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Inception [2010] [PG-13] - 1.7.4



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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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Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a master thief, who can enter a person's subconscious and steal ideas and secrets. However, when he is hired to do the reverse, that is invade the dreams of one man and plant an idea, he realizes that his own reality may be changing at the same time, and he may end up trapped in subconscious limbo. Also with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:28]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man tells a young woman to kiss him and they kiss briefly. A man kisses a woman on the forehead while holding her in his arms. A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A man and a woman sit very close to each other, and the woman touches the man's face.
 Women wear form-fitting, cleavage exposing dresses.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Throughout the movie it is difficult to determine if what is being shown is a dream sequence or occurring in real time, and when people are killed it is not clear if they are real people and if the events are taking place in real life.
 A man is seen being shot in the chest during a gun battle between himself, three other men and a young woman against a group of five men firing wildly at their car: blood is seen on the man's chest, and he is seen later, blood soaking his shirt and other men discuss shooting the man to "put him out of his misery" but decide to let him continue to suffer; the man is laid out on a table, there's a large pool of blood on his chest, and he is carried to another location since he can no longer walk or speak (he is later seen unharmed).
 Two men drag another man into a room, a woman holds a gun to the captured man's head, another man holds a gun up to the woman, he drops the gun and the woman shoots the restrained man in the foot; the man screams in pain and the other man grabs his gun and shoots the injured man in the head (we see a small bullet wound in his forehead but no blood, and the man is later seen unharmed).
 A woman approaches a man as he walks through a room and fires a shot, point-blank, into his chest: a small fleck of blood is seen emerging on the man's chest, another man shoots the woman in the chest (we see the bloody bullet wound in her chest) a young woman shouts that the injured man is dead, and two men work to revive him (we later see him unharmed after one man uses a defibrillator to revive him).
 A man grabs a woman and runs into a bathroom as other men pull out guns and fire at them; another man fires back and we see men fall to the ground, presumably dead (no blood is visible).
 A man fires a gun at another man on a rooftop, who fires back, and another man approaches and fires a giant machine gun at the man on the rooftop, causing a massive explosion, and presumably killing the rooftop shooter.
 A man runs out of a room as a group of men and a woman fire machine guns at him: the building begins to collapse (pieces of it are falling and people are seen being crushed), and we see the building's windows blow up as water rushes inside, presumably killing the occupants (the occupants are later seen unharmed).
 As a group of men open fire on a building patrolled by dozens of people, bodies are seen falling to the ground and shots are fired in return; a man throws a lit grenade down a vent where men are walking, a man fights another man and throws him off a balcony, and a man shoots a person at point-blank range (no blood is visible, but the body hits the ground immediately).
 Two people driving a snowplow chase two men skiing down a mountainside: one of the people on the snowplow opens fire on the skiers, the skiers fire back, hitting another person who is chasing them on skis (blood is seen on the person's chest), another person is struck (blood is seen on the person's shoulder), one of the skiers turns and strings a rope between a series of trees and the people on the snowplow and skis following them hit the rope and fall to the ground.
 A man describes an incident and we see what he is describing on multiple occasions: he enters a hotel room that looks like it had been ransacked, finds his wife standing on the window ledge, about to jump, he tries to talk her down but she insists that they both need to kill themselves, she leaps from the ledge and the man describes that she had died. In a flashback, two men decide to commit suicide by placing their heads on train tracks; as a train approaches, the scene ends.
 Multiple instances of personal combat are seen: two men wrestle another man to the ground after one of the men pulls a gun, and they pin one of the men and hit him in the head until he acts dazed (later seen unharmed); a group of people rush to attack a young woman, they pull at her arms and another woman approaches the young woman and stabs her in the stomach as a man watches (the young woman is later seen unharmed); two men attack another man, wrestling with him, the room turns on its side and upside down knocking the men off their feet as they punch and kick each other, until one man is able to pull himself away after shooting one of the men in the chest (no blood is visible); two men fight when due to the effects of antigravity they float through the air, wrestling until one of them appears to choke the other with his arm wrapped around his neck from behind; A man throws another man off a stairwell after the man attempts to shoot him; and a woman lunges to stab a man, the man dodges the knife and the woman screams in anger.
 A man jumps off a second-story balcony and runs down a crowded street as a group of men chase him, they fight, one man is knocked to the ground, gets up and runs, hides in a crowded room, the men chasing him enter, a large fight breaks out and people begin to fire shots at one another.
 A young woman throws a man -- his face covered in cuts, a gag on his mouth and with his hands tied up -- off an extremely high building; she then throws herself off the building, and they are both later seen unharmed.
 A man runs down crowded streets and narrowly avoids being struck by gunfire; he jumps into a car moments before another man is run over by a car, and the car he enters runs over a man (no blood is visible).
 A man is seen approaching a hospital bed where an older man is seen lying with tubes hooked up to machines: the dying man struggles to speak and then closes his eyes, implying he has died. We see an old man lying in a hospital bed, with tubes coming out of his nose; he begins to shake and shoves a glass frame off his bedside.
 A man is seen sitting across from another man, his face bloodied, and the uninjured man says that he has been forced to hurt him and the injured man is going to be killed.
 A man drives a van down a crowded street with two cars chasing him: men hang out of the cars firing guns at the van, the sleeping passengers in the van are jostled in their seats and the windows are shot out, a car rams into the van multiple times, pushing it over an overpass, it rolls over, and comes to rest on its tires and the driver is able to drive away. A man driving a van pulls another man, holding a gun to his face, off a motorcycle, drops him as he speeds away, and then smashes into another man standing in the path of the van. A man fires a gun at another man in a van, which has become trapped on a draw bridge as it begins to open: the van breaks through a barrier and begins to fall slowly off the bridge and into the water, and all but two of the passengers appear to escape unharmed and swim to safety. A man on a snowplow throws a grenade onto a Hummer where four people are riding; the Hummer is seen catching on fire as the snowplow zooms away.
 A man drives a car through a crowded city street and bumps into the back of a taxi; the taxi driver gets out and shouts as two other men steal the taxi, and pick up two more men, one of whom pulls a gun on one of the passengers. Multiple cars follow a taxi, shooting out the windows with machine guns: the man driving the taxi crashes into multiple cars, knocks a man over the windshield, drives quickly down a crowded street, and other people follow in cars, shooting at the occupants of the taxi until they drive into a warehouse, pull the passenger out of the taxi and put a hood over his head.
 Two men drag an older man into a room where another man is sitting on the ground (the older man is seen with a cut on his lip and his face appears bruised): they handcuff the older man to a pipe, he tells the other man that their captors are planning on killing them, hoods are placed over their heads and they are shoved into a van. Two men kick down a door, shove an older man through the doorway and hold a gun to his head as a group of men and a young woman watch. A man is seen waking up in the wake of an ocean, a small cut on his lip and cheek, and another man holds a gun to his back and two other men drag him into a room.
 A man is seen coughing, and blood sprays from his mouth and onto his hand and the ground.
 Storefronts are seen exploding in slow motion on multiple occasions, and buildings are seen crumbling and collapsing on multiple occasions as people watch -- scenes end in a flash after a person is hit with a force of air. A massive explosion is seen on a city street, and people run, holding bats and flaming sticks in their hands, breaking windows on stores and setting cars on fire; they enter a house where four men are standing, rush one of them and the scene ends. A building is seen blowing up in a massive explosion, presumably killing all of the occupants (some of the occupants are later seen unharmed).
 Two people rappelling down the side of a mountain let go of the ropes when an avalanche begins, and they fall to the ground moments before snow piles on top of them (they are later seen unharmed). As a man tries to rappel down a building, a woman holding the rope lets go, the rope falls limp and the man struggles to regain his footing.
 A man slaps a sleeping man on the face but the man is undisturbed. On multiple occasions a man slaps or hits a sleeping man in the face, as well as pushing the man over, waking him up.
 A woman runs towards a young woman with a broken wineglass in her hand, and a young woman and a man turn and escape.
 Men and women shout at one another on multiple occasions, a man shouts at a young woman, and a young woman angrily whispers at a man. A man tells a young woman that people think he had killed his wife. A man tells a young woman that a program was created so soldiers could practice strangling, fighting, and killing other people without actually doing so.
 A young woman wakes up in a panic lying on the beach with waves hitting her.

PROFANITY 4 - 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 1 sexual reference, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (stick in the mud), 6 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man sneaks a sedative into a man's drink causing the man to sleep for ten hours, and a man discusses uses sedatives to put someone to sleep for hours at a time without the person's knowledge. Men and women are seen drinking alcoholic beverages in various dinner and bar scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dream worlds, unreality, suicide, fate, interrupting someone's dream, subconscious projections, betrayal, broken promises, reality versus fiction, doubt, deception, death of a loved one, parental disappointment, economic monopoly, international deportation, being falsely accused of a crime.

MESSAGE - Be careful to always center yourself to your surroundings. Reality may not be what it seems to be.

Special Keywords: S1 - V7 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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