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Star Wars: The Last Jedi | 2017 | PG-13 | - 1.6.3

In this sequel a woman (Daisy Ridley) with a legendary lightsaber finds its original owner (Mark Hamill) and asks him to train her in the ways of the Jedi. She returns to her comrades to fight the First Order in a series of fiery battles. Also with Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew. Directed by Rian Johnson. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in alien languages without translation. [2:33]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss briefly. A man and a woman hug for several seconds.
 An alien woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals the cleavage of three sets of purplish balls that make up her entire body. A man is shown shirtless and we see a thin scar running down his forehead, cheek, shoulder, chest and stomach.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Soldiers hide in a mine on a planet where when a soldier walks on the sand outside the mine his footprints appear red and another soldier tastes the red material, spits it out (we hear but see no spit) and says it is sulfur; enemy forces attack with large four-legged robot walkers, a large laser cannon, and fighter planes, shooting at low flying rebel fighters and many wide red trails of sulfur cover the ground as we see and hear loud laser and blaster attacks, fireballs and small balls of bright lights; many flying vessels crack up and crash to the ground in flames (their pilots apparently dead) and the ground looks totally bloody (no one is shown bleeding), and a soldier flies his plane into the opening of a firing laser cannon as the plane's wings melt, but another plane knocks it out of the way (the first pilot is unharmed and the second pilot has facial scrapes and falls unconscious, but recovers).
 A fireball blasts through a mine door and a civilian man walks through the fiery hole and later walks back through to face another man, who screams for his army to fire every weapon at the civilian; a heavy barrage of loud firing and fireballs seem to hit the man (the man is unharmed) and the army leader and the civilian fight with lightsabers; the army leader shouts and charges but two cuts through the body and a straight stab do no harm to the civilian and he vanishes.
 Several fight scenes fill the screen with large numbers of characters, bright colors, flashing lights, blaster discharges, speeding spacecraft of several types, and loud noises of buzzing, crashing, and beeping while humanoid characters shout and animal-like characters chatter, squeal and roar. Large rebel bombers prepare to attack an enemy mothership as fighters fly out and discharge energy weapons at the rebels with bursts of light and flames; all the bombers fall to pieces in glowing fires and one pilot falls inside the payload room and presses a button to discharge hundreds of bombs that hit the enemy ship; several fighters on both sides are hit, flame out, and disappear while all the fighters in the landing bay of a ship are destroyed by a loud firebomb.
 A commander sends her ship's crew away on escape transports and steers the ship around toward an enemy ship that fires on the transports (a few transports are struck and disintegrate in flames and glowing embers), the woman runs through the enemy ship and destroys it (we see the ships action change to slow motion and the ships turn to dust and stars, surrounded by a shock wave and we then hear a loud boom and see debris propelled into space). A man in a spacecraft attempts to shoot at another ship, but he cannot do it; another man fires and destroys a wall on the other ship with a loud explosion, leaving a large singed hole as the crew are thrown out of the room into space (we hear that they die).
 An alien orders a man to kill a woman, but the man manipulates a lightsaber handle beside the alien to activate and stab him in the torso from side to side; his upper body falls to the floor, his eyes staring blankly and later his lower body falls with a thud (we see no blood either time). A creature sends a bolt of lightning toward a man and the man falls against a wall. A man strikes out with a hand and an unseen power slams another man into a wall; the first man later chokes the other man with an unseen power. An alien points his hand toward a woman, lifting her off her feet, tosses her against a wall, and throws her up to float in the air; the alien and the woman threaten to kill each other. A man and a woman argue and struggle over a lightsaber handle, which breaks in half; she leaves, walking off-screen among small fires on the floor. A man and a woman argue, and an alien creature appears and berates the man for not helping the woman; the alien causes lightning to strike a tree and laughs as tall flames consume the tree.
 A man and a woman use lightsabers to fight a half-dozen men wearing armor and swinging lightsabers and electrified knives; the woman screams several times, we see punches and kicks, and laser light cuts through several pieces of armor leaving black holes (we see no blood) as the men in the armor fall off-screen. A man and a woman held captive by enemy soldiers are threatened with electric pitchforks and they scream; they escape in a shuttlecraft as the enemy soldiers' own robot walkers shoot at them, causing them to scatter. We see a flashback three times of two men crossing lightsabers and a wooden building crumbling around them.
 A woman stuns a man with a stun gun and he falls into a wall; when he awakens, his arms are limp and useless temporarily. A man points a laser pistol at a woman, takes her spacecraft and she grabs a pistol and shoots another man who falls off-screen. A woman breaks open a door and shoots a man with her laser pistol on "stun" and the man falls unconscious. A woman slaps a man in the face. A man slaps another man in the face.
 An unconscious woman afloat in space awakens and glides back into a ship where she is given oxygen and wheeled on a gurney to a medical bed and she lies under a glass canopy, unconscious, until a telepathic voice causes her to awaken. A man awakens in a medical bed, stands up and falls to the floor; he walks through a hall with tubes on his treatment clothing spurting fluids.
 A man and a woman set loose a stable of horse-like creatures with rodent-like faces that stampede through a casino (they wreck windows and tables with crashing glass and metal), a town, a field, and across cliffs as they are chased by police; the man and the woman fall a short distance down a cliff and are picked up by a man in a spacecraft. An alien uses an electric prod on a horse-like creature that has a rodent-like face. A Wookie kicks in a door that hits a wall across a room. A man slams his fist on a desk and kicks a chair. A man puts his helmet over his hand and punches a concrete and glass wall, making crashing sounds but doing little damage.
 While meditating, a woman's hand opens a large crack in a stone ledge (it closes again). A woman falls through a large hole and into a lake where she climbs onto a ledge and sees a wall that she approaches and we see a line of her many duplicates extending in two directions. A woman levitates a large pile of rocks into the air. A man and a woman communicate telepathically several times, often arguing; during one session, they touch hands and another man sees them both clearly, shouting to stop.
 A man with bandages on his cheek and throat is later shown with scars down his forehead, cheek, and throat. A male creature has a deep scar down the center of his hairless skull, extending down to his nose; his cheeks are sunken and his teeth crooked and brown, and his hands are like short claws with dirty nails. A man has a robotic hand and fingers. A man has a little blood on his lower lip and a woman has a shallow red cut on her arm (no blood flow).
 A man milks a dinosaur-type creature that has four swollen teats and the man drinks the liquid. A man spears something in deep water and the camera cuts to the man carrying a large fish over his shoulder. A Wookie tries to eat a roasted bird, but several small live birds look up at him and cry, so he sets his food aside and sighs. In a casino, an alien burps loudly into a robot's face. A grungy man picks his teeth with a piece of cardboard.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 3 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane, dummy, fool, child, coward, traitor, murderous snake, murdering, monster, liar, lying thief, flyboy, trigger happy flyboys, puny, rebel scum, filth, selfish, junk, chrome dome), exclamations (oh jeez), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. May The Force Be With You, Godspeed, and a mention of the Jedi as a religion).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Alien characters carry cups and glasses of unknown liquids (which may be alcoholic) in two casino scenes and no one drinks, hands pop a cork from a bottle of something in close-up and liquid foams out like champagne, and a man tells a woman that her parents sold her as a child for drinking money.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Magic powers, religions, war, death, loss, regret, duality, loyalties, family secrets, selling children, diversity, truth, courage, sacrifice, friendship, love vs. hate, justice, rebirth.

MESSAGE - Justice, freedom, friends and family are worth defending.

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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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