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The Brave One [2007] [R] - 6.8.7



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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 NYC radio show host (Jodie Foster) turns into a vigilante after she and her fiancé (Naveen Andrews) are brutally attacked in Central Park. While the entire city is intrigued by this night prowler who seems to be cleaning up the streets in her own way, a detective (Terrence Howard) is hot on her trail. Also with Mary Steenburgen and Jane Adams. Directed by Neil Jordan. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and woman have sex: The man's bare chest is showing and we see him laying on top of the woman kissing her neck and bare breast; he runs his fingers over her mouth, down her bare back and legs, slides the woman's panties off and the scene ends.
 We see a man and a woman slow dancing and kissing, he puts his hand under her nightgown, she does not seem to be wearing underwear and we see her nude silhouette from the side and he's apparently naked too (we don't see anything else).
 A man in a car under a bridge calls to a woman, when she approaches, he propositions her by offering her a young girl he has in the back seat (he says that the young girl needs a "mommy," and the reference is obviously sexual); the girl is high on drugs and almost incoherent, the woman gets in, pretends that she wants sex, and she moves her hand over the young girl.
 A man comes up behind a woman, places his hands on her hips and kisses her cheek and neck. In several scenes a man and woman kiss, caress and embrace.
 In one scene we see a group of girls dressed in short shorts and halters (bare thighs, arms and legs are evident).
 A woman asks a man, "what are you wearing," with a sexual tone and he replies, "a sexy green shirt." A man and woman talk on the phone and talk about how they miss sleeping with their respective spouses. A young boy is being interrogated by the police, he is asked to describe a woman and he starts detailing and describing her anatomy.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A gang of men brutally attack a man and woman in a dark tunnel: they repeatedly hit, kick and punch them, they beat the man with a pipe (we see close up shots of him being hit directly in the face), the woman is struck in the head with a bottle and the bottle shatters (she woman flips over on the ground and we see blood gushing from her wounds) and the assailants yell and scream obscenities; the act is videotaped and shared.
 A man shoots his wife repeatedly in the chest and steals money from a cash register; we see the woman's bloody gunshot wounds as she falls to the ground and we see her lying dead. A man is shot in the eye at close range (blood splatters and he falls to the ground. A man is shot in the neck, we see him crash through a glass door, and he falls to the ground and lies in a pool of blood. Two men are shot at close range: we see their gunshot wounds (with some blood) and see them fall dead to the floor; one is shot in the head and we see the bullet go through his head and shatter a window while he slides to the ground.
 We see a dead woman lying in the hospital with a white sheet over her body; when pulled back we see bloodstains on her face and oozing out of her nose and ears, and a visible gunshot wound in her head.
 We see bloody and bruised bodies being wheeled into the hospital by the paramedics and watch as doctors begin to cut their clothes off for surgery (these scenes are very bloody).
 A woman is being stitched up by a neighbor (we see blood and her open wound) and we later see her wrapped in a bandage.
 A man is shot in the back (there is no blood, but we see his gunshot holes and see him fall to the ground). A police officer is shot in the shoulder (there is no blood).
 A man tries to run over a girl and a woman with his car: the woman shoots him through the windshield, the man is struck in the head, and the young girl is struck by the car (we see the impact and see her fall to the ground); the car flips over and crashes (we see the young girl bloody and lying on the ground).
 A man falls from a rooftop of a building and we see his dead body lying on the ground in a pool of blood and with a crowbar in his head.
 A man burns a young girl's hand with a cigarette and a woman holds a gun to the man's head. A man hits a woman with a crowbar (we see the impact, but no blood).
 We see a woman with a very swollen and purple eye and blood stained wounds around her mouth and nose. We see people in hospital gowns lying in beds with tubes hooked to their noses, coming out of their mouths and IV needles in their hands.
 Two young men harass a man and his son on a subway, steal a teen's I-pod, and they put a knife to a woman's throat. A man restrains a woman by holding a crowbar to her neck. The police have to restrain a man who is acting violently and trying to jump at an officer. A man dies after being brutally beaten; there are several references to this fact and a woman visits his grave.
 We see a man hurting a dog: he pulls the leash tightly, the dog is barking and trying to free itself, and the dog's owner begs the man to let the dog go.
 A woman goes to a gun shop to purchase a gun, we see several guns in cases and on the walls, and we see blank body targets hanging on the outside of the store windows. A woman purchases a gun illegally and we see a man show her how to shoot, and she aims the gun several times and shoots.
 We hear the police talk about guns, shootings, fingerprints on guns, murder weapons, women shooting themselves in the face, entry wounds, brains blown out, and women killing things they love. A young girl is interrogated by the police because she witnessed her mother's murder.
 After an attack, we see a woman afraid to go outside and afraid of normal sounds such as a horn blowing, traffic and people walking too close to her. A reference is made to the "ghost" of Eloise and talking to the dead.
 A woman vomits into a toilet (we do not see but we hear). An open fish market is shown and we see raw fish and shellfish that are still alive (we see them moving and crawling on top of each other in a pile).

PROFANITY 7 - 29 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 16 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (chicken-head, radio-head, punk, crack-head), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young girl is shown high on drugs and almost incoherent, we see young boys getting high in the park and one is asked by the police if his father knows he "smokes pot." We see a man carrying an open bottle of liquor and we see him take a few drinks, and there are a couple of bar scenes where we see people sitting at the bar drinking and ordering mixed drinks. Throughout the movie we see a woman smoking cigarettes and often see a cigarette dangling from her lips (someone tells her that smoking will kill her and she replies that she does not care). We see a woman taking pain pills.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Revenge, the law, taking matters into your own hands, interracial dating, debilitating fear, prostitution, domestic violence, guns, dying, death of a loved one, vigilantism.

MESSAGE - Brutalizing someone causes not only physical wounds but also severe emotional ones that may lead to more violence.

Special Keywords: S6 - V8 - P7 - MPAAR

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