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Snitch [2013] [PG-13] - 2.6.4



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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 man (Dwayne Johnson) goes undercover for the DEA and a US Attorney (Susan Sarandon) in order to gain the release of his son (Rafi Gavron) from a decade in prison for a drug crime he did not commit. Also with Berry Pepper, Jon Bernthal and Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man stands shirtless in the bathroom of his house and we see his back covered in a large tattoo; his arms feature other tattoos, his chest displays a tattoo of the face seen on a brand of rolling papers (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and his abdomen has designs and letters tattooed in an ornate script (his wife enters the bathroom, they embrace and kiss as the scene ends and sex is implied).
 A woman wears a tight tank top that reveals cleavage and the outline of her bosom. A man wears a tight tank top while lifting weights, revealing bare arms and upper chest.
 Several scenes feature a man and a woman kissing briefly in a light embrace. A woman kisses her ex-husband goodbye on the cheek.
 A man tells his son that the divorce of the parents was his own fault, because he worked too much. A candidate for office sarcastically asks an advisor whether she should go to a gay wedding for political appeal and the advisor grimaces.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man stakes out a drug dealer's house, pulls a handgun out and charges into the house to confront three men: in shadows, he is wounded in the arm (he shouts in pain but we see no blood), he breaks the neck of one man and shoots another (we see blood gush from his chest), and then shoots the third man in the abdomen (we see blood flowing).
 At a salvage yard where heavy machinery is moving rusted scrap metal, a man drives a semi that contains cocaine and parks it: five armed men approach and test the drugs, forcing the driver to taste also and he snaps his head back at the strong taste; several men from a Mexican drug cartel run forward while firing rifles and killing several men (we do not see blood) and the dead men fall in clouds of dust, the truck driver drives away quickly and crashes through a pile of soda cans, a metal wall and a car while being shot at, and we see the drug cartel men bury the dead men in a shallow grave at the salvage yard using a steam shovel.
 An extended chase scene includes a semi-truck on a highway, followed by five cars full of drug dealers from the US and Mexico: the cars force the truck into a guardrail several times, loosening a tire that rolls toward the camera, one car runs over an embankment and lands on another section of highway (we see it smashed and exuding smoke), another car rolls twice through a median and onto an embankment (it has smashed fenders, glass and bumpers), and another car runs over a guardrail and explodes in flames and smoke before it hits the ground; men in two cars shoot at the truck driver, who pulls out a rifle and fires back (windshields smash and we see a little blood on a passenger side window) and the truck jack-knifes causing the cab to turn over and skid to a stop (we see the driver with a bloody face and a bullet wound to the leg).
 A man drives through a ghetto while looking for a cocaine dealer: the shops are boarded up, but still open and the streets are piled high with trash and litter; the man finds a dealer, who along with three other men pull him from his vehicle, beat and kick him in the abdomen, with guns drawn (we see the man with a bloody eye, nose and lip).
 Throughout the film, a construction company owner and a male employee confront dangerous street-corner drug dealers, drug suppliers and members of a Mexican gun cartel; the drug dealers are shown armed with guns and knives and we hear several loud arguments and witness several shootouts and car chases.
 A teen boy asks another teen boy over the Internet to accept a box of drugs that we later hear are Ecstasy tablets; the second boy agrees and upon delivery DEA officers break into his home with weapons drawn, chase him out into the street, subdue him, arrest him and we see a close-up of his wrists in handcuffs (he receives a 10-year prison sentence).
 A man arrives home and tells his young son who is on the sidewalk to stop hanging around the thugs on the corner and sends the boy inside; the man draws a handgun, pinning one man to a brick wall and demanding that he stay away from the boy. Riding as a passenger in a semi-truck, a man pulls a gun on his boss as he drives and asks if the authorities are involved in their drug deals; the boss denies it but later admits it and enlists the man's help after a loud argument.
 We see DEA officers as they find several dead men. In two prison visitor center scenes, we see a man with a cut lip, then with 36 stitches in his face and both eyes are black and blue from attacks. A man is shown with his arm in a sling.
 In a prison meeting room with a lawyer and a teen boy, the boy's father slams his hand on the table and demands that the boy help the DEA; the boy refuses and the dad leaves in anger. At home, a man breaks a lamp in frustration and tells his wife he must work with the DEA to save their son from prison and she cries. A man and a woman argue loudly about his becoming involved with a DEA stakeout after his release from prison on a drug charge; the woman shouts and cries. A husband argues loudly with his wife and his ex-wife, twice each.
 In a prison visitors' center on opposite sides of glass a teen boy and his dad both cry three times. A boy complains and cries of having no friends; his dad tells him he must stay away from criminals at all costs, even if it means no friends for a while.
 A man enters a store and looks at a long display of rifles; later, we see that he has one of the rifles. We see a man in a house clicking a spring-loaded knife open and closed. We see a rack of dozens of assault rifles set up in a construction business warehouse.
 We hear that a Mexican drug cartel uses people to deliver drug money into Mexico and then disposes of the people by putting them into barrels of acid. We hear that a drug dealer killed several of his enemies by tracking them down and gutting them with a buck knife. A man's work folder shows a line that states two felony convictions for drug trafficking.
 Armed DEA officers break into a drug kingpin's house to find no one: they track him down on the highway, pull him over and surround his car with weapons drawn; we see a three-year-old boy in the passenger seat, crying and the driver tells him to be calm and raise his hands as the scene ends. In a drug dealer's house, we hear loud music and see men in a room as they punch a punching bag and lift weights.

PROFANITY 4 - 11 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (stupid, stubborn, fools, fish, whore, player, punk), stereotypical references to men, teen boys, mothers, divorced couples, suburbanites, drug dealers, federal agents, politicians, Blacks, Hispanics, gays, 3 religious profanities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men confront drug dealers and suppliers as well as members of a drug cartel (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) in many scenes, we see several kilos of cocaine taped in plastic wrap and hidden in bags of cement mix when delivered to a salvage yard on two different occasions (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a man has a tattoo of the face that is seen on cigarette rolling paper packs (usually used for marijuana; please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), and a teen boy asks another teen boy to accept delivery of 2,000 pills of a controlled substance and the second boy goes to prison for doing so (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man drinks whiskey from short glasses three times at home and one time in his office, a man drinks an energy drink on the front porch of a house and another man drinks an energy drink as he rides with a friend in a truck, a home bar features a back bar with many drinking glasses and a short shelf of whiskey and rum bottles, a man smokes on the porch of a house as he drinks a bottle of beer and an empty beer bottle sits next to him, and a bottle of liquor sits on a desk in a man's office at work. A woman smokes outside on a bench, a man smokes on his front steps at home, a male drug dealer lights and smokes three regular cigarettes inside his home, and a man stands on a sidewalk and smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, relationships, courage, loyalty, friends, business, illegal drugs, justice, witness protection program, politicians, second chances.

MESSAGE - Real friends don't ask you to hold drugs. Trust your family.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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