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Paranoia [2013] [PG-13] - 5.4.5



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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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An ambitious employee (Liam Hemsworth) pitches a new product and angers his boss (Gary Oldman) who fires him and his team. After a night on the town with a company credit card, he is given an opportunity to stay out of jail by spying on the competition, and every step gets him closer to jail. Also with Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway and Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Robert Luketic. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, she unbuttons his shirt, he removes his shirt and she drops her dress to the floor (we see his bare chest and abdomen and they continue to kiss); they are then shown in bed with her on top of him (we see her bra open and her bare back to the top of her panties) and we then see him on top of her and the continue to kiss (sex is implied); he wakes up in bed bare-chested and she gets out of bed wrapped in a sheet.
 A man wakes up in bed shirtless when a woman tells him that he has to leave (sex is implied); he gets out of bed and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back (he is wearing jeans, no shirt and no shoes). A man and a woman are shown in bed together (sex is implied) and he leaves; when she gets up, she is shown with a short sleep dress on (her bare thighs are seen).
 A man showers and we see his bare back, arms, chest and abdomen; he wraps a towel around his waist when he gets out of the shower. Several women at a nightclub wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders. A man is shown bare-chested and wearing swim trunks (we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs). A man is shown jogging while wearing shorts and a sleeveless sweater (bare arms and legs below the knee are seen). A man is shown wearing a tank top in a few scenes and his bare shoulders and arms are seen. A woman wears a low-cut blouse that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut sweater that reveals cleavage.
 Men and women in a club dance close together; one man and woman caress each other and they move close together. A woman holds a man's head to her chest and kisses his head. A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A man tries to invite a woman out on a date and she declines. A man asks a woman out for a drink and she accepts. A man looks at his nurse's clothed buttocks as she bends over in front of him and says, "Oh, yes." A man says to a group, "Now that we are not working together, we can start sleeping together, right?" A woman tells a group, "If you don't get lucky tonight..." and a man in the group says, "I'm fielding offers, you want in?" A man tells another man in a bar that "Me and her are sleeping together" pointing to the female bartender and the other man leaves the bar without incident. A man makes a crude remark suggesting that his father has had sex with his nurse.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is struck by a car and is thrown into the air; we see him lying motionless on the street while a woman screams and cries for help (we see him with scrapes on his face later and he recovers). A man grabs another man by the arm and twists it; the man lunges at another man and he is grabbed again and held around the neck.
 Two men fight; one punches the other and he falls unconscious. A man threatens another man with a gun and then punches him. A man grabs a woman's arm and squeezes it (she seems frightened).
 A man runs along a street while being chased by another man and some people in a car; he runs across traffic and slides across the hood of a taxi, he jumps through a restaurant window (open) and knocks over tables and people, through the kitchen spilling things and throwing people out of the way, and through an alley until he is cut off by the car and the man on foot holds a gun to his head. A man runs through a dark alley (it is implied that he is being chased by another man). Armed security guards search a building for a man. A man on a sidewalk is grabbed and arrested by FBI agents and he struggles briefly. Two men are handcuffed and arrested. A man speeds through traffic in a car.
 We see photographs of dead people; one man has blood on his throat and face, one picture shows wreckage after an explosion and another shows a body bag on a gurney.
 A man wakes up in a house to the sound of gunshots and sees a man outside taking target practice with a high-powered rifle. A man threatens to "hit" another man's friends. A man threatens another man with jail time for credit card fraud. A man is followed on a street by a man in a car who invites him into the car; the man goes along. A man tells another man "you have 2 days to break into..." and "This is your last warning" while threatening him with violent consequences. Two men argue and make accusations about each other. A man is angry with a colleague and accuses him of "arguing with God." A man is frustrated and tells another man in a bar that "Me and her are sleeping together" while pointing to the female bartender and the other man leaves the bar without incident. A man talks about his mother dying when he was 7 years old. A man talks about his young adult son dying from a drug overdose.
 A man tears up his apartment looking for surveillance devices. People are scanned by detectors in an office building.
 We see a man with an oxygen tank and mask in his home and he is being cared for by a nurse.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 4 sexual references, 8 scatological terms (2 mild), 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (virgin, hipster, boy wonder, soft, sad little life), 1 religious profanity (GD), 2 religious exclamations ("He argues with God," Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a man's son died of a drug overdose. Two men drink beer from cans wrapped in paper bags while walking on a street, people in a club drink many shots of liquor and glasses of champagne, a man pours glasses of wine (we do not see anyone drink), a man opens a bottle of champagne in a club, we see poured wine glass on a table (no one is seen drinking), a woman pours a glass of champagne and a man drinks it, we see wine on a table and a man and a woman drink some, and a man at a bar grabs a bottle of alcohol but we do not see him drink, people drink champagne at a party. A man smokes a cigar during a meeting, a man tells his ailing father "don't smoke."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - High tech espionage, greed, the American Dream, death of a parent, relationships, credit card fraud, boys club, stealing trade secrets, blind ambition, trust, privacy, unattainable expectations, social networking, collusion, father/son relationships, right and wrong, entrapment, control, FBI, mistakes, death of a child.

MESSAGE - Pursuing success at all costs can be dangerous. Competition fuels progress.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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