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The Pacifier [2005] [PG] - 3.4.3



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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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Vin Diesel stars as a Navy SEAL whose most recent assignment is to protect the children of a scientist, murdered by bad guys who are still after one of his inventions. The five children, aged from baby to teen, want to make sure he doesn't stay for very long, but his military training helps him to become a beloved surrogate father. Also with Lauren Graham, Brittany Snow, Faith Ford and Carol Kane. Directed by Adam Shankman. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man showers and we see his bare chest. A bare-chested man with a towel around his waist walks through a kitchen, where several young girls are sitting around the table (the girls giggle while he hides behind the refrigerator door).
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and a man admires her. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage, and a teenage girl wears a low-cut top and short skirt that reveal cleavage and bare legs.
 We see a baby's penis when his diaper is being changed, and we see a young boy's bare buttocks when his diaper has come off.
 A man and a woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A man and a woman nearly kiss, and then he kisses her on the cheek.
 A teenage girl sits on a teenage boy's lap at a party and teenagers dance together at a party. A young girl asks a man why his "boobs" (referring to his pectoral muscles) are so big, and whether hers will ever be as big as his.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A helicopter pilot slumps over dead, a man is shot, and we hear that another man was killed.
 A military force surrounds a ship at sea, an explosive charge is shot fired toward the ship (there is an explosion), bombs are thrown onto the deck (they explode, throwing a man overboard), and an RPG is launched at a helicopter that explodes and breaks in two. A man chases several men on jet skis, one flips off and into the water, one crashes into another and the jet skis explode, and one man rides a jet ski on board a ship.
 A man fights a man with a gun, he flips him onto the floor, and a woman jumps on his back. A woman hits another woman hard in the face (she falls to the floor unconscious), and a man is hit in the head by a heavy safe door and falls to the floor unconscious.
 A woman walks through a secure room that's booby-trapped and flames blow out of a wall and her eyebrows and hair are singed; a man steps on the floor and his foot is given a jolt of electricity, we see many blades and spears come out of the ceiling and the floor, and several hatches open and a yellow gas fills a chamber.
 Two people with guns threaten two other men, one man punches the two, takes away their guns and points them at them, whereupon he is then hit in the back of the head (we see him lying on the floor unconscious). People are held at gunpoint in a few other scenes, and several armed police officers hold several people, including children, at gunpoint.
 Two people dressed as Ninjas crash through a window and fight a man using martial arts punches and kicks; then they fight with sticks, tennis rackets and other toys; one person is shoved into a stroller and he jumps, with the attached stroller, through a second story window.
 A man challenges another man to a wrestling match: one man grabs the other man by the wrist and bends it back (we hear a crunch), he then twists the man's arm in several ways, bending it back, and he spins him in the air and throws him hard on a mat; one man pinches the other man's nipple, and the other man twists the man's arm and pins him to the mat. Someone climbs the outside wall of a house, a man jumps on him, pulls him down to the ground and forces him to do push ups.
 Several young girls threaten young boys who are harassing them, one girl knocks a boy down, uses her scarf to knock him back and forth, shoves cookies in his mouth and holds him on the ground by sitting on him; other girls join in and we see them kick boys, and we eventually see the boys tied to poles with cookies in their mouths. Several teenage boys shove and harass another teenage boy. Also, several young boys harass and threaten several girls.
 A teenage girl tries to kick a man, he grabs her foot, twists her around, and leads her to her room. A man overturns a mattress, dumping a teenage boy out of bed, and a man kicks a door down (the door splinters). A woman slips on stairs (a teenage boy and teenage girl have squirted liquid soap on the steps) and tumbles down, landing hard on the floor below. A man tackles a woman, grabs her by the foot, she elbows him in the ribs, the man puts his hand in a soiled diaper (we see a smear of feces on his hand and the diaper), and the man chases the woman out of the house and she rides away in a taxi.
 Several children attack a man, they punch him, spray something in his face, one kicks him in the crotch, they lock him in a room, he punches a hole in the door, and he is sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher, and then hit in the face with the fire extinguisher canister. A duck bites a man's crotch (the man screams) and a woman wrestles the man to the ground; a duck also bites a man's ear and hangs on for a moment.
 A teenage boy stands up and dumps the teenage girl, who was sitting on his lap, onto the floor. During rehearsals for a play, a woman jumps into the arms of a teenage boy, they both fall to the floor and she threatens to kill him if it happens again. A man falls through a papier-mâché stage decoration.
 A man is insulting and threatening toward a teenage boy and another man in several scenes. A teenage girl and a teenage boy yell at a man in several scenes. A young girl screams and says that she is afraid of a ghost (her little brother has a blanket over his head and is pretending to be a ghost). A young girl screams when she opens the door and a man is on the other side. We hear violent action from a video game (gunfire, people yelling). A man talks about his father having died. An armband with a Nazi swastika on it is discovered in a teenage boy's school locker. A military force prepares to rescue a man from his captors. A woman asks a man if he has a "license to kill."
 A man in a car chases children in a minivan, the van rams the car, the man in the car aims a gun at the minivan, a teenage boy throws a diaper with feces on the man's windshield, the car swerves and crashes through a car dealership window. Police chase children speeding in a minivan. A man drives very fast and spins a car around to fit into a parking space. A teenage girl learns how to drive in a few scenes; in one scene we hear her crash the car.
 A man jumps into a sewer, goes under the surface, he comes out covered with brown and black slime, flies buzz around him and a woman reacts to his odor with distaste. A baby vomits on a woman's face and chest (we see a lot of goo), and a boy flatulates. A man uses pliers to change a baby's dirty diaper and reacts to the appearance and odor when the diaper is removed. A man dives into a ball pit and pulls out a soiled diaper. A man is sprayed with lawn sprinklers.

PROFANITY 3 - 4 mild obscenities, 2 mild scatological terms, 5 mild anatomical term, name-calling and insults (twinkle toes, skanky, cue ball, frog man), 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, use of technological advances for good or evil, grief, military upbringing, respect, Navy SEALS, North Korea, treason, quitting, wrestling, discipline.

MESSAGE - Members of elite military forces can use their training and appreciation of discipline to become very effective babysitters.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG

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