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The River Wild | 1994 | PG-13 | - 2.4.5

A family on vacation is forced by two bank robbers into taking them down a hazardous river. With Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman is shown disrobing and skinny dipping: we only see her silhouette. There are two or three romantic kisses. Some cleavage in a tight fitting wet suit. A man is shown sans shirt a couple of times. There is a somewhat veiled suggestion to rape.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - There are a lot of edge-of-your-seat scenes of a raft going through river rapids. Two men are shot, and another is shot at, and he falls from a cliff into a river. There are a few fist fights resulting in bloody faces. There are also a couple of scenes where the weapon of choice is a paddle. A man slaps a boy hard across the face, and a dog is shot at.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word and an assortment of scatological and anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marital difficulties, an absent dad.

MESSAGE - Families which stay together, can survive together. A boring father can regain his family's love by saving them from psycho killers.

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