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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [2016] [PG-13] - 2.6.2

 
 

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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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In this re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," 19th century London endures a zombie apocalypse: A woman (Lily James) fighting zombies with kung fu and Chinese weapons must join forces with a snobbish colonel (Sam Reilly), although some of their allies are not what they seem. Also with Matt Smith, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Phillips, Douglas Booth and Jack Huston. Directed by Burr Steers. Some lines of dialogue are in Japanese and Chinese with English subtitles. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Dozens of scenes show women wearing floor length dresses or night gowns with scoop necklines that reveal significant cleavage; when they dance their cleavage bounces. A few full skirts are slit to the thigh and reveal thigh-high hosiery held in place with elastic garters. Five women raise their skirts to insert long knives into their garters and boot tops, revealing bare thighs. A man walks through a dark tunnel to a meeting place where another man inspects his naked body for zombie bite marks: the examining man seems to linger on the man's groin (we see a sliver of one hip). A woman on her back on the floor puts a head lock around a man's neck with her booted feet and we see her hosiery and upper thighs; the man slits a seam in her bodice and a corset top becomes visible.
 A man proposes to a woman, saying that she is the love of his life and she accepts; off-screen we hear a woman scream "Yes" to a marriage proposal and the camera cuts to a double wedding and two couples kissing for several seconds.
 We hear that a man began a relationship with a 15-year-old girl and a flashback shows the girl's older brother leading her away with a large axe in his hand; in another scene we hear that the first man kidnapped another 15-year-old girl. A woman receives two marriage proposals and a request to run away by different men and refuses all three; to the last man she says, "Sir, you have crossed the line." A preacher proposes to three sisters, two of whom turn him down and one sister slaps his hand away as he tries to grasp it. One woman tells another woman, "You would dance with anyone who had half a zombie face."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man enters a card game party and releases a carrion fly that buzzes until it finds a man infected by zombies and the flies multiply on the man until the first man breaks a glass and cuts the other man's head off (from the infected man's point of view we see blood fill the screen as we hear growling and gurgling); women scream and one woman runs upstairs and finds another woman seemingly crying over the head of a dead man, but when she stands up we see blood, gore and maggots on her face and blood on the man's head as the scene ends with the first woman screaming.
 A man finds a young woman chained in a basement as another man enters and shoots at the first man, shouts, and a horde of half-zombies swarms into the room; the first man escapes with the young woman after using an axe to chop some zombies (we see blood) and the creatures reach through bars and grab the second man as we see blood on their faces and hands; we hear eating noises and see three human brains on a floor where the zombies slobber on them and pools of blood make a trail that leads off-screen.
 Servants have become zombies and a woman discovers them hiding in a basement with their faces half gone (we see skulls, teeth, blood and gore on the hands and faces of men and women); a man with a sword jumps down a staircase and slashes zombies (we hear thuds, slashes, growls and gurgles), the man pushes one zombie into an oven and opens the door in a few seconds to show black smoke and red coals (we see a few dead zombie bodies) as another man lies on the floor, having hit his head and the first man carries him away to safety. Five women draw swords from their skirts and slay a hundred zombie men and women whose faces show blood, gore and some maggots; we hear grunting and growling (no blood or gore is left on their clean swords).
 A woman's voice calls for help from an overturned carriage in the woods; as several women and a man approach the carriage, a female zombie gets out and we see blood and gore on her face; another woman shoots the zombie's head off (blood is seen) with a rifle and the zombie drops dead. Two men duel with swords and a ripped shirt shows zombie skin on one of the men (grayish and red-veined); the human runs the zombie through with the sword and the zombie chokes him until a woman on a horse cuts off the zombie's arm with a sword and blood flows. A woman attacks a younger woman in a cellar and a man fights with the second woman, punching and kicking her, then choking her while holding her off the ground against a wall; she cuts his face and head with a knife and he falls with a little blood showing on his face and a large wooden beam falls and kills him.
 A horse throws a woman in the woods and she is approached by a large male zombie covered with mud and dirt, growling; she slashes off his hand with a sword after shooting a pistol, he shoots the pistol from her hand with a spark and a bang and he drops dead with some blood at the neck and arm before the woman genuflects in a silent prayer as a zombie woman and infant approach her and the screen goes black (the mother and child are bald, with strands of dirty hair clinging to scalps, sunken eyes, cobwebs, and black gore over their bodies and ragged clothing). A man drops a bomb on four zombie men and the explosion throws the man off-screen as a woman jumps on him to push him away from the explosion; dirt flies off-screen and then onto the couple. Soldiers blow up a bridge as a man and a woman riding together on a horse come across it and a loud explosion creates smoke and some flames; the woman is shown covered in grit and dirt and coughing as she crawls to the man, cries and talks to him (he is unconscious).
 Soldiers fight zombies at a bridge and wall near London, using booming cannons, rifles, round bombs, pistols, clubs and swords; we see many zombies and soldiers fall in a long shot. Two men and two women look at the horizon off-screen in surprise and concern as the camera cuts to the field in front of their mansion, where we see hundreds of ragged zombie men and women in the distance, running forward toward the entrance gate, and a soldier with his sword drawn and screaming leads them on horseback. We see a nighttime horizon filled with flames and hundreds of zombies running toward London.
 A woman beats a large tree with an iron bar, she and her mother argue and the daughter stomps off into the woods, where she sees a flock of ravens screeching in the sky and the backs of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in black suits and top hats; the horsemen disappear, but reappear outside a church, one turns around and we see a face made of bronze. Cartoon cutouts tell the story of ragged looking zombies with sunken eyes and gory faces as they advance on London and a narrator says that the British army dug a deep canal around the county and put up a thick, high wall around the city and that only one bridge remains across the canal, protected by marching soldiers with rifles. A man and a woman stand on bare, rocky dirt and see a zombie man crawling; we see hands reach up from the dirt and we hear this is a zombie cemetery as the man and woman stab into the ground multiple times to kill zombies and we see two bonfires burning the zombie bodies at night. We see a bonfire in which the charred hands and lower legs of burning zombie bodies are seen. Two bonfires burn zombie bodies and we see charred hands and shoes in the flames.
 A man takes a woman to a zombie church where half-zombies drink pig's blood and eat pig brains for communion (we see a ladle of blood but no brains); congregant faces are full of uncovered jaw bones, teeth and some gore. A doctor releases carrion flies to detect zombie flesh on a woman in bed with fever and chills. A woman catches flies in her fingers, crunches them in her hand and drops them in a man's hand. We see a large red wound in the palm of a sick woman's hand, but she is not a zombie; a bandage covers the hand in a few more scenes. A swordswoman wears a patch over one eye and in one scene we see one of her eyes bloody. We see a painting of a woman about to kill a zombie with her sword and another painting features the silhouettes of four horsemen on black horses. A man finds several soldiers with missing heads and blood at the necks, and then finds a few zombie bodies also missing their heads and blood and gore is seen. In an aerial view we see hundreds of male and female zombie bodies floating in a canal, where half a stone bridge lies in ruins.
 A man and a woman fight with martial arts and she kicks him into a wall, then yells and throws things at him and picks up a fireplace poker; he chokes her and she nearly stabs him, stopping short of his heart and he apologizes and leaves as she cries. A woman crosses two sword blades across another woman's throat, and then releases her. Three women practice kung fu briefly in a cellar and we see hand strikes, kicks to the stomach, throws, and one woman is slammed with her face into a concrete wall (no injuries are seen although we hear grunts and gasps of pain). A man practices sword fighting in two scenes: he cuts the head off a statue and cuts a few thin trees in half. A woman struggles to carry several rifles back to her house. Three scenes show women cleaning guns and one scene shows their father sharpening a sword. Unseen hands pull a man to the floor in a darkened hall and drag him away.
 A man at a ball says, "Any savage can dance. Even zombies do it with some success." A man argues with a woman in several scenes, calling her inferior as she becomes angry. A woman, angry after arguing with a man at a party, knocks a dish off a table and it shatters loudly as people stare. A few women begin an argument and run off-screen, screeching. We hear that the sons and daughters of all local families study Chinese or Japanese martial arts, shooting, and weaponry, fighting zombies wherever they are found. A man says his adoptive father died in a zombie battle, but we see a flashback in which the old man became a zombie and hear that his biological son killed him with a sword to free him of the infection; the son is shown approaching with the sword, but we do not see the attack.

PROFANITY 2 - 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (proud fool, blackguard, traitor, cow, horrible, despicable, intolerable, stupid, spinster, locusts, inferior), exclamations (fuddle, tosh), 6 religious exclamations (Merciful God, Lord Have Mercy, Jesus Christ, By God, My Lord, The Anti-Christ shall lead the undead). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two 19th century dance parties and three card games show men and women drinking glasses of wine and sherry, a dinner and a luncheon show men and women drinking sherry with their meals, men and women drink sherry at a luncheon in a mansion, and a woman becomes drunk at a ball (she giggles and babbles about finding rich husbands for her many daughters).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Money, class differences, gender inequality, betrayal, plagues, zombies, murder, war, determination, courage, cooperation, compromise, relationships, love, respect, meeting challenges, accepting help.

MESSAGE - Prejudice and snobbery are luxuries one cannot afford when fighting powerful enemies.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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