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Warrior | 2011 | PG-13 | - 3.7.5

When the youngest son (Tom Hardy) returns home to his alcoholic and abusive former boxer father (Nick Nolte) in order to train for the world's largest MMA fight, he discovers that he is fighting more than just an opponent when his brother (Joel Edgerton) joins the competition. Also with Jennifer Morrison, Sam Sheridan, Bryan Callen, Frank Grillo and Kevin Dunn. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. [2:19]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Women are seen wearing bikini tops, abdomen-exposing shirts, short skirts and cleavage-exposing tops while at a sporting event. A woman is seen wearing underwear and a tank top. Throughout the movie the bare chests and backs of many shirtless men are seen. We see a neon sign for a strip club: neon women light up and appear to be sliding down a pole.
 A man and a woman share a lingering kiss. A teenage boy wraps his arms around the shoulders of a teenage girl.
 A woman implies to a man that they will have sex later that night. A man makes a sexual comment to a woman wearing a short skirt, and tells her to not allow other men to make sexual comments to her. A man makes a crude joke to another man that he would not have sex with a group of women "even on a dare." A teenage boy tells other teenagers that he had heard that a man was fighting at a strip club. A man tells another man he cannot "cockfight in a strip club"; the man clarifies that he was not inside the strip club but in the parking lot.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Throughout the movie we see violent MMA-style fights between men and the sounds of punching and crushing bones can be heard, with men being punched, kicked and thrown around a ring: A man fights another his brother, we see them fighting and wrestling, throwing punches and kicks, one of the men pushes down on the other man's arm, we hear the snap of bone and later see the man holding his broken arm in pain while the fight continues for four rounds until one man kicks the other man in the head; on two occasions a man punches another man with such force that he is knocked out cold immediately; a man lifts up another man and slams his body to the ground; a man pins another man to the ground, punches and kicks him repeatedly, kicking and kneeing the man in the groin and chest as he is pushed against the cage of a ring; a man grabs another man's legs and pulls him to his shoulders and then throws the man's body on the ground of a ring knocking the man unconscious; a man lunges toward another man, punches him repeatedly until the man appears to be unconscious and lying on the ground, and the man continues to punch the man until he is pulled away; a man grabs another man, they fight, punch and kick one another, pin one another to the ground and against the side of the ring, and the man then knees the other man in the head, ending the fight; two men lock their legs around each other, and one man flips the other man on his back, forcing him to end the fight.
 After an intense fight scene, we see a man's face cut and bruised; a small amount of blood is visible on a cut under his eye and his eyes and lips are swollen. After a fight, we see a man with a black eye and a small cut under his eye.
 We see a woman watching an MMA-style fight on television on two occasions. We see an MMA-style fight projected onto a drive-in theater screen as many teens watch. A man watches an MMA-style fight on television with a woman. Men watch videos on the Internet of MMA-style fighting and we see a news report featuring a clip of two men fighting. Men are seen practicing boxing and MMA-style fighting in a gym.
 We see a man holding his leg and he appears to be shouting in pain (we don't hear); two men are later seen leaving the hospital and their conversation implies that the man had been severely injured. We see a man with a black eye, and his wife makes a remark that a group of people had beaten him up.
 A man shouts at his father, throws a cup filled with coins at his face and the man walks away. A man shouts angrily at his father. Two men shout at one another. A man shouts into a phone and throws the phone in frustration. A woman shouts at her husband and tells the man that she does not want to raise her children to know that their father "gets beat up for a living." An older man drunkenly shouts for a boat to sink as he listens to a portion of "Moby Dick." A man shouts a mantra, which is heard as well as seen written on a chalkboard: "Move or die."
 During a television report, a man describes how a man and his combat partner had come under friendly fire while in combat, and a woman then describes how her husband had been killed, along with multiple other people, by friendly fire. A man and his father watch a television report of a man describing how the man watching the television report had saved his life by removing the door of a sinking tank. A man tells another man that he is proud of a man for saving the life of a man trapped inside a tank. A man tells his father that he had been in the process of abandoning his battalion when he came across a young man about to drown.
 On multiple occasions we hear men and women warning a man that fighting in a tournament could be dangerous, and two announcers at a tournament repeatedly warn that a fight will be dangerous and a man could be killed. A woman tells her husband that she does not want him to be paralyzed or killed during a fight tournament. A reporter announces that a man in a fight had said he would "knock out" another man with one punch. A man tells another man, "They'll have to kill me to get me out of the cage" in reference to an MMA-style fight. A sports anchor announces that a man had told another man that "getting killed" was not a good way to spend a vacation. A sports anchor poses the hypothetical question, "How long will he live," in relation to a man about to fight. A man tells his father that his mother had been "coughing up blood" and "on her knees" before she died. A man tells his adult son that he knew his wife had died. A man tells another man that he had been forced to bury their mother. A man makes a snide remark to his father that the father could not find a woman that will "take a punch," implying he had been physically abusive to his wife. A man tells another man that he had used money to pay medical bills for his daughter's heart condition. A man tells another man that his daughter had recovered from a medical condition. A man tells another man that he had been in the waiting room of a hospital when the man was recovering from being knocked unconscious.
 A man instructs a teenage boy to use a bat to smash a 2x4 as a demonstration for a science project; we see the teenage boy swing the bat and smash the board, as a classroom of teens watches.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 11 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (girls, Mr. Renaissance Man, feeder fish, some old vet, losers, nobody, old men, maraca, beast, crazy), exclamations (shut up, geez, oh my goodness), 1 religious profanity, 15 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man makes his adult son hand over his collection of prescription pills (they are not identified). An older man acts extremely intoxicated while holding a bottle of liquor and we see empty bottles of liquor around him as he begins to weep and has to be helped into bed by his adult son, a man takes a pill from a prescription bottle and takes a drink from a presumed liquor bottle in a brown paper bag, a man offers his father a drink and he turns it down and we see him drinking from a brown paper bag by himself, throughout the movie an older man is identified as being an alcoholic, a man's son tells him twice that he preferred the man when he was a "drunk," and a man identifies himself as being "1000 days sober." A woman is seen smoking a cigarette in the background.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Alcoholism, MMA fighting, IFC fighting, sibling rivalries, disappointment, going AWOL from military service, jealousy, mortgage crisis, friendly fire, anger management.

MESSAGE - It is very hard to overcome obstacles in your past, but once you do, many more things are possible. Sometimes brothers need to fight each other.

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