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Atlas Shrugged: Part II [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.3



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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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Part 2 of the dramatization of the Ayn Rand novel: A railroad executive (Samantha Mathis) has what she believes could be the ultimate power source and must find a scientist to evaluate it and make it work. The only trouble is that the scientists keep disappearing. Also with Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney, Paul McCrane, John Rubinstein, Robert Picardo, Ray Wise and Diedrich Bader. Directed by John Putch. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman is shown asleep and wearing a low-cut negligee that reveals cleavage and her bare shoulders along with her nipples are showing through the fabric; a married man enters her room and climbs in bed with her (he is clothed), they kiss and he lies on top of her (sex is implied). A man and a woman are shown in bed sleeping together (we see the woman wearing a spaghetti strapped negligee that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders).
 A wife kisses her husband on the nose. A married man places his hand on a woman's shoulder. We see photographs of a married man kissing and holding the hand of a woman who is not his wife.
 A woman is upset with her husband about his sleeping with another woman and threatens him.
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare backs in several scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two trains collide head on in a tunnel and we hear that 100s of people died (we see the blast, but do not see injuries). Two planes speed through the sky and between tall mountain peaks until one disappears and the other nears the wall of a mountain; the second plane travels through an energy field of some sort, loses altitude and crashes on the ground, splitting into pieces as it tears across the ground (we see the pilot with blood on her head but she is alive). Two planes speed through the sky and between tall mountain peaks, one plane disappears as it approaches a sheer rock wall, and the other plane tries to pull up and the screen goes black (we are not sure what happened).
 We hear an explosion and see a man lying unconscious on the floor as molten ore spreads; plant workers struggle to stop the flow when they are thrown by another explosion (we see people being thrown but do not see injuries) and one man is pushed out of the way just as a beam falls where he was standing.
 A man at a gas station stands at the door of the store with a shotgun as a woman fills her gas tank. We see several scenes that show people protesting outside office buildings and their placards contain comments about wealth and greed.
 A mine is shown exploding and we see flames shooting out through the walls (no injuries are shown). A train lurches (a man is thrown out of his seat and we see no injuries) as sparks flare from under its wheels until it comes to a stop. A man tests an energy-generating device and it sparks and flares.
 A man is shown in a courtroom where he is being tried for secretly selling steel and he is sentenced to time in prison and a fine (they are both suspended). A man speaks in a threatening manner and refuses to accept the right of a court to judge him. A woman is upset with her husband about his infidelity and threatens him. A man blackmails another man by showing him compromising photographs.
 A man says to a woman, "I'm gonna want to skin you alive." A man talks about mines being buried under rockslides. People make reference to "the disappearances" and we understand that to mean that scientists are disappearing. People talk about businesses closing and a shortage of raw materials. A man talks about another man setting fire to his own shale field because of a "fair share law."
 A man is shown carving a mock headstone for his country that reads "RIP." A woman throws furniture out of a cabin and onto the ground.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 3 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (looters, manipulators, lying, cheating, creep), 3 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking champagne at a gala, and a man and a woman drink alcohol.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ayn Rand, John Galt, going Galt, railroads, high energy costs, energy problems of the future, gas prices, government regulation, government contractors, infidelity, divorce, civilization, extortion, liberty, profit, martyrdom, martial law, bridge to nowhere, economic stagnation, intellectual assets, blackmail, monopolies, Capitalism, Objectivism, Communism, Socialism, Democracy, individualism, property, community.

MESSAGE - Altruism is a really bad thing. Government regulations choke free enterprise.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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