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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [2014] [PG-13] - 2.6.5



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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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A young marine (Chris Pine) recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan is recruited by the CIA to monitor monetary activity hoping to prevent another terrorist attack on the US homeland. Also with Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki and Alec Utgoff. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman sleeps in bed and we see a man caressing her bare shoulder (we see his bare shoulders and upper chest); he proposes to her, rolls over on top of her and they hug and kiss (sex is implied).
 A man is shown shirtless and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A woman comes out of a shower and we see her wrapped in a towel (her bare shoulders and upper chest are seen). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.
 A man kisses a woman's hand in greeting and tells her "You are so beautiful." A man and a woman hug and kiss. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman hug.
 A man tells his fiancée, "I love you desperately" over the phone. A man is described as chasing women and that the more married they are the better. A man refers to "Hookers and hotels."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A helicopter is shot down and we see the occupants thrown and they yell as they go down; we see one of the occupants bloody and badly bruised as he is taken to a hospital for emergency surgery where a doctor says that he'll need to hurry if the man is ever going to walk again (we hear that two other occupants in the helicopter also survived).
 Several armed men open fire on a house where several people are hiding out; we see several people struck and they fall dead (no blood is evident).
 A man shoots another man several times in the chest (we see bullet holes opening in his clothing, but no blood is evident). A man stabs another man in the throat with a knife; we hear a crunch and the man struggles briefly before being pushed over (we see blood on the blade). A man stabs another man in the stomach (we hear a crunch and the man falls to the ground dead; we see blood on the blade). A man is shot in the chest and he falls to the ground (no blood is shown). A man shoots at another man several times in a hotel room; the man dodges the bullets and hides in the bathroom, jumps on the gunman and they fight; one man hits his head on a toilet/bidet and breaks it, one man wraps a clothesline around the other's neck, and one is pushed into a bathtub and drowned (we see him struggle and gasp underwater before falling still). A man with a knife approaches another man and says, "One loose end to tie up" (the man presumably killed the other man but we do not see it). A man with a high-powered rifle takes aim at guards chasing another man and fires hitting two of them (they fall down a flight of stairs and no blood is visible). A man places a fluorescent light bulb in a young woman's mouth and threatens to kill her using it and moves very close to her face (the woman whimpers). A man punches another man in the face (no blood).
 After fighting with punches and shoving in fast flowing water, a man drives a police van while another man tries to arm an explosive in the back of the van; the driver swerves, crashes into other cars on the street and stops short trying to distract the man, then ties the steering wheel in position and moves to the back of the van where the two men struggle briefly; the driver then jumps out of the van as we see the vehicle careen off a pier and into water below where the explosive detonates and presumably kills the other man in the van. A car crashes into a truck, and a car speeds after another car and eventually finds her. A woman is taken out of a car and taken away from a fight; she is then placed into another car and taken away. A man slams a heavy stick on the hood of a pickup truck that is taking a man's child away. A car rams another car from the back, and one person in the ramming car shoots at the other car. Armed guards approach a man in an office building; the man escapes in an elevator.
 Several people appear to be milling around a college campus and there seems to be something going on inside one of the buildings; we see people watching the news reportage of the 9//11 attacks on the World Trade Center (we see video images of the buildings with smoke billowing out).
 A medic attempts to inject a man in the arm and the man flinches twice, then strikes the medic in the face causing him to fall to the floor and the man kicks the medic three times before another man drags him out of the room. A woman is restrained with duct tape and held in the back of a vehicle. A man squeezes a young woman's neck as he talks on the phone with her fiancé.
 A man places a fluorescent light bulb in a woman's mouth and talks about killing her with it. A man speaks to another man in a threatening manner and talks about relationships "ending violently." A man looks at a woman with a threatening glare. A man and a woman argue in a couple of scenes.
 Several handguns are shown on a table in an airport security area and we see a man collect one of the guns, load it and put it in his holster. A man gives another man a gun.
 A man is shown with bandages on his forehead and bruising on his face. A wounded soldier is shown strapping on a prosthetic leg while undergoing physical therapy. A young man in physical therapy stumbles and falls to his knees; he struggles to get back up and asks for pain medication. A man describes that he has hand grenade fragments in his hip.
 A man talks of a second Great Depression. A woman asks a man how long he has had cirrhosis and describes symptoms including yellow-tinged skin and spider veining on the hands (we see both) and the man admits that he has 3 months to live. A young man tells his physical therapist, "I don't like you very much" and asks her for pain medication. Three young men argue (in a friendly manner) over football teams. A man talks about another man's obsessions with vodka, vanity and women. A young man talks about a "team is whacked." A man says, "America will bleed."

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (sick, dangerous, sadist, fancy driver, rude, boy scout on a field trip, touchy), 3 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus H. Christ, Jesus Christ, Oh My God, Oh God, Oh God No, Thank God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A physical therapist gives a man a Percocet and asks him to wait two minutes before taking it in order to prove that he can (we do not see him take the pill), a man attempts to inject another man with a drug (not clear what it is) and fails, a man injects himself with a drug (it's not clear what it is), a man appears to be taking Percocet tablets with wine and offers some to another man (he declines), and a man drinks a shot of vodka and takes a prescription pill. People are shown with wine in glasses in a restaurant scene, and several people drink wine in a restaurant and one man drinks a lot of wine (to the point where he spills some wine and becomes belligerent).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terrorism, 9/11, financial markets, CIA, covert operations, love, trust, heroism, truth, water boarding, aging, living life without regret, rendition, Turks, Georgians, Russians, bankruptcy, economic war, Russian Romanticism, The Great Depression.

MESSAGE - Terrorist attacks can come from anywhere and in any form.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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