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Seven Psychopaths | 2012 | R | - 7.9.10

An alcoholic screenwriter (Colin Farrell) struggles with inspiration until his best friend (Sam Rockwell) comes up with some unique ideas that include an unusual collection of psychopaths. Also with Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Martin McDonagh. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman (presumably a prostitute) wearing only panties (her bare breasts, abdomen and legs are shown) comes into a room where a man dressed as a priest sits on a bed holding a gun (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A clothed man thrusts on top of a clothed woman in a bed.
 A woman is shown wearing a sheer to that is soaked with rain and reveals her breasts and nipples. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, a woman wears a low-cut and off-the-shoulder dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders, and a man lies on a sofa and is mostly covered by a blanket (we see his bare legs) and when he gets up we see that he is wearing boxers.
 A man and a woman lie on a sofa and kiss (we hear moaning and smooching), we see the woman wearing a bra and panties and the man is wearing jockey shorts and a shirt; the man makes a remark about losing his erection and having trouble with the condom and they stop.
 A man and a woman kiss. A husband kisses his wife on the cheek.
 A man talks about a woman he was having sex with using crude terms.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man drags a straight razor across his throat and we see a slit open and blood spurt; another man drags a straight razor across his throat and we see the slit open and blood gushes from the wound.
 A man is shot through the neck with an arrow and then his head is shot off (his head bursts leaving only a skin flap and a neck hole). A woman with a saw cuts a man's head off (we see blood at the neck and sprayed on the wall behind him) and we see men thrashing in beds nearby (either already cut, or about to be cut).
 A man sits up in the back seat of a car to kill man and a woman sitting in the front seat: the man in the front seat releases acid from the ceiling and it pours on the killer, the woman cuts off the arm of the killer (blood sprays and he screams), they shoot him and set the car on fire (we hear him screaming and see him flail). We see a man with two knives piercing his hands and pinning them to a table (we see pools of blood), and a woman douses the man with gasoline and lights a match (we see the man burning, then see his body charred and smoldering). A man with a flamethrower sprays two soldiers with fire, then shoots them as they flail and they fall to the ground (it looks like the head of one of the soldiers falls off, but it isn't clear). A man douses himself with gasoline and sets himself on fire to protest a war (we see him engulfed in flames).
 Two men are shot in the back of the head and they fall to the ground where blood pools under them. Two men are shot in the head and blood splatters all over another man's face (he hyperventilates) and we see blood gurgling from one man's mouth. A woman is shot in the back of the head; we later see blood on the wall and we see her with a large bloody patch on her head. A man shoots a woman in the stomach and blood pours on her clothing. A woman is shot several times and we see many bloody bullet holes open in her body as she falls to her knees. A man and a woman are shot and blood pours from their wounds. A man is shot in the back and he falls to his knees. A man is shot in the chest and he falls back onto a road (we see blood pool under his body and blood on his chest). There is a shootout between several men and when a car is shot, it explodes blowing two of the men in flames through the air. Many armed men enter a cemetery shooting, they exchange fire with other men in the cemetery and several from the first group are struck (we see blood spurt). A man is shot in the head and we see a bloody bullet hole in his head as he falls to the ground.
 We see a blood soaked body, bedclothes and a chain saw in a room, and a blood covered and severed head on a dresser. We see a young woman dead on a road and wearing a blood soaked dress (we are told that her throat was slashed) and her father lifts her up and carries her away (we see this scene replayed several times throughout the movie).
 A man fires a gun toward a woman who is tied in a chair, she screams and the bullet hits the wall behind her (she is unharmed). A man with a gun threatens a man on the street and forces him into a car; he is questioned in the car and the man with the gun hits him in the head (we see blood at his hair line). A man with a gun and a silencer comes into a hotel room and threatens a patient in the room. A man holds a gun to another man's head while another man holds a gun to a dog's head. Two men with guns break into a warehouse and they threaten a man inside. A man with a gun threatens a woman while asking her what happened to his dog; the man pulls the trigger several times but the gun does not discharge. A man is shown being held by two police officers as his throat spews blood and his shirt is soaked in blood. A man punches another man in the face. A man squeezes another man's neck and he winces.
 A woman is shown with a belt containing explosives wrapped around her waist, and she is led into a room where a man pours gasoline on the ground and plans to set the room ablaze (we do not see this happen). A woman wearing only panties (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) comes into a room where a man dressed as a priest sits on a bed holding a gun; we hear that the man is planning to kill people and will attach an explosive device to the woman.
 We see a movie on a TV screen and a man slaps another man in the face repeatedly (we see blood in the man's nose).
 We hear that the killer of a young woman turned himself in after a year hoping for the death penalty but he was given life. Two men argue about the women in a screenplay being uninteresting and whether they should be shot or stabbed. We hear that a man seeks revenge for the rape and butchering of his family. A man talks about finding two dead bodies in a basement and a woman chained up and then describes hanging the homeowner "from his neck until he was dead." Two men talk about people getting "shot through the eyeball"; one man asks the other if he ever shot "a guy through the eyeball and he replies, "No, but I stabbed a guy in the ear with an ice pick." A man jokes that he has the "chick killing shakes" while waiting to kill a woman. Two men talk about torture and one man describes the use of electrified metal rods being placed in the victim's eyes. Two men talk about killing a woman. A man says, "I'll blow my brains out." A man and a woman talk about God and heaven and hell. Two men talk about heaven and hell. Two men talk about whether heads can actually explode. A man asks another man if he left him a message about "eating my heart off a tray and then defecating on it." A man says, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." A man reads a pamphlet about breast cancer. References are made to a man being an alcoholic and having memory lapses. A man talks about burning a neighbor's flag and we see it half burned. We hear a song that includes lyrics like "The angel of death…" and "When it comes time to die."
 We see a woman in a hospital room and we understand that she has had surgery for cancer.
 A man has dried vomit on his sweater and another man makes a comment about it. A man spits in another man's face. We see a rabbit licking up a pool of blood on a table. A woman has mucus running from her nose. We see a scar across a man's throat in several scenes. A man has a tattoo of a scorpion on his neck.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 74 F-words and its derivatives, 7 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 9 derogatory references to homosexuals, 6 derogatory references to African-Americans, 2 derogatory terms for Polish people, 1 derogatory term for the Irish, name-calling (communist, mongoloid, freckle-headed fatso, sour puss, hippie, jerk, dumb, hitchhiker, idiot, nut, proper old time Christian, scum sucking, stupid, idiot, bald headed, fat), stereotypical references to Irish, alcoholics, Quakers, screenwriters, homosexuals, exclamations (shut up), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man says that he will take peyote later and two men appear to have taken peyote and seem a little intoxicated. A man wakes up with a bottle of wine on his bed side table, a man drinks wine, two men drink cocktails, people are shown drinking alcohol at a party, people are shown drinking alcohol in a bar, two men drink beer in a bar/restaurant, and references are made to a man being an alcoholic. A man smokes a cigarette, a man smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, and a man takes a drag from a cigarette after cutting his own throat.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, serial murder, dog/human relationships, love, lost loves, screenwriting, psychopaths, dog napping, alcoholism, self-loathing, suicide, tolerance.

MESSAGE - There are so many different kinds of psychopaths that they can make an entertaining topic for a screenplay.

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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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