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The Walk | 2015 | PG | - 3.3.3

Based on the true story of the French high-wire walker Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who became famous when he walked a cable between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Also with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine and Sergio Di Zio. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French with English subtitles. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman sleep together in bed (he is shown bare-chested and we see his bare abdomen and upper buttock). A man and a woman hug goodbye and she leaves him.
 A man strips his clothes off (we see him fully nude from the back and from the front at a great distance showing his bare buttocks, back, legs, chest, and his genital area is obscured) while on the roof of a very tall building trying to find an arrow with a thread attached to it. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.
 A man asks a woman to join him for a drink and she agrees. A man says that another man wanted to see a man in his "birthday suit."

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A wooden brace breaks and the cable stretched between two very tall buildings lurches while a man stands on it; a helicopter swirls nearby and a voice over a loudspeaker orders the man on the cable to get down, the cable rumbles beneath his feet and he balances himself before making his way across to the roof where he is forced by police to lie down and he is handcuffed. A man slowly moves out onto a cable stretched between two very tall buildings, balances himself, and then walks across; he rests briefly, walks back to the middle of the cable, lowers himself to one knee, salutes the audience with one hand, and then gets up and continues across the cable. A man on a cable stretched between two very tall buildings turns around instead of climbing off the cable when police stand waiting for him on both rooftops; one of the man's colleagues is handcuffed and sits on the roof on his knees while the man walking on the cable turns and walks back and forth a few times with stops in the middle of the cable where he sits and then lies down (a bird hovers over him briefly). A man walks on a wire hanging between two trees and the ropes holding the wire break and he falls to the ground (he is unharmed). A man walks across a wire hanging above a lake and falls into the water when he loses concentration (he is unharmed, but splashes around in the water trying to regain his footing). A man in a circus big tent walks across a high-wire and falls when the wire appears to vibrate wildly; he drops his balancing pole and it hits the floor but he catches onto the wire and pulls himself to the ladder safely. A man walks a wire strung between the towers of Notre Dame and people on the sidewalk below watch and cheer. A man walks across a high-wire over a sidewalk as people watch him and cheer. A man juggles flaming batons. A man changes his clothes on a ledge at the top of a very tall building; he drops his shirt and reaches out for it, but cannot catch it.
 Two men jump under a large tarp to hide and end up on a beam that spans an open elevator shaft; one man is afraid of heights and begins to hyperventilate (they eventually climb out and are fine). A man jumps over a ledge on a very tall building to retrieve an arrow with a thread attached to it. A man jumps over a ledge when a security guard appears on the roof of a very tall building. A man who is afraid of heights climbs over a ledge and tightens a cable stretched between two very tall buildings (the man shakes in fear).
 A man walks onto the roof of a very tall building and sees two other men, one of whom picks up a metal pipe and they stare at each other for a while, and then the man leaves without incident. A man stands on the end of a steel beam at the very top of one of the Twin Towers and looks across to the other tower; a heavy wind blows and he has to balance himself. A man hammers nails into a crate that he calls "the coffin." A man imagines another man falling off a beam over an open elevator shaft.
 A man steps on a nail and we see it pass up through his shoe and foot; there is blood on the nail and we see the man's foot with a bloody bandage wrapped around it (we also see the foot bleeding in a few additional scenes).
 A man's father yells at him and throws him out of the house as his mother asks to give him another chance. A man and a woman yell at each other. A man yells at another man in several scenes. A man asks, "Are we just here to watch him die?" A man gets twitchy when he sees the height of a tower and yells, "I'm wigging out." A man yells after dropping his shirt off the top of a very tall building and calls it a "tragedy."
 A cable breaks loose from rigging and it falls a great distance. A man with a shovel chases another man. A man performing on a sidewalk runs from police because he has no permit.
 A man performing on a sidewalk rides his unicycle over the feet of two spectators because they crossed his chalk-drawn line marking his performance circle. A man performing on a sidewalk punches the shoe-covered foot of a man who stepped across his chalk-drawn line marking his performance circle. A man bites into a hard candy and breaks a tooth (he moans).

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LANGUAGE 3 - 7 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for the French, name-calling (white devils, circus clown, imbecile, malcontent, ridiculous, stupid, dirty thief, dead duck, ridiculous joke, crazy, difficult, phony), 2 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ Almighty, God Bless Them, Jesus Christ, Jesus, Oh My God, For Christ's Sake).

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a marijuana cigarette and appears inebriated. A man and a woman drink wine in an apartment, men drink bottle of wine in boats on a lake, a man drinks wine at a restaurant, two men drink in a bar (one man drinks a glass of alcohol and one of the men smokes), and people drink champagne at a restaurant. A man smokes in several scenes

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - High-wire walkers, risk taking, fate, obsession, persistence, artistic coup, concentration, self-pity, death, dying, arrogance, selfishness, fear of heights, dreams.
MESSAGE - Some people will not stop until they realize their dreams.
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