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16 Blocks | 2006 | PG-13 | - 0.5.5

Bruce Willis stars as an aging police detective with a drinking problem, who's leaving the station after a long shift only to be given the task of taking a man accused of weapons possession from the station to the courthouse, only 16 blocks away. Thinking that it is a simple task, he quickly realizes there is more to the prisoner than he originally thought, and he may never make it to the courthouse. Also with David Zayas, David Sparrow, Bruce Willis, Dante 'Mos Def' Smith and David Morse. Directed by Richard Donner. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man points a gun at a car window (presumably to shoot the man sitting inside the car), and a police detective standing across the street shoots the gunman who falls head first through the car window.
 A police detective is shot and falls to the floor (we do not know if the wound is fatal). A police detective shoots another police detective in the leg (we see the bloody wound). A police detective and a man are shot at repeatedly, and they close a door on a detective's arm and shoot him in the leg. A police detective is shot in the hand (we see the bloody wound). Two police detectives shoot back and forth at each other and one threatens to kill the other.
 A man has a gunshot wound on his side and we see a lot of blood on his shirt (he appears to becoming weak). Several armed police officers break a door down and find several dead men in an apartment (the dead men have what appear to be bullet wounds and we see blood on the wounds). A police detective washes the blood of a gunshot wound on his hand.
 A police detective backs a car up and hits a gunman shooting at him, and he races away in the car. A police detective and another man are shot at as they run along a busy street, and people around them scream and run. A city bus drives recklessly through busy streets, many passengers onboard are thrown out of their seats, and some scream and appear frightened when they realize a man has a gun.
 A police detective enters an apartment with his gun drawn, and another police detective forces him to drop his weapon and he handcuffs him to a pole. A man holds a gun to the throat of a police detective. A police detective holds a gun on three other detectives as he backs out of a bar. Police detectives force a man to hold a gun and fire it. Several armed police officers force their way into an apartment and wave their guns around, and a woman inside screams in fear. A city bus is driven through streets and alleys crashing into many vehicles and other obstructions until it becomes wedged between two buildings; police officers break the windows and throw in gas canisters that explode and emit a gas. Police detectives shoot out the tires of a moving city bus full of passengers, and the bus crashes into cars and through a construction fence.
 A man talks about another man having to have his leg cut off at the knee because of an infection. We hear about a man dying from a heart attack when a police detective put a gun in his mouth. A police detective is told to, "take him out." A man and a police detective argue. A man records his last will and testament preparing to be killed in a police standoff.
 Hostages scramble off a bus with their hands up. A police detective puts handcuffs on a prisoner.
 We see a poster of a baby in a diaper playing with a handgun.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 3 F-words, 18 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - There are drugs on a table at a crime scene. A man drinks a lot of alcohol in many scenes (he is an alcoholic).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Witness tampering, police corruption, blue code, alcoholism, depression, second chances, homicide, extortion, partners, family, collateral damage, dreams, goals, doing the right thing.

MESSAGE - People can change.

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