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Early Man [2018] [PG] - 2.3.1



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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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Stop-motion animation comedy about a resourceful cave man (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who leads his tribe to defend their land from being taken over by another tribe that wants to set up a precious metal mine. Also with the voices of Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Miriam Margolyes, Nick Park and Rob Brydon. Directed by Nick Park. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Men and women are shown sleeping in a pile on the ground and one man puts the toe of another person in his mouth like a pacifier. A hog kisses a man on the mouth.
 A nude man is shown on a football (soccer) field and we see his bare back, buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs (his genitals are covered by a flag). We see a picture of many men with their pants pulled down and exposing their bare buttocks. A man slides on a bar of soap and slips between the legs of a man showering; we see the man's bare chest. We see pictures of men wearing shorts and tank tops. A man is shown seated in a bath tub and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back. A man's jersey is pulled off and we see him bare-chested. A man falls to the ground wearing only his underpants and we see his bare chest and abdomen.
 A woman remarks about the photo of an athlete and says, "Nice tight shorts." A man asks another man for a massage with his "firm hands" not realizing that it is a hog and not a man; the hog massages the man's shoulders. A woman says, "Ooo," when she sees football (soccer players). A woman says to a man, "Stuff your nibbles."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A large meteorite crashes to the ground and people are thrown and we see them lying in rubble. Volcanoes are shown rumbling in the background of a couple of scenes and lava spits out of the openings.
 A man is slammed into a goal post and splinters it; we see him being taken away on a stretcher. A man falls into a crevice (we don't see what happens to him). A man is pinned under a large stone slab and we see his feet sticking out from under it (we don't see what happened to him). A man picks up a hot meteorite, yells and throws it. A man is flung by a tree limb that is pulled over like a catapult when he tries to reach a piece of fruit; he slams into a tree, a piece of fruit splatters on him and a hog licks the goo off his face. A man jumps in the air and lands in another man's mouth (his feet are sticking out). A man puts another man's leg in his mouth and bites; we see teeth imprints in the man's flesh (no blood). Two men crash together when trying to catch a rabbit and a woman slams a club down on a fallen tree where the rabbit is hiding. A rabbit is shown wrapped with rope and on a spit over flames (we see the rabbit unharmed later). A bird squeezes a man's nose and we see red finger prints left behind; a woman does the same thing to the same man later. A man, a woman and a hog jump out a window and use toilet paper to lower them gently to the ground. A man is grabbed and bound by guards. We see a cave person being whipped when working in a mine (this is an imaged scene), and a woman complains that her arm hurts and we hear a whip crack. A man throws a trident and it lands between another man's feet.
 A giant duck grabs a man wearing a rat costume and thrashes him back and forth causing many bronze coins to fall into a crowd of people below. A giant duck walks toward a man who throws a rock at it; we see the duck getting larger as it moves toward the man and we see teeth in its beak). A giant duck with men and women on its back flies into an arena, it flatulates and splatters a large amount of droppings onto a man in the stands. A rabbit makes a shadow puppet of a predator on a large stone wall and cave people run in fear.
 A man runs away from men with spears, slips on soap and slides between the legs of a man showering (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man with an axe jumps toward another man; he is thrown out of the way and slams into a wrecking ball. Giant mammoths wearing heavy armor move through woods toward people who throw a large rock at them; the men riding the mammoths throw spears back at them, a large rock with a face painted on it breaks (like its head is cut off), a spear is launched toward a hog and a man pushes it to safety. A woman punches a man. Several cave people fight over food and a large leg of meat. Dinosaurs fight and we see them biting each other on the neck. A man sits on a large beetle's back and when the beetle walks away the man falls on the ground. A man tumbles down bleachers in an arena and yells the whole way down (he's OK later). A bird squeezes two walnuts and the shells shatter. A draw bridge falls on a man's foot and he yells. A man threatens to suspend a player and we see a skeleton hanging from its ankle above the arena. A man wearing a rat costume steals a large chest of bronze coins and tries to get away.
 People are forced out of their valley and sent to "the badlands" by greedy people who want to mine the land. Barbed wire separates the badlands from the valley.
 During training sequences, many men and women hop across stones floating in lava and dodge boulders rolled toward them. A man yelps when bitten in the groin area by a lizard and he pulls it out of his underwear.
 A man asks another man if he changed his under pants and the man responds in the affirmative and implies that he had help from another man. A man prays, "May we live in peace," and then says, "Now, let's go kill something." A hog barks like a dog at something moving in dark woods and howls later when he is separated from his people. People chant in an arena where a football (soccer) match takes place. A man says, "Take him and kill him slowly." Two men argue and one says, "You have no home," while the other replies, "You took our home." A man says about his wife, "That old crow." Newspaper headlines read, "Caveman Clash," and "Road Woage." Two men and a hog yell at each other. A man panics about losing. A woman blows a vuvuzela loudly in the stands. Puppets replay a play in a football (soccer) match and we see several men pummel another man with clubs.
 Men are shown wearing wolf pelts with the heads and teeth intact. A man rubs his face with bronze coins. A man sleeps in a cobweb and when he wakes up we see a giant spider with many eyes and pincers that he was using as a pillow. We see bowls of green soup with eyeballs floating in it; one bowl spills its contents and the goo moves toward a hog that is frightened and runs away.

LANGUAGE 1 - 1 scatological term, name-calling (idiot, savages, old crow, silly old bat, old man, crazy, angry, stupid, half-wits, goons, primitive, stupid old bird, "The Brutes," knuckle grazers, cheat, disgrace).

SUBSTANCE USE - People shown in an arena hold mugs of beverages but it is not clear what it is.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Neo-Pleistocene period, Bronze Age, change, greed, winning, losing, teamwork, being a leader, class distinctions.

MESSAGE - Being a team can get you through most sticky situations.

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P1 - MPAAPG

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