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Taken 3 [2015] [PG-13] - 2.6.5



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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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The third installment in the "Taken" series: A man's (Liam Neeson) ex-wife (Famke Janssen) is murdered in his apartment and he is assumed to be responsible. He begins his own search while trying to keep his daughter (Maggie Grace) safe. Some dialogue is in Russian with English subtitles. Also with Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott. Directed by Olivier Megaton. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman wearing a low-cut top that reveals cleavage tells a friend that a guy at a bar "...made me pay for my own drink and I was wearing something skimpier than this." A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thigh. A woman is seen seated on a toilet and her bare thighs are visible with her panties stretched across her legs (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man is shown bare-chested with a Speedo-type swim suit or brief-type underwear on (we see a bulge at his crotch, bare legs to the hip, bare abdomen and chest).
 A married woman leans across a counter and kisses her ex-husband after telling him that she fantasizes about him. A married woman hugs and kisses her ex-husband on the cheek. A man is shown bare-chested in a hot tub with two women wearing bikinis (we see cleavage and shoulders and the man's bare chest and upper abdominal) as the man kisses one of the women passionately while having his arm around the other.
 A man and a woman find out she is pregnant (they are not married). A woman takes a pregnancy test and appears upset (we see that the test is positive). A woman tells her father that she is pregnant (she is unmarried).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two men with handguns threaten a man in his home and force him into the trunk of a car where we see the man's dead dog (a bit of blood is seen on the animal); the man is taken to an office building where we see a dead security guard on the floor (no blood is evident), the man is forced to open a safe, forced into the safe and he is shot (we see him slide down the wall of the safe, presumably dead with no blood shown). A man enters his apartment and finds a knife on the floor with a small puddle of blood under it; the man walks to his room where he finds a woman lying dead in the bed (we see a bloody slash across her throat).
 A man fights several armed men in a liquor store with punches and kicks, head-butting, slamming heads through glass cooler doors and choking, as well as shooting them (he has a bit of blood on his face and one of the other men does as well; one man is shown with a bloody face as the first man threatens him with a gun, he grabs the gun and puts it in his own mouth before pulling the trigger and killing himself. A man shoots at another man several times before the other man shoots the first man twice in the abdomen and chest (we see the man lying back on the stairs with a bit of blood on his face (no blood in wounds, just powder burn from shots). A few flashback sequences show a man slitting another man's throat, shooting several people in a room dead, and other acts of violence (no blood is evident). A man shoots another man and grabs a woman (we see the injured man with blood on his hand) before forcing her into a car with him. A man kills several guards with punches and kicks and gunfire is exchanged before we see walls riddled with holes and bodies littering the floor (no blood is visible). A man shoots another man dead and shoves a woman into his car. A man holds a woman by the hair and with a gun to her head while another man points a gun at him; they talk briefly, the woman ducks and the second man shoots the first man; he falls to the ground where the gunman kicks him several times.
 A handcuffed man in the back of a police cruiser unlocks his handcuffs, attacks the passenger in the front seat and shoves him out of the speeding car (we see the man roll on the ground) before attacking the driver and forcing him to drive at gunpoint on the highway; the car jumps the median and speeds into oncoming traffic, several cars crash trying to get out of the way while a truck jack knifes and an SUV flips over the truck as the truck's cargo flips off and crushes several cars as it continues to roll along the highway. Two police officers with guns drawn yell at a man in his apartment as he tries to revive a dead woman; the man gets to his knees and attacks the officers when they try to handcuff him knocking them unconscious and stealing a weapon before jumping out a window, lands on a dumpster below and runs away. Two police officers yell at a man at gunpoint and handcuff him. A man hits another man hard in the face with a gun and we then see him tied to a chair and with a bag over his head, and he is pushed backward and falls onto the floor where the first man tortures him by putting a rag over his face, pouring water on him and waterboarding him; this act is repeated several times until the man gives the torturer information. A man with a gun hits another man on the hand with the gun and we see his bloody knuckles, the gunman then beats the other man repeatedly using his gun and the man winces, and the man is dragged on the floor while he screams and the two men fight. A man grabs another man around the throat and holds a gun to his face (we see some bloody scratches on his face). A man driving in a car speeds toward an airstrip, crashes into a plane taxing for take off and the plane crashes to its nose and sends sparks and smoke into the air.
 A man is chased by police through alleys, streets, and over fences before a dog barks and lunges toward him; the man runs through a house and out the upstairs window as police yell at him from below; he opens a hatch in the floor of a garage and drops into fast moving drain water below (we see him unharmed later). A man in a car is chased by other cars and a helicopter while speeding through streets; the car is shot at and the driver speeds into a parking structure, then into an elevator and the car falls down the shaft, crashes to the bottom and explodes (the driver is seen OK later). A man in a car is rammed by another car behind him and shoved off a cliff; we see the car flip, tumble and explode (the man is shown unharmed later). A man with a gun stops a car on the road, gets in and drives to a liquor store before turning the car back over to the owner and telling him that he can go. A man zaps two other men with a defibrillator. A man hits another man in the face with a gun and then threatens to come after him.
 A man yells at a woman and holds a gun to her face. A woman yells at a man and lunges toward him (she is held back by others). Two men with guns approach police surveillance cars and tell the men inside to handcuff themselves to the steering wheel; one of the officers ask one of the gunmen, "What are you gonna do, shoot me?" and the gunman cocks his weapon. A man with a gun takes aim at two women playing tennis and says, "Pow." A man tells another man, "They will kill you and if they don't, I will."
 We see several men's bodies scattered in a hallway (no blood is evident). We see a man open a morgue drawer and he sees his ex-wife dead and covered with a sheet as he removes a strand of her hair (we see a scar across her throat where it was slashed). We see a man identify the body of his wife in a morgue and the man cries. A man pulls a morgue drawer out and uncovers the body to reveal a dead woman. A funeral scene shows grieving people gathered around a coffin at a cemetery. We see a surveillance video of a woman being pulled into a van by a man and we know that the woman is now dead.
 We see blood on the floor by a knife at a crime scene. A woman tells a classmate that she is feeling nauseous and leaves the room for the bathroom (she does not vomit). A woman is shown seated on a toilet (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and she yells at a man who shoves the door of the stall open and points a gun at her (no injuries are evident). A man throws a smoke bomb in a building and it sets of the sprinklers as people run out of the building (we see one man slip and fall on the water).
 A woman confronts her father about how he had been making her mother (his wife) hurt and sad. A man tells his adult daughter that her mother is dead and that someone murdered her. A husband confronts an ex-husband about wanting him to stop seeing his wife until the couple can try to work things out. A man seems unstable and sits down saying that he has low blood sugar (he's OK).

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 sexual reference, 11 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (predictable, jerk, OCD, crazy, stupid, spy, idiots, scumbag, control freak, perv, pessimist, bad person), exclamations (shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, For God's Sake, Oh My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman consumes a drink that was spiked with a chemical that makes her feel nauseous and when she goes to the bathroom to be sick she is given and antidote. A man and a woman drink wine, a man takes a bottle of champagne to his adult daughter's house for her birthday (they do not drink), a man says that he wants to "go get drunk" with another man, a man drinks a glass of liquor in his home, several men are shown drinking from a bottle and smoking cigarettes, and a man drives to a liquor store and when a fight breaks out many bottles are broken and alcohol spilled on the floor. Several men are shown smoking cigarettes, two men smoke in a parking garage.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a spouse, death of a mother, murder, arms dealing, letting go of grown children, unplanned pregnancy, OCD, marital difficulties, priorities, lying.

MESSAGE - It is a challenge to keep family members safe.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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