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The November Man [2014] [ R] - 7.7.7



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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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A deadly clandestine agent (Pierce Brosnan) has retired until the CIA calls him to protect a key witness (Olga Kurylenko). He soon learns that he is the target of a former agency partner (Luke Bracey). Also with Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Some scenes contain Russian language with English subtitles and other dialogue is in Russian with no subtitles. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman kiss in close-up and begin to remove their clothing in his apartment where they move to a bed, fully nude; the woman lies on top of the man and we see kissing and thrusting as we hear groans and sexual screams (we see all parts of the nude bodies, except genitals).
 A topless bar features women wearing only thong panties, writhing around poles with their backs to the camera (we the side of one breast each). A woman with large bare breasts and nipples sits at a table with men and we also see her abdomen above the table. A shower scene features a man, nude from the waist up and we see his bare chest. A shower scene shows a woman's bare shoulders, neck and head. A staircase scene shows close-ups of a woman's bare legs from hip to shoes as the woman walks up several steps; she wears a strapless and short tube dress that also bares cleavage. A woman removes her dress in a bedroom scene briefly, displaying her bra, cleavage, and her bare abdomen. A woman with her back to the camera on a yacht wears a flowered bikini, revealing the bottom of her buttocks and upper thighs. Photos of a man and a woman in a bed under quilts shows his bared chest.
 We hear that hundreds of captured young girls serve in Russian human trafficking and we see a flashback to an older man's face and shoulders in close-up as he appears to be thrusting while raping a girl below the frame (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 With heads toward the camera, a woman lies on top of another woman on a stage in a bar and they kiss; we see their upper breasts, thighs and legs. A clothed man sits on the foot of a bed while a younger woman under a quilt (only her arms and shoulders are visible) and it is unclear whether the couple engaged in sex recently. A man and a woman at an outdoor cafe kiss in a close-up and we see her bared shoulders and upper arms under a sleeveless shirt. A man kisses a woman on a dance floor in a club.
 An older man tells a woman that when she was a child, she was "A little girl who didn't know how to [F-word deleted]" and that he taught her how to have sex. A man tells a woman to "Show me your [anatomical term deleted]." A woman types a report for a newspaper and testifies in international court that a Russian official abused her several times and that other girls endured hundreds of sexual assaults. A man shows a woman a database that he says contains profiles of hundreds of prostitutes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A sniper sets up a rifle on a rooftop while a guard wears an official's suit over a bullet proof vest to impersonate the official in case of assassination attempts; the guard shouts into his earpiece to the sniper not to shoot and walks down the street, where another man fires shots at him; the guard falls to the ground and grunts, unhurt, as he watches the other man being shot through the head with much blood spatter and hears a woman screaming (the camera cuts to a little girl in the woman's arms with her head and face bloody and presumably dead). An agent shoots and kills two other men in a train yard, enters a building and shouts at a CIA supervisor, who shouts at him.
 A woman stabs a man in the throat and then in the abdomen three times, causing gushing blood flow; the man grabs her by the ankle after falling and she slams her heel into his head to kill him. A woman unpacks three large handguns from a suitcase in a hotel and uses a long silencer on one gun to shoot a male computer operator in the back of the head, splattering a lot of blood on his screen. A car hits a police cruiser, throwing an officer out and to the ground, dead, while the driver of the car shoots a second officer; he lies dead with a bloody face on the SUV's hood. A man walks out onto the deck of his yacht and while in profile, we see and hear a gun shot through his forehead, sending blood spatter out the back of the head as he falls into the sea, presumably dead.
 A flashback shows soldiers dragging a man, a woman and a pre-teen boy to their knees through the mud and in the rain as the family's early-teens daughter watches as shots sound off-screen to indicate the family's murder. A flashback shows the face and shoulders of a soldier lying over a child that is on a bed below the frame and thrusting (rape is implied).
 A rooftop sniper aims at a man in the street, then shoots a woman car passenger in the head, sending blood spattering as she falls back and dies on the driver's shoulder; a van hits the car, disabling it and the driver leaves the car and pulls a handgun at a parking garage exit, shooting a van driver as he stops at the gate; the van slides into the street and hits a second van, and the shooter kills two additional men in the street and he points his gun at a younger man who points a gun at him until they recognize each other and walk away as the younger man hits a remote control device and blows up the two vans with loud noise and flames that fill the screen.
 A man breaks into an office in a train yard and threatens to kill an official who ordered another agent to kill the first man; the official is holding the first man's daughter as a hostage and arranges a hostage exchange and when the official meets the man he has six additional men with him and two of them leave by car as the driver jams the passenger's seat belt and slams into a wall, sending the passenger, who is screaming and pointing a gun at the driver, through the windshield; the injured man has a bloody face and neck as he lies on the hood, apparently dead, while the driver runs to a building where a young girl is a hostage and shoots several men who fall dead (the girl is unharmed and the driver shoots and kills two other men before capturing the official).
 A man shoots two men in a staircase and points his gun at a younger man who is pointing a gun at him; a fistfight ensues and the first man uses two heavy metal pipes to pound the other man in the head, strangles him with a water hose and slams his head into a large water pipe; the victim has a bloody face, but is still conscious and he has bloody splotches on his forehead, temple and cheek.
 A woman in a train station chases another woman who slams a shovel into her face from around a corner; the one woman takes the other woman's gun and points it at the other woman's bloody head, but does not shoot. A man pulls a gun from a desk drawer as enemy soldiers break into his office, but a soldier tasers him in the chest causing him to fall to the floor, convulsing. A man in an office hits another man over the head with a metal art piece and kicks a third man in the face and toward the camera, dropping the man below the shot; we later see the two fallen men as they sit wrapped tightly together in bubble wrap, groaning.
 A man holds a woman at gunpoint at a kitchen table when another man enters and argues with the first man, who runs a knife along the woman's chin line as she cries; the first man says, "I came here tonight to kill you," as he pulls the woman from the chair and slides a gun to the other man, then cuts the woman's right thigh and femoral artery (the camera cuts to the screaming woman with a very bloody leg wound as she lies on a gurney in the back of an EMT van).
 A woman in a bathroom breaks a hand mirror and puts a shard into the back of her strapless dress (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and when she enters a bedroom she removes the glass and holds it to a man's face and throat while he sits on a bed, drawing some blood; another man enters, carrying a handgun and demands information from the other man while holding the gun to the other man's head and he pulls the trigger with each unanswered question until the other man answers in fear, ending the scene.
 A man goes to a restaurant and phones a woman walking away from her table to warn her that a waitress is actually an assassin, then shouts to her as men enter the doorway with guns drawn and she runs away with the man and they are chased to a subway where the first man hits one man in the face with his elbow and knocks three others out; the man and the woman run outside where he cuts the fuel line on a car, then shoos the fuel as he drives by causing flames and an explosion that throw people back and onto the ground (no one is seriously injured). The driver calls on agent, asks how many people he has killed, and hangs up. A man holds another man's young daughter hostage. A woman leaves an office in a car and is chased by an SUV and cuts the woman off at an intersection.
 Several photos show three government agents dead with their eyes open and with bloody faces after being assassinated. Flashbacks and photos of child refugees of war show children dragged through mud and rain, with their noses and mouths bloody.
 A man brags about a Russian presidential nominee saying, "I've got my hand so far up his [anatomical term deleted], I'm moving his lips," as well as saying that the civilized world must fight the [religious profanity deleted] Middle East. An agent argues loudly with supervisors about a war and who is to blame for it. A man tells an agent that hundreds of soldiers were blown to pieces in a war arranged by the CIA to deliver oil fields to Russia. We hear that a female agent in Moscow may be murdered for her intelligence gathering. We hear Russia captured hundreds of girls during the Chechen war. Two men in a café talk about a woman that might be kidnapped; one man objects and a bit later, the other man raises a middle finger partially and says, "Sit on this and twist." A man tells another man that having a girlfriend is dangerous in the spy business, because she can be kidnapped. A woman asks a man if all his friends try to kill him and he answers, "Eventually."
 A man brushes his teeth and spits below the frame, unseen. A man removes the memory card from a cell phone and puts it in his mouth.

PROFANITY 7 - About 21 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (Mr. Prom Queen, old, old man, blunt instrument, kid, arrogant, stupid, fool, foolish, dirty), stereotypical references to men, women, government agents, double agents, sleeper agents, international criminals, corrupt government officials, abused children, prostitutes, Russians, Serbians, Americans, 3 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (Oh My God, God, Jesus, Godforsaken, Christ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman snorts cocaine from a tabletop in a seedy bar. An office bar features a tall bottle of vodka and a dozen clean glasses, a man sits with a glass of amber-colored liquor on his desk, a photo shows a man with a drink of some sort in his hand, glasses of wine are seen on tables in a café scene (no one is shown drinking), bottles and glasses of clear are shown on a table in a seedy bar (no one is shown drinking), four bottles of wine are shown in a refrigerator in an apartment where a man asks for Scotch for himself and a woman (the man drinks and the woman does not), a man drinks several small bottles of Scotch from a hotel minibar, trays of drinks are carried above dancing patron's heads in a club scene, bottles of beer and glasses of clear liquor sit on a bar top in a bar, bottles of clear liquors are seen on a couple of shelves behind a bar while men and women drink vodka and Scotch at a bar, and six soldiers drink glasses of Scotch in army barracks. A photo in a safe shows a woman with a lit cigarette between the fingers of one hand, men smoke in a few bar scenes and we see wafts of smoke in the air, and an older man smokes a fat cigar in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - False-flag wars, civilian war casualties, corruption, government agents, murder, death, rape, loss, revenge, justice, families, starting over.

MESSAGE - Honest people will preserve justice in the world.

Special Keywords: S7 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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