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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | 2013 | PG | - 2.3.3

A lonely, introverted man (Ben Stiller) working for "Life" magazine day-dreams of great adventures. When he finds himself responsible for a missing photograph that is intended to be the cover for the magazine's final issue, he sets off on a real-life adventure around the world to track down the photographer (Sean Penn). Based on a short story by James Thurber. Also with Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Jim Naughton, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley MacLaine, Terence Bernie Hines, Adam Scott and Paul Fitzgerald. Directed by Ben Stiller. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man imagines a woman telling him that she just wants to be with him and they kiss. A man and a woman hold hands.
 A man imagines being on an arctic expedition and he breaks through the wall of a building where he flirts with a woman. A woman makes a remark about her "Latin lover recited verse to me." A man talks about having a "man crush" on another man. A man says, "Don't cheat on your lady." A man talks about "Horny Chileans" wanting to go to a strip club. A woman asks, "You wanna know about my love life?" and then says "Disappointment and heartbreak."
 We see a statue of a man and a woman and cleavage is evident.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men fight over a toy and they punch and kick each other, they slam each other against an elevator door and slam through a wall; they fall into a garbage truck and then jump out unharmed; one man hits the other man in the back of the head with a sign. Two men behind a TSA scanning screen fight and we see their X-ray silhouettes: one man hits the other and he falls to the ground and we later see him in an interrogation room with handcuffs on his wrists.
 A man says that he is going to finish his beer before piloting a helicopter and he does; the passenger runs toward the helicopter as it takes off and he jumps in and is safe. A helicopter is shown flying over a ship that is being tossed about in severe weather; the passenger in the helicopter jumps out and lands in the ocean, thrashes in the water and we see a shark fin surface when he is lifted onto a boat and to safety. A man riding a bicycle slams into a street sign and he slides on his face in the mud (he's OK, but muddy).
 A volcano erupts and clouds of dust spew out as a man strapped to the wings of an airplane goes through the cloud; a car speeds away from a wave of ash and is engulfed (we see it later covered with ash and one of the passengers has a bloody cut on his forehead). A man climbs the side of a volcano with two guides. A man skateboards down a steep road (he is unharmed).
 A man pokes another man seated in a bar and pushes him off the bar stool. A man is swatted in the face by a man with branch (he is not harmed and we hear that it will give him good luck). We see a briefcase with shark bites in it.
 A man imagines jumping off an elevated train track, rushing into a building and coming out of the building carrying a dog, just as the building explodes and we see flames spurting behind the man holding the dog (no one is harmed). A man imagines being on an arctic expedition and he breaks through the wall of a building where he flirts with a woman.
 A man teases another man about his beard. A man describes how he self-stitched a gunshot injury in the field and we see the man with bloodstains. We hear that a man's father died. We see that a dog has only three legs. We hear about a dog that has three legs. A man talks about "losing a good woman." We hear that many people have been fired from their jobs.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms (1 mild "nut pouch"), mild obscenities, name-calling (old men, old school, home slice, suckery), religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh My God, Jesus).


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SUBSTANCE USE - People in a bar drink beer from large glasses shaped like boots, a man says that he is going to finish his beer before piloting a helicopter and he does and a mention is made of "frosted heroin." A remark is made about smoking and teenage sex.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Day-dreaming, imagination, loneliness, online dating, dating in the workplace, courage, acquisition of companies, soul mates, adventuring, Greenland.

MESSAGE - Real life can lead to amazing adventures.

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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.

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