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The Prophet | 2014 | PG | - 3.3.1

Animated feature based on Kahlil Gibran's popular book of poetry: An exiled artist and poet (the voice of Liam Neeson), accused of inciting people to rebellion, is given a chance at freedom and helps the young daughter (the voice of Quvenzhané Wallis) of his housekeeper (the voice of Salma Hayek) to be understood by the townspeople. Also with the voices of John Krasinski, Alfred Molina and Frank Langella. Directed by Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar & Michal Socha. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a low-cut dress with a slit up to the thigh. A woman is drawn wearing a tight-fitting dress that reveals her curves and she walks with a sway. A sequence shows stylized representations of a nude bodies and we see the outline of body parts with no detail. A nude man and a nude woman hold each other (we see their bare shoulders, abdomen and sides).
 A newly married husband and wife kiss during the celebration (a few times). A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman hug and kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman dance together and they lie on the floor, kiss and continue to dance. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.
 A man combs his hair frantically and adjusts his clothing as a woman approaches him; he swoons over her. A man and a woman dance together, then are wrapped in wings and fly (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man says, "Everybody wanna see some of my French postcards?" (we see no nudity on the postcards). We hear a phrase, "Stand naked in the wind."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man walks in front of a firing squad and many birds surround him as the firing squad prepares to fire; we hear a loud gunshot and birds fly up and toward a ship as it sails away (we understand that the man was shot). Police shove many people gathered at a port while waiting for a man; then they begin to strike the people with nightsticks while yelling at them. A man is shown in a jail cell and a young girl cries and pleads with the man.
 A man shoves another older man and tells him to shut up; the man falls on the ground and spills his sack of olives on the ground. A man pushes through a crowd and shoves an elderly man.
 A young girl climbs onto a rooftop and pretends to be a bird, extending her arms like wings; she slips and falls down the roof landing on a canopy over a fruit vendor and spills his fruit all over the road (she is unharmed). A young girl runs along roof tops and falls off a drain pipe landing in a pile of watermelons; a man trips on the melons and falls into a fountain. A young girl spills a tea pot filled with hot water on a man's lap and desk; the man jumps up and yells but appears to be OK. A man steps on a mouse trap and it snaps on his foot. A young girl climbs out a window and runs away. A ram butts a man in the backside and he falls to the ground yelling.
 A man and a woman dance together, and then are wrapped in wings and fly; blood drips down the man's hand and we see blood spots on the chest of both the man and the woman. A man and a woman dance with people wearing exaggerated masks and the man and the woman seem frightened.
 A man threatens a young girl with prison. A young girl steals and runs through a market; vendors yell at her and chase. A boy throws a cat at a young girl and the cat screeches as the boy tells the girl, "We found the cat that stole your tongue" (the young girl does not speak). A bird swoops toward a man and steals his hat; the man runs after the bird, yelling. A man crawls on the floor pretending to look for a mouse. A man swings his hand a breaks a glass. A girl locks a man in a phone booth by passing a broom through the handles. Police break into a man's house to recover his art and writings.
 Many deer run through a forest as flames approach them. We follow a piece of an apple as it moves through intestines and the stomach; a tree then sprouts out of the body in a casket in a hole in the ground. We see a woman prepare to shoot an arrow and then the woman becomes the bow with an arrow protruding from her abdomen as a man shoots an arrow.
 A woman says that her young daughter has not spoken since her father died. We see a painting of a human hand with an open eye in the palm. A young girl squawks like a bird at a man. A man tells a young girl that his house is like a cage and that his crime is poetry; we see imagery of many birds fluttering in a cage, then we see the birds lashed to a tree by the leg and one bird is wrapped to a limb by a rope and another larger bird pecks at it; a snake coils around the tree and snaps at a bird. A man says, "It's neck is laid between the sword and the block."
 A bird defecates on a man's face (we see white goo).


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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (savage, dangerous criminal, killjoy, foolish peasants, barbarians), exclamations (jeez, for Pete's sake).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine at a celebration, a man fills a pitcher with wine and it overflows, a man toasts with a glass of wine, and a man drinks a glass of wine quickly.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Exile, freedom, rebellion, fear, art, friendship, death of a loved one, generosity, good vs. evil, art as a communication source, longing, anarchy, treason, rebellion, reincarnation, don't fear death.

MESSAGE - Rise above your worries.

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