Faster [2010] [R] - 4.8.5

 
 

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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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After an ex-con (Dwayne Johnson) gets out of jail, he sets out to avenge his brother's death by killing the men that double-crossed them during a heist. As he starts his multi-state killing spree, a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and an egomaniac hit man follow him. Also with Mike Epps, Carla Gugino and Maggie Grace. Directed by George Tillman, Jr. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man enters a "gentleman's club," where we see women wearing bikinis and dancing suggestively, including a woman placing her cleavage very close to a man's face and a woman wearing bikini-style underwear with money in her underwear band dancing against a pole. A man wakes a woman who is implied to be fully nude (we see her bare leg, upper thigh, hip and shoulders, and a sheet is draped over her torso). A woman is seen wearing a bra and underwear with a robe loosely tied around her, and her bare abdomen and cleavage are visible. A shirtless man is seen while dressing and we see photographs of a shirtless man. A woman is seen wearing a cleavage-exposing dress with an open corset in the back. A woman is seen wearing a tight, low-cut nightdress.
 A man and a woman kiss passionately and the man lifts the woman up as she wraps her legs around him. A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss and the man tells the woman he wants to "start a family." A man and a woman are seen lying in bed, fully clothed, and the man has his arms around the woman.
 A man is seen reading and later tearing out an article entitled, "How to Rekindle Your Passion"; he holds the article as he tells a woman over the phone that he "has it figured out."

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is shot in the back of the head at point-blank range, blood sprays from the wound and the bullet leaves the man's cheek with a spray of blood -- we see this multiple times as the man who was shot experiences flashbacks; two police officers also watch video footage of the shooting.
 Two men, one holding an ice pick and the other holding a large knife, circle one another, and one lunges at the other, punching him in the nose and then stabbing him four times -- we hear the sound of the ice pick puncturing the man's chest, blood pours from the wounds, soaking his shirt and the floor, and as the man lies dying the other man walks away.
 Two police officers watch video footage of two men being shot by men with rifles; they force the two men to kneel in front of them, and they slit one of the men's throats, which we see multiple times during flashbacks experienced by another man: blood pours from the wound, covering his neck and chest, he drops forward and blood pools under his head.
 An older man with a pair of scissors threatens another man who shoots him in the hand, knocking the scissors away (we see a small amount of blood coming from a cut on the man's hand); he then shoots the man in the forehead and we see blood spray from the back of the man's head as his body falls to the ground. A man walks into a hospital room and shoots a man lying on an operating table and surrounded by doctors multiple times (bloody gauzes are piled up on his chest and we see his body shake from the impact of the bullets and blood spatter in the background).
 A man is shot point-blank in the forehead: we see blood spatter behind his head, covering the wall, as well as the bloody bullet hole. A man is shot point-blank, and we see him lying lifeless on the ground with a large puddle of blood pooling behind his head. A man shoots another man in the back of the head and we see him lying on the ground; no blood is visible.
 Police officers stand near a deceased body, and we see blood pooled under the body as they discuss that he was shot. Police officers find the body of a man and we see the deceased body on the ground; a bloody bullet wound in the center of his head and a cut on his hand are visible. A body is discovered by a police officer, who checks the man's pulse, looks at the blood, and tells another man that he is dead.
 A police officer watching footage of a man being shot in the back of the head explains that the victim was declared dead at the scene, but he woke up in the hospital and is now alive. A male and female police officer watch black and white footage of a man shooting another man point-blank in the forehead and we see blood flying from the back of the man's head.
 A woman sews together the torn open bloody skin of a man's neck: the man winces in pain and is later seen with a blood-soaked gauze on his neck. A man is shown lying on a hospital gurney with bloody gauze covering his face, and he sits up and screams as another man is about to pull a sheet over his head (the man is later seen with a scar on his cheek and a metal plate in the back of his head). A man looks at photographs of a man with a large bloody cut on his face and a man with bloody gauze tied on the stump of his arm.
 On two occasions, two different men engage in a firefight with another man in hallways: they fire at one another multiple times, sparks are seen flying from broken lights and large chunks of plaster are seen being struck during both occasions; on one occasion, one of the shooters appears directly in front of the other shooter and places his gun against the man's forehead, the man lowers himself to his knees and the other man disappears without firing.
 Two men drive recklessly on a highway: one driver speeds in front of a semi truck and swerves, causing the truck to swerve, one car is run off the road, one driver fires a shot into the other car, hitting the driver on the neck and he shoots out the other driver's tires and drives away (he appears to be in pain). A man drives recklessly on multiple occasions: One scene shows him speeding in reverse down the wrong side of the road as oncoming cars swerve and honk at him and police officers chase him; another scene shows the man driving in reverse down an alley and narrowly avoided hitting two cars that move just in time.
 A man with a gun threatens another man, he demands that the other man pick up his gun and try to fight back, and the man places the gun against the other man's temple, but drops it when a third man walks in, holding a gun. A man points a gun at another man, and he gets on his knees and begs the man not to shoot; the man fires the gun toward him and he falls down and rolls over, obviously in shock to still be alive. A man holds a gun to a woman's forehead as she sleeps; she wakes up, he asks where a man is so he can kill him, the woman says he died (we later see an urn with the man's ashes in it being opened and the ashes poured out) and the man drops the gun. Three men are seen rushing out of a bank, rifles in hand, shouting at the people inside.
 A woman slaps a man on the face; he appears unharmed. A woman pushes a man away and shouts angrily at him. A teenage girl appears to be drugged after she drinks something an older man hands her; the man films the girl but is interrupted by a man bursting through the door, and the teenage girl asks the man to not harm her (she is later seen unharmed).
 A man approaches another man and asks how he is still alive after he had shot him in the head and the other man holds up a smashed bullet and reminds him that he has a metal plate in his head.
 A man instructs another man to "do his job" (that is, beat up another man); he stands close to the man and then walks away, saying that the man is a ghost.
Correctional officers handcuff a man and lead him out of a prison, past windows where other men shout and pound on their cell doors.
 A woman explains to a man that a group of men had filmed themselves invading a home and killing a group of men and that she had not been able to watch the film after it was seized during a raid, saying it was a "snuff film." A man warns another man to leave a room saying that only one is going to leave the room. On multiple occasions a man states, "I'm going to kill you all," and a woman tells a man that he should "kill all of them" in reference to a man seeking revenge. Over the phone, the voice of a teenage boy asks a man if he was the man who killed his father; the man says he was, and the teenage boy says he will kill him. Two police officers discuss how a man had stabbed another man and shot two men. A woman discusses with a man how a group of men had robbed a bank at gunpoint. Television reporters are heard on multiple occasions discussing how a man shot multiple people, including one man at point-blank range. A radio announcer is heard discussing how a man had been stabbed multiple times and now was fighting for his life in a hospital. A man asks a woman if a boy was his child and the woman responds that she had "gotten rid" of her baby, and explains that she had an abortion.
 A man touches the long, deep scars on his legs on multiple occasions; it is implied that he had an invasive surgery as a child (we see photographs of a young boy with braces on his legs).
 A man walks in front of multiple lanes of busy traffic, cars swerve and slam on their brakes to avoid hitting him, honking horns and drivers are shouting as he continues walking across the street. An older woman cries as she apologizes to a man for allowing a person to beat him when he was a child. A man and a woman are seen shooting various bottles, cans and a bike.

PROFANITY 5 - About 3 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (bald headed precious, old man, sick, cowboy, porno mustache, snitch, hoss), 4 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is seen holding a bag of heroin and then a needle (it is implied he injects himself in the foot) and we later see the same man with track marks on his arm and a woman asks if he is "clean" or needs to go to rehab, a woman is seen propped up against a bathtub seeming to be under the influence of drugs, a man rushes into an apartment and sees drug paraphernalia for heroin (we also see what might be a small amount of dried vomit on the edge of the tub but we do not see anyone vomit), a man and a woman discuss a man's use of heroin and the man hands the woman a small balled-up baggie (presumably of heroin), a man is seen buying heroin from another man in a small balled-up baggie, and a woman and a man discuss how he and another woman had been in rehab for heroin. We see empty beer bottles being shot by a man and a woman. A man is seen smoking cigarettes throughout the movie and a man smokes a cigar. A woman tells a man that another man had "smuggled contraband" while he was in prison, but does not explain what that was.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Televangelism, revenge, snuff films, gentlemen's clubs, forgiveness, informants, police corruption, bank robbery, serving time in prison, abortion, heroin addiction and rehab, childhood abuse, gun violence.

MESSAGE - Sometimes people change. Revenge should be a last resort.

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