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In Time [2011] [PG-13] - 6.6.5



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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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In an era when people only live until they are 25 and "time" is literally the new money and a commodity that can be accumulated, traded or stolen, a man (Justin Timberlake) discovers the truth behind the system and decides that immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. Also with Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Matthew Bomer, Johnny Galecki and Alex Pettyfer. Directed by Andrew Niccol. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman play strip poker: the woman loses a hand and removes her shirt leaving her bra and panties, and the man lies down with her on a bed and they kiss passionately until they are interrupted.
 A man and a woman kiss in a car and sex is implied. A man undresses on a beach (we see his bare chest and back), walks into the surf and is joined by a woman (we see bare backs and buttocks through the water); they swim and move close to one another but are interrupted. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes.
 A man says, "I'll take her" and caresses a woman's thigh; she slaps his hand away. A woman wearing a skimpy outfit that reveals cleavage, bare legs and shoulders propositions a man and he says, "When are you going to get out of the game?" (presumably insinuating that she is a prostitute).
 We see a man's bare chest, abdomen and back when he gets out of bed wearing only pants. Women inside a club wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare shoulders, bare backs and legs. Two women are seen wearing skimpy outfits while walking outside a club (cleavage and bare legs are seen). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut top and short, shorts that reveal cleavage and legs.
 A man and a woman dance. A man and a woman snuggle on a sofa and they kiss (they are interrupted).
 Two women caress and flirt with a man and ask him to take them home with him. A woman tells a man, "You do everything too fast" and he replies, "Not everything." A woman tells a man, "We look cute together."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two men wrestle for "time," one of the men shoots three other men in the room, and then empties his opponent's "clock" killing him also. A man is shot in the back, blood spurts and he falls to the ground dead. Several armed men hold several other men at gunpoint; one gunman steals another man's "time," and he gasps and falls to the ground dead. A man sits on an overpass, the "clock" on his arm counts down to 0:00, he jolts and moans and falls off the bridge and into water below (we see him dead with twisted limbs). A woman runs toward her son who is running toward her, her "clock" runs out and she lurches forward and into his arms; she's dead and her son screams. A man's "time" runs out and he gasps and falls to the ground.
 A woman shoots a man in the shoulder (blood spurts) and he lies on the ground moaning (we later see dried blood on his arm). A man and a woman jump out a window, land on a car below and run while being chased by a man with a gun; they run along rooftops and exchange gunfire. A man punches and kicks several armed men, jumps over a flight of stairs, grabs a woman and holds a gun to her head and speeds away in a car with the woman. A man slams open a toilet stall door and knocks another man on the other side of the door; the man is rendered unconscious.
 Several men with guns barge into a room, grab a man and a woman and hold them at gunpoint. A man with a gun comes into a bar and challenges another man to a fight for "time." Two men grab another man by the arms and escort him to a room where he is questioned and threatened. A man holds a woman at gunpoint. A man and a woman with guns hold up a woman and steal some "time," her earrings and her car. A woman with a gun is held at gunpoint by many armed men. A man is held at gunpoint. A man and a woman with guns walk up the entry stairs of what is identified as a big bank (we do not see what they do once they get inside, but it is implied that they rob it).
 A car runs over nails in the road, the tires blow up and the car careens off the road, flips over and crashes in a culvert (we see the driver slumped over the steering wheel and the passenger has a bloody cut on her face and blood on her arm). A car speeds toward a roadblock, armed men fire at the car, and the car crashes through a tollbooth and continues (no one is shown to be injured). An armored truck crashes through the window of a bank and customers dive and run for safety; a man and a woman in the truck get out holding guns, steal from a large vault and invite the customers to help themselves to what remains. A car crashes into another car, the three occupants get out of their respective cars and one holds a gun on the other two. A man and a woman in a car are chased by another car that rams into the back of their car, the car spins, speeds in reverse through oncoming traffic and the other car is slammed by a truck (no one is harmed). Men in a car chase two men running on foot and they jump over a fence and hide in a warehouse. A man in a car speeds on winding roads.
 A man lies dead on the ground and we see numbers on his arm reading "0:0000:…" A woman lies dead on the street (presumably her "time" ran out).
 People surround a wounded man on a street in a threatening manner until another man holding a gun takes him away. A man gasps and grabs his chest (he's OK).
 A man says of his father, "He died in a fight taking another man's time." A man and a woman yell at each other. A man says, "You're definitely dead." People talk about their "time" literally running out and how they will get more "time." A man says, "For a few to be immortal, many must die." A man talks about "fighting" and we understand that it is like an arm wrestling match that gives and takes time from the opponents. A woman tells a man that another man drank himself to death. A man says of his daughter that she has a "lack of vigilance."
 People are seen lining up outside a Mission where a large neon sign reads "Out of Time" or "Time." People are shown with glowing digital clocks on their arms.
 A man vomits in a bar toilet (we hear gagging and the splatter of vomit in the toilet).

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (thief, insane, reckless), exclamations (shut up), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol in a bar, a woman holds an unopened bottle of champagne, two men drink shots from a flask, a man drinks champagne, a woman tells a man that another man drank himself to death, and a man pours alcohol into a cup of coffee and drinks it.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Time, immortality, genetic engineering, life expectancy, the haves and the have-nots, death, cost of living, Theory of Evolution, survival of the fittest, Charles Darwin, justice, suicide, mass murder, kidnapping, bribery, ransom, hope, capitalism.

MESSAGE - No one should be immortal.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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