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Walking Across Egypt | 2000 | PG-13 | - 1.3.4

A religious widow (Ellen Burstyn) befriends a troubled teen (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) who escapes from a local juvenile rehabilitation center. Also with Pat Corley, Mark Hamill, Edward Herrmann, Dana Ivey, Harve Presnell, Gwen Verdon, Patrick David, Jeff Kaiser, James Coleman III, Gail O'Grady and Judge Reinhold. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A little sexual innuendo. We see a boy wearing boxers and a boy's chest, back and arms when he's bathing in a tub.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Boys wrestle on the ground and tackle and punch each other; also, one is pushed against a beam, one is thrown on a table, one pushes his thumbs into the other's eyes, and one scratches the other's cheek with a sharp object, resulting in a bloody cut (the other boy has a bloody nose). A boy holds a pillow over another's face for awhile. A man hangs off the side of a roof when the ladder he's standing on breaks; he eventually falls onto some cushions below (he gets a back spasm but is otherwise unharmed). A woman holding a gun slips on a wet floor, falls on her back and fires a shot into the ceiling (she's not injured). A woman pushes a boy who can't swim into a lake then tells him how to swim; he struggles and panics at first, but he keeps himself afloat. A woman falls out of a boat and sinks but then resurfaces and is fine. A woman somewhat-playfully slaps a boy's back, a boy drives a car through a sign and nearly hits another car, and a boy grabs some cake and a drink out of another's hands. In a somewhat-comical scene, a woman falls through a chair without a cushion and gets stuck; she's eventually cut out from the chair. Boys climb a fence with barbed wire on top; later, we see one of the boys with a bandage around his arm. In two scenes we see a boy holding a knife; it's implied that he's going to stab another boy with it, but nothing ever happens. Guards force a boy to take off his shirt and then touch his toes; they presumably beat him, though we don't see anything violent happen.


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LANGUAGE 4 - Mostly spoken by a boy. A few anatomical references, many scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and some insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Juvenile rehabilitation centers, religious faith, practicing what is preached, helping others, difficult childhoods, theft, teen smoking, friendship, aging, getting (and giving someone) a second chance.

MESSAGE - We should help those less fortunate, even if it's inconvenient or challenging.

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