement occurs, and we later hear the man had a heart attack as we see a montage of the man eating several sloppy junk food items.
 A flashback shows a rabbit running behind a garden wall and an elderly man swings a metal bar above his head and down behind the wall, suggesting that he killed the rabbit; the next scene shows a large pie being placed on the man's table. A man chases animals off by flailing a coat tree at them.
 A man and a rabbit snarl at each other and have a fistfight, kicking and hitting each other, slamming each other into walls, choking each other and shouting (no one is hurt).
 A man pours hundreds of short explosive sticks down a rabbit hole and lights one with a cigarette lighter; he tosses a few into a garden and they explode in plumes of smoke and a little fire. A rabbit taps a remote control and detonates explosives that blow up a large oak tree and we see tall flames followed by smoke and the tree topples onto a house, smashing the roof with a bang.
 A man awakens and catches his hands and feet in leg hold traps planted in his bed (we see no blood or cuts); he screeches and gets four additional traps snapped onto his clothed buttocks, he rushes to the stairs, slips on a corncob, and falls into a wheelbarrow that bumpily slides him down the stairs (he is shaken up, but does not appear injured).
 Two rabbits fall from a clothesline, land in a soft pair of trousers, and look out through the open fly; a man slashes at them with a hoe three times, missing them. A man pins a rabbit by its jacket to a gate via two garden forks, but the animal wriggles loose to escape. An elderly man with a rusty rake and a hoe snarls and chases a rabbit, threatening to make a rabbit pie but the animal escapes. A man puts a rabbit in a burlap bag and takes it to a river for drowning but finds he has dumped his binoculars into the water instead; four rabbits jump on and off his pickup truck on the way, but none are injured. Four rabbits sit on a truck axel and are spun off into soft bags of garden soil, unhurt. A rabbit jams a carrot into an old man's buttock cleavage (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and the man screams into the camera.
 Rabbits attack a man with tomatoes until his front and back are covered with red spots and he yelps many times; they aim several tomatoes at his clothed groin area after he uncovers it from his protecting hands, and he shouts in pain; the rabbits pelt him with blackberries, one goes down his throat, and he has an allergic reaction, gasping for breath until he jams a hypodermic needle into his thigh through his jeans, and lies back, relaxed (we do not see blood or the needle, just the plunger of the hypodermic). Rabbits connect an electrical system to a man's house and he is slammed across a room into a wall hard twice and a staircase once when he touches door knobs and receives shocks (we do not see injuries); he climbs onto the roof and is shocked again, falling into the garden, where he lies unconscious until night fall (no injuries are seen). Rabbits connect an electrical system to a house and a man and a woman touch door knobs several times and are slammed into walls as sparks fly (we see no injuries). A man electrifies his garden fence, and a hedgehog shudders as she licks peanut butter from it; sparks fly, and several of her quills shoot into rabbits without blood or apparent pain.
 A man and a woman argue loudly, both escalating to shouting before they finish and the woman slaps the man on the shoulder. Five rabbits argue among themselves several times and one rabbit slaps another rabbit on the ear. An angry man pounds a desk a few times, walks out of an office, and demolishes the toy department of a department store; he chokes a life-size stuffed bear as he screeches, and finally leaves. A woman says to a sad-looking rabbit, "Bad rabbit" for ruining a painting and puts him outside her house. A man and a pig, both startled, scream loudly at each other. A pig screams at a man and a woman who scream back in alarm. A rabbit says that she might catch her foot in a trap and need to gnaw her foot off, but this never occurs. A rabbit asks if she should break one of a woman's ankles or both, but neither occurs. A rabbit says that she has a cracked rib, and then jumps from a truck to land on her belly on the ground, unharmed. A man tells rabbits that they are rats and that will be exterminated.
 A rabbit knocks another rabbit off a tree branch by throwing a tomato, but no one is hurt. A rabbit runs over a bird standing on the ground, but it is unharmed. A rabbit tackles a fox and then slaps it in the face with a tree branch. A deer kicks open a gate and a rabbit kicks open a door. A fox snarls with big teeth into the camera lens. A fox falls asleep at a party and two mice shave several patches of fur off him. Two party scenes feature a hundred animals trashing a house with food and garbage as they dance. Five rabbits practice knocking things down with tomatoes launched from sling shots.
 A rabbit finds red spots on her jacket and thinks she is dying until she discovers the spots are from tomatoes. A tomato falls into a leg hold trap, smashes, and another tomato is smashed similarly. A rabbit jams carrots into an auto exhaust, causing a loud backfire and some smoke. A rabbit jumps onto a train, falls to the tracks, unharmed, and jumps back on. A man jumps out a window into a full garbage dumpster, uninjured. A man falls off a motorcycle, unharmed.
 A man scrubs a toilet with a brush to show salespeople how to clean it (we see no dirt), and he later tells the people, "I hope you enjoy drinking dirty toilet water," (we never see this, and the statement appears to be his way of cursing). A mouse jumps out of a toilet (no dirt or debris is shown). A man pulls what looks like dirty rope out of a bathtub drain.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 clinical scatological term, 1 mild anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name calling (crikey little goblin, skinny bag of wet, crazy, twit, imbecile, half-wit, reckless, stupid, pure evil, evil man, nasty old man, old crab bucket, vermin, ridiculous, rock-head, country bumpkin, stumpy, rats, prodigal son), exclamations (heck, bloody, crikey).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman hold short glasses of clear liquid that the man says it is "blackberry," and a few martini glasses containing unknown liquid are seen on a table at a party held by rabbits.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Feuds, holding grudges, death, grief, revenge, forgiveness, talking animals, animal rights, kindness, understanding, compromise, getting along, friendship, family, new beginnings, changing careers, hectic business life, deer caught in headlights.

MESSAGE - People should take care of wildlife and even animals can become heroes.

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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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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