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Righteous Kill | 2008 | R | - 8.8.10

Partners and veteran NYPD detectives (Robert De Niro and Al Pacino) try to sort out the strange clues left behind at murder scenes, which point them toward a serial murderer targeting criminals who have slipped through the judicial system. Also with 50 Cent, Donnie Wahlberg, Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo, Trilby Glover, Brian Dennehy and Frank John Hughes. Directed by Jon Avnet. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman have sex: we see her wearing a bra and kneeling on a sofa, and moving rhythmically with the man entering her from behind, while she moans and grunts.
 A woman walks into her dark apartment, a man grabs her, we hear moaning in another room and then see a man lying on a bed bare-chested while she dresses (we see her bare legs and back and it's evident that they have had consensual sex).
 Men and women dance together in several nightclub scenes, and women wearing short skirts (revealing bare thighs) dance in several nightclub scenes. A man is shot and the killer pulls the victim's pants down revealing his bare buttocks (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man lies bare-chested in bed and a woman lies next to him (we see her bare back). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man slaps a woman on the clothed buttock, and another man sees and appears jealous.
 There are several references to a priest sexually abusing young boys. A man describes to a woman how another man kicked and beat a suspect and she seems to be aroused by this. A man tells a woman that another man wants her to have sex with him. A man makes thrusting gestures and a suggestive remark about a woman. A man makes a comment about having sex with a woman so frequently that it has diminished him. A man tells a woman to "grow a pair." A woman walks into a public men's room while a man is urinating (nothing is shown).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is shot in the head (we see the man fall to the floor dead and there is blood on his head); the killer then pulls the man's pants down and we later learn that something was inserted in the victim's rectum. A man is shot three times in the chest (we see bloody bullet holes and blood spurts) and he falls to the floor dead. A man is shot in the head (blood spurts and we see the bloody bullet hole and blood on the ground). A man is shot in the head (blood spurts and we see the bloody bullet hole). A man shoots a man in the head; the man falls forward through a plate glass window and falls to the floor below (we see blood on the man's head and the floor around him). A man is shot three times in the chest (blood spurts and he falls to the ground). A woman is shot in the shoulder (we see blood on the wound and coming from her mouth). A man shoots a man who is shooting at him (we see blood on is chest and neck), and a man shoots another man who is shooting at him (blood spurts and we see bloody bullet holes on the body).
 We see a body covered by a sheet at a crime scene and when the sheet is pulled back we see that the victim is an 11-year-old girl and she has a bloody head wound. We see a dead man sitting on the floor (blood is splattered on the wall behind him).
 A woman is grabbed from behind, we hear her pleading and then see her with a bloody head and face, from being beaten; she is covered with a shower curtain but there is blood on the floor and on her legs (it is implied that she was raped).
 A man grabs a woman around the throat, pushes her against a wall, and rips open the front of her dress to pull out a wire (she winces and whimpers). A man handcuffed to a pipe and lying on the floor is kicked in the stomach repeatedly by another man (we see blood in his mouth) and threatened by another man with a gun. A man hits another man in the head with his gun (we see blood on the man's head).
 Shots are fired into a man's house and we see him later with cuts and bandages on his face. A man with a gun threatens another man. A woman holds a gun on a man, and he takes the gun away.
 A woman tells two men that her boyfriend killed her 11-year-old daughter. There are several references to a priest sexually abusing young boys. Men argue and are confrontational in several scenes (threatening to fight each other). A man states on video that he has killed 14 people. A man is described as a serial rapist. A man talks to two men about how they feel about killing and using their weapons. A man describes to a woman how another man kicked and beat a suspect and she seems to be aroused by this. A doctor says that he removed 6 bullets from a man and the man survived. A man makes a derogatory comment about African-American people liking gold teeth. A woman is insulting and rude to a man.
 Two men take target practice at targets with outlines of men drawn on them. A man slams a knife into a table in frustration. A man identifies a man as the one who chopped off another man's head. A man argues with an umpire at a youth softball game and kicks sand on his shoe (the umpire ejects the man from the game). A woman is frightened when a car seems to be following her home at night.
 A woman walks into a public men's room while a man is urinating (nothing is shown).


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LANGUAGE 10 - 93 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 35 scatological terms, 18 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (mutt, morons, low-life, schmuck, rapist, twinkies, idiot, pit bull on crack), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman snorts cocaine. People in a bar scene are shown drinking alcohol, people in a nightclub are shown holding glasses and a couple of people drink from them, a man drinks alcohol in several scenes, men drink beer, and a woman drinks a beer. A woman smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vigilantism, losing faith, planting evidence, disappointment, judicial system, criminals, serial crime, heroism, sociopaths, trust, pedophilia, murder, respect, extortion.

MESSAGE - The criminal justice system sometimes protects guilty people.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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