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Haywire [2012] [R] - 3.7.5



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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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When a covert operation turns out to be a set up, one of the operatives (Gina Carano) finds herself on the run and not knowing who she can trust. Also with Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Michael Angarano. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man asks a woman if she is going to give him her number, she moves close to him while they talk, she unfastens his belt, they kiss passionately and caress each other (sex is implied but nothing else is seen).
 A woman wearing a bikini sits on a man's lap (we see his bare chest), they kiss, she feeds him a strawberry from her mouth and he smacks her on the buttock when she gets up. A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss in greeting.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man is shown bare-chested and wearing a towel around his waist. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder dress that reveals her bare upper shoulders and back.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - We hear an explosion and the lights in a house go out; a man investigates and we see a dead man on the floor with a pool of blood spreading around his head and brain matter splattered on the windshield of a car.
 A man hits a woman on the back of the head, she stumbles to her knees, and they fight: the man throws the woman into shelves and walls, the woman kicks and punches the man, the man draws a knife and slashes toward the woman (she is not cut), they continue to fight and we see that the woman has blood in her mouth, she places the man's head in a leg lock and squeezes until he falls unconscious; she then places a pillow over his face and shoots him (no blood is shown).
 Two men argue and one shoots the other in the stomach; we see the man with a lot of blood on his abdomen and we watch him take his last breath.
 A woman fights with a man: they punch and kick each other, she kicks his head into a marble counter (we hear a thud) and then breaks his neck (we hear a loud crack). A woman attacks a man from behind, they fight with punching and kicking, the man runs and trips over a rock formation (we hear a crack and we see blood in his mouth) where his leg becomes wedged and the woman leaves him as the tide approaches (he presumably drowns).
 Three police officers are shot (we see them flinch, blood sprays and they fall to the ground), a woman shoots the men that killed the officers (we see them on the ground (no blood is evident), and she steals a car and speeds away.
 A man in a restaurant throws a cup of coffee in a woman's face, pulls her across a table and slams her to the floor where they punch each other repeatedly, they throw each other around, and the man draws and fires a gun and the woman tackles him; another man tries to pull the man away and is thrown, the man with the gun fires again (next to the woman's head), the woman breaks his arm (we hear a crack), slams his head into a stool and he is left on the floor moaning.
 A woman runs from two men following her, she runs through a building, she climbs onto a roof and runs, she climbs down and back into a building, kicks down a door and hides; two armed men enter the room and she attacks them with punches and kicks until they are both shown unconscious. A woman chases a man though streets and markets and they knock things and people down, he turns into an alley, she follows and he hits her with a tray of dishes, she then throws a metal plate and hits him in the back of the head, and they fight with punches and kicks; the man is slammed to the ground and a metal door is lowered onto his chest (he is OK, but cannot get out).
 A woman in a car speeds away from a road block, she is chased by two police cars, she drives off the road and through a gate, she sees an oncoming car and speeds in reverse until she sees another car speeding toward her and she swerves onto another road where a deer lunges through the back window and she crashes into a tree (no one is injured); police officers with guns order her and her passenger to put their hands in the air.
 Several people survey an apartment where it is suspected that a hostage is being held; they enter the building with guns draw, they blow a door open with explosives, handcuff a man inside and lead the hostage out to a waiting car where another man opens fire on them and then runs away.
 A woman climbs down from a roof and falls to the ground below after hitting her side on the way down and landing on her back (she moans and appears hurt, but is eventually OK).
 A woman searches a storage room; she finds a chair with a set of handcuffs attached to it and then a body with a bloody bullet hole in the head. A woman drags a man's dead body to a bathtub and we see him face down as the tub fills with water.
 A woman cocks a gun when she hears someone at her door and she lowers the gun when she recognizes who it is. Two men and a woman load and prepare guns for a job.
 A woman has a bloody wound on her arm and a man cleans it up and applies bandages while she is driving. A woman is shown applying makeup to cover cuts and bruises on her face. We see a woman with healing bruises on her face and a cut on her forehead.
 A woman threatens a man and says, "When I have my hands around your throat..." A man says, "She killed a man in cold blood." A man says, "She killed four police officers," and she has left "5 dead in 3 days." A man says, "She's on a killing spree." A man says, "I've never done a woman before," meaning killed a woman.
 A man drools and we see a strand of saliva from his mouth.

PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term in Spanish and not translated, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (wonder woman, murderer, public threat), exclamations (shut-up), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says, "I'm hung over," a woman says, "I had too much wine," a man orders a beer and is told beer is not served, a man has a half-empty bottle of beer in front of him (we do not see him drink), a woman drinks wine in a few scenes, and a man and a woman drink at a restaurant. A man smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mercenaries, covert operations, assassinations, greed, money, hostages, MI6, denial, vulnerability.

MESSAGE - Some people will do anything for money.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P5 - MPAAR

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