Transformers | 2007 | PG-13 | - 4.6.5
Shia LaBeouf stars as a high school student swept into an intergalactic war between two alien robot races, the Autobots and the Decepticons. Both are able to change at will into a variety of mechanical objects, such as cars, planes and other devices. Also with Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, John Turturro and Tyrese Gibson. Directed by Michael Bay. [2:20]
- A mother asks her teenage son if he was masturbating, he protests her question, they discuss it, and she tries to come up with euphemisms for the act while he is embarrassed.
► Men shower in a makeshift military shower stall (we see bare chests and boxer shorts). While being attacked by a small robot a young man's pants are pulled off and we see him in his boxer shorts. A man is forced to take off his clothes (we see him in a tank T-shirt and boxer shorts). We see posters of scantily clad women on a young man's bedroom wall. A young woman wears a sheer top and her bra and abdomen are visible through it. A young woman wears a short skirt and top that reveal cleavage, bare thighs and abdomen throughout the movie.
► A young man and a young woman kiss and snuggle while lying on the hood of a car. A young man invites a young woman to sit on his lap while riding in a car so that they can share a seat belt, and she does. A young man in a car picks up a young woman who is walking along the side of the road. A young man admires a young woman from a distance in a few scenes.
► A robot makes a comment about a young man wanting to "mate with the female." A man says to a young woman, "Criminals are hot." A young man talks about "wanting" a young woman. A young man makes a comment that suggests he has pornographic material (e.g. "Busty Beauties") in his room under his bed. A young man makes an insulting remark to his friend by saying, "Bros before hos." A woman marches toward several men and yells, "get out of my bush," as they prowl through her garden and yard.
► A robot opens a hatch between its legs and urinates on a man (we see a stream of fluid).
- A wounded soldier lies on the ground moaning (we see his blood-covered head and arm).
► Government agents shoot at a robot, and it shoots blades at them striking two in the chest (we see them on the floor with blades in their chests; there's no visible blood).
► Huge scorpion-like robots come up from under the sand as soldiers try to get away; one soldier is pierced through the back by the tail of one robot (we hear him scream, we hear a crunch and see him taken away, although no blood is visible), the robots shoot weapons that cause large explosions and create rubble, an air attack is launched, a plane opens fire on the robots, and one is struck repeatedly and slithers back under the sand.
► A military base radios to an unidentified helicopter, planes are sent to intercept it and it is escorted back to the base where it transforms into a large robot that opens fire destroying military weapons -- there are many explosions, we hear screaming, we see vehicles and people being thrown through the air and we hear that there were no survivors.
► A robot breaks free from shackles and the room where it was held begins to break apart, and men in the room are thrown through the air.
► A car transforms into a robot, it strikes a young man throwing him through the air and he crashes down onto the hood of another car (he gets up and seems OK).
► An explosion hurls two robots, and one is shown without its legs as it struggles to pull itself along the ground. A robot is shot with large cables that wrap around its legs and arms and pull it to the ground while men spray it with fire extinguishers to freeze it and keep it from moving (we see the robot thrashing and struggling to get free and hear it whimpering). A large robot holds another robot and tears it in half (we see the limp and dangling limbs). A cell phone transforms into a small robot, it shoots weapons and blasts at the glass containment cage where it is kept until it is zapped and destroyed (we see its charred remains). A robot appears to melt when it absorbs an energy beam. A robot is strapped down and zapped during experiments by men in a laboratory.
► A small robot chases a young man and a young woman, it grabs the young man and pulls him down, eventually pulling the young man's pants off, the young woman attacks the robot with a power saw cutting its head off and the young man kicks the head away.
► Two robots fight each other, and they fly through buildings sending rubble to the street below. Two cars (one with two passengers) chase each other: they race through buildings breaking glass and building facades, and the cars transform into robots and fight each other causing property damage. A robot shoots a blade at another robot, and the blade comes back toward the first robot cutting its hand off.
► Two robots fight, they crush cars on a highway, and one pulls out a sword and stabs the other. We see a war between robots on an alien planet (explosions and fire).
► A robot carrying two people is chased by a helicopter, and the robot drops the two people who are caught before hitting the ground. A young man falls from a roof and is caught before striking the ground below. A transformer car chases a young man riding a bicycle, the young man falls off the bike and onto the ground, and the car revs its engine and moves very close to the young man.
► Good and bad robots fight each other, soldiers shoot at enemy robots, and the robots crash into buildings and cars causing explosions and damage (physical injuries are not shown).
► A soldier speeds on a motorcycle toward a robot, and he tips the motorcycle over and slides on the ground while shooting (he is uninjured). A young man runs and is shot at while robots deflect the gunfire.
► Military planes are knocked out of the sky when trying to attack large robots (we hear pilot chatter but do not see the planes crash or see the pilots injured). A rocket is shot at a helicopter, it is struck and flies out of control.
► People are zapped with electricity by robots that transform out of items they are using (automobiles, etc.). A robot emerges from the steering wheel of a car and the driver screams. Large robots surround armed men and relieve them of their weapons.
► Large robots are dropped into the sea and we are told that the water is so deep and cold that it would freeze and crush them. A robot tries to break into a radio room and a man shoots it with a flamethrower (we hear a squeal). A robot lifts a car off the ground and rips the roof off (we see frightened people inside). An injured woman sits on the ground (she has blood on her face), a large robot leaps over her, she screams but she is OK.
► A robot runs into power lines, it is jolted, it falls to the ground and the power fails. A robot falls over the side of a dam wall (we hear it yell as it falls).
► A huge robot climbs out of a swimming pool, and a small child stands on the pool's deck watching as the robot steps over her (she is not harmed). A young man on a bicycle follows a car into a train yard, where the car transforms into a robot and the young man runs away.
► Meteorites break into Earth's atmosphere, crash into the ground, and then begin to transform into robots.
► An arctic expedition team on a ship is trapped by ice, they hammer the ice trying to free the ship, the ice begins to break out from under them, and one man and a dog fall through a hole that is created and slide through a frozen chute (they are unharmed).
► A loud sound breaks the windows in many cars in an auto dealer's lot. People are locked into a room where they see slashes and dents on the metal walls.
► Armed men arrest several people and place them in a van (we see them with their wrists bound). Armed government agents arrest a young man and a young woman. A police officer asks a young man for a urine sample and threatens him with a gun.
► A young man yells at his grandmother and says, "I'll bust your head." A robot threatens a young man and says, "You may live to be my pet." A transformer police car has "To punish and enslave" printed on its side. A young man yells at his friend and makes him get out of his car. A woman marches toward several men and yells, "Get out of my bush," as they prowl through her garden and yard. A robot says, "The parents are irritating, can I take them out?" A young man talks about the relationship between football injuries and brain damage. People talk about the Chinese and the Russians preparing weapons for war. We hear about a global communications failure. People talk about a secret government agency called Sector 7.
► A young man remembers being slammed to the ground by football players during a team tryout.
► A robot connects itself to a computer system and begins downloading; the robot makes noises and shakes and then it head butts the monitor screen when it is interrupted.
► A woman and a man carrying a baseball bat walk through their home after the power goes out, searching for their son (he is unharmed in his room).
► A dog urinates on a robot's foot (we see the stream) and the robot threatens to shoot the dog (it does not). A robot opens a hatch between its legs and urinates on a man (we see a stream of fluid).
► We see a dog with a broken leg and wearing a cast throughout the movie.
- 1 F-word, 2 not fully-enunciated F-word derivatives, 6 sexual references ("I'm still a virgin," "were you masturbating?"), 1 obscene hand gesture, 12 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (freak, knucklehead), 21 religious exclamations.
- A teenage boy gives his dog a painkiller (the dog has a broken leg). Glasses of wine are poured and sit on a table near a man and a woman (we do not see them drink) and a woman says, "I've had a little to drink" and slurs slightly. A police officer asks a young man for a urine sample and asks if he is on drugs.
- Alien invasion, war, responsibility, artificial intelligence, alien life, failure, betrayal, deception, genealogy, promises, friendship, sacrifice, trust, extinction, disappointment, Armageddon, courage, secret government agencies, withholding information, Earth's survival, DNA based computers.
- There can be no victory without sacrifice.
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