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World Trade Center | 2006 | PG-13 | - 2.7.5

Oliver Stone directs this 9/11-inspired film, that follows the stories of two Port Authority police officers, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, who survived the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on that September day. With Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello and Stephen Dorff. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A husband remembers lying in bed with his wife, and they hug and kiss, a husband remembers hugging and caressing his pregnant wife's tummy, and a husband imagines asking his wife if he "loved her good." A husband and wife kiss.
 A man showers and his bare chest and back are visible. Men in a locker room change their clothes and several are seen in boxers and T-shirts. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. We see female mannequins dressed in skimpy outfits.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A tall building collapses after having been struck by a jet airplane, we hear the roar of the falling debris and crashing glass, people scramble to find a safe place to hide, and people are swept away in the waves of rubble. We see a jet crash through a tall building, smoke billows and people panic and scream on the street below.
 Two men are trapped under heavy rubble from a building collapse, and another man tries to free one of them, but another wave of rubble falls and one man is killed (we see blood on his face and hear him gasping). An explosion sends more rubble down onto two trapped men. We hear a large explosion and see people being shaken by the force.
 A person jumps from the window of a tall building (we see limbs flailing and hear a faint scream).
 Pieces of a building and its contents begin to shower down on streets and people below. Injured people lie on a street and stumble along sidewalks (several have bloody wounds and appear disoriented).
 A badly wounded man lies on an operating table and we see his legs (they are very swollen and badly discolored). Flames lap at a man who is trapped under heavy rubble, and the man screams and flinches when the flames burn him.
 A gun fires many bullets (apparently from being exposed to heat) and two men who are trapped under rubble are fearful of being struck by a bullet.
 Rescue crews crawl through debris and tight areas to reach two trapped and badly injured men, while flames spurt at them. Many first responders are shown covered with dust and blood.
 We hear that a man's knees are crushed. A man asks a medic to cut his crushed leg off. A man talks about suffering from internal bleeding, and refers to how long he can survive before being rescued. A little girl asks if her father is coming home. A woman talks about her son being trapped in a collapsed tower and that she fears that he is dead. A woman is very anxious (she paces and hyperventilates) about hearing news of her husband. We hear reports of plane crashes and the after effects in many scenes and see the fear and panic of the families and loved ones who wait for word on people who may have been killed. People are told that family members have gone into the wrecked buildings on rescue missions and that their whereabouts are unknown. We hear a report that another tall building has been struck by another jet. People talk about the Pentagon being struck by a jet and people talk about the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. We hear that the roof of a car parked on a street has been smashed by debris. We hear a report of a runaway girl.
 We see a wall covered with photographs of missing people. The shadow of a jet is cast on a sidewalk and against a building and people are startled.
 A woman vomits (we hear gagging).

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LANGUAGE 5 - 2 F-words, 8 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 16 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink beer. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes. We hear that a woman has been prescribed a sedative.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terrorism, 9/11, evil, goodness, family, love, fear, guilt, selfishness, survival, regret, revenge, responsibility, duty.
MESSAGE - Love can give the strength to survive even the most unimaginable and extreme circumstances.
(Note: A badly injured man drifts off to sleep and imagines seeing Jesus shrouded in light.)
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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.

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