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Star Trek: Nemesis | 2002 | PG-13 | - 3.5.1

The cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is back for one more mission: This time they are to meet and negotiate with the Romulans, who it seems have been taken over by another race, The Remans. While the Remans pay lip service to peace and unity, their leader's hidden agenda is conquest, and Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) must find a way to side-track their plans before they destroy the Federation and Earth. Also with Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Majel Barrett, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Steven Culp, Gates McFadden, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Mulgrew and Dina Meyer. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wearing a negligee cut to the hip in the back, invites a man to bed (we see his bare back), he joins her, and they kiss passionately: this scene of consensual lovemaking turns into an assault (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman approaches a man, speaking seductively and tries to touch his face, but is stopped; she says to him, "what must a woman do?" A man and a woman hug in a few scenes. People dance together in one scene. People discuss and refer to a marriage ceremony where the participants are required to wear no clothing. Women are shown in a few scenes wearing outfits that are low-cut and that reveal cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - During a consensual sex scene, an alien enters a woman's mind and makes her think that another man and the alien are in the position of her partner; she panics and screams in terror, while her partner kisses her neck and chest. A pendant releases a green haze and what seems to be pellets (they turn out to be a form of radiation) into a room full of aliens; as the aliens are exposed to the green haze, they decompose, turning into what looks like stone, and one falls to the floor and cracks into dust. There is a huge blast followed by a shock wave when a ship explodes, and one character is killed. Two characters fight with shoving and punches, one tumbles down stairs, one lunges at the other with a knife, and one is impaled by a metal rod (before this character dies he pulls himself along the rod to get close enough to the other character so he can hold his hands around his neck; we hear squishing sounds as he moves). A man follows an alien through a tube passageway where he is attacked and slashed with a knife, they fight with punches, they dangle from a walkway that begins to fall and one lets go, falling some distance (we assume to his death). A group transports to an alien ship where they fire back and forth at each other and we see some being hit. A ship's front windows break after they are fired upon, and a couple of people are sucked out into space screaming as they go. Several aliens are shot and killed. A ship is hit repeatedly by weapon fire and is rendered immobile, two other ships fire back and forth at each other, one ship's "wing" is shot off and it slams into another ship. A ship rams head on into another ship and we see it breaking up as it goes; the occupants of both ships are thrown around and we see debris strewn everywhere. Two characters try to escape from an alien ship, are shot at, and they return fire killing several aliens. A ship and its complement are threatened with radiation. A character runs and jumps through an opening in a ship, travels through space toward another ship, he grabs on, opens a hatch and enters. Aliens (the Reman) have grayish pallor, lizard-like features with very sharp fangs. There's a "car chase" and a shootout with terrain vehicles (they look like jazzed-up beach buggies): they fire at each other and speed across treacherous terrain, and a few vehicles are overturned and one drives off a cliff landing in the back of a flying vehicle that hovers in the air. A vehicle is flown through the inside of a ship while firing its weapons at the occupants of the ship, bumping into walls and eventually crashing through a glass structure and escaping into space. A hand reaches out of the ground and grabs a man's leg: it turns out to be a dismembered android arm and the team proceeds to find other body parts scattered across the planet's surface. A man develops large, darkened, swollen veins on his head and face, and a man talks about the violence and injuries that he suffered (a broken nose and jaw). Two androids are attached to a computer by cables in the back of their heads. A hatch in an android's arm opens up to reveal a small mechanism. We see an android in pieces, during the process of re-assembly. A man cuts his hand with a knife (we see the blood on his hand and the blade), and a man is poked in the neck with a large needle to extract blood. We hear about a boy having been enslaved and sent to work in a mine (we see him being mistreated and shoved to the ground by guards). A man winces and cringes from apparent pain in several scenes. A man drives a terrain vehicle recklessly as he and his companions explore a planet. People talk about a disease that causes one to be overly sensitive to sound. People talk about a race having been bred for war.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 4 mild obscenities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking what appears to be an alcohol beverage. One character talks about buying someone a drink and another character complains of the effects of an ale.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Space exploration, family, friendship, marriage, rape, hallucinations, androids, unity, peace, power, cloning, radiation, assassination, allegiance, starvation, freedom, vanity, destiny, slavery, ideals, honor.

MESSAGE - The potential to better ourselves is a human trait. We all deserve the opportunity to explore this potential.

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