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The Thirteenth Floor | 1999 | R | - 3.8.6

A software designer inserts himself into the alternate-reality computer simulation program he developed, hoping to solve the murder of a colleague who had been using it. With Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Dennis Haysbert, Steve Schub, Bob Clendenin and Rachel Winfree. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo. A man and a woman dance intimately and nearly kiss. A man and woman are shown in bed together (we see the top of her bare breast and bare back) and in another scene, it's implied that a man and woman have had intercourse (a man leaves money for a woman who's sleeping in a bed). We see a chorus line of scantily clad showgirls dancing, a woman in a cleavage-revealing top, and a bit of a woman's bare thigh.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is bludgeoned on the forehead by a clock (we later see the bloody wound) and a man is brutally stabbed to death with a switchblade (no blood or gore is seen, but the stabs are accompanied by muffled cries of agony and gruesome sound effects). A man is shot in the chest and head (we see both the entry and exit wounds and some blood), another man is shot in the chest (we see a close-up of his bloody hand and see him fall over dead) and a man is shot in the shoulder and leg (the bloody wounds are visible). A man is beaten in a fistfight and is nearly drowned in a pool (he gets a bloody nose), a man punches another repeatedly and then throws him headfirst through a car window, a man hits another with a pole and knees him in the groin and a few others are punched and kicked in various scenes. A man chases and shoots at a woman (she's not injured) and a man hits a woman's face (she gets a small, bloody cut on her forehead), holds her down on a bed and tries to strangle her . A man is hit by a truck (we don't actually see the collision). A man is shown bloody, bound and gagged in the trunk of a car, a man wakes up to find drops of blood on his sink and blood stains on his shirt and we see a few people with bloody noses and bloody facial cuts. Some threatening with guns. We see an unconscious man lying on the floor, a corpse partially covered with a blood-stained sheet and photos of a bloody corpse.

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LANGUAGE 6 - About 12 F-words, a couple of anatomical references, several scatological references, several mild obscenities and a couple of insults.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Technology-run-amok, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, extramarital affairs, man meets his maker.
MESSAGE - Reality is only a state of mind.
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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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