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Repo Men | 2010 | R | - 7.8.8

In the near future, computerized body parts are available on credit, but since not everyone can pay their bill, company repossession agents are ready to take back transplanted body parts by force. When the top repo man (Jude Law) is stricken by a job-related heart attack, his company supplies him with a new heart, and when he's unable to make payments, his old partner (Forest Whitaker) comes after him, to repossess the organ. Also with Alice Braga, Liev Schrieber, Carice Van Houten and Chandler Canterbury. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - In a bar, we see two women doing brief lap dances, wearing only thong underwear (bare breasts and nipples, abdomens, arms, shoulders, backs and buttocks are visible). A shirtless man sits at an upper story window in a couple of scenes. In a shower scene, we see a man from the waist up; in two other scenes, we see a man remove his shirt to reveal his bare chest. A mascot heart suit opens to reveal a stripper in a skimpy black bikini: she writhes, sits in a man's lap, and he looks bored (we see her cleavage and the bottom of her buttocks). We see the side and upper buttocks of a man and a woman that are about to have organs repossessed (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A large advertisement shows bare buttocks covered by hands, and states, "Don't leave it behind."
 A woman and a man stumble into an apartment, she removes her coat to reveal a very short dress (we see the bottom of her buttocks), the man takes down his trousers and the woman kneels in front of him and touches his groin (suggesting oral sex); then they stop and stand up because someone else is in the apartment (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman kiss each other as they sensually cut each other open in order to be able to scan their artificial body parts into a computer databank (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman kisses a man briefly twice.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Men chase dozens of non-paying transplant patients and retrieve replacement organs by knocking them unconscious with stun pistols and cutting them open from the throat to the pelvic region; we usually see the movement of a scalpel blade while the victim is off screen, with a spurt of blood on a wall, ceiling, or window to end the scene.
 A man and a woman enter an apartment and begin to disrobe when another man points a stun pistol at them, stuns them both, leans over the man, opens his shirt, and with a scalpel cuts from the throat to the abdomen (we see a wide band of blood pool on the chest as the man reaches in and pulls out a heart and places it in a plastic bag as the scene ends).
 Several prolonged fight scenes between one or two men or women and another man and woman involve a wide array of martial arts strikes, chokes and kicks, as well as attacks with knives, metal rods, two-by-fours, a 2-foot-long stun-whip and scissors; throats are sliced, with blood flying in a circle, and twice a knife or scissors are rammed into a man's groin and once a knife is jammed through a woman's palm and out the back of her hand, pinning her hand to a bulletin board.
 A man uses a hacksaw to slice across his pursuers' faces, shoulders, and throats --we see blood fly in a circle, leaving trails on hallway walls and everyone is left dead. A man and a woman break into an office, the man stuns three guards, fights with a third, holds one guard up so his eyes can be scanned by a scanner, and they shoot several people -- we see two people fall in huge pools of blood, and the man and the woman then pull out an axe, long knives, guns, two short knives and a hacksaw.
 A man and a woman that have artificial organs break into an organ making facility, and the man says they must scan their organs to close their accounts: they rub cocaine over each other's gums for anesthetic, the man pulls off his shirt, cuts across his abdomen with a scalpel (we see blood flow), a handheld scanner is shoved into his chest cavity (we see an internal view of organs and circulation), he grimaces wildly several times and seals the incision with hot liquid adhesive; then, using the bloody scanner, scans the woman's eyes, ears, mouth and throat, and cuts incisions through which he will scan the kidneys, liver and knee (we see blood flow).
 A man with a carving knife opens the back door of a taxi, shocks the man inside with a stun pistol and cuts out his heart, off screen -- we see a hand hit the passenger window and blood spurt on it, as blood flows off the seat and out of the car). Two men argue with a man, he stabs one in the throat, the long blade thrusts out the back of the base of the skull and blood flies front and back (the man falls dead in a pool of blood).
 A man bursts in on another man and a woman in a hotel room and he points a stun pistol and a machete at the man, but falls through a hole in the floor and smacks the concrete floor below; the woman also falls through the hole when the floor crumbles, her knee is bloody and the man tries to shoot her, but a typewriter is smashed on his head from above and the scene ends.
 We see a heart transplant surgery, with a chest spreader holding a man's chest open: we see a lung, some blood, a small engine in the place of the heart, and the closed incision is covered from the abdomen to the throat with a steaming, clear adhesive squeezed from a tube; we then see the patient in a recovery bed with an IV and a bag of solution that turns red. A woman's knee replacement part is cut out by a 9-year-old girl wearing latex gloves and the bloody metal cylinder is dropped into a pan; the girls' mom says she's been doing organ surgery since she was four. A man jams a syringe with epinephrine into the chest of a woman in order to wake her up after a surgical procedure.
 Three scenes show masses of poor people running and shouting, "Raid!" -- they are behind in their organ payments and are running from repo men: one group includes middle-school aged kids and in one scene guards in black clothing chase a group of people through the dark basement of an abandoned hotel, firing projectile handguns, and killing several of them (we later see bodies with wide red slits where organs have been cut out and with some small pools of blood); in two other such scenes people run through a nighttime rail yard and a few are killed with knives, off screen.
 We see an office, where men turn in 32 bloody artificial organs in large transparent plastic bags. In a dark apartment scene, a man lies in close up, staring, with a dozen implanted electrodes on the two sides of his skull; another man pays for the electrode setup with an artificial organ he has repossessed, removing it from a bloody zip-lock bag. After repossessing an organ from an individual, a man puts the bloody handle of the scalpel he used into his mouth to hold it as a voiceover explains that the people that cannot pay always end up doing a "horizontal mambo, twisting and thrusting their way in to the great beyond."
 A man applies electric cardiac paddles to the chest of another man, he charges them, and is knocked into the air several feet by a power surge: sparks fly and we see flashbacks that show him being knocked out in two other scenes. In a flashback, two boys fight on a playground and one is knocked down in the dirt.
 In a motel room, a woman punches a man in the nose and then kicks him in the groin. A man changes out of a lung mascot costume, punches his boss in the nose, and then stuns him with a stun pistol. A woman jams a small pistol into the jaw of a man and asks him why he should live; he raises his shirt to show a heart surgery incision and she lets him go.
 A man awakens in a hospital with two red tubes of blood coming out of his chest; he says he does not want a heart transplant, he gets up and walks down the corridor with a IV/heart-pump, pulls the tubes out of his chest (some blood spills), falls to his knees, and crawls down the hall, grimacing.
 During horseplay, two agents shock each other with an electric cable and a stun pistol; they shake with electric shock, but recover. A man is struck by a stun pistol.
 An artificial human organ company features several displays of metal organs under glass cases, with people dressed as mascots portraying lungs, livers, and hearts, walking around the sales floors and waving at children. Three videos show and describe artificial organs and an artificial Central Nervous System.
 Two men carry an array of high-powered weapons including stun guns, knives and surgical scalpels. Guards are joined by men in suits carrying carving knives and one butcher knife. Throughout much of the film, we see abandoned, crumbling hotels and seedy apartment buildings, and characters carrying weapons.
 A man puts two bombs into an organ deposit tube and three people seek cover; one bomb explodes, we see black oily smoke and flames while alarms and an announcement to lock down sound loudly. An SUV is burned in a large fire in a rail yard. Homeless people collect items they can use from piles in an abandoned hotel parking lot.
 A company sales agent advises an older couple that if they cannot pay the bill after receiving an artificial organ a company man will break into their house, cut them from collar bone to pelvis, and take back the organ; the older man and woman say nothing, look horrified, and the scene ends. A man yells at an overweight man in the street, "48 hours and the organ is mine!" and the man runs off, with a bag of fast food and a bottle of soda. A man threatens another man, saying he'll repossess the second man's heart of it is not paid in full. A man says that killing can become second nature to a serial killer, but sparing lives can too. A man tells another man that selling organs to your friends will make you choke on your own vomit.
 In a dream sequence set on an eerily colored tropical beach, a man shares a copy of a book about organ repossession, "The Repossession Mambo." We see an injured woman in a room, huddled against a wall, with a blank facial expression.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 36 F-words and its derivatives, 11 scatological references, 10 anatomical references, 7 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, name-calling (fatty, crazy, foolish, silly, schmuck, fruity, witch, dwarf, midget, Einstein), 17 instances of stereotypical references to fat people, unhealthy people, the poor, diabetics, drinkers, surgeons, repossession agents, business people, 9 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman suffers a cocaine overdose in a dark alley, a man and a woman rub cocaine on each other's gums before cutting open their bodies (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man rubs his fingers over the top of a CD case that is red and looks almost like blood and then rubs something on his gums, opens a small black vial, removes powder with his fingers and rubs that on his gums (suggesting cocaine use), and an electronic billboard across the street from an elementary school shows a green metal bottle and the words "Get Jacked." Two men sit at a bar drinking from green metal bottles, we see a bar filled with a large assortment of hard liquors and wines, a man's apartment shows his bar stocked with liquor bottles, green beverage bottles are seen on a bar top, a man sits on a beach beside an opened bottle of beer but does not drink, an open bottle and glasses of red wine are shown on a table, men and women drink form beer bottles or green bottles in a bar scene, and a man drinks a tropical alcoholic beverage on a beach. A man smokes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organ transplants, predatory lending practices, repossession, health, food, alcohol and drugs, exercise, medical care, integrity, workplace ethics.

MESSAGE - Take care of your body.

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