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The Terminal | 2004 | PG-13 | - 3.3.4

Tom Hanks stars as a man traveling from his Eastern European country to the U.S., only to become trapped in an airport terminal when after a coup his country's government is no longer recognized by the American government. With an invalid passport he can neither go back nor leave the airport. Summarily confined by the Homeland Security Director (Stanley Tucci) to the international lounge, nine months later he's still living in an under construction airport gate, making friends and even falling in love with an airline flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Also with Chi McBride and Diego Luna. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss in several scenes, and a woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man asks another man to help him win a woman's heart. A woman talks about sex with a man and refers to it as "amazing." A man mouths that a woman is "so hot." We see a man's bare back and chest as he washes himself in a public restroom sink, another man comes into the bathroom, appears to panic and he runs out. A woman wears a tight-fitting low-cut dress revealing cleavage. A man's pants slip down past his hips revealing his buttock cleavage. Men play cards for Cher's thong panties. We see a man's body in an X-ray machine monitor.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man screams, holds a knife or letter opener to his throat threatening to kill himself if security officers get any closer and he is eventually subdued and handcuffed. A man charges toward a taxiing airplane and stops just before being run over. A man admits to having stabbed a police officer in the chest. A man grabs a man by the back of the neck, shakes and threatens him. A man panics and is terror-stricken when he sees reports on TVs that a war has broken out in his country (we see people running and being shot at on the news reports). A group of men are chased through an airport by security guards, running frantically and knocking people down. A man is frightened when bright lights shine into a room and he hears the loud roar of jet engines. We hear about casualties of war and an armed takeover of a government in several new reports. A woman slips on a freshly mopped floor, hits the floor hard and breaks the heel of her shoe. Two men slip and fall on a freshly mopped floor, and a man slams into a glass wall. A man threatens to kill a man, and a man threatens a man. A man is arrested for trying to smuggle in drugs from Brazil. A group of security officers blocks a doorway as a man approaches them. A young woman yells at a man, and a woman yells at a man. A man slips between seats as he is trying to find a comfortable place to sit and hits the floor. A man tips a luggage cart over dumping two boys out of it and onto the floor (no one is hurt).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 sexual reference, 12 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol, and a man is arrested for trying to smuggle in drugs from Brazil.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Homeland Security, airport security, lying, relationships, infidelity, friendship, freedom, disappointment, military coups, leadership, deportation, conspiracy theories, espionage, trust, war, revolution, destiny, Napoleon and Josephine.

MESSAGE - Sometimes some rules should be broken.

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