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Tomorrowland | 2015 | PG | - 2.4.3

A jaded inventor (George Clooney) and an enthusiastic teen (Britt Robertson) travel through space-time to a place called Tomorrowland and they take actions that change Earth's timeline and give people hope. Also with Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key. Directed by Brad Bird. Several lines of dialogue are in French, without subtitles; a couple of lines in an unknown language used by a robot are accompanied by English subtitles. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Women wear miniskirts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a sheer floor length garment with slits up both legs; we see her bare legs to the thighs, abdomen, cleavage and outlines of her bra and panties. Men and women wear body-clinging space suits.
 A 9-year-old boy falls in love with a robot that looks like an 11-year-old girl; they smile and work on projects together. In a flashback, a young boy is disappointed when a robot tells him that she is a machine and as an adult he is angry about this loss. A man meets a robot and she admits that she questioned whether she might have been able to have feelings for him 25 years previously. A girl robot tells her male owner that she likes a boy and the man says, "Absolutely not."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - In several scenes and over a dozen TV screens in homes, shops and engineering labs we see archival and live foot of atomic bombs, mushroom clouds, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, police firing flamethrowers, riots in city streets and large groups of people chanting in demonstrations. Male and female classroom teachers tell high school students that terrorists, wars and climate change are destroying the Earth in the present generation (the teachers have negative facial expressions and cannot offer solutions when asked).
 A robot is dropped into a machine causing it to explode with lightning spiraling around it and it falls on an injured man; we hear a loud crash but do not see him smashed. A man picks up a laser rifle and a robot jumps in front of the gunfire to save another man; the blast scorches her midsection and the second man picks her up, tearful as the robot twitches, her eyes blink alternately and her jaw vibrates. A robot gets out of a car and a man in a pickup truck runs her over; the man stops and shouts in fear as a teen girl steals the pickup and the robot runs toward the truck at super-speed, jumping though the back cab glass, breaking it loudly. A robot pulls a bomb from a slot in her side and hands it to a young woman, who rides a platform up toward a sparking spherical "negative-thoughts" machine to blow it up; the platform falls onto a large robot that crumples and the bomb flies through the portal and explodes loudly with much smoke as the portal collapses and a metal support falls onto the leg of a man lying on the floor (the man screams for several seconds and we see no blood).
 A man and a woman in a shop draw large ray-guns on a young woman and shoot; one ray breaks the front window and nearby displays with a crash and the other ray grazes her left arm (we see a long pink gash on her arm and a torn sleeve); the adults begin to use an axe and a spear to attack her, then aim their guns again as a bomb breaks through the remaining front glass and lands on the floor, expanding and freezing the shooters and the rays they just fired; a pre-teen girl pulls the grazed girl's hand out of the freeze-ball and the two escape as the shooters thaw out of the ball and the rays scatter to demolish their store; the pre-teen girl punches the adults, kicks them and rips the shop woman's head off before leaving and it sparks, showing the woman to be a robot as Men-in-Black arrive in a van and they shoot three police officers with ray guns. Men-&-Women-In-Black (robots) attack a house, heavy metal doors slide down the walls for protection, but the MIBs cut through with blowtorches; they fight the occupants with punches, kicks, body throws, cutting off of MIB hands and heads with sparks flying and ray-gun blasts that scorch walls. We see a robot's vision of a man being shot and evaporating. A man and a teen girl sit in a bathtub and launch it on a rocket into a shallow pond, throwing off an MIB who was hanging on and a robot drives up in a pickup truck as the man starts shouting in anger.
 A man attempts to expel another man and a teen girl from his planet and a fight ensues; a robot fights three soldiers, running up walls, flipping over them and throwing them across the room while two men fight with kicks and punches, but fall through a space-time portal onto their backs and slip around in the sand as they struggle against each other; two soldiers accidentally blow each other off-screen with blasts from laser rifles and we hear a lot of shouting from men and robots and two large robots fight each other when their programming is confused (one trips through the space-time portal and falls to smoking pieces).
 A flashback shows a young boy wearing a jet pack as it ignites, slams him to the dirt and propels him on his face through dirt, short wooden fences and corn until fuel runs out (we do not see his face after).
 A teen girl rides a motorbike to a NASA launch pad at night twice; the first time, she connects jumper cables to connections on the tower and shorts them out, creating sparks and the second time, she is arrested and jailed for a short time (her father bails her out and shouts at her). A car honks at a teen girl after nearly hitting her in a crosswalk.
 A young boy rides a boat ride at a fair and falls though a trap door and dark tunnel to a lake and a cabin where he transports in the cabin to another planet, bouncing around the cabin amid flashing lights and loud metallic sounds; he falls out of the cabin and lands at the feet of two huge robots. A man gives a teen girl a spherical steering wheel on a transport platform and she steers to future Earth where most of the planet smokes under nuclear attacks and we see people rioting, and cities lying in ruins; ghost images of people appear at the perimeter of the platform during travel and the platform lowers into an underground city on the other planet, where the rooms are full of soldiers with ray-guns and huge robots working on machinery. A boy falls from a platform into a foggy sky and catches a jet pack; struggling into the straps, he finally shoots into the sky and flies around elevated highways and glass buildings. A teen girl finds a 1964 World's Fair pin and when she touches it, she transports to a wheat field and shrieks; while walking through the "field," she hits her head on a wall, on a glass door and falls down stairs (no injuries are seen). A teen girl transports to a futuristic city where dozens of men and women zoom by in hover-cars, puffy self-flying suits and rocket boards and she then finds herself wading in hip deep water in a pond late at night. Flashbacks show a boy and a teen girl visiting a city on another planet where seeing high-speed space cars and hover-trains zoom by people, nearly knocking them down with wind currents; in present time, the city is a ruin, with smoking rubble and empty streets. A teen girl travels alone on a Greyhound Bus among disheveled passengers to Texas; an elderly, unkempt man snores loudly, like a pig grunting. A man, a teen girl, and a robot travel in two space capsules through time dimensions and space to confront alternate realities as we see ghost images of the trio appearing in corners of the screen, indicating alternate realities. A teen girl walks through a time-space portal into her own home and brings her father and little brother back with her to another planet and the future. A robot leaves a girl by the side of the road, asleep in the dirt; the girl awakens and finds a house, where a man inside tells her to go away and uses a powerful puff of air from the door to knock the wind out of her after a holographic dog appears and snarls at her (she walks through it). A teen girl drives a farm machine after setting it on fire and a man with an ice-thrower sprays the vehicle to put out the fire. A teen girl uses a powerful puff of air on a man trying to get through a door and he groans on the ground. While in Paris, we see a tower push the Eiffel Tower up from the ground and it is a rocket ship that is flown to another planet (the scene contains vibrating movement and wave flowing through). A teen girl and a man in separate scenes use a modified tuning fork to touch two different men on the neck to make them unconscious.
 Two men argue about the future of the world and punch each other several times. Adults and a small boy argue in three scenes and the adults belittle the boy. A man and a teenage girl argue continually throughout the film. A young boy and his father argue loudly for several seconds. A teen girl and a pre-teen girl (robot) argue several times. Two teen girls drive a car on a highway and one girl screams when she learns the other is a robot.
 A man operates a "negative-thoughts" machine aimed at Earth to keep its people on their own and tending to their beliefs that the planet is beyond saving and the man says that he does this to keep them from coming to his planet while he and his crew try to refurbish it.
 A man says to a teen girl while traveling through time and space, "Now don't pee on us" during the strong vibrations in the journey and between trips; the girl has low blood sugar and guzzles two Cokes, then burps loudly.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 scatological terms, 1 British anatomical term, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, insane, dumb, idiots, you little...), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God Almighty, I Swear To God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man accuses his teen daughter of using drugs and she denies it, and a man in a time machine pours packets of white powder into his own and a teen girl's mouth and calls it "powder" (it is something to help the body survive time travel).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The future, climate change, riots, wars, politics, values, dreams, courage, determination, hope, risk-taking, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, questions of what being human comprises.

MESSAGE - The dreamers of Earth will save the planet from destruction.

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