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American Ultra [2015] [R] - 3.8.10

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A West Virginia slacker's (Jesse Eisenberg) life consists of smoking marijuana, slouching through his convenience store job, and writing a comic book about an ape superhero. Buried in his subconscious is the fact that he is a lethal sleeper agent for the CIA and when he's scheduled to be eliminated one of its project leaders activates his fighting skills with a hypnotic phrase. He becomes a weapon, but also discovers a secret about his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart). Also with Topher Grace, Connie Britton. Walton Groggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Tony Hale. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The film contains several lines of dialogue in Chinese with English subtitles. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Glowing cartoonish paintings on concrete walls depict several female breasts and nipples, two thighs, a few buttocks, and a woman's head with closed eyes and very red lips forming an "O." A flashback features a woman lying on her back in bed and looking up into the camera (we see a bulge below the collarbone that's part of her breast). A man lies in a bathtub of water and we see his bare chest. A shirtless man has many tattoos across his chest.
 In a bedroom scene a man and a woman wearing white T-shirts and under covers sleep side-by-side in an embrace; we see her rub her bare foot on top of his bare foot briefly. A man and a woman kiss briefly. A man and a woman kiss passionately for several seconds.
 Several close-ups of a woman's very red lips show them saying, "I love you." A man calls a woman's training project a "stillborn baby" and he tells another woman that instead of being successful she would rather "suck some stoner's [anatomical term deleted]." Two men meet outside a strip bar, but do not enter.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man sees two men tampering with the tires of his car, the men rush at him and he throws a hot cup of ramen into one assailant's face, stabs a metal spoon into the neck of the second man, takes away a handgun from the first assailant and shoots him, takes away a knife from the other man and stabs him in the neck, and then takes another handgun away and shoots both men, killing them (we see blood on the spoon as it bounces to the ground, on the victims' necks and on their chest) and later the first man says, "I am a murderer."
 Sirens sound inside a jail and a woman and a man in handcuffs are released as another woman and another man enter the jail with large caliber weapons and the armed man laughs maniacally: both armed people enter shooting, killing a dozen deputies with shots that pass through the bodies and spray blood, some in close-up and glass windows and walls shatter loudly while walls fill with bullet holes and blood spatter, a man lying on the floor puts a handcuff around the woman's ankle and a straight back chair and she shoots him in the back of the head, killing him; she then limps outside with the chair and tosses a charged hand grenade to a man, who throws it back and blows up the jail in a loud boom, with tall flames and a lot of smoke, and the woman cuffed to the chair charges the man in the lot and he rushes forward, punches her in the face several times, breaks her arm with a loud crack and she sits in the chair, unconscious.
 A man forces another man and a woman to kneel in the rain in a field and when the kneeling man stands up, the other man shoots and kills him; the man tells the woman to kill another man, whom he says is a dangerous puppy, and to do so soon, but she refuses and pleads for him not to kill her (he releases her).
 A man says, "If I'm going to die, I'm going to die stoned and smiling in my bed" as he walks home with a woman who saved his life; a man appears and smashes the woman's face into a glass window, cracking it and making her grunt, then three soldiers enter the house, shooting automatic rifles for an extended time and destroying the inside of the house; the woman uses a teddy bear as a silencer and shoots through it to kill one of the soldiers while the male resident of the house shoots and kills a soldier by tossing an iron skillet into the air, bouncing a shot bullet off it and piercing the midsection of the soldier (in slow motion the bullet goes through the body and large amounts of blood spurt through front and back) and we then see a close-up of a dead soldier's open, blank eyes (a woman has her hands on his midsection and is bloody up to her elbows).
 A man in a store uses a can of coffee, a large can of soup, a metal dustpan, a meat cleaver, and a small sledgehammer while 17 other men shoot at him and one grazes him in the forehead making him bleed; he swings on a cable and slams a man into a shelf, breaking his neck, and then slams against a freezer door and he finds a gash on his abdomen that is bleeding, but he does not stop; he picks up a claw hammer and another man picks up a long screwdriver as they begin to fight and the screwdriver goes through a man's hand, and the hammer claws penetrate the other man's thigh in close-up.
 A man takes a handgun away from another man whereupon the second man locks the first man and a woman into a basement with glowing walls and two gunmen begin shooting; the woman falls out of the ceiling (where she was hiding) onto her stomach and begins punching one assailant, who hits her hard in the face twice while another assailant shoots three men through the chest and stomach (blood splatters walls, and victims are thrown back by the shots) and one assailant pumps poisonous gas into the house and one man passes out while a woman puts on a gas mask and drags him outside, begging him to stay awake or he will die.
 Throughout the film, a man and a woman become embroiled in a chain of physical attacks and they accumulate facial cuts and bruises, bloody noses, bloody mouth and gums, and grazing gunshot wounds on shoulders and temples (her eyes are bruised purple and the man reveals a 4-inch gash in his abdomen at one point and we see the gaping, bleeding wound); a handgun shot grazes his temple, knocking him down and the wound bleeds over the side of his face and jaw (his white T-shirt becomes soaked in blood) and bloody from head to toe, they stand in a parking lot with dozens of police cruisers in front of them as officers point guns at them and we see green lights from laser targeting; two officers taser the couple and barbs from each shot knock the man and the woman down, unconscious, to end the scene.
 A man grabs a woman, drags her down a hallway, slams her head against a concrete wall and chokes her (we see blood in her mouth, teeth, and gums); the woman spits blood into his face and punches him unconscious before another woman hogties the man with electrical cords and he awakens, groaning loudly. A woman, now captured by the CIA and the US Army, in a tent city in a parking lot of a grocery store punches two men, but is handcuffed and placed in a straight back chair. A man has a blotchy face with cuts on his temple and hand in two scenes and he sits handcuffed to a metal table with his ankles cuffed to the floor while looking at large photos of a bloody spoon, a bloody dustpan, a handgun lying in a pool of bubbly blood and a cup of ramen noodles with a spot of blood on it.
 A man in a store points a handgun at another man and they are both slumped against lower shelves and bleeding from faces, arms and legs; the second man apologizes to the first man, telling him that he cannot help hurting people and the first man drops his gun (they get out of the store as it burns). A man points a handgun at another man on his lawn and then recognizes the second man as a friend, lowering the weapon.
 A man and a woman shout at each other in a parking lot as they hear sirens approaching from off screen and something glowing floats down onto their car in the background causing the car to explode into large balls of flames. A man drags a woman by one foot to a car where he slaps her face to awaken her, and then he pours gasoline on a car below and throws a lighted cigarette lighter onto the car causing it to erupt in flames.
 A sequence of footage run in reverse shows a grocery store un-exploding and a car falling up from the ground to the top of a bridge and we hear men and women yelling at each other. A long line of police cruisers with flashing lights sits around a tree against which a car rests; the car is steaming and the hood crumpled with no driver or passengers visible; after smoking drugs (please see the Substance Use category for more details), a man nearby says he thinks he is the tree and does not know who the car is while his girlfriend says in another scene that she is the tree and he is the car.
 A man learns that his memories of five years were erased (he locks himself into a car and pounds the dashboard) and he and a woman argue and he tells her to go away until something hits the car they are in with a loud bang and it falls off a bridge into a dry creek bed; a man walks below the bridge, and drags the woman out of the car, then chokes her and hits her unconscious while pointing a handgun at the man inside the car and says, "Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang." We hear that the CIA plans to kill one of their agents; two agents argue about it and the one tells the other that she no longer has any authority in the matter causing her to leave angrily. A man and a woman argue slightly in a moving car until the woman becomes tearful, a sheriff stops them and tells the man he should keep a toothbrush at the jail because he has so many arrests for marijuana possession and then leaves. Two agents argue over the phone several times and one man says the other man is committing treason. A man says that there are dangerous monkeys around and points to a TV screen, on which a reporter describes an outbreak of Super-typhoid throughout a small West Virginia town, originating from experimental monkeys. A man sees a woman who had appeared on the TV Screen as an experimenter and he calls out a sexually obscene remark. A man says that he will blow up a whole town and orders a drone with which to do so and another man sends the drone and calls it off at the last minute while laughing hysterically and he waits at his desk until we see a circle of eight handguns pointing at him from an overhead view (arrest implied). A woman walks into a convenience store and says a hypnotic trigger phrase to the clerk several times causing the clerk to stares and his eyes go blank for a few seconds before arguing with the woman mildly and she leaves. A woman and her boyfriend argue; she tells him to never try to cook. A man asks his girlfriend twice if he is a robot; she says no. A man calls out, "Please kill him!"
 A male agent holds a phone to a captive woman's mouth and she tells a man on the other end that she loves him and the agent tells the man that he will blow the woman's head off and then grabs a large carton of fireworks, steals a Hummer and blasts fireworks at a tent city in a parking lot, filling the screen with lights and smoke.
 A woman sees an iron skillet with eggs in it steam and begin to burn; she grabs the handle, shouts in pain and throws the skillet in the sink. A man draws cartoons of an ape fighting spacemen who wield knives, a sword and fists. A man puts a large carton of illegal fireworks into another man's car trunk.
 A man has panic attacks from marijuana use (please see the Substance Use category for more details); one attack in a bathroom stall shows him sticking his face into the toilet bowl and we hear him but do not see vomit, in an outdoor night scene, he coughs and retches on the pavement and we see no vomit; in another night scene, he sits leaning against a wall and coughs with some retching but does not vomit. A man makes a flatulent sound against his girlfriend's neck. A man makes a flatulent sound with his mouth. A man with a swollen mouth shows several people that his top teeth are broken out, then shows another man that he has his own bloody teeth in this hand. A man enters an elevator, where two men throw a hood over his head and the camera cuts to the captive tied to a straight back chair in a dimly lit industrial kitchen (a fight with kitchen equipment is implied).
 A man becomes a cartoon ape that punches cartoon villains and fights off a skeleton that has four hands holding four knives; two dogs combine into a huge dog, use their eyes to hypnotize the ape and swallow him, then the ape cuts his way out of the dog (no blood) and cuts up an attacking plant; a cartoon man loses his head in a gush of blood and his brain crawls away as a woman appears and shoots three serpents, then the ape and woman swing out of a hotel on a vine and the ape smokes a marijuana cigarette, hands it to a rectangular box that has arms, legs and a face and the box creature puffs and stumbles with his eyes whirling, the hotel explodes quietly and the ape and the woman jump in the ocean and ride a three-eyed whale to a tropical island, where they stay.

PROFANITY 10 - About 80 F-words and its derivatives, 4 obscene hand gestures, 24 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (idiot, crazy, insane, lame, pathetic, stoner, King Idiot), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, I Swear To God, You'd Better Pray). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - An ashtray contains green ashes and five lighted marijuana cigarettes, several scenes feature a man lighting and smoking marijuana cigarettes and exhaling large clouds of smoke, a man smokes marijuana cigarettes in his kitchen and living room and he rolls a joint at his cash register in a convenience store and then smokes a joint outside by the street sign and smokes another after he wraps a leg and both arms around a pole in front of the store, a man at home shares a marijuana cigarette with his girlfriend, a man tells a woman that he has marijuana in their car, a man tells a woman that he has marijuana and mushrooms in his car, and a drug dealer smokes a marijuana cigarette in a parking lot. A fast flashback features a family at a dinner table with glasses of wine at several places and a woman at the dinner sips from her wine glass.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Human experimentation, substance abuse, drug dealing, corrupt government agents, secrets, murder, misplaced ambition, sacrifice, helping others, love, trust, relationships, leadership, responsibility, conflict, reconciliation, forgiveness, justice.

MESSAGE - Human experimental subjects have rights and deserve respect.

Special Keywords: S3 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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