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Inside Man [2006] [R] - 4.6.10



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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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Denzel Washington stars as a police detective and hostage negotiator assigned to the scene of a bank robbery, where the robber (Clive Owen) and his team are locked inside and holding hostages. In a cat-and-mouse game, the detective and the robber try to outwit each other. Jodie Foster co-stars as a representative of the bank, whose mission is to ensure that items in safety deposit boxes are not made public. Also with Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Spike Lee. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss: she is wearing a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen, bare legs and shoulders are shown), she lies back on a bed, and the man begins to undress (nothing else is shown).
 Many people are forced to remove their clothing down to their underwear (we see women in bras and panties and men bare-chested in jockeys or boxers). A woman wears a teddy that reveals cleavage and although we do not see what she is wearing below the waist, we do see her bare legs. A woman opens her top to show two men her bra size while they make remarks about a physical description provided by a witness. Two men stare at a woman's breasts (she wears a low-cut top that reveals ample cleavage). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A bare-chested man lies on a sofa sleeping.
 A man and a woman flirt on the telephone, making sexual remarks to each other. A man makes a comment about forced oral sex in prisons. A man talks about having a part of his penis "pulled" and that it cost him $5.00. A man makes a crude sexual remark about another man's sister. A man makes a crude comment about a woman's breasts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - We see a person with a hood over their head being shot in the head (blood is sprayed onto the hood and the person falls to the floor).
 Several people are shot: one is shot in the head and blood spurts and another is shot repeatedly. Many people come out of a building, they are shot at, and several are struck (we see them fall to the ground, but there is no blood).
 A man is grabbed, taken into a room and we see, through frosted glass, the man being beaten (with several punches to the face and kicks to the body), we hear him screaming and we see his bloody and bruised face later. A man is dragged by the foot out of a room, he grabs onto things trying to get away and the man dragging him punches him.
 A man knees a man in the groin, holds him, they fall down a flight of stairs, and another person holds a gun on the attacker. A man presses a gun into the cheek of another man and threatens to shoot him. A man with a gun threatens a police officer. A man is grabbed and shoved to the floor at gunpoint. Several women are shoved into a room by people with guns. A man is frisked and held at gunpoint. Many people are forced at gunpoint to remove their clothing, down to their underwear. A woman lies on the floor and is frisked by someone holding a gun.
 Several people with guns enter a bank and force the customers and employees to lie on the floor while threatening to shoot them if they do not do as they are told. Tear gas canisters are thrown into rooms where hostages are held.
 A man comes out of a bank with a case strapped around his neck, police hold guns on him, make an insulting remark when they think he is of Arab heritage, remove his turban and take him away in handcuffs. A man comes out of a bank, police hold guns on him, and they push him to the ground and handcuff him.
 A woman hits her head on a doorframe as she tries to go through the door. An elderly man has an attack and has trouble breathing.
 In a video game a character shoots another character repeatedly in the face (blood spurts and sprays on a wall behind him), puts a grenade in his mouth, and his head explodes (we see blood and matter spray).
 A large police force arrives at the scene of a bank robbery, they cordon off the area, they set up barricades, and they move into position with guns trained on the front doors of the bank.
 A man talks about fearing that he will not see his family again. A police detective questions a woman and teases her about whether or not she can leave the room (the woman is very upset and confused). A man talks to a woman dismissively. We see a swastika on an envelope.

PROFANITY 10 - 56 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 27 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Hispanic-Americans, 1 derogatory comment about Russian people, 1 derogatory insinuation about people of Arab descent, name-calling (idiot), 2 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several men drink alcohol. A woman smokes a cigarette and a man smokes a cigarette, in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bank robberies, internal affairs, police corruption, hostage negotiation, racism, random selection inspections, terrorism, power brokers, civil rights, war crimes, morals, concentration camps, WWII, Nazis, blood money, secrets, success, communism, capitalism, "Dog Day Afternoon."

MESSAGE - Evil deeds do not go away.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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