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Keanu [2016] [R] - 6.7.10



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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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A sad jilted man (Jordan Peele) perks up when he finds a kitten on his doorstep. After he comes to adore it, a local drug gang steals it. Heartbroken, he enlists the help of his straight-laced cousin (Keegan-Michael Key) to infiltrate the gang and steal back his pet. Also with Will Forte, Method Man, Nia Long and Luis Guzman. Directed by Peter Atencio. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A gunman wears a necklace that has three short penises hanging on it. A stripper in bikini bottoms stands facing the camera and we see her breasts. Two women dance in a strip club and we see bare buttocks, the side of a breast and abdomens. In a dim club scene four strippers wearing bikini bottoms dance in the background, revealing one pair of buttocks and one pair of breasts. A woman leans down to speak to a man from behind a heavily shadowed bar and she wears a bra-top that reveals cleavage. Three women wearing bikini bottoms sit or stand; two of the women have their backs to the camera and reveal bare backs, and one woman sits in profile with her arm covering most of her breasts (we see the bulge of one breast and one bare buttock). Women wearing only bras and panties work in illegal drug labs (we see cleavage and the bottoms of buttocks); a few men work shirtless. A woman wears a low-cut blouse that reveals a lot of cleavage and she sticks her hand down the cleavage as she talks to her husband. Two women wearing skimpy bikinis dive into a swimming pool at an estate. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage. A man lifts his T-shirt to bare his chest and show off a tribute tattoo to singer George Michael. We see close-ups of two men's clothed rear ends in jeans, shimmying to George Michael music.
 A wife whispers to her husband asking for sex before jumping into his arms and he carries her into the house (sex is implied).
 A man and a woman kiss goodbye on a sidewalk for several seconds. A man attempts to kiss a woman and she pulls away and declines. A woman grabs a man's face and kisses him passionately for several seconds.
 A strip club is called Happy Party Vixens, but its neon sign is HPV (also an acronym for human papillomavirus) and the V is formed by a woman's bare legs. A woman tells a man, "Oh, you gay!" he denies it and she says she was joking. A sign advertises an all-day buffet on Tuesdays (there's a suggestion of sex instead of food).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A woman shoots a man twice and we see blood spurt as he dies; she then hits another woman in the face with the gun and we see blood on her chest and mouth as she crashes into and shatters a glass coffee table; she shouts, "You broke my nose!" and the woman with the gun shoots the fallen woman and we see more blood on her chest and mouth. Two men sit tied in folding chairs, facing two silent gunmen who take out a gun and a switchblade, the tied men scream several times in fear and the gunmen uncover a table full of knives, one tied man gets free and frees the other who grabs two guns and they shoot the gunmen, yelling, "We killed people!"; the gunmen revive and one of the armed victims shoots them again (we see pools of blood as the gunmen fall presumably dead for a second time) and the gunmen revive again in the end credits. Several people belonging to rival gangs draw large handguns and open fire and we see men fall dead with blood spurting from their chest and back (we see and hear a substantial amount of gunfire in a slow motion scene). As a gunman prepares to shoot his driver another man runs a car into the gunman; the gunman gets up with a bloody face as another gunman shoots him in the chest and some blood flows; a second gunman is shot four times and we see some blood. A police officer arrests five men and she is struck in the shoulder by gunfire and blood spurts and two men pick up guns and shoot at drug dealers until one of the men is shot in the hand and the other in the thigh as we see blood flow.
 Two gunmen break into a man's apartment where they tie him up and place him in the trunk of a car where he pounds and screams for help; another man opens the trunk, pulls him out, and sticks him in the back of an SUV with a large python and we later see the man is still tied up and half swallowed by the snake, snakeskin covering his body to above the waste as he screams (we do not see him again).
 Two men use two large handguns with silencers to shoot up an illegal drug lab, performing backflips while shooting and kicking several men out of the way in slow motion as men in the lab pull handguns and fire back (many falling when hit, presumably dead, but no blood is evident); a man kneels before the two gunmen and screams, begging for his life until one man shoots and kills him off-screen (we see the body fall to the floor, its back to the camera and no blood showing).
 A man drives a car erratically with another man in the back seat, pointing a handgun at the driver's head; the windshield falls out after the gunman shoots it three times, a kitten jumps out onto the hood and then launches itself into the gunman's face, knocking him out and the car hits a low brick wall, throwing bricks and crumpling the nose of the car (the backseat gunman gets out and the driver limps out with a bloody face).
 A man extinguishes a cigar on his hand, but is not shown to have a burn. A man shows a scar on his throat, explaining that a little boy stabbed him. A man says someone attacked him on a street and removed his appendix; he shows a long scar.
 A man plays a violent video game with a grainy screen image and we see a figure blast another figure with a fiery gun; he gets up and points a handgun at two men, who see a large python under a desk and scream and he forces them to operate a drug deal (please see the Substance Use category for more details). Two men retrieve a kitten from a warehouse of freaky amusement park figures and confront a gang outside; a gunman forces them to go on a drug deal and tells his cohorts to kill another man (the man is not injured). A man punches another man in the nose in a driveway and the struck man falls off-screen.
 A man stabs a picture of a kitten using a switchblade. A woman says that she cut a man's penis off. A man says that he cut two penises off -- one thin as a pencil and one short and "girthy." A woman dares another woman to shoot and kill a man who cut off two penises, saying, "What does the brain of a man look like when it explodes?" A woman pulls out a ninja sword, and then puts it down and laughs. A man discovers his kitten has been stolen and he walks into the rain and stands in his driveway, screaming. A man says that his mother and his grandmother both stabbed him in the past. A man says that he was shot in the stomach, but does not show the scar. Three armed police officers arrest gang members and two kidnapped men as the scene cuts to a prison visitors' area where two men speak through phone receivers to visitors that include two women and a kitten; we hear that the men will be released in 21 days. A man says that his wife is sick with projectile vomiting and diarrhea.

PROFANITY 10 - About 129 F-words and derivatives, 51 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, 45 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, stupid, dumb, sucker, nerds, morons, psychopath, honky), exclamations (oh my gosh, oh dear, shut-up), 6 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted], I Swear To God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman snort white powder in her home and she shouts, "Whooooo!," a bong is seen on a coffee table and a man lights and breathes deeply from it, a man tells another man over the phone that they are going smoke some drugs, a marijuana dealer's apartment is shown with a room full of marijuana plants and a shelf with several bags of leafy drugs on it, two men in different scenes smoke a drug from a drug pipe and fall to the floor in intense convulsions, a man tries to sell another man more drugs (the first man declines), two gunmen chloroform two other men and the screen goes black, a man describes a new three-drug powder mix of PCP and two other powerful designer drugs and says its street name (it is a scatological term), a man smokes a drug and smiles vacuously and then ascends to heaven where he dances with singer George Michael before he awakens, and two men share a marijuana cigarette. Three men drink from beer bottles on a club's rooftop and set off fireworks from a homemade hand-canon, many people hold and drink from mixed cocktails and short glasses of whiskey along with bottles of whiskey and glasses of wine and shots of alcohol, and a woman drinks champagne form a bottle and we see three bottles of wine on a shelf along one wall.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, friendship, pets, communication, respect, love, loyalty, working together, problem solving, drug crimes, murder, law breaking, consequences, courage, trust, justice.

MESSAGE - Pets can bring people together.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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