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Fantastic Four [2005] [PG-13] - 4.5.3



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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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The film introduces Marvel's longest running comic book series about a super powered group of four scientists: After traveling to a space station to run experiments during a unique space storm, the scientists are exposed to radiation that leaves them with strange abilities and powers: Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) can stretch his body; Susan Storm (Invisible Woman) can become invisible and make other objects invisible too; Johnny Storm (Human Torch) can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flames; and Ben Grimm (The Thing) has superhuman strength. Together they fight the evil Doctor Doom. With Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon. Directed by Tim Story. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman begins to take off her clothes in a large crowd of people, she turns invisible, we see her bra and panties, and then she becomes visible (men ogle her and she tries to cover herself up). A nude man comes into a room with a woman's coat wrapped around his waist (his bare chest, abdomen and legs are visible). A man walks into a bathroom where a woman is stepping out of the shower and she quickly covers herself with a towel (bare shoulders are visible). Several women wear low-cut, short tops and short skirts that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs, a woman wears a low-cut, short negligee that reveals cleavage and bare legs, and a woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in many scenes.
 When a man is in flames, we see that his clothing has burned away and see the outline of his body (bare chest, abdomen, legs and crotch, although no visible genitalia). Two men and a woman wear "second-skin" suits that reveal and accentuate their form and the woman wears her suit unzipped in the front revealing cleavage. A man in flames snowboards over a cliff, crashes into a snowdrift, we see him in a pool of water with no clothes (we see his bare chest) and he asks a woman to join him. A man steps out of a chamber bare-chested.
 A man and a woman kiss while each is speeding along a road in separate vehicles (one is on a motorcycle and the other in a car). A man and a woman also kiss in a couple of scenes. A man kisses a woman's hand, a man and a woman hug, and a man and a woman hug as a friendly greeting.
 A nurse says, "you're hot" to a man while taking his temperature and the man says, "thank you, so are you." A man asks another man, "where's your hot sister?" A woman asks "...he can expand 'any' part of his anatomy?" A man says of another man "I think he's a bit limp."
 Many people surround and follow a woman as she walks along a street, she gets angry and becomes invisible, she runs and they chase her, and she drops her clothes along the sidewalk (nothing is seen).
 A visually impaired woman touches a genetically altered man to "see" him -- the man closes his eyes and moans briefly.
 Two men propose to a woman. Two men talk about a romantic relationship between one man's sister and another man.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A super human shoots a beam of electricity hitting another man in the chest and burning a hole completely through him (we see the sizzling hole) and the man falls to the ground dead. A super human grabs a man by the throat, squeezes, and then throws him against a large pane of glass (we see the man twisted and dead on the floor). We see two men dead on the ground, with smoldering holes in their chests.
 A super human shoots a blast of energy at another super human, who shoots electricity at her, and then grabs her by the throat and squeezes; another super human punches the first super human throwing him against a wall and causing a large piece of art to fall on top of him. A super human fires a heat-seeking missile toward a building, another super human jumps from the building, bursts into flames and flies off, causing the missile to follow him; he crashes the missile into a barge and he crashes into the water. Two super humans argue and fight, they shove each other, one jumps on the other's back, and one wraps himself around the other stretching his limbs. A super human shoves another super human against a wall, and then punches the wall, denting it. A super human throws a bus at another super human, who hits him with a blast of electricity sending him back through the air; then he stands over him with a pole prepared to impale him. A super human crumples up a car and throws it toward another super human, who throws a ball of fire at him; they come at each other to fight, and another super human is punched in the stomach, and his stomach stretches through to a super human standing behind him, who is then thrown through the air and crashes into a billboard.
 A super human shoots beams of electricity at another super human, who is knocked out of a window, grabs onto a ledge, and stretches toward the ground below. A super human blows a blast of energy toward a man; he is struck and knocked off his chair. A super human is surrounded by flames, he begins to glow from the heat, and he is then sprayed with water and left "frozen" in place.
 A super human has a cut on his face with staples in it and the size of the cut increases in size throughout the movie; a super human pulls staples out of a cut on his face. When a super human uses her powers in a few scenes her nose bleeds. A super human is shot in the shoulder by police (he does not appear to be troubled by the bullet); a super human is shot at by police in another scene.
 Two super humans fall out a window, they crash into a swimming pool, the bottom of the pool breaks out from under them, and the two are carried out with the water and go over the side of a building and crash onto the ground below.
 A super human is super-cooled (his face is covered with frost and he quivers) and another super human bends his fingers back (we hear crunching and crackling). A super human steps into a chamber, the chamber glows, the door opens, the man steps out, his face stretches out of shape on one side and then the same happens to his arm and leg and he falls to the floor. A super human snaps his fingers and a flame ignites on his fingertip. A super human stretches his arm, and slips it under a door so that he can unlock the door. Lights dim and flicker when a super human becomes angry.
 The reflexes of a super human are checked using a hammer and the super human kicks a chair across the room. A man thrashes in a hospital bed, his vital signs begin to fluctuate, his weight multiplies, the bed breaks out from under him then we see a large hole in a wall where he has broken through. A super human punches a wall, makes a dent in it and we see that his knuckles look metallic. A super human becomes invisible, she panics when she realizes what happened, she knocks a bottle of wine off a table, and a super human who's with her reaches to catch it and his arm stretches like rubber. A super human sits on a bar stool and it breaks out from under him, and he lifts a glass to drink and shatters it. A super human is zapped by an electrical outlet.
 A man stands on top of a bridge preparing to jump, he throws his briefcase into the water below, and a super human speaks to him, whereupon the man is startled, he steps back onto a girder above speeding traffic, and he falls to the street below; the super human jumps down to the street, stops a truck from hitting the man (the truck is crumpled), many other cars begin to crash, and a tank of gas is ignited and explodes knocking cars and people into the air (we see several people with bruises and cuts from the car crashes).
 A fire truck is knocked over the side of a bridge, a firefighter is thrown and he dangles from the ladder, another one slips and falls into the water below, and the truck begins to tip over the side; it is pulled back up onto the bridge and the firefighter who fell is snatched out of the air and pulled to safety.
 An enormous radioactive space storm approaches a space station, one man is outside the station in a space suit and tries to get back to the airlock, but the cloud approaches and slams him into the side of the station. Several people inside a space station are hit by a radioactive space storm, and we see them being engulfed in a glowing cloud.
 A super human and a woman snowboard and ski, respectively, down a steep, snow-covered mountain; the super human bursts into flames, the woman falls, the man goes over a cliff, crashes into a snow drift and we see him in a pool of water and with no clothes on. A super human on a dirt bike jumps over a ramp a couple of times: one time he bursts into flames, flies through the air and crashes to the ground (he is left smoldering, but OK).
 A woman screams when she sees her husband's altered appearance (he looks like he's made out of rock); she runs away and is nearly hit by a car. A super human is afraid of what he will see when he looks in a mirror, and he becomes angry and throws the mirror at another man. A super human's face is out of shape after he has slept on it, but it snaps back. A super human develops metallic looking spines along his arms and hands.
 We see a man and a woman in hospital beds recovering from injuries. Many people surround and follow a super human woman as she walks along a street, she gets angry, becomes invisible and runs, and they chase her.
 We see X-ray images of genetically altered super humans' internal organs. A super human sits on a bridge and a bird defecates on his shoulder.
 A man and a woman kiss while each is speeding along a road in separate vehicles (one on a motorcycle and the other in a car).

PROFANITY 3 - 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, some name-calling (freaks, monster), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine at dinner, people drink, predominantly beer, in a bar scene, and people drink in a party scene.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Science, space exploration, radioactive exposure, genetic research, genetic alteration, DNA, disease, greed, love, heroes, jealousy, losing someone that you love, latent hostility, taking the initiative, broken hearts, pranks, passion, fighting for what you want.

MESSAGE - Don't let anything stand in the way of telling people how you feel about them. Appearances should not determine who we are.

(Note: An animated short precedes the feature and depicts a squirrel clamoring along a sheer ice cliff, and dangling upside down from its tongue when it becomes stuck to the ice. Trying to pull itself up by the tongue, it pulls an acorn out from the ice, holes open up, out of which water sprays, and the squirrel sticks his arms, legs and snout into the holes. It's mouth fills with water and it expands like a balloon, and it is propelled back, off the cliff, while spitting out the water and it then falls down to the ground.

Special Keywords: S4 - V5 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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