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Looper [2012] [R] - 7.8.7



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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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Sci-fi film set in a future where criminals manage assassinations by transporting victims to a different time period, where "Loopers" await to kill and dispose of bodies without leaving evidence. Things get complicated when a new super criminal begins to send Loopers to kill their future selves. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Noah Segan. Directed by Rian Johnson. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Two topless woman (their bare breasts, abdomens and legs are shown) wearing buttock revealing panties sit in a room smoking cigarettes; one of the women goes to another room where she straddles a man lying on a bed and places drops in his eyes, rolls off him and puts on a robe (no sex is implied). A man comes into a woman's bedroom, she closes the odor and kisses him, they caress each other, he removes his jacket and they lie on the bed together kissing (sex is implied when we see her smoking later).
 A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes. A wife kisses her sleeping husband on the cheek. A man speaks to a woman in a nightclub and she says that someone else "paid for me all night" (sex is implied). A husband and his wife lie in bed holding each other (we see this scene a few times and she is shown with a sheet covering her to the shoulders and he is wearing a T-shirt).
 Women wearing skimpy outfits (cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and legs are visible) are shown dancing on a stage in a nightclub. Women wearing skimpy outfits (cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and legs are visible) are shown in a nightclub. A man is bare-chested while a woman bandages his shoulder and arm (we see his bare chest and back). A woman wearing a low-cut nightgown (cleavage and bare shoulders are seen) lies in bed and we see her bare legs as she rubs her thigh. We see a boy's bare back and shoulders when he is taking a bath in a tub.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - We watch as a man looks at his hand and three of his fingers disappear (no blood is shown), then the tip of his nose is gone, then the side of his face is scarred (like he has been burned), and he yells as if his tongue has been cut out; then his legs and arms disappear, the man pounds on a door and another man comes out of the shadows and shoots him.
 A man with a gun stands in a field with a tarp in front of him and when another man appears on the tarp with his hands bound and a sack over his head, the man shoots him in the chest throwing him back onto the tarp (we see this happen numerous times with blood spurting and spraying along with matter bursting from the wound each time).
 A man with a gun approaches a little boy, and the man shoots him and walks away (we hear the bang; we do not see the boy struck). A boy is shot in the face (we see blood splatter and he falls to the ground). A man steals another man's suitcase and is shot in the back as he runs away (we see a large, bloody hole open in his back). A man climbing down a fire escape is shot at by other men, he loses his grip, falls several stories and crashes onto the roof of a car below (we see him unconscious). A man shoots several other men in rapid succession and we see blood splatter and spray from the wounds; he then throws an explosive into a room, presumably killing others (we see blood splatter on the gunman's face). A man shoots several men in a restaurant. A man trapped in a compartment under the floor of a man's apartment shoots through the floor and the man outside is struck in the ear (we see the ear bleeding, then bandaged later and then scarred). A man shoots another man in a car and blood and matter spray. A woman is shot in the abdomen (we see blood on her shirt and she falls to the ground). A man shoots several people in quick succession (the victims are not seen but we do see some blood spray). Several people are shot as they enter a diner (blood sprays and splatters). A man points a gun at another man and fires when the gunman is knocked to the ground by another man riding a rocket bike; these two men shoot at each other and one man is shot off the bike as he speeds by (we see a blurry shot of him dead on the ground with blood on his face). A woman threatens a man and then shoots him in the chest (we see the man thrown back and we see bloody pock marks from rock salt on his flesh). A man aims a gun at a boy; a woman stands in the way and is shot in the abdomen (we see a bloody wound in her abdomen and she is thrown back). A man shoots himself in the chest (we see blood splatter).
 A boy becomes angry and yells causing things in a room to levitate and swirl around including a man who we then see explode (we see blood spray out of the man's chest and back as he spins in the air); we see the boy later covered with the man's blood. An explosive is thrown into a room where many people are shown and it blows up. A man wraps a dead body in a plastic tarp, loads it onto a truck and transports it to a warehouse where he throws the body down a chute and into an incinerator (we see the body wrapped in plastic fall into the flames and we see this happen several times). We see a man standing over a table where a bloody body lies and it is implied that the person has been tortured to death. We see several dead bodies with bloody bullet wounds and one man has a bloody hole in his head.
 A man shoots another man who turns his back and the bullet is blocked by gold bars strapped to his back; he flings a gold bar at the gunman, and then punches him and runs away. A man shoots at a woman and a boy as they run through a field. Two men shoot at each other (it does not appear that either is struck). Several men shoot at each other, one man jumps out a window and runs away, and another man runs a different direction and is chased by gunmen; he speeds away on a rocket bike and jumps off in a cane field where he hides. A man shoots at a truck that is chasing him and the truck crashes into another car. A man shoots at a pick up truck speeding toward him, the truck tips up and flips over (we see the driver with blood on her head but she is otherwise OK and the passenger seems uninjured).
 A man slams a hammer down on another man's hand (we see the hammer hit the hand and hear the man scream, but do not see the damage). A man fights with three other men: two are knocked unconscious and a third is strangled to death. Several men fight with punches and kicks in the background and we see one man with blood on his mouth. A man is struck in the head by a swinging door and the gun he is holding discharges; another man asks him, "You didn't shoot your other foot off, did you?" A man shoves another man into a secret compartment under the floor and closes the door on his hand (we see his fingers caught under the door and we hear the man yell. Two men sit in a diner across from each other; one man tells the other man, "I know you have a gun between your legs," they argue briefly and one man kicks the other in the crotch (he moans and leans over the table), and then hits him in the head. A man punches another man in the face and we see blood on his lip. A woman slaps a man in the face several times. A boy shoves a woman, shouts at her saying "I hate you" and calls her a liar; the woman leaves the room as things in the room begin to blow around and levitate and she locks herself in a floor safe.
 Three men with guns break into a man's house, they taser him and he falls to the floor twitching; they take him away with a hood on his head and his hands tied behind his back and we see his house left to burn. A woman with a gun threatens a man in a cane field and says, "I have shot and buried 3 vagrants and I will cut you in half." A woman with a gun hears noises coming from a dark cane field, she raises her gun and calls out to a figure walking toward her, she warns him, she shoots into the air and another man comes out of the field to intervene (no one is harmed). A man with a gun threatens a storeowner and tells him he wants his jacket. A man with a gun threatens another man. A man is shown handcuffed to a cot in a barn while he goes through drug withdrawal. A man points a gun at a boy and the boy trips and falls down the stairs (he is unharmed).
 A man twirls a large handgun several times, nearly drops it and another man tells him, "Don't shoot your other foot off." A man talks to another man about finding him and that he "Put a gun in your hand." A man talks about time travel frying your brain. We hear about mass executions. A boy talks about seeing his mother killed. A woman says that "It's easy for things to get infected on a farm and fall off," as she bandages a man's wounds. A young boy asks a man, "Do you kill people?" A man talks about his mother "selling him" and abandoning him. A woman talks about abandoning her son.
 A boy becomes angry and yells causing a huge wave of dust to blow across a field, throwing a man and a woman into the air and flipping a truck on its side (no one appears injured). A man pounds on another man's window and climbs through in a panic because he is being chased by other men. A man returns to his apartment to find it has been ransacked.
 We see scars that spell out words (one letter at a time) appear on a man's arm (no blood is seen).
 A man under the influence of a drug speeds in a car and slams on the brakes just before running down a child walking across the street. A man in a car speeds on a crowded street and swerves to avoid another car and a pedestrian (no one is harmed).
 A man cuts the back of a dead man's jacket open and we see several silver ingots strapped to his back. A man breaks a window with his hand (no blood is shown).
 People talk about vagrants and we see several scenes that depict many people living on the streets and looking emaciated. A man is shown going through drug withdrawals; he gags and vomits (we see goo), he is shown sweating and trembling.
 A woman swings an ax into a tree stump in a few scenes.

PROFANITY 7 - About 29 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references (one painted on a dumpster, 22 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (vagrant, holy terror boss man, idiot, ridiculous, stupid, turkeys, liar, junkie, nut, child mentality, retarded, self absorbed, child mouth, worthless, freak, cowboy), 10 religious profanities, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown putting drops in his eyes that are implied to be a drug in several scenes (we see him become affected by the drug and he and others act intoxicated), we see syringe near a man a couple of times but do not see him injecting himself, a woman places drug drops in a man's eyes, and a man takes several aspirins. A man pours himself an alcoholic beverage and drinks it. A man smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, a woman smokes cigarettes in a few scenes, two women smoke cigarettes, a man finds a burning cigarette in his apartment, and a woman pretends to smoke a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Time travel, criminal organizations, mutations, telekinesis, sacrifice, abandonment, a mother's love, death of a loved one, doing the right thing, child abandonment, protecting those we love.

MESSAGE - Protecting the people you love is complicated when time travel is involved.

Special Keywords: S7 - V8 - P7 - MPAAR

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