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Thor: The Dark World | 2013 | PG-13 | - 3.6.3

After leaving Earth and going back to his home world, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to find the woman he loves (Natalie Portman) in mortal danger. Also with Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander and Jonathan Howard. Directed by Alan Taylor. A few scenes are in Elvish with English subtitles. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A fully nude man is shown on a TV report while walking around Stonehenge and he appears crazed; we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen, back and legs while his genitals and buttocks are blurred out for broadcast (we see this scene a couple of times). We see a shirtless man and his bare chest, abdomen, shoulders and back to the hip are shown. A man is shown wearing jockey shorts along with a collared shirt and tie (his bare legs are seen).
 A woman dips a man and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A man and a woman touch hands tenderly and kiss. A man holds a woman's head between his hands and they move close to kiss, but are interrupted.
 A woman on a subway shifts as the train begins to move and touches a man standing next to her (he smiles).
 A man celebrating is shown with his arms around two women. A man and a woman are shown in a restaurant on a date. A woman asks a man to join her for a drink and he declines. A man transforms another man into a woman, then transforms himself into a man wearing a tight-fitting outfit and makes reference to it being "so tight" and that he can "feel the righteousness growing."
 A man talks about a woman that he was in a relationship with who "kept sleeping with other dudes."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman threatens a Dark Elf and they fight using swords, she slashes him and she holds him with the blade to his throat before being grabbed by a large creature who lifts her off the floor and she is stabbed in the back (we hear a crunch and we see her lying dead on the floor with blood on her mouth). A Dark Elf stabs another Dark Elf in the abdomen (we hear a crunch) and gives him a glowing rock to place in the wound; we see the rock removed from the hole later and we hear a squish and see blood. A man stabs another man in the stomach (we hear a crunch) and he rolls down a hill (we see blood on his mouth and on his clothes); the man who stabbed him follows him and cuts off his hand (we see the stump and blood as the man wails in pain).
 A man pushes his way into a swirling cloud and throws devices (like javelins) toward a Dark Elf, cutting off one of his hands and one of his arms (the arm and the hand disappear and reappear in another place). A Dark Elf squeezes a glowing stone in his hand and transforms into a roaring creature with horns; he attacks prisoners in a cell with him and presses one man's head against the force field that keeps them inside (we hear the man screaming and see the side of his face being burned before he falls to the floor dead); the creature kills guards outside the cell (we see their faces turn ashen an they fall dead) before freeing other prisoners in other cells.
 A man with a hammer and a Dark Elf fight with heavy blows and they throw each other; they pass through portals along with vehicles that crash down around them, and they disappear and reappear several times while continuing to fight; they appear on top of a high-rise building once and slide down the slanted glass as people inside watch; fighter planes fire at a flying vessel and they disappear into a portal. A man with a hammer fights many Dark Elves, slamming them and throwing them; an explosive device blows up and another man is sucked into a hole in the air but the first man shoves him out of its force field to safety. A man surrounded by several Dark Elves fights them using a knife and we hear slashing and hear grunts. A man with a hammer fights a creature and is thrown into rocks; the creature breaks off a large piece of a rock formation and throws it and we then see the creature punching the man, who is pinned beneath it, punching him in the head repeatedly until the creature is stabbed through the back; the creature grabs a man and pulls him onto the blade (we hear a crunch) before the creature explodes and we see the stabbed man go pale and die.
 A flying vessel is chased and fired up by other flying vessels, and it crashes through structures and statues as it tries to get away; one man inside pushes another man out of the vessel, then jumps himself while carrying a woman and they all land in a small boat below (one man holds his arm as if he is hurt). A flying vessel crashes into a building and many people inside run and scream while dodging rubble; guards approach the ship and Elves inside burst out shooting and killing many of the guards while others appear to be disintegrated or absorbed into holes that open. Many flying vessels are launched from a larger vessel and they fly toward a city, causing destruction along the way; the small vessels are fired upon and some crash while others run into the gun towers and the guns are knocked out; one crashes into a force field that encircles the city and disintegrates.
 A man falls to the ground unconscious and a huge flying vessel standing near him tips as if to fall on him; a woman tries to drag him clear, and then throws herself on him (they are not crushed). A flying vessel moves along the ground causing damage and people run and scream; a platform is lowered from the vessel and many Dark Elves emerge.
 We hear a voiceover describe how Dark Elves have a weapon called Aether that their leader wishes to use it to plunge the realms into eternal night and infinite destruction while we see a battle sequence where Elves and others fight with swords, knives, laser guns, etc.; one of the Elves squeezes a glowing rock and transforms into a larger and stronger creature and he fights with others; one man is stabbed and we hear a crunch (no blood is evident) while Elves fall away and we hear that they are vanquished and the Aether is hidden.
 A man jumps from one ship to another and fights with the three people onboard (it is not clear if they are dead or incapacitated and no blood is shown). A guard runs along a walkway and jumps onto a flying vessel, stabbing through its hull with knives and causing it to explode before jumping back onto the walkway safely.
 A huge creature (dog-like) with large teeth pounces into an area and attacks men; we see one man disappear into the creature's mouth (no blood). Many armed men fight with one man trying to defend three people in a flying vessel; he is overcome (no blood or injury is shown) as the vessel manages to take off. A huge rock monster approaches many men in battle; one man spins his hammer and lets it loose to hit the rock monster in the head and it breaks into rubble. We see a battle sequence where men and Elves and creatures fight using swords, axes and shooting explosives; many are shown being thrown when an explosive is detonated and we see a woman with blood on her forehead. A Dark Elf is transported through a hole to another place followed by a large flying vessel that appears in front of him, and then tips toward him (presumably crushing and killing him, but we do not see the result).
 A man throws his hammer and it hits a Dark Elf in the face (we see his skin charred and damaged on the side of his face). A variety of creatures are marched into a prison and we see some with horns, some are shown wearing masks and some have large pointed teeth. A police officer moves toward a woman to arrest her when he and other officers nearby are blown back through the air by an unseen force. A man holds a woman and they shoot up through the air and into space (no harm comes to either of them). A man lifts a car off the ground and flips it on top of several men with swords who are threatening him and a woman.
 A woman investigates an abandoned warehouse alone and she is blown through a hallway by wind and she disappears, reappearing on a ledge in a different place; she moves toward a glowing red light between two huge stones and a red mist oozes toward her, wrapping itself around her arm (we see her arm change color and she collapses). A red mist explodes in the air, the gathers together again and goes into a Dark Elf causing him to transform to a darker elf.
 A man slams a hammer to the ground and it causes a tremor. A Dark Elf is shown with a mask covering his face and he appears to be held in some kind of contraption that holds him in the air and another Elf talks about him "healing."
 A woman is shown enrobed by a red mist and levitated. A woman is levitated into the air and a red mist floats out of her and she falls to the ground unconscious. We see something squirming or flowing under a woman's skin. A woman's eyes turn completely black briefly. A woman's eyes change to a bright blue. We see blood on the bottom of a man's foot.
 A dead woman is placed on a boat and set afloat before a bowman shoots a flaming arrow into the boat and we see it burn, and then float over a waterfall and fall out of sight.|
 We see a planet being destroyed. A boat passes through a portal and ends up on a different planet. A young teen boy lifts a huge truck with his finger and it spins around in the air as if weightless. Three young teens throw a bottle over a railing in an abandoned warehouse and the bottle disappears, and then re-appears above them; it is falling and disappearing until one boy catches it and others in their party throw other objects and some re-appear while others do not (a can, car keys, etc.). A flock of Starlings flies overhead and they disappear into a portal; they then reappear from under the ground where three people are standing and the people are startled.
 A woman slaps a man in the face twice and yells at him for not coming back when he said he would. A woman slaps a man in the face and he says, "I like her." Men and women are shown practice fighting with swords. A man touches a woman's hand and she disappears (she looks like a hologram).
 Two men argue about the death of their mother. A man in chains and shackles is marched into a room where he faces his father for sentencing; the man tells his son that he will spend the rest of his days in the dungeon and he is then shown in a prison cell. A Dark Elf threatens people from another world and says, "They will suffer as we have suffered." A woman tells her adult son, "A true king admits his faults" and the man yells at her. A man and his father argue about being gods and having a birthright to rule. Two men argue about how to fight an enemy. A man tells his son that he was to have died as a child when he was cast out onto a frozen rock. A woman tells another woman (half-joking), "I hate you." We hear that a Dark Elf "sacrificed his people to destroy the enemy." A man tells another man, "Betray me and I will kill you." Several people threaten to kill a man if he betrays another man. A woman collapses and a man asks, "Oh dear, is she dead?" We hear that a man is dead and another man says, "Thank God." We hear that a man is in a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 2 scatological terms (1 not fully enunciated), 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (banana balls, nerd), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a drink from a green liquid in a vial (it is not clear what it is), and a man holds a Ziploc bag containing many prescription drug vials. People celebrating are shown drinking what is presumed to be alcohol, and a woman asks a man to join her for a drink and he declines.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Respect, gratitude, love, ruling, Stonehenge, science, other worlds, fate, mental illness, hatred, grief, revenge, treason, greed, death of a loved one, parental approval, treason, wisdom.

MESSAGE - Some people are not cut out to be king.

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