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Shaun of the Dead | 2004 | R | - 2.9.9

British horror comedy about Shaun (Simon Pegg), a twenty-nine-year-old who lives with his two best friends and is stuck in a boring, dead-end job. Everything changes when Shaun wakes up one day to find London overrun with zombies. Determined to save his girlfriend, Shaun and his mates go on a zombie killing spree. Also with Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran and Lucy Davis. Directed by Edgar Wright. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman hug and kiss and caress each other. We see the silhouette of a person through a shower curtain, the curtain is pulled back and we see a bare-chested male zombie. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. A man scratches his crotch, and a man makes a sexual gesture with his hands. A man and a woman hold hands.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Many zombies break a window, grab a man, pull him out, tear open his abdomen and begin pulling out his organs and intestines (we hear the man screaming for help); his arm is pulled off, and his leg is pulled off. A man throws a rock at a woman, she turns and we see that she is a zombie: she walks toward the man, lunges at him, knocks him to the ground and tries to bite him, but the man shoves her back and she is impaled on a metal pipe; she pulls herself off of the pipe (we hear squishing sounds and blood spurts) and we see a bloody hole through her abdomen, and she tries to attack the man again, whereupon he runs. We see several zombies feeding on a man: they pull out his bloody intestines and snarl. A zombie bites out a man's throat (we see tissue and blood), and another man hits the zombie with a cricket bat (it looks like a paddle). Several zombies bite a man on the neck and arms, and blood sprays. A woman has a very bloody hole in her arm from a bite. A man is hit in the head with a dart (we see it sticking out of his head and it makes a squishing sound when he pulls it out). A zombie tackles a man, tries to bite him, a woman hits the zombie over the head with a chair, the zombie gets up and is impaled with a pole and pinned to a tree where he flails, trying to get free. A car hits a zombie walking on the road; he flips over the hood of the car, and lands on the street (we see his twisted bloody limbs and watch as he begins to move again, and we hear bones cracking and blood squishing). Three people beat a zombie with pool cues, and a woman hits him with a fire extinguisher. Two men hit two zombies repeatedly with a cricket bat and a shovel, and the two men are sprayed with blood as they continue to hit the zombies (we see the shovel covered with blood). Several zombies are shot: we see one hit in the neck and blood spurts, another hit in the head and brain matter splatters, another shot in the head and blood splatters out of the back of the head, and one is shot through the eye. A bus crashes through many zombies, tossing them through the air, and many zombies are then shot. A man punches a man and he falls to the floor. Two men hit a zombie in the head with a shovel and a cricket bat. Several people hit many zombies with bats, sticks, pipes, etc. A man drives a car into several zombies. A zombie approaches two men, and they throw things at him, finally hitting him in the head with an ashtray. A woman who initially appears to be kissing a man passionately is actually chewing on his neck (we hear crunching and then see his head flop backward). A zombie is shoved head first into a jukebox, breaking the glass. A man points a gun at a woman. A zombie gurgles and wheezes and tries to attack people in a car. Many zombies clamor at doors and windows trying to get at people inside. Many zombies crowd toward several people. A zombie approaches a man, the zombie has film-covered eyes and he wheezes. Many zombies slowly surround two men in a car. We hear in a news report that to destroy a zombie one must, "remove the head or destroy the brain." We see many zombies lumbering through streets, some have bloody wounds, some are ashen in color, and some have twisted limbs. A zombie appears to be missing his lower lip (it is blood covered), and another zombie is missing his lower arm (blood drips and tissue flaps around as he walks). A man walks along a street passing a zombie with a bloody gash on her chest, and another zombie lying in a pool of blood. A man slips on slippery goo (it's blood and other matter) on the floor but is unaware as to what it is. We see a body still zipped into a body bag thrashing while on a stretcher. We see bloody handprints and smears of blood. We see a TV show depicting a cheetah biting the throat of its prey. A man picks up a pigeon and brings it toward his mouth as if he is going to bite it. A man appears unconscious in his car, with his head resting on the horn (it is blaring). A man talks about another man having strangled his wife. A man is hit in the forehead with a crumpled beer can. A woman dies and a man grieves over her. A man pours alcohol along a bar and sets it on fire. A woman collapses at a bus stop. A man and a woman talk about killing themselves. A man lunges at a man and yells at him. A man and a woman argue, and a man yells at a man. A man falls through a fence, a man climbs up the side of a building, and a man trampolines over a fence. A man flatulates several times.


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LANGUAGE 9 - 45 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 sexual reference, 4 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Africans, 11 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking tobacco and marijuana, and drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Zombies, black humor, family, responsibility, reliability, relationships, dreams, goals, growing up, monotony, selling illegal drugs, cooperation, promises, bigamy.

MESSAGE - Taking charge of extreme situations with nonchalance may help you get the girl in the end.

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