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Remember the Titans | 2000 | PG | - 1.3.2

Based on the true story of a racially divided Virginia town and school in 1971 that comes together when Coach Boone (Denzel Washington) is appointed head football coach and leads the team to victory. Also with Will Patton, Donald Adeosun Faison, Preston Brant, Rice Brett, Neal Ghant, Ryan Gosling, Stuart Greer, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, David Jefferson, Burgess Jenkins, Craig Kirkwood, Hayden Panettiere, Kip Pardue, Nicole Ari Parker, Earl Poitier, Brett Rice, Ethan Suplee, John Michael Weatherly and Gregory Alan Williams. [1:53]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A couple of chaste kisses; in one scene a boy kisses another, resulting in scuffling (see Violence/Gore for more details). We see some shirtless boys with towels wrapped around their waists during two locker room scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A truck runs into the side of a car; we later see the seriously but not fatally injured driver of the car in a hospital bed with a bruised face and a bloody forehead bandage. During several football games and practices, we see lots of players tackled, flipped and thrown to the ground, usually with a loud thud; after one tackle, an injured player lies on the ground (we learn his wrist has been broken). Two briefly shown "group brawls" with lots of people shoving and scuffling; one brawl happens after a boy is thrown against a locker by several others, and the other occurs after two boys punch each other's faces (afterwards, we see a boy with a bloody nose and another with a slightly red eye). A few other instances of scuffling and people being pushed to the ground; in one scene a scuffle occurs after a boy kisses another (one of the boys is thrown into a table). In two scenes played for laughs, a boy purposely throws a football at (and hits) another's back, and a girl kicks a man's leg. A crowd of black people and a crowd of white people yell at each other while police hold both crowds back; a TV is thrown through a window during the event. In another scene, picketers protesting school integration yell and are held back by police officers. A man takes out a gun (but doesn't fire it) after something is thrown through the window of his house, causing two girls to scream. We learn someone dies; we see the casket at a graveside funeral scene. We see a boy vomit and hear a man vomit.


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LANGUAGE 2 - An anatomical reference, a few mild obscenities, several racial slurs and a little name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism (and overcoming racism), school integration, teamwork, sacrifice, ethics (doing the right thing in a tough situation), friendship, coaches pushing their players' physical limits.

MESSAGE - Overcoming racism requires conscious, deliberate actions and choices; teamwork makes everything possible.

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