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The Wolfman | 2010 | R | - 2.9.2

Upon returning home after the death of his brother, a man (Benicio Del Toro) is reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins) and learns that an unseen monster has been killing and maiming villagers. When a werewolf bites him, he is cursed to face his own demons and his family's legacy. Also with Emily Blunt, Elizabeth Croft, Sam Hazeldine and Hugo Weaving. Directed by Joe Johnston. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman share a passionate kiss. A man stands close to a woman, with his arms wrapped around hers.
 A hallucinating man imagines that he sees the bare back of a woman. A reflection of a woman pulling the cord on her corset it visible in a mirror. A shirtless man is seen standing in front of a door.
 A group of men joke that a man had been killed after he was caught with a prostitute.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A werewolf runs through a forest towards a group of armed men, falls into a pit the men had dug as a trap, pulls a man into the pit with him and quickly disembowels him, and another man falls into the pit and the werewolf tears his arm off; the other men fire their guns into the pit, the werewolf leaps out, attacks, and blood and guts fly everywhere (two men escape and they are hunted down by the werewolf and dispatched in another bloody mess).
 We see an encampment of gypsies, where a chained-up bear begins to growl, hysteria breaks out as women, men, and children begin getting killed, bloodied and mangled, as a shadow of a wolf circles the camp: limbs are seen being ripped off bodies, blood and guts are thrown and ripped from bodies, and a man is seen impaled on the werewolf's claws; the werewolf is about to pounce on a woman when a man pushes the woman out of the way, and the werewolf runs away while being chased by a man who fires a gun at him.
 The entrails of a man are pulled from his stomach as a werewolf attacks him, and the man turns and his face is clawed by the werewolf; the man is later referred to as having being attacked by something more violent than even the most violent of animals, and that his body was found in a ditch, mangled, like the bodies of two other people.
 A man strapped to a wheelchair is wheeled before a group of men who watch as he transforms into a werewolf and begins to attack the crowd, throwing chairs and tearing the flesh from a man's stomach; he throws one man through a large window (he's impaled on a fence), and the werewolf leaps out the broken window and runs across rooftops while being chased by a man firing a gun while the werewolf crashes into chimneys.
 A werewolf attacks a man, ripping at his shoulder and neck area, several other men scare off the werewolf by firing gunshots and one of the men applies pressure to the man's hemorrhaging wound; an elderly woman, covered in blood, sews up the man's neck, as she tells another woman that he had been attacked by a monster that cannot be killed (the man is later seen with a large scar and the attack is referred to as "grisly" and savage).
 In the middle of a crowded street, a werewolf leaps in front of a steam trolley, causing it to run over a man and tip over: the werewolf leaps on top of the fallen trolley and begins to growl and attack the passengers, blood flies everywhere as entrails are pulled out of bodies, and screams are heard as a group of men attempt to shoot the werewolf.
 A man walks through an area where a werewolf had attacked several men and dismembered limbs, blood, and guts are seen strewn about. A man walks into a butcher shop and the bodies of slaughtered animals are seen hanging from racks' the man places a handkerchief over his face to mask the odor as he approaches a dead body laid on a table at the end of the shop (it appears to be in an advanced state of decomposition and a portion of the face has been torn away).
 As a man hallucinates, he recalls seeing a woman, her neck and chest covered in blood, lying dead in the arms of another man; he also recalls seeing the woman in the arms of a werewolf (the werewolf is covered in blood), and the woman holding a razor in her hand, implying that she had killed herself.
 After walking into a room to find a bloodied, dead man sitting on a chair, two men have a very heated discussion, which escalates to a violent altercation, resulting in the two men transforming into werewolves and throwing one another across the room repeatedly, kicking and striking one another, and clawing and biting, until the fight ends as one of the werewolves pushes the other into a fire and decapitates him (a lamp is also knocked over and starts a fire)
 A werewolf tackles a woman to the ground, she holds a pistol to his chest and fires, the bullet is seen going through his back, he collapses, turns into a man and dies.
 A man awakens various times to find himself covered in blood, with a panicked look on his face as he recalls a night filled with gore and violence: At one time he awakens and finds himself before another man who tells him about the death and maiming he had caused the previous night, he runs away and is corner by several men on horseback, who restrain him, knock him to the ground, and carry him away.
 A man attempts to kill a werewolf, the werewolf finally bounds away and the man is later seen limping and covered in blood.
 As men transform into werewolves, their bodies twist and their faces flash with pain as their fingers, arms, and legs splay and grow into lengthened, twisted, fur covered claws and jowls.
 A man, his face battered and bloodied, is held against his will in an asylum and part of his treatment is being strapped to a chair while wearing a straightjacket and plunged, repeatedly, into icy water. Flashes of various -- torture, electrocution, shock therapy, large needles, and being chained to the wall -- are seen. A man in an asylum is visited by an older man, who taunts him; as the man attempts to lunge at him, he falls to the ground when the chain around his neck pulls taunt.
 A man enters a crypt and finds a haunting dead-cast statue of a dead woman. During a hallucination, a man imagines a small creature with pointy fangs attacking him, but awakens and discovers he is alone. The image of the small creature is seen later and is explained to be a cursed feral child that attacked him, leaving a scar on his wrist.
 A man is accosted by a group of men who attempt to tackle him, only to be scared off as another man fires shots into the air. In different mob scenes, men are seen carrying and firing large shotguns, rifles, and pistols. Multiple people discuss ammunition and bullets. A man is seen cleaning a shotgun.
 People warn one another about "attacks of a lunatic" and "animal attacks" and tell one another to ready themselves with weapons. A woman is strong-armed and pulled out into a crowded street as she shouts in protest. A man shouts at a man that he should kill himself. A man shouts at a crowd of men, instructing them to kill a man if they encounter him.
 A funeral procession is seen carrying a casket into a crypt. Several times people are startled by birds flying towards them, or a dog barking unexpectedly. A house is decorated with various stuffed animals.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (moron, cursed, monster), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are seen being served and consuming alcoholic drinks in a bar setting. Several men smoke pipes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Curses, werewolves, revenge, murder, mental hospitals, asylums, the full moon, true love, suicide, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Sometimes one must sacrifice himself for the well being of others.

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