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The Nice Guys [2016] [R] - 7.7.10



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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 private detective (Ryan Gosling) trying to come to terms with the loss of his wife while raising a teen daughter (Angourie Rice) and a street-level enforcer (Russell Crowe) inadvertently end up working together when a missing person case leads to murder. Also with Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Amelia Kuttner, Yaya DaCosta and Kim Basinger. Directed by Shane Black. [1:56]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A movie shown at a crowded car show shows a man and a woman having sex (we see the man's bare buttocks as he thrusts and the woman's bare breasts are seen with her legs up and near his shoulders). A pre-teen boy looks at a pornographic magazine and we see a scantily clad woman on the cover (her breasts covered by a sheer fabric top that shows the nipples) and a fold out of a fully nude woman (bare breasts, abdomen, hip, legs and the side of a buttock are showing). A fully nude woman lays dying after a car crash (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and we see her blood-covered bare breasts, abdomen and legs and the side of her buttock and hip). We see a porn theater with posters of scantily clad women (cleavage, bare abdomens, buttocks and legs are seen). A woman dances on a bar and it appears that she is fully nude, but painted with patterns over her nipples and pubic region. Two topless women wearing mermaid tails swim in a tank and kiss.
 A man falls to the floor and touches up and down another man's leg looking for an ankle holster (there was no gun).
 A woman tells a teen girl that she walked in on someone doing anal. A woman tells her husband that she is having sex with his father and he spits out his drink and spills part of the drink on the woman. A man describes something that his wife would say about the work that he does and says that it involves "rumpy-pumpy" (sex). A voiceover describes a brightly striped towel as "gay." A teen girl tells her father that she is going to give him a "rim job" not realizing its sexual connotation. A pre-teen boy asks three men if they would like to see his genitals and says that he is well endowed (the men decline the offer). A person dressed as Pinocchio at a party says, "It's not my nose that grows." A man and a woman and a teen girl watch a porn movie and we hear moaning; a man yells at the girl and tells her that she shouldn't be watching.
 Many women at a party are shown wearing revealing outfits and we see cleavage, bare shoulders, backs and legs. A woman on a street is shown wearing short-shirts and high heels and could be soliciting. A man in a public toilet holds a magazine over his crotch when he threatens a man with a gun (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and we see his bare thighs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. Women at a car show are seen wearing low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare backs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A car speeds around winding mountain roads, crashes through a guard rail and down the mountainside, breaks though a house and out the back of the house, and then farther down the hillside where we see the driver as she dies (she has bloody gashes on her head and face and blood on her body; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); a young boy sees the accident, takes off his shirt and covers the woman. A van speeds into a man standing in a road and he is thrown (we see his limbs twisted and his face is very bloody (it looks as if his face is matted with either blood-soaked hair or brain matter). A man holds his hand over an injured man's throat and we hear gagging (we see the man dead later). A man falls off a balcony and rolls down a hill (he's OK) where he looks for the gun that he dropped, then finds a dead man with a very bloody eye wound (looks like he was shot in the eye). Two men throw a dead body over a fence and it crashes onto a table where many people are gathered and they scream. A man gags and spurts and falls dead with a lot of blood pouring from a neck wound. A young woman stops a car on the road and asks for a ride; the driver shoots her and drives away (we see her dead with a bloody wound on her abdomen later). A man is shot as he backs into a hallway and another man is seen falling through a window in a high-rise building (we do not see the result). Two men are on a rooftop, one man is shot and falls back grabbing a teen girl as he goes, another man pulls the girl back but falls with the shot man and we see him fall into a pool while the shot man splatters onto a patio nearby (we see a large splatter of blood).
 Three men shoot at each other in an around a home; one man shoots an automatic weapon that ends up cutting a palm tree in half. A man pulls a gun on another man and they fight; the gun is fired and a bystander is shot and falls (blood sprays), the two men continue to fight with punches and kicks and one man draws a knife, one man is shoved into a hot tub where he shoots a gun through the wall of the tub and into the other man's leg (we see blood on the wound), and then punches and kicks him (we see blood on his face). A man with a shotgun is shown threatening people in a diner and another man grabs the gun (he is shot in the shoulder in the process and we see some blood), he hits the gunman in the face a couple of times and then beats him repeatedly with the gun (below the frame). A teen girl pulls a gun on a man who pulls a straight razor and threatens to kill her before throwing another teen girl through a plate glass window (we see her shaken later; no blood is visible).
 A man shoots at a man who falls out a window, then crashes through a skylight and lands on a car, stumbles to the ground and is struck lightly by a car. Two men fight on a roof and one holds the other around the throat, and then punches him in the face. A man shoots at another man in a car and the car crashes into a pole (the driver is fine). A man shoots a gun and the bullet travels into an apartment across the way striking a woman who screams and falls (we see no blood). A woman jumps onto the roof of a car, walks down the windshield and shoots at the two men inside the car; the force of the shot pushes her off the hood of the car and she lies unconscious on the ground (no one was struck and she is shown later with scratched knees). A woman with a gun slips on a spill, falls as her gun discharges and she lays unconscious on the floor. A man holds a gun to a teen girl's back.
 Two men with guns hold another man at gunpoint, and then one hits him in the back of the head (he falls and drops a case of bottles that shatter and spill their contents); we see the two men asking him questions later and kick him a couple of times. A woman with a gun points it at two men (she does not shoot).
 A man pulls another man's arm behind him and twists it until we hear a crack and the held man screams in pain. A man follows a teen girl and watches her talk to a man before going to his house where they smoke marijuana together; after the girl leaves the man puts on brass knuckles, punches the other man in the face and tells him to stop messing with little girls. A man slams another man's head into a bar (no blood). A man punches a man in the nose (we see blood on his face), and then kicks him in the stomach; the other man tries to get his gun and the attacking man punches him in the face again. A man throws a small fish from a fish tank at another man and then threatens to force him to eat another one. Several men fight and punches are exchanged (no blood is evident).
 A man punches a window pain and we see his hand and arm bleeding profusely as he seems weak and is then shown in an ambulance being rushed to the hospital. A man accidentally steps on a woman's hand as she lies on some building steps in protest (we hear a crunch and she screams). A man wearing a suit wakes up in a bathtub filled with water (apparently with a hangover).
 We see the remains of a burned-out house where we hear that a man died. A man opens a bag and is sprayed with blue dye (bank marking dye); we see his face discolored for a while after that. While bowling a girl accidentally throws a bowling ball into a group of girls watching her and they scream. Many people wearing gas masks are seen lying on building steps and pretending that they are dead from the smog. A man puts on a shoulder holster with a gun. A teen girl throws a pitcher of cold coffee on a woman with a gun.
 We hear that a woman died in a house fire and her husband now drinks a lot. We read a headline about Brazil's "killer bees." A nurse asks a man if he is willing to find God and he says that he is looking for Amelia. A protestor tells a man, "We can't talk to you, we're dead." A man says that he lost his sense of smell. A man says, "I'm gonna be sick" (we do not hear or see vomit). A man tells another man, "Go throw up" (we do not see or hear vomit). A man tells another man, "I will shoot you." A teen girl yells at her father and says, "I hate you." A man talks about two bodyguards having had their "balls removed."
 A man swats at a bee on a bar (we do not see if it is struck). A man is shown in a toilet with his pants down around his ankles; he holds a gun on another talking to him and struggles to pull up his pants.

PROFANITY 10 - About 78 F-words and its derivatives, 6 sexual references, 26 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (moron, idiot, old broad, crazy, dead chick, blind as a bat, animals, world's worst detective, blue face, Hitler, retards, fascist, hippy, ), exclamations (shut-up), 4 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (Oh God, Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Jesus, God, Jesus, Thank God, Christ, I Swear To God, Holy [F-word and scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a teenage girl smoke marijuana and act inebriated, we hear that people at a party are smoking marijuana, and a man talks about "smoking refer." We see many empty beer bottles and cans on a kitchen counter in a man's home, a man drinks from a bottle of alcohol while sitting on a diving board over an empty swimming pool, a man pours and drinks from a large drink, a man drinks from a flask, a teen girl yells at her father about drinking too much, many people are shown smoking and drinking alcohol at a party, a man drinks from a bottle of whiskey at a bar, and many people at a party are shown drinking and holding alcoholic beverages. A man smokes a cigarette in a bar, a man smokes a cigarette in a public restroom, a man smokes in a bowling alley, many people at a party are shown smoking cigarettes, a man smokes a cigar in a bar, a man smokes cigarettes and flicks the butts into an empty swimming pool, a man smokes a cigarette and pours himself a large drink, a man smokes a cigarette in a car, and two men smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pornography, missing persons, collusion, smog control, American auto manufacturers, Vegas mob, cover-ups.

MESSAGE - Being a bad person is relative.

Special Keywords: S7 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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