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The Magnificent Seven [2016] [PG-13] - 3.6.4

 
 

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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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Remake of the 1960 western classic: Seven notorious men (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier) join together to save a mining town from a tyrannical, murdering businessman (Peter Sarsgaard). Also with Haley Bennett and Luke Grimes. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:12]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman (she's a prostitute) rubs a man's shoulders while he plays cards in a saloon. A prostitute takes a man into a saloon (sex is implied). Several scantily clad women (prostitutes) wearing bustiers and low-cut, short dresses (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the thighs) dance around a piano in a saloon. Several scantily clad women wearing bustiers and low-cut, short dresses (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the thighs) stand on a balcony and mingle through a saloon in a few scenes.
 Women (prostitutes) are shown wearing low-cut dresses and bustiers that reveal cleavage and upper backs in several outdoor and saloon scenes. A couple of bare-chested men are seen while digging trenches. A man wears a vest that hangs open revealing part of his bare chest and abdomen.
 A man makes a remark to another man that he raped and killed the first man's daughter. A man makes a remark about a woman (who has a rope around her ankles) comforting him and the woman becomes angry and thrashes on the floor. A man makes a comment about a woman having done some "poking and stitching" for a man and that he should repay the favor.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man yells at another man who draws his gun and shoots him in the chest in the street, another man is shot and killed and a woman is stabbed in the back by a thrown axe, with many other people gathered around them (we see blood on one man's shirt, the other's jacket and the woman's dress as they lie dead). A man throws an axe that strikes another man in the chest (he falls back dead), then chases another man, knocks him down, hits him on the head with his gun butt, then stomps hard on him (seemingly crushing his skull and we see blood on the attacker's ear and neck). A man is shot in the chest and he falls to his knees (we see blood on his shirt), and then to the floor dead. A man pulls a knife out of the chest of another man who then falls to the ground dead (we see blood on the wound).
 An extended scene shows many armed men on horseback charging toward a town where many other armed men and women prepare to fight: gunfire is exchanged, arrows are loosed, explosives are detonated, ropes are drawn taut as horses approach (their riders are thrown) and we see men struck and they fall or are thrown with some blood visible (one man is shown running while in flames, one man is struck three times with arrows and falls to his knees dying, with blood at the wound sites), a man hacks several other men with an ax while reciting prayers (we hear crunching but do not see blood), a man is shown after having been shot in the eye and we see the bloody wound, a man is shot in the back and we see blood on his shirt, a horse tramples a man on the ground (we do not see the man's condition), a man on horseback is chased and shot at until he falls off his horse with bloody wounds visible and he is shot again while on the ground, a stick of dynamite is thrown under a wagon and explodes throwing several men through the air (we assume they all die), a man is shot repeatedly and stumbles into an open casket dead and bloody, a man is stabbed in the abdomen and pushed over a balcony to the ground below, two men in a church steeple are shot and one falls off the roof to the ground while the other slumps to the floor dead (both are seen with bloody wounds), and many people are struck when a Gatling gun is fired and we see structures and people being riddled with holes (bloody wounds are evident on some).
 A man shoots a gun out of another man's hand and the man groans, the man is then shot in the leg as he tries to run away (we see blood on his hand), and the shooter strangles the injured man as he draws a gun and is shot. A man shoots several men in a saloon (we see blood trickle down the head and face of one man, another man is shot in the chest and bleeds through his shirt and another falls back out of his chair). Two men hold guns on a man and take away his guns; he distracts them to retrieve his guns and shoot one of them in the head (we see a bullet hole in his forehead), then shoots the other in the ear (we see a piece of his bloody ear on the ground and his bloody remaining ear and face). Two men in a horse corral fire guns at each other (neither is struck), the same two men prepare to shoot again and when they do one throws a knife into the other's chest killing him. A dead man is thrown off a rooftop and another man is shot with an arrow.
 Several men fight with guns, arrows, axes and knives and we see some being struck and killed; a couple of men are stabbed a few times each (we see blood smeared on a wall after a man is shot and we see bloody wounds on bodies). A man tackles a man off his horse and stabs him in the chest a few times. Several men are shot off their horses from a distance (they fall to the ground dead and no blood is visible).
 A man is thrown through a saloon window and it shatters. Several armed men set a church on fire and we see the blaze, then the charred remains later. Several armed men fire their guns into the air inside a church causing the people inside to run in fear; we see the people outside the church being shoved and struck with guns and one man is punched and kicked several times while he is on the ground. A man wraps a rope around a woman's ankles and pulls her to the ground (she seems unharmed).
 We see a dead man in shadows with flies buzzing around his head and face (his skin is tinged gray and his eyes are open) and a woman reacts to the smell. We see a dead man in an open coffin standing on display in a street; the man's skin is tinged gray and he has a sign around his neck that reads, "Thief." A man is shown with one eye permanently closed and a scar down the eyelid. A man forces a young boy to put his hand in a jar filled with dirt and the boy looks frightened (he is not harmed). We see a human skull on the ground and presumably a dead body under an animal skin lying on an elevated structure. We see several men in mining camps and they appear to be maltreated with bloody wounds and bandages. A man shows a scar around his neck from a rope.
 A man on horseback with a dead deer draped over the horse's back rides into a camp and several men and a woman hold guns on him (no one is shot). A man holds a gun on another man. Men with guns line rooftops and stand on alert as a man rides into town. Men with guns guard a wagon transporting gold to a bank. Several scenes show explosions in mines that blow plumes of thick smoke through the access points; animals are frightened and horses rear. We see an empty noose hanging from a frame in a mining camp.
 Many children are led into an underground store room to hide and we hear some crying. A man teaches other men how to fight using a knife and slashes burlap dummies with the blade. A man teaches several other men to shoot and one man demonstrates shooting a burlap dummy's head off.
 Men and women gathered in a church argue about what to do about a man trying to run them off their land. A man talks to another man about someone who shot and killed a family. A man says to a group, "Oh good, we got a Mexican." A man taunts a man and mocks his accent. An implication is made that a man's sister and mother are dead and that the mother was raped and killed. A man says, "White people's food is for dogs." A man makes reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. A man talks about seeing an owl and that he has heard voices; he seems frightened.
 A man cuts a dead deer open and pulls out a chunk of bloody flesh and then hands it to another man who takes a bite of the flesh; the man hands it back to the first man and he takes a bite also. Men spit chewing tobacco tainted saliva in a few scenes (one scene is inside a church). A man pours a jar of dirt on the floor of a church. A man flicks a lit cigar at another man and it hits him on the arm; they are working with dynamite and gun powder at the time.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (whores, stupid, Leprechaun, silly horse, robber baron, angel of death, loco, scum sucking runt of a man, jackoff, cheaters, redneck, Texican, bear, wicked, cowards, union busters, yellow belly sap sucking coward, rebel trash, faint hearted), 6 religious profanities (GD), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. God Will Provide, May Your God Help You, God, God Dang, My God, God Speed, Oh My God, For God's Glory, Jesus, Bless Their Hearts, Lord, Good Lord, Lord Keep Me From Judgment, Jesus Wept). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men share a cigarette and it is not clear if it is something other than tobacco. Men and women are shown drinking alcohol in several saloon scenes, a man steals a bottle of alcohol from a saloon after the barkeep is shot and killed and we see him drink from the bottle, a man says that he wants to do a half day of drinking before a job, a man drinks whiskey from a bottle, several men in a saloon appear to be drunk (we see them drinking and they stagger when they stand up), and several men drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes and cigars in several scenes. Men smoke cigars and cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie (sometimes they are shown chewing on the thick cigars), and men spit what appears to be tobacco juice from chewing tobacco in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Revenge, righteousness, fear, murder, greed, homesteaders, the West of the 1870s, democracy, capitalism, money for blood, nightmares, legends, heroes, murder of loved ones.

MESSAGE - Revenge is costly but can be very satisfying.

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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