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Push | 2009 | PG-13 | - 4.7.4

People with psychic abilities are monitored and evaluated by an agency, which is trying to find a way to enhance their skills and use them as weapons. The only problem is that the drug used is also killing them. Two psychics (Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning) combine forces to thwart the agency's efforts. Also with Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Nate Mooney, Scott Michael Campbell, Ming Na and Cliff Curtis. Directed by Paul McGuigan. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young woman undresses in a bathroom with the door ajar: we see her in a slip that reveals cleavage and bare legs, a young man peeks in, then opens the door, they kiss and he caresses her clothed buttock; he closes the door and it is implied that they have sex. A young man and a young woman kiss.
 Women wearing bikinis and feather boas dance in a couple of nightclub scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a short skirt and extremely high-heeled shoes in a couple of scenes. A girl wears a miniskirt that reveals bare thighs throughout the movie. We see a drawing of a nightclub sign that depicts a woman (presumably nude) sitting in a martini glass.
 A man tells a young woman, "I know you're sweet on the champ." A man asks a psychic if his wife is with another man and it seems that she is.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - People are described as "Pushers," "Watchers," "Sniffers" and "Movers" and each has a specific ability: the power to put thoughts in other people's minds, the power to see the future, the power to see the past by smelling things and telekinesis, respectively. We hear a voice over describing the testing that has been conducted on people with psychic talents and see newsreel-type clips of Nazi Germany and children in medical facilities.
 A man is stabbed through the neck with a sharp piece of bamboo (we see him collapse with the bamboo sticking out of his neck but there's no blood) and another man is impaled with bamboo (we hear a crunch).
 Men shoot at each other, one man deflects many bullets, one young man is thrown into two columns, slammed against a ceiling, held there and then dropped to the floor (we see him with blood on his face). Many people with guns shoot at each other, people are struck and thrown back, and others are thrown by telekinesis and crash into glass and scaffolding; a young man is thrown down a flight of stairs and across a room (he has a bloody nose).
 A man tells another man to put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger; the man does, we hear the shot and see the man collapse to the ground dead. A young woman tells a man to put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger; we hear a gunshot and it is implied that the man shot himself, but we don't see it. A man shoots a man in the back of the head (there's no blood).
 Two men fight: we hear loud cracks with each blow, and one straddles the other and punches him in the head repeatedly (we see his very bloody face). A young woman sprays soap in a man's face, he thrashes, they fight with punches and kicks, he punches her in the stomach, she knees him, scratches him and kicks him, and he lies unconscious on the floor (we see some blood on his face). A man yells loudly, another man thrashes on the floor, his head and mouth bleed and we see him motionless.
 A young woman lies motionless on a medical table, she is injected in the arm (we see the needle pierce her skin), she thrashes, falls still and we hear the heart monitor flatline. A young man injects himself with a hypodermic needle (we hear a crunch), he falls to the floor, thrashes and gurgles, and then lies motionless. A woman touches a young man's neck, we hear crunching, and he falls to the floor (it is implied that she has broken his neck and he is unable to move).
 Many people with guns surround a hotel room door, they burst into the room, we hear gunfire, there is an explosion, two people are thrown out of the room (they slam into the wall and land on the floor motionless), and another man walks out of the room and says, "Bring his body to the lab."
 A young man is kicked in the face, he falls to the ground, gets up and runs away (we see him with blood on his face and his shirt). We see a man beating another man: he straddles him and we see him with a bloody face and we understand that he was killed. A young woman head-butts a man and runs through a medical facility.
 Two men yell loudly and cause things to break and people to thrash about: In one scene they yell in a fish market and we see fish in the tanks blow up (blood disperses in the water), tanks shatter, people are knocked down by the flood of water, and a young man writhes on the ground and we see his ears bleeding.
 A man is crushed under scaffolding that collapses. We see a dead man on the ground with blood on his head. We see a man's back badly bruised and he lies on a table motionless; a woman touches his back, we hear loud cracking and squishing, there is movement under the skin, the man writhes and moans (he's OK). Two men fall from a tall building and crash onto the roof of a car (we see their bodies bounce and land on the ground motionless).
 Two men grab a young woman on a street and force her to come with them (we see her bound and gagged in the back seat of a car). A young man is punched hard twice and shoved into the trunk of a car. A man slaps a woman's face hard. A man shoves his young son into a hotel room, they talk and he tells the boy to hide.
 A young woman shoots at a young man and a girl (they are not struck). Guns are held to the heads of two men. Two guns are held to a woman's head. A woman with a gun threatens a girl.
 A woman tells a girl, "My family is going to make his brain pop like a tomato." A man tells another man "Kill him." A man tells a young man, "I'll have you beaten." A girl tells a young man, "We die." A girl says, "They took my mom from me." We hear that a man's wife died in a car accident.
 A girl draws pictures in several scenes that depict dead people (red spots for blood, Xs for eyes, etc.). We see the pupils of two people dilate in several scenes, and one is shown to fill the eye completely.
 A young woman is shown with dried blood on her nose and we are told that she is very sick. A man is called "Pinky" and we see that he is missing half of his pinky finger. A girl bites her nails. A young man offers two men who have forced their way into his apartment some "old toilet paper" to sniff.
 We see a couple of people have their memories erased: a man touches their heads, we see events playing in reverse and the people collapse.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 sexual reference, 11 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 exclamation (shut-up), name-calling (lab rats, lame, chicky, miss trouble), 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A 13-year-old girl drinks alcohol from a bottle and is shown drunk, a woman holds a glass of champagne in a nightclub scene, a man holds an alcoholic beverage in a glass, a man is shown holding a glass of wine and with a glass of wine on a table in a couple of scenes, a 13-year-old girl orders a drink in a nightclub (she does not get the drink). A man smokes something from a pipe, a woman smokes cigarettes in a couple of scenes, a man smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigar. A woman tells a girl that "They have her [the girl's mother] so drugged up she can't even hold a spoon," a young woman makes reference to "psychic steroids."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Psychic powers, experimentation, mind control, gambling, respect, integrity, reality.

MESSAGE - Psychic powers can be impossible to control.

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