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Stand Up Guys | 2013 | R | - 6.6.10

After spending 28 years in prison, a man (Al Pacino) is released and spends the evening with his only friend (Christopher Walken), who has been ordered to kill him by morning. Also with Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies. Directed by Fisher Stevens. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Two men go to a brothel after taking Viagra and after being led upstairs by a woman wearing a short robe, one man returns with a smile on his face and says "4 times and I could have gone again but she was worn out." Two men go to a brothel and one of the men tells the madam that he "feels like partying": another woman wearing a short robe approaches him, caresses his head, bites his ear suggestively, leads him up the stairs (presumably to have sex) and not long afterward the man comes down the stairs saying, "It didn't work"; the other man asks for medication to help but none is available and the two men leave. Three men go to a brothel and ask for two women to have sex with one of the men, the proprietor says that there is only one woman on duty and the man whispers to the proprietor to convince her to participate, and she says "I don't do it for money," and then finally agrees and they go upstairs (sex is implied); when they return we see that the women are disheveled and breathless as they kiss the man and appear to not want him to leave.
 Three men in a car hear pounding coming from the trunk and when they open it, they find a nude woman (we see her bare shoulders, arms, abdomen, hip and legs and her breasts and genitals are covered by her arm and leg) bound and gagged (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman wearing low-cut lingerie (cleavage and stocking covered legs are shown) tries to entice a man to have sex with her at a brothel and he says, "I'm retired." A woman in a brothel is shown wearing a bra and lace leggings that reveal her cleavage, bare abdomen, back and shoulders. We see three men in their underwear.
 We see a man on a gurney in a hospital and we see a large protrusion at his crotch as his erection is pushing up from under the sheet.
 A woman kisses two men. A man and a woman dance a slow dance in a bar and when they are finished the man kisses the woman on the cheek.
 A man in a bar approaches several women and talks about the erection he has when one of the women throws a drink in his face. A man talks about having an intense erection after having taken Viagra and describes it as being able to "cut a diamond." A man says that he still has an erection and wonders, "Is that a problem?" Two men talk about methods of enlarging a penis; one refers to a man using a vacuum cleaner nosily and the other about a man having bees sting him. A man asks another man if there is anything that he'd like to do that he has never done and the man replies, "Two girls at the same time." A man is upset after having had sex with two women because he feels like he was unfaithful to his wife (even though she has been dead for some time). Two men hug in greeting and one asks, "Did that get weird?" and the other says, "Yes."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two men shoot a man (blood splatters) through a window as they walk on the street; several other people with guns open fire on them and they exchange gunshots (the outcome is not shown) as windows shatter. Two men with guns enter an apartment and confront four men: one man is shot in the leg and then another (they both fall to the floor moaning and no blood is shown) and each of the four men is tied up (three with their pants removed and we see them in their underwear) and one is tied to a pillar (he is then punched in the face for information and we see blood on his lip); a woman with a baseball bat enters the room and talks about the Nutcracker Suite, and she then swings the bat between the legs of one of the bound men (we hear a crunch and the man screams and we hear another scream implying that another of the men was struck).
 A man sits dead in a car (we see his head slumped over) and it appears to be from natural causes. A man, holding a gun behind his back, stands behind another man. Two men approach two other men in a threatening manner while in a bar and then leave. Two men sit in a car, one of the men passes out after drinking and snorting drugs, and the other man pulls a handgun as if to shoot the other man, and then puts the gun in the back seat. Two men arm themselves with several guns. A man loads a handgun.
 Three men in a car hear pounding coming from the trunk and when they open it, they find a nude woman (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) bound and gagged; after she is taken out of the trunk and given some clothes, she tells the men that she was kidnapped and raped by four men. Two men confront two other men and they fight; one man shoots a man in the hand and one is shot in the leg, and then one is punched in the face (no blood is evident). A man yells at another man who punches him in the face (he falls to the floor unconscious). A man in a bar approaches several women and talks about the erection he has when one of the women throws a drink in his face.
  A doctor holds a large hypodermic needle and prepares to remove blood from a man's penis (after time has passed and he still has an erection). Two men go to a nursing home and "rescue" their friend (he is on oxygen and we understand that he has emphysema). A prisoner is escorted through a jail by an armed guard. Two men break into a clothing store and steal clothes.
 A man driving a car speeds toward a police car that swerves out of his path just before impact. A man drives a car on crowded streets and highways and swerves through traffic; police cars with sirens blaring and lights flashing chase the car until the car manages to lose them. Two men steal a car and speed down the street.
 A man tells another man, "The only reason I let you live was for this" (to kill the man that killed his son). A man threatens another man's granddaughter. Two men tell a woman that her father is dead and we see them at a cemetery after having buried him. We see a man on a gurney in a hospital and he says "I'm gonna die" (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man talks about someone "taking out your kidneys" and then "not even selling them." A man talks about his deceased wife having been in a lot of pain. A man talks about another man having shot his only son and wanting to kill him in revenge. A man says that doctors "Took something out of me" and that "I don't know what." A woman talks about her father having emphysema and that her mother died. Two men talk about the estranged family of one of the men. A man complains about another man's apartment. A woman says that another woman fell down the stairs. Two men talk about getting a bloodstain out of a suit. A man talks about robbing a liquor store and that another man driving the getaway car ran over a dog when driving away and that he cried over the dog. A man says to another man, "You can shoot me in the head" to preserve his suit and the other man says, "Yeah, I can shoot you in the head." A man confesses to a priest and says, "I shot a man in the arm, and another in the leg. I had sex with a Russian hooker. I stole a car. I stole some clothes. I buried a friend" along with several other acts. A man says, "I threw up in my mouth."


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 53 F-words and its derivatives, 17 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Chinese people, name-calling (crazy, baby, stupid, jerk, morons, master, stupid, animals, degenerates, low-lifes), 2 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes several pills that are implied to be Viagra, a man snorts the powder from inside a cataract medication capsule, a man crushes hypertension medication and snorts it off a bar, a man says that he feels like partying, two men rob a pharmacy and steal medication (Viagra, hypertension meds, etc.), and a man passes out after drinking alcohol and snorting drugs and he says that he is dizzy. A man drinks a shot of what looks like alcohol from what looks like a flask, people are shown drinking alcohol in a bar, a man and a woman drink, and a man drinks a beer and puts an unlit cigarette in his mouth. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, a woman smokes a cigarette, and a man collects his possessions that include a pack of cigarettes when being released from jail.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, rape, accidental killings, serving jail time, bad luck, death of a parent, death of a loved one, revenge, truth, sentiment, shame, regret, habit, mercy, freedom, forgiveness, consequences, absolution, life and death, the human condition.

MESSAGE - You're never too old.

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