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Man on a Ledge [2012] [PG-13] - 3.5.5



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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 convict (Sam Worthington) threatens to jump from the ledge of a NYC skyscraper, insisting that he is innocent of jewel theft. When he draws a crowd of onlookers, firefighters and the NYPD, he requests a specific suicide negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) and when she arrives, she determines that the situation may not be what it seems. Also with Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Génesis Rodríguez, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Edward Burns and Titus Welliver. Directed by Asger Leth. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman wears a tight-fitting tank top that reveals a lot of cleavage that bounces significantly as she runs. A woman is seen undressing to her bra and panties and she dons a rubber diving suit. A woman wears only a bra that reveals cleavage and a half-slip in a brief scene. Two women at a party wear V-neck dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman is seen wearing a tight-fitting tank top (revealing her nipples through the sheer fabric) and shorts that reveal her bare thighs and legs.
 A man and a woman kiss briefly in several scenes.
 In a prison visitor's room a male convict tells a male visitor, jokingly, that they cannot kiss. A man announces his upcoming marriage and another man asks, "Who's the guy?" A man on a ledge tells a detective, "I want a woman," meaning a suicide negotiator and the detective misunderstands, thinking the man wants a sexual partner, and then laughs. A man says someone gave him 4 hookers as a gift.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A police officer beats up a man on a roof and threatens to throw him off (the man's face is shown bloodied and cut).
 A police officer is shot in the chest and he returns fire hitting the man who shot him (we see blood on his chest and he dies). A police officer is shot in the throat and we see blood spurt as he dies.
 A fistfight breaks out at a graveside funeral: a convict steals a guard's gun, shoots the tire on a vehicle and escapes in an SUV while another car chases him through a cemetery; police shoot at the getaway car breaking its windows (no one is hurt), the cars drive into ditches, the getaway car drives in front of an oncoming train, the train clips the rear of the car and the driver escapes unharmed.
 SWAT members lower themselves on cables to a ledge and a man already on the ledge grabs onto one of the SWAT people, and swings through the air with him to another ledge. A man on the ledge runs around the ledge, jumps to another ledge, jumps into a large balloon mattress on the ground and chases a man in the street; he catches the man, punches him in the jaw, and the police pull him away. A fistfight in a prison yard leaves one convict with scrapes, a little blood on his face and a swollen eye.
 Several scenes feature a man and a woman breaking into a building, and using plastic explosives and loud drills (we see a lot of smoke); they encounter the building owner, threaten him with a gun, argue with him and handcuff him to a safe.
 Throughout the film, a man remains on a high building ledge, threatening to jump and commit suicide; he pretends to jump once and we hear a crowd below scream and shout "Jump!"
 A police chase through a hotel leads to gunshots that hit no one, broken furniture, a trashed hotel kitchen and many people falling but unhurt. A TV news helicopter flies too close to a ledge, nearly blowing people off the ledge and sending wind through a hotel room that breaks lamps and furniture. Guns are drawn by NYPD many times but not fired.
 We hear but do not see that one man died and another man committed suicide by jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge. A man tells a doctor that he thinks of killing himself daily. Many people and police officers argue in a few scenes. Several arguments occur between police officers concerning how to handle a man on a ledge. A man becomes angry with an inefficient assistant, throws a watch past the man's head and shouts. A man says, "Why don't these people just shoot themselves in the head?"

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 9 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, nuts, criminal, Grim Reaper, clown, douche, Chihuahua-dog), stereotypical references to men, women, Latinas, New Jersey, NYPD, crooked cops, felons, TV news reporters, suicide jumpers, spectators, dishonest businessmen, 14 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman swallows pills from a medicine bottle, a man talks about receiving gifts of 4 hookers and a pound of cocaine, and we hear that a police officer stole a million dollars worth of cocaine. A man orders champagne in his hotel room and we see the bottle in the ice bucket and a filled glass (we do not see him drink), champagne glasses are held by men and women at a party (no one is shown drinking), Tequila is mentioned (we see none), and a large bar room is filled with men and women drinking alcohol from glasses and beer bottles. A man smokes a cigarette outside a hotel, and a woman offers a man a cigarette and lights it (they share).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime, justice, due process of law, dishonest police officers, suicide attempts, the media, money, power, family.

MESSAGE - Innocence can be difficult to prove.

Special Keywords: S3 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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