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Sicario [2015] [R] - 5.7.9



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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 idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) volunteers for a government task force to fight the war on drugs at the border between the US and Mexico and to capture the man responsible for an attack on her team. Also with Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal , Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo and Julio Cedillo. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - We see many male dead bodies hanging along streets and several are nude exposing genitals, bare chests and buttocks. We see dead bodies in a house and some are partially clothed (a woman's body is wearing a bra and another may be topless, although it's not clear). We see photographs of dead bodies and some bloody bare buttocks and chests are seen.
 Men and women dance in bar; one man and one woman dance close together, kiss and the camera cuts to an apartment where they continue to kiss and lie on a sofa as he kisses down her chest and abdomen before she stops him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man talks to a woman about her personal hygiene. A woman says, "I tried to have sex with my hit man."
 A woman is shown wearing a sports bra and pants as she dresses and a man in the room tells her that she needs to get a new bra. A man is shown wearing boxer briefs while sleeping in bed (we see his bare back and legs). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Many dead bodies are shown hanging along streets and we see some missing limbs and heads (they are blood soaked and many are nude). Armed agents investigate an outbuilding and it explodes throwing people through the air; we see one man crawling out of the dust and he seems badly charred as he crawls toward a severed arm on the ground while several other agents are seen with bloody head wounds. We see photographs of dead bodies; some are mutilated and some are hanging (we see bloody wounds and clothing). A man is shown in the driver's seat of a car and his throat has been slit (blood gushes from the wound).
 A man shoots several guards outside and inside a man's home and we see blood splatter and bloody wounds. Armed men get out of vehicles and move toward another car with men inside; they shoot at the men inside and armed agents approach and open fire leaving many bloody and dead bodies afterward. A man is shot in the back and another man is shot in the leg (we see bloody wounds).
 A woman shoves a man off her (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and draws her gun on him, they struggle and the gun fires, he straddles her on the floor and holds her throat as she fights him and she nearly passes out until another man with a gun threatens the attacker and the fight ends. A woman punches a man in the face and he throws her to the ground, she struggles to get free and he holds her down, pressing her head against a rock.
 Armed agents move toward a house as a vehicle crashes though a wall of the house and a man inside falls to the floor and tries to crawl away; agents search the house and a man in one room shoots at an agent who falls to the floor and fires, hitting him and splattering blood on the wall behind him (we see the body slumped on the floor with a bloody bullet wound). Many armed agents move through the dark toward a tunnel entrance and then through the tunnel; we hear gunfire in the distance and see flashes as they move ahead; one agent draws a knife and we hear him stab someone in the dark (we see dead bodies with bloody wounds); a man is shot in the head and blood splatters as he falls, and a man shoots a woman in the chest (she is wearing a vest) and she falls gasping and writhing.
 A man shoots two young boys and a woman and we see them lying on the floor with blood splattered near them. A man shoots another man and we see and hear blood splatter. Armed agents tear a wall in a house down and discover many dead bodies wrapped in plastic (we see the bodies with plastic bags over their heads and blood on their bodies); several of the agents react to the smell, leave the house and vomit outside in the yard (a woman vomits and we hear her retching and hear a splatter with no goo visible, a man vomits with gagging and a spray of vomit is shown, and a man gags and bends over but we do not see him vomit).
 A man presses his thumb into another man's eye and the second man screams (there's no visible injury). A man presses his finger into another man's ear forcefully and the second man screams. A man presses a gun under a woman's chin and says that she must sign a letter (she refuses). A man is shown tied in a chair and another man straddles him while standing and presses his hips toward the seated man's face. A man with a bag over his head is escorted out of a prison and into a waiting vehicle and they speed away. A man is shown with a very bloody face as he sits in the back of a police car.
 Two people stand on a roof and we see the glimmer of gunshots in the distance, hear gunfire and see explosions. Police drive through a border town and we hear gunshots in the distance. Many people (presumably undocumented migrants) are shown seated on the ground next to large busses, and then many are instructed to board the busses and they do. A woman leaves a bank and is surrounded and forced to the ground by several armed agents.
 A man and a woman argue in several scenes. A woman argues with a man about arresting another man. A man says, "When I pee it burns," and another man asks, "What color is it?," and the first man then says, "Yellow with red specks," and the second man replies, "The red is blood." Several people in a meeting talk about and plan a prisoner retrieval. A woman yells at a man. Agents discuss the possibility that there is a tunnel under the Mexico/US border. A man talks about people being kidnapped or killed. A man refers to a "kill house." A man tells a woman, "You should have shot him." A man tells a woman, "Don't shoot anyone on my team." A man talks about another man's wife having her head cut off and his daughter being thrown into a vat of acid. A man tells another man, "Your daughter will be violated by 20 men."
 A man sleeps and his hand tremors before he wakes with a loud start, startling the woman seated near him.

PROFANITY 9 - About 42 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 11 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (killers, hit man, devil, what's his name, moron), exclamations (the mother of all diversions), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see two men load many packages of what we presume are illegal drugs into the trunk of a car, and two men unload many packages of what we presume are illegal drugs out of the trunk of a car and onto the ground. A man pours alcohol in his coffee to drink with his breakfast (his young son watches), people in a bar are shown drinking beer, and a man and a woman drink wine with their dinner. Several people smoke cigarettes outside a barracks, people smoke cigarettes in several scenes, a man smokes in a car, a woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes and a reference is made to her having quit earlier.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Illegal drug trade, turf wars, illegal immigrants, divorce, covert operations, Mexico/US border, DEA, Colombian drug cartel, FBI, pity, seizing accounts, trust, joint agency missions, corruption, survival, rule of law, land of wolves.

MESSAGE - Operating outside the law is sometimes the only way to get things done.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P9 - MPAAR

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