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Rampart | 2011 | R | - 8.6.10

Set in 1999, an LAPD officer (Woody Harrelson) is trying to take care of his personal life while defending himself from accusations of police brutality and being a dirty cop. Also with Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche and Steve Buscemi. Directed by Oren Moverman. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man walks through a bar where we see many people engaged in various sex acts, including topless women (their bare breasts are visible) that are engaged in sex while thrusting with unseen man, and we see men grabbing the breasts of women and two people wearing animal costumes kissing and rubbing one another; a man touches a woman's buttocks as he walks past her and he is then seen dancing suggestively with a different woman on the dance floor.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately, and we see them on a bed rolling around with the man on top of the woman, the man lifts the woman's shirt (a portion of her bare back and torso are visible), sex is implied and moments later we see the fully nude man asleep in bed (his bare buttocks are visible as the woman dresses and no female nudity is shown); the man then kisses the woman passionately and pulls her shirt off her shoulder as she tries to push him away.
 We see a man, presumably nude, sucking and licking the toes of a woman as she moans sexually; their feet are seen moments later and we hear the woman moaning, implying sex, and they are seen in bed.
 A woman kisses a man and asks him if he would sleep with her, the man declines and tells her that she is "great in the sack"; they continue kissing passionately, the man lifts the woman, seats her on a counter and sex is implied.
 A man climbs into a bed with a woman, where they kiss passionately until the woman interrupts them and pulls away. A shirtless man kisses a woman until she pulls away. A teen girl and a teen boy kiss passionately, lying down on the ground as the teen girl's father watches them.
 A woman tells a police officer that two children in foster homes allege that they were sexually abused by their foster fathers. A woman crudely tells a man that she likes to perform oral sex. A man asks a woman if he can sleep with her that night and the woman agrees. A man asks a woman if he is going to sleep with her, the woman turns him down and the man kisses her hand; a man asks another woman (sitting next to the first woman) if she wants to "cuddle" (implying sex) and the woman declines. A man asks a male police officer if a woman is "hot," the police officer tells the man that the woman is "blonde all over" and makes a crude remark about the man's genitals not working because he is in a wheelchair. A man makes a crude sexual remark to an older man about him having his "fingers inside" things. A girl asks her father if she and her half-sister are inbred because her mother and her half-sister's mother are sisters, and the man explains that they are not inbred.
 A handcuffed, shirtless man's bare back is visible as he sits on a bench. A shirtless man's bare chest is visible.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A police officer witnesses in the distance two men holding up a restaurant with a shotgun and shoving a man to the ground; the police officer chases the two thieves, he fires at one of the men as he rolls down a hill, the second thief cowers in fear and begs for his life, the police officer allows the man to run away, but then sets up the crime scene to appear as though the dead man had fired a gun at the police officer.
 A male police officer punches a handcuffed man, then slams his face against a window as a female police officer watches through the window with shock; the male police officer then punches the man and slams him against the window a second time. A man holds an older man at gunpoint, the older man grabs the gun from the man and shoves the man to the ground, kicking him in the chest and stomach three times. A police officer slaps a man on the head angrily, and the man pulls away and shouts. A man angrily grabs another man's suit lapels, shouting in his face. A teen girl tries to punch her father and the man blocks her arm. A police officer shoves a handicapped man as the man tries to reach into his police car. A police officer slaps away a man's hand. A woman throws a glass at a man, he ducks and the glass misses the man and shatters on the ground.
 A man drives into a police car, the cars spin around and the police officer gets out of the car and chases the other driver; the police officer tackles the man and beats him with a baton, kicking him repeatedly and violently smashing the man's face and chest (we later see video footage of the beating).
 An older man gasps for air and falls to the ground, presumably having a heart attack, and another man approaches him but walks away after the older man coughs and asks the man to call an ambulance; it is implied that the older man dies.
 We see a man with his hands cuffed, a security guard has a cut under his eye and a male police officer asks if the handcuffed man had hit the man. A male police officer instructs a female police officer to drive onto the sidewalk and scare off a group of people; we see the police officers pull onto the sidewalk with the sirens on and a group of men scatter quickly.
 A man holds a gun to his temple, under his chin, and against his forehead and then he lowers the gun and weeps. A man cocks a gun when he hears a noise outside his house; the man goes to investigate and drops the gun when he sees his teenage daughter with a teenage boy. A man angrily knocks over a coffee table; a woman tells him to leave and the man storms away. A man angrily throws a cassette tape at another man as he drives away; it does not hit him.
 A man graphically describes a teen girl's art collage, including saying that there had been blood coming from a woman's privates and a man's head is being smashed by a woman. On multiple occasions a police officer vaguely threatens to arrest people or have them charged with crimes, and then blackmails the individual, either for free hotel stays, drinks or prescription medication. A man tells a police officer that he should have charged him with murder after he killed a man in custody. A man threatens that if his police chief makes him retire, he will take her to trial and claim he has PTSD, Agent Orange, Chinese Crude and PPT. During an internal police investigation, a police officer narrates how he had shot a man he suspected in a robbery after the man had fired a gun at him. A man narrates a series of crimes into a recorder; he explains that he killed his business partner, as well as many other people who were "bad guys." A woman tells a man that a video of him has been seen, brutally beating another man "almost to death" and the man defends himself, saying that "9 out of 10 cops would have shot him." A woman asks a man if he had killed a suspected date rapist and the man tells the woman he does not want to tell her. A woman tells a man that after the man had premeditatedly killed a suspected date rapist that his wife had a nervous breakdown, killed herself and that her two children were placed in foster care. A man tells a woman that he might have killed a woman when he was undercover, and cannot confirm it. A woman asks a man if he had killed a rapist while he was in police custody. A man tells his teenage daughter that he saw the "c-word" on a piece of art she made.
 A man vomits in an alleyway multiple times; we hear the heaving and see the vomit leaving the man's mouth.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 56 F-words and its derivatives, 6 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for mentally handicapped, 3 racial slurs, name-calling (out of your mind, dirty, heartless, crazy, white skin, fraud, selfish man, bad husband, bad husband, racist son of a [expletive deleted], grand wizard, classic racist, bigot, (chauvinistic, misanthrope, homophobic and "date rape" said to a man by his teenage daughter), wannabe gangbanger, playing gumshoe, scum, insane, paranoid, token fascist, dumbest rookie ever or the most bullheaded, most bullheaded man alive, press scum, generic lawsuit scum, girl politician, racist, gang scum, inbred, crack head, hideous people, hopped up Rodney King wannabes, dirty little hamsters, dirty), 4 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is implied to have taken a large dosage of drugs and he vomits profusely and stumbles to the ground, throughout the movie we hear police officers and people discussing the sale and distribution of drugs, and two male police officers discuss how a group of people are probably drug dealers. Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking alcohol at bars and dinners, people are shown drinking shots of liquor rapidly, a police officer drinks from a bottle of liquor as he sits inside a police car, and a teen girl asks her father if he had been drinking and the man agrees. Throughout the movie we see a man smoking cigarettes, a man lights a cigarette for a woman and she declines it, a teen girl is seen smoking a cigarette, and a man tells another man that he is not allowed to smoke in a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Police corruption, moral ambiguity, Rodney King case, Los Angeles Police, disappointment, shame, greed, drug abuse, alcoholism, denial.

MESSAGE - Police cover-ups are very serious.

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