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The Ruins | 2008 | R | - 6.8.7

A group of American tourists are terrorized by a carnivorous plant when they trespass on ancient Mayan ruins. With Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson, Shawn Ashmore, Sergio Calderon, Bar Paly, Dmitri Baveas and Jesse Ramirez. Directed by Carter Smith. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman in underwear straddles a man, also in underwear, touches his chest and it is implied, but not shown, that they will have oral sex.
 We see a woman's breast in profile and her back and buttocks as she dresses and applies sunscreen. We see a man wrapped in a towel and as he dries off, and we see his bare chest, back, and buttocks.
 We see a sleeping woman in her underwear. We see a man in boxer shorts lying in a bed. We see a woman wearing a tank top and panties. We see men and women in swimsuits and bikinis at a pool and at a beach. A man takes his shirt off and we see his bare back and chest. We see a woman in a shirt and panties and with multiple bloody cuts. We see two women in short, sleeveless dresses.
 A man and a woman kiss in bed, a man kisses a woman, and a man and a woman briefly kiss. An intoxicated woman kisses a man on the cheek and gently bites his ear. Two women playfully smack each other on the buttocks.
 A man and woman make a wager and the prize is oral sex. A woman graphically describes French-kissing. A woman accuses a man and a woman of having an affair. A man and a woman play a game that involves creating innuendos such as, "the carpet didn't match the drapes." A woman recounts that a drunken man had been nude the night before.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man cuts a man's legs off with a knife (we see blood, flesh, and bones as he cuts through). A woman saws away a large portion of flesh from her leg with a knife. We see a man who has bloody, mangled legs that end at the knee. Vines pull bloody chunks of a man's legs across the ground, leaving behind trails of blood. We see a man with legs that are missing large portions of skin and tissue (they are bloody and we see torn ligaments and muscles).
 A vine chokes a man by growing down his throat (the man gurgles and struggles in pain). A vine twists in and out of a woman's multiple bloody wounds, and a vine grows out of a woman's bloody head wound.
 Vines squirm underneath the skin of a woman. A man cuts into a woman's legs, inserts his finger into the bloody cut, and removes a vine; also a man cuts into a woman's back, inserts his finger into the bloody cut, and removes a long bloody vine.
 We see the rotting corpse of a woman with many cuts on her arms, legs and face. We see bloody legs tangled in vines. We see bloody legs missing large amounts of skin and tissue. We see a decaying corpse.
 Men shoot another man in the chest, abdomen, and leg with arrows (blood bubbles from his mouth). Men shoot guns and arrows at a woman.
 A man shoots a man in the face with a gun (blood spurts out of the wound, and we see a bloody face, missing a portion of the nose). A woman cuts a man's hand with a knife, and a woman stabs a man in the chest with a knife (we see blood around the knife as it sticks from his chest).
 A man cauterizes a wound with a hot frying pan (we see smoke rising off the bloody wound and pan). A man breaks a man's legs with a rock (the man screams in pain). A man shoots a man in the shoulder with an arrow.
 A woman pulls a piece of glass out of a bloody wound on her leg. A man pulls a long vine out of a woman's bloody leg wound. A pale, dehydrated man has a bloody gash on his forehead.
 A man shoots a young boy in the head (we see no blood). We see a body lying on the ground with a splash of blood nearby.
 A woman ties a bandage over a bloody leg wound. We see a woman in a shirt and panties with multiple bloody cuts on her forehead, side and legs. We see a man and a woman with bloody hands. A man pulls a knife out of the chest of a corpse.
 A man falls into a deep hole, breaking his back (we hear a thud and moaning when he hits the bottom). Two women attempt to move a man with a broken back, he screams in pain and we hear loud cracking noises. A woman falls a short distance, moans in pain, and has blood on her pants. A man smears blood onto the face and arms of a woman.
 A woman struggles violently against vines that pull at her arms and legs. A woman is thrown forward violently by an unseen force. A woman screams in pain and asks a man to kill her. A woman shoves a man. A drunken woman falls down. A woman has scratches on her arms and legs.
 It is implied by a woman's screaming, which stops suddenly, that a man has killed her using a knife. We hear a gunshot and understand that a man has been shot off-camera.
 A woman with a hangover vomits into a toilet (we do not see any goo). A man vomits. A woman complains that the local water is contaminated with human feces.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 21 F-words, 2 scatological terms, name-calling (dork), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women drink alcoholic beverages, a woman is shown drunk, a man drinks alcohol as an anesthetic, and a man uses alcohol as an antiseptic.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Containment of disease, the "greater good," death of a child, cheating on a lover, field medicine, death of a sibling, paranoia, mercy killing.

MESSAGE - A lack of understanding of local customs and locations can prove fatal.

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