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Two Brothers | 2004 | PG | - 3.5.2

The story of twin tiger cubs who are separated from their parents and each other when men, led by a legendary hunter (Guy Pearce), come into their jungle home to hunt and loot ancient temples. One cub is shy and gentle, and the other is bold and fierce. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, director of "The Bear." Also with Freddie Highmore, Mai Anh Le, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu and Jean-Claude Dreyfus. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A male and female tiger run through the jungle, the male tries to mount the female, the female darts away, he chases her into temple ruins, he mounts her, we hear rhythmic growling and a flock of birds flutter away. A man kisses a woman's hand, and a man admires a woman. A tiger cub playing under a table rubs against a man and woman's feet and they each think it's the other making advances. Tigers go through a house scaring a woman out of her bathtub, we see her covered with a towel in the front, and we see her bare back and buttocks, slightly obscured by bubbles as she runs away. We see men in native garb wearing loin-cloth type garments that expose bare legs to the hip and bare buttocks; the men are frequently bare-chested.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A dog begins barking when it sees a tiger near a camp, men with guns chase one tiger and a tiger cub (they escape), another cub is left trapped in the temple, a tiger attacks a man and another man shoots the tiger (we see the man with blood on his arm and neck and the tiger lies dead on the ground); a cub scurries to hide under the tiger's body. A party of people come into a jungle to hunt a tiger, the tiger stands in brush nearby, it is spotted and shot, and we see it lying still on the ground with blood on its head; a man puts his foot on its back to have a photo taken, the tiger jerks up and runs into the jungle (we see a bullet hole in its ear) knocking the man to the ground. A man is threatened by several men with sticks (we see him later with a bloody nose and blood on his shirt). A dog chases a tiger cub through a house, pulling a table cloth off a table, spilling dishes and food, knocking down a coat rack and furniture, and breaking a fish tank (with a fish in it); the cub is cornered and although we don't see anything, it attacks the dog (we see a woman's reaction when she enters the room where the cub is cornered) and we hear that "he almost killed the dog." Two tigers are pitted against each other in a ring, for the entertainment of people watching: one tiger goes into the ring and snarls aggressively at the other one who is frightened and won't come out of the chute; a man pokes it and eventually it goes into the ring, the two tigers bat at each other and snarl, one pins the other on the ground and nearly kills it, but does not. Men outside a ring throw stones at two tigers and poke them with sticks to make them fight each other, one man enters the ring and fires a gun in the air, and a tiger jumps on him knocking him to the ground (we are not certain whether the man is killed). A trainer cracks a whip near a tiger to make it jump through a flaming ring, another man fires a gun in the air, the tiger reacts violently and is restrained with ropes and apparently beaten by the man (we don't see the beating). Two tigers escape their cage and walk through crowded stands of people, and the people run and scream in fear (no one is injured). Gunshots ring out and hit near two tigers, they run into the jungle, and huge fires are set to trap them and force them along a path where men can shoot at them. A woman reads a story about how a man hunted and killed a tiger and there is a description of how the man cut open the tiger's chest and removed the "still warm, steaming heart." A dog barks persistently at a hole where a tiger cub is hiding. A cub gets its head stuck in a net (bells ring sounding an alarm), it pulls free and a tiger falls into a pit trap (she appears uninjured). A tiger approaches a village where a cub is being held, the villagers panic, throw flaming torches into the brush near it and shoot at it as she runs. A man kicks a tiger to get it into a circus ring, and a man drags a tiger cub out of his cage by a chain around his neck. A cub bites a man on the wrist, and the man throws the cub into a cage. We see the remains of a tiger lashed to a bamboo pole being carried into a village. A man orders a tiger skin from two men, who then kill a tiger they already have in a cage in order to deliver its skin; we see the empty cage and we see the skin when a man poses for a photo with it. A cub is pushed and dragged and shoved into a police vehicle and taken away while a boy yells for it to be released. A man aims his gun at a tiger while a boy talks to the tiger, another tiger approaches the man, and the man puts his gun down. A cub in a box is taken away on the back of a truck, a tiger runs and jumps onto the back of the truck, claws and bites at the box but the truck swerves and throws it off and onto the road. An animal comes out of its underground burrow and lunges at a tiger cub, it runs up a tree to safety, and another cub approaches the animal roaring and snapping at it until the animal is forced back underground. A cub refuses to eat while being held in a cage. Two tigers wander through a village trying to find food, they jump onto the roof of a bus where pigs are riding (presumably they eat some), the driver and passengers run off the bus in fear, the tigers rummage through the bus finding other food, they go through a house scaring a woman out of her bathtub, and they cause property damage along their way; they then approach a cart, people in and around it jump off a bridge to avoid them, they chase a meat truck, and climb on and eat the meat in the back. Ducks dangle by their feet tied to a cart in a marketplace and one pokes its head into a box where a tiger cub is kept, and it quacks loudly. A cub struggles against a chain that holds it, it breaks through a railing and falls into a chicken coop. A tiger grabs a cub in its mouth and runs to hide when they hear men coming into the jungle. A cub struggles when a man picks it up to try to feed it (it growls and nibbles the man's hand). Two tiger cubs play with their father biting at his tail and batting at his head, and he bares his teeth and snaps at them playfully. A boy approaches a tiger and talks to it. We see a tiger cub protesting being held in a cage (it gnaws at the slats and growls). A dynamite explosion breaks a statue away from its base and it topples.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 scatological term in French and not translated, 1 mild obscenity, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Killing of animals for their pelts, ivory, etc., looting ancient temples, raising predators in captivity, discretion, greed, hunting.

MESSAGE - We don't need to be cruel to be respected. Man's eagerness to collect trophies of hunting leads to animal extinction.

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