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Wonder Woman | 2017 | PG-13 | - 4.6.1

Set during WWI: Raised on a secret island to be a warrior, the princess of the Amazons Diana (Gal Gadot) meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the raging worldwide conflict. She then feels compelled to try and stop the war with the help of her sword, shield and magic lasso. Also with Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya and Lilly Aspell. Directed by Patty Jenkins. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in several languages with either English subtitles or translation. [2:21]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man floats in a pool and we see his chest, buttocks and abdomen; he then walks toward a woman and we see him fully nude as he holds his hand over his crotch; the woman looks at him and asks if "That's normal" and he replies, "I'm above average."
 A man and a woman hold hands, go to a room where they caress each other's faces and kiss (sex is implied). A man and a woman sleep next to each other on the deck of a ship (no sexual activity is suggested). A man and a woman hold hands in a street. A man tries to hug a woman and she pushes him away. A man and a woman kiss at a train station. Men and women dance to celebrate a victory and one couple lingers holding each other very close. A man and a woman hug and kiss in a street.
 A man and a woman discuss sexual reproduction and the "pleasures of the flesh," in clinical terms. A man and a woman discuss sleeping together and that it is not usually done out of marriage. A man looks at a woman and says, "That's a work of art." A man compliments a woman's eyes. A man says, "I am frightened and aroused," after a woman dispatches a gunman. A man and a woman talk about what people do when there is no war.
 A woman wears a costume that reveals her upper chest and back and legs to the hip (a partial buttock is seen a few times). Women wear outfits throughout the beginning of the film that reveal bare legs to the hips, abdomens and cleavage. The pages of a book show nude men and they become partially animated (we see bare chests, abdomens, buttocks and legs; genitals are in shadow or covered). The pages of a book show partially nude women and they become partially animated (we see glimpses of bare breasts, mostly covered by long hair, bare abdomens and legs). A man lifts his kilt and straddles a camp fire revealing his jockey-type shorts. Women wear low-cut gowns that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs at a gala. We see a presumably nude man squatting on a cave (his bare chest, abdomen and legs are shown).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Many military vessels move toward an island and open fire on the occupants who fight with swords, spears and bows and arrows; many men are shown slashed, struck by flaming arrows and run through by swords and spears (no blood is evident) and many women are shown struck by bullets (one woman has a bloody chest wound and dies and another hangs limp from a rope); three men are struck by arrows simultaneously. A woman runs toward a bunker and is fired on repeatedly and with rapid fire; she deflects the bullets with a shield as men shoot into the bunker and throw in a grenade that eliminates the occupants (we do not see the result).
 We see a man wearing a gas mask in a room where a gas is released; the man moans, the glass eye covering the mask breaks and the mask disintegrates presumably killing the man and when a woman pulls a lever, the man falls below screen. A man shoots a man and we hear the body fall to the ground (no blood is shown). A woman throws a gas canister into a room where there are several men; another man locks the door to keep the men in and the men are shown scrambling to get a gas mask before they are overcome with the gas (we hear them shrieking but do not see the outcome). A woman enters a cloud of gas in a village where she finds many dead bodies on the ground; a man moves near the gas cloud and coughs violently.
 While fighting a woman, a man throws large structures at her and she avoids being crushed by them; he throws what looks like tank treads that wrap around her and pin her to the ground and she struggles to free herself. A woman fights with many men in a building and slashes them, kicks them, hits them; she deflects a shell fired from a tank that she then flips over, and then strikes the remaining men with a glowing rope, throwing them through the air. A woman thrusts a sword into the hand of a man and we see it smolder and melt away (he is unharmed). A woman leaps from the ground to a tower to destroy the building and a sniper inside. A man and a woman hide in an alley where several armed men threaten them; one man headbutts another, one man shoots at the man and the woman and the bullet is diverted, others shoot at them repeatedly and the bullets are all diverted as the woman fights with the shooters landing punches and kicks; one man remains and chews a cyanide tablet that kills him (we see foam in his mouth). A woman on horseback with a sword slashes several guards as she enters a compound, she jumps over barbed wire and fights with a man who throws her into a wall; she throws him, pins him on the floor and stabs him through the chest with a sword (we see the blade poking through the floor, with no evident blood). A man is punched in the face repeatedly and he falls to the floor with a reddened face. During a fight with a man, a woman is thrown by a few large explosions (there's no blood and she seems fine later). A plane explodes and we see the blast from the ground (it presumably kills the pilot). A woman fights with many men dispatching each with no visible blood.
 A man jumps into a running plane, throws the pilot to the ground and takes off in the plane as men on the ground shoot at him; he turns back and shoots from the plane, and then drops an explosive that blows up a structure on the ground (he gets away). A man jumps onto a moving plane and kicks the pilot out of the open door.
 A plane crashes into the sea and the pilot is trapped in the wreckage as it sinks; a woman dives off a tall cliff and swims to rescue him. A man walks out of a giant wall of flames and we see him as he is covered by gold plating.
 A man is held at gunpoint and wrapped with a glowing rope that forces him to tell the truth; he complains of it being really hot. A man is wrapped with heavy chains and we see him moments later freed from them. A man with a gun threatens another man and a woman grabs the gunman's arm and throws him across a bar (he lands hard on the floor). A man wraps himself with glowing power strands during a fight with a woman and when he throws them at her, she becomes covered with them and uses them as a weapon that blows a large hole through the man's chest (we see the hole and glowing cinders).
 Many women with arrows shoot at a young woman, and hit her with spears or swords until she creates a blast of energy that throws one woman through the air (she lands hard on the ground and we hear that she is bleeding, but we see her recovered later).
 A woman and a girl train with swords and they shove each other; the girl ends up falling to the ground twice but appears unharmed. A woman jumps across a chasm and catches onto a ledge on a sheer wall, it breaks and she slides down the wall but catches herself and then climbs up the wall. A young girl jumps off a wall and falls toward a balcony until a woman catches her by the wrist (she is unharmed). Many women with swords and bows and arrows are shown training and a young girl watches and pantomimes their movements.
 A soldier is shown groaning on the ground and we see that he is missing his leg from the knee down (we see a bloody stump). Many wounded soldier are seen coming from the front and we see bloody wounds and missing limbs. A woman is shown missing part of her face (her teeth and gums are exposed) and she wears a partial mask to cover the wound for most of the movie. A woman is shown with a bloody slash on her arm that later seems to have healed itself. A woman is shown with a scar on her shoulder from a previous battle. A man inhales a gas from a small capsule and his face glows; he groans and crushes a pistol to dust with his hand. A man is shown with a bloody wound on his abdomen. We see photographs of fallen soldiers.
 A man and a woman argue and she shoves him; he chases her, but she gets away on horseback. A man and a woman argue and yell at each other in a few scenes. Two women argue in a couple of scenes. A woman says, "Ares killed them one by one." People talk about, "the god killer" in a few scenes. We hear that the Turks are building bombs and a German scientist is creating deadly gas bombs. A man describes a war and that there are 25 million people dead, "slaughtered, and burned." We hear that soldiers in a war are suffering with no food or sleep. Men in a government meeting are appalled when a woman enters the room. A man yells in his sleep and a woman tries to calm him as another man says, "He sees ghosts." Two men argue over the phone.
 Many gas canisters are loaded onto a plane. A room is shown with display cases that contain weapons.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (Dr. Poison, hideous, insane, rogue, coward, stupid, sweetheart, wee lassie, liar, murderer, smuggler, daft, rubbish, idiot, weak, selfish, evil, ugly, filled with hate, pathetic), exclamations (bloody), 2 religious exclamations (Oh My God, My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man inhales gas from a small capsule in a few scenes (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Many men drink beer and liquor in bar scene, a man drinks 2 shots of liquor after a fight, several people are shown drinking beer after a victory, people drink alcohol at a gala, and three men drink from flasks at a train station. Men smoke cigarettes in a bar scene and a few other outdoor scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Super heroes, saving the world, war, magic, wonder, darkness within mankind, facing the truth, Greek gods, Zeus, Ares, envy, jealousy, ambition, Amazons, betrayal, truth, corruption, honor, freedom, promises, slavery, love, sorrow, armistice, British Intelligence, Ottoman Empire, heroism, the role of women in a man's world, disobedience.

MESSAGE - War is nothing to hope for. Only love can truly save the world.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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