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Next Day Air [2009] [R] - 7.8.10



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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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An inept deliveryman (Donald Faison) gets high and delivers a box containing 10 kilos of high-grade cocaine to the wrong address. The accidental recipients (Mike Epps and Wood Harris) see this as a chance for a quick profit and attempt to sell the cocaine to a drug-dealing cousin (Omari Hardwick). Also with Cisco Reyes and Yasmin Deliz. Directed by Benny Boom. [1:22]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Two prostitutes are shown kissing and rubbing against one another (one is fully nude except for a G-string and the other wears a shear dress), and one pumps her hips to rub the buttocks of the other.
 A man and a woman lie in bed (the man is shown bare-chested, and the woman wears a nightgown that reveals bare shoulders and a bit of cleavage). A man and a woman lie in bed with covers up to the waist (the man wears a tank top and the woman wears a top with thin straps that reveals bare shoulders a small amount of cleavage); the woman gets out of bed and we see panties and bare buttocks.
 A man answers his door wearing a tank top and loose jeans, and he reaches down into the front of his jeans twice for long periods of time to scratch and dig at his groin area.
 Two prostitutes wear short-shorts revealing legs up to the hip, with tight tops revealing moderate cleavage. Two prostitutes wear short, shear dresses that reveal legs, ample cleavage, and bare buttocks. An older woman wears a see-though blouse over a tight camisole that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a top with a deep front opening that reveals moderate cleavage. A woman wears a long, strapless, knit top that reveals bare shoulders and arms and a little cleavage. A woman wears a low cut top that reveals moderate cleavage. Several scenes show bare-chested men with tattoos on their arms, shoulders and necks.
 A man and woman kiss in several times.
 A man tells another man that he will call prostitutes, he sings a suggestive song, calls a woman and asks, "Wanna do something strange for a piece of change?" A man states (using crude terms) that he should never have had sex with his parole officer, but states that, "she was gooooooood." A man tries to make a date with two prostitutes who laugh at him and turn him down.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Four men argue about purchasing illegal drugs and point guns at one another, other people join the argument, a fight ensues, and they shoot weapons at each other: we hear a lot of gunfire from handguns, rifle, and automatic rifles and see a lot of bullet wounds with blood (one man is shot in the shoulder with a large-bore rifle and we see him fly in slow motion and then smash into shelving and bottles); two men put down their handguns and pull out switchblades, slicing and stabbing each other in the legs and bleeding profusely, and one man pushes a blade into the neck of another man and is then shot from behind off screen.
 We see eight men lying dead in pools of blood, within piles of broken glass, piles of cocaine powder, and broken household goods; one wounded man (his mouth is full of blood and mucous) drags himself around the room and hops out the door on one foot (it is implied that he survives).
 A man with his wrists tied lies on one side and his mouth is taped shut: he is punched in the face several times, the tape slips to reveal a lot of blood in his mouth, and the man doing the punching then holds up a bloody switchblade and a severed tongue.
 A man enters a warehouse, two other men threaten him, he sees another man tied to a chair and gagged and watches as the bound man is beaten (we see blood on his face), a gun is held to his face and we hear a gunshot (we understand that the man was shot).
 Two men pull a man into the storage unit, douse him with acetone and hold a lighted cigarette lighter close to him. A man with a gun threatens another man, leads him to a storage area while carrying rope, duct tape and a padlock, and we later see two men tied back-to-back on the floor, their mouths bound with duct tape.
 A TV newscaster describes an armed robbery and we see three masked robbers in a bank, they point guns and rifles at patrons and staff, yell, make everybody lie on the floor, and a guard shoots after them three times (no one is struck).
 A man opens the trunk of a car and we see a man with wrists tied with a packing strap, huddled inside (his face deeply scratched and bloody). A man's face is scraped red on one side. A man with a rifle and a woman threaten another man, yell many times and steal his watch. Three men and a woman point guns at another man, yell, curse, pull him inside a truck and beat him in the face (he's scraped and his mouth is bloody). A man with a handgun threatens several people who run away.
 A man tells his girlfriend, "This could be your last day on Earth," they argue, he throws a frying pan with eggs against a wall and she leaves, yelling. Three men argue and we hear a gunshot off screen implying someone was shot. The film opens with a rap song playing and we hear gunfire off screen. A man enters a warehouse compound guarded by two men with automatic rifles.
 Three men with hand guns sit in their apartment, one of them, sleeping on a couch, wakes up repeatedly and points a gun at the others, and then falls asleep again. Several men carry handguns and open and close switchblades; in several scenes one man uses a switchblade to open a package.
 Three men curse at one another loudly through several scenes. A mom and her adult son argue about his use of drugs on the job and they yell at each other several times. A man tells another man to start stealing things from deliveries and sell them on the black market for profit; they argue briefly and the second man refuses, saying it is dangerous. One man backs another man against a wall and says, "What you don't know can kill you." A man tells another man, "What a brother knows can kill him." A man tells another man, "A brother will kill for coke." One man tells another, "If it's not worth dying for, don't do it."
 We hear rapid gunfire from a video game a few times. A man practices a threat in a mirror several times, each time using a different handgun or rifle and yelling obscenities.
 A scene in a dirty warehouse yard shows several men tossing roosters in the air and catching them, agitating the roosters for cock fighting (we do not see or hear the fight).

PROFANITY 10 - About 229 F-words and its derivatives, 127 scatological references, 17 anatomical references (including 3 Spanish references to female genitalia), 7 sexual references, 18 mild obscenities, 7 religious profanities, 20 religious exclamations, 75 instances of name-calling (idiot, stupid, crazy, sorry, cat, dish, chick, hooks, cockroach, fat bastard, cowboy, punk, clown, hustler), 15 stereotypical comments about drug dealers and suppliers, prostitutes, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the film nine men and one woman steal, sell, search for, kill for and fight over the return of 10 kilos of cocaine, the interior of an apartment shows a cloud of white powder dust filling two rooms, a man sifts and packages cocaine, men sell small packs of cocaine and marijuana, men cut open bricks of cocaine, taste it, rub it on their gums, stick it up their noses, and cough, a woman walks through an apartment and waves away cocaine dust in the air and coughs, and men state that God sent them dugs and is trying to bless them with additional income from their sale. A woman smokes cocaine from a pipe and she blows three large clouds of white smoke into the room, four scenes show different men smoking marijuana cigarettes, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette in a bathroom and when he comes out he is smoking a thin cigar, and a delivery man smokes marijuana several times while driving. An apartment is shown many times with dozens of full and empty beer and liquor bottles and cans of energy drink sitting on tables, shelves, floors, and window sills and two men are shown drinking in one scene, and a man drinks alcohol poured from a flask. A man smokes a cigarette in two scenes and blows large amounts of smoke into the air over his head, and a man smokes a thin cigar in two scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illegal drugs and dealers, alcohol, crime, prostitution, firearms, knives, cock fighting, gambling, tattoos and body piercing (nose studs), danger, racial stereotypes, integrity, mistakes and consequences, friendships, responsibility, irony, justice.

MESSAGE - The drug trade is dangerous but profitable.

Special Keywords: S7 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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