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State Property 2 | 2005 | R | - 7.7.10

Taking place on the streets of Philadelphia, three notorious gangsters and their gangs fight it out to see who will reign supreme and control the city's drug business. However, within their ranks a fourth criminal mastermind plans to take them all down and become the top kingpin. With Omillio Sparks, Sundy Carter, Victor N.O.R.E. Santiago, Michael Bentt and Beanie Sigel. Directed by Damon Dash. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a man having sex with different women, in different scenes: he's invariably thrusting from behind, and the woman is topless and we see her bare breasts and hear her moaning.
 A man is imagining that a woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, and she dances and wiggles her hips while he looks on and makes gestures. A woman is shown in a tank top and panties, and three women wear tight-fitting pants and tank tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Several people shoot back and forth at each other: we see people being hit by bullets, we see bloody bullet holes (one in the head), a man is shot several times and blood spurts out of the wound in slow motion, and a man shoots a man and a woman.
 A man is tied up in the back of a car, we see blood on his face and then he is shot several times, a man in a car is shot to death and we see him later slumped over the steering wheel and bloody, a man shoots a man five times, a man shoots three other men, several men shoot at each other on a street, a man shoots several other men, and a man shoots a man during a card game. Also, a woman shoots two men (we see blood on their shirts). Several boys steal marijuana from a room in what looks like an abandoned building; the owner of the marijuana comes into the room, confronts the boys, and one of the boys pulls a gun out of a desk drawer and shoots the man. A man in a car is chased by police, he shoots at them, and they chase him in their cars.
 A man grabs a man by the throat, shoves him against a wall and stabs him repeatedly (we see blood on his shirt). A man lifting a barbell is killed by another man who pushes the bar down against his throat (we see blood coming out of the man's mouth). A man is hit repeatedly by another man with a hammer, a man hits a man repeatedly with a bat, and a man beats another man with a chain. A man pours a large pot of boiling water on another man, who screams.
 We see a dog lying dead apparently after having sniffed cocaine (cocaine was hidden in a statue and the police dog located it by sniffing it).
 Armed officers burst into a house, roust a man and a woman out of bed, and the man punches two of the officers in the face. Boys kick and punch another boy (the boy cowers on the ground). A man kicks a man in the stomach, and a man punches another man in the face. A brief boxing sequence shows two men fighting in a ring.
 Four men with guns hold guns on four other men who hold guns on them. A man holds a gun to a man's head, another man holds a gun to another man's head, two men with guns threaten a man and take his bag of money, and police officers hold guns on a man. Two men with guns threaten to kill a woman's family while they make her watch.
 We see a photograph of a dead woman with blood on and around her head and splattered on a wall behind her. Another photo shows a man who has been shot in the back of the head (we see blood pooled on the floor). We see a photo of a woman pointing a gun.
 We hear gunshots and are told that a boy's parents were murdered. A man imagines hitting a man repeatedly with a chair. A man talks about the crimes other men on a penitentiary bus have committed: pedophilia, drug dealing, murder, etc. A man says that he "shot up a court room" and that a woman shot him in the back of the head. A man says that he was brutally beaten by police, and a man talks about having been a troublemaker when he was a boy.
 A cook coughs persistently while preparing food and then picks his nose.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 248 F-words and its derivatives, 103 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, 77 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 religious profanities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Drug dealing is a business venture for gangs: people are shown buying and selling drugs, we see drugs in small bags, we see a drug manufacturing set up (presumably for cocaine) in a couple of scenes, and several people smoke marijuana in a few scenes. Young boys find a large quantity of marijuana and steal it, and there are references to marijuana and cocaine.
 Several men smoke cigarettes in several scenes, a woman smokes a cigarette, a man smokes a cigar, and a man smokes a cigar and drinks alcohol. People also drink alcohol in a nightclub, several men drink alcohol in other scenes, and a man and a woman drink alcohol together.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Gangs, gang wars, drugs, marijuana, cocaine, drug dealing, poverty, pedophilia, Islam, reputation, respect, serving time in jail, stress, consequences, death or dishonor, corruption.

MESSAGE - Life in the inner city can be short and brutal, but it's what one makes of it. Illegal drugs and gangs go together.

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