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Training Day



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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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MPAA Rating: R

A rookie narcotics police officer (Ethan Hawke) spends a harrowing training day with a corrupt veteran (Denzel Washington), experiencing firsthand the underbelly of police enforcement and the drug world. During this day he experiences corruption, betrayal, murder, and theft, all in the name of enforcing the law. Also with Tom Berenger and Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A young woman is attacked in an alley by two men; it is said that she is being raped (see Violence/Gore for more details) and we see that her blouse has been torn open exposing part of her bra and cleavage. There are several creative references to anal rape. A nude woman lies in a bed on her stomach exposing her bare buttocks; when she sits up we see her bare breasts, and when she stands up we see her fully frontally nude (she's slightly out of focus). A man and woman kiss passionately, and a man and woman kiss briefly a few times. A woman motions to a man, and it is implied that she is going to join another man in the bedroom where they will have sex. A man touches a young woman's buttock and makes a suggestive remark. A woman's blouse hangs open exposing her cleavage. A couple of young women dance suggestively. A group of men stand around without shirts exposing bare chests, backs and the tops of their underwear because their pants are down around their hips (as a fashion statement). We see a man sleeping shirtless, exposing his bare shoulders and part of his chest. A woman is shown nursing her baby; we see her bare breast with the infant covering her nipple.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man in a car is shot by several men with automatic weapons. He emerges very bloody and gasping for air and the men fire again; he jerks while he is being hit and slumps to the ground dead. A young woman is attacked in an alley by two men and it is said that she is being raped; we see her being tossed against a dumpster and is punched in the face leaving her with a bloody nose -- the young woman relates the story to a man on the phone later. A police officer is shot twice in the chest (he's wearing a bulletproof vest, but one goes through and we see his hand covered with blood), a man is shot once in the chest and we see his blood splattered shirt as he gasps for air, and a police officer is shot in the buttock and he yells. Two police officers shoot at each other through a house where there is a woman and a young boy. A police officer is hit in the head with a bottle which breaks and his head bleeds; he's handcuffed, dragged down a hall, thrown in a bathtub, a shotgun is shoved in his face and at his crotch and he begs for his life. Two police officers fight with many loud face and body punches and kicks; one is shoved through a glass door, tossed over a table, hit with a chair, rammed into a concrete wall, and tossed over a wall until he's unconscious. A police officer jumps on the hood of a moving car, is tossed back and forth as the car drives erratically and eventually is thrown onto another car when the car crashes. There's a gunfight between two police officers in a car and a group of men on the street (a car suffers most of the damage). A police officer shoves a pen down a man's throat to make him vomit, and the man does (he had apparently eaten some crack). A police officer is jumped, kicked repeatedly and punched, before he is able to handcuff the perpetrators. A police officer threatens a man (with an already very bloody nose and face) with a knife, punches him in the throat and slams him in the crotch with his two guns. A man in a wheelchair is chased, ducks into a store and ends up falling out of his chair and down a couple of stairs onto the floor. A police officer chases another police officer through an apartment building and across the roof; he then jumps and dangles from a railing. A police officer punches another police officer in the face (he falls to the ground), and a police officer punches another police officer in the face and head repeatedly and drags him out of his car. Two police officers cut off two young men and a woman in a car and hold them at gunpoint while threatening them. A police officer yanks on a young man's earring a few times and the young man winces in pain. A police officer shoves a woman down on the floor after barging into her home with guns drawn, a police officer is hit and shoved into a chair. A dead body in a body bag is wheeled by on a stretcher, followed by a man with a bullet wound on a stretcher. A police officer sports a blood-stained shirt and face. Two police officers are flanked by threatening looking men as they walk up some stairs. There is talk of a police officer having beaten a man to death. There are several references made to anal rape. A group of men talk about another group of people wanting to kill a man. A man relates a story about a man who, while in court before a judge and in order to be found insane, puts peanut butter in his buttocks, reaches in and then licks his fingers. Two police officers talk about putting a choke hold on a suspect and that this is against regulations. A group of police officers dig up a man's kitchen floor with a chain saw, picks and shovels. Several people are threatened with guns in several scenes: A man is surrounded by police officers with guns drawn, a police officer holds a gun on another police officer in several scenes, two men cock their guns as a police officer walks down a dark street, a man has a gun pointed to his head to force him into smoking a pipe of marijuana, a police officer is threatened after a man takes his gun and a man in a car is threatened with a gun when he honks.

PROFANITY 10 - 107 F-words and F-word derivatives and permutations (some of which are heard in the lyrics of songs), 88 scatological terms, 12 sexual references, 36 anatomical references, 28 mild obscenities, 12 derogatory terms for African-Americans said by African Americans (some of which are heard in the lyrics of songs), 2 derogatory references to homosexuals, 1 insult in Spanish, 4 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Narcotics, policing and ethics, the drug culture, corruption, bribery, search warrants.

MESSAGE - You don't have to behave like a criminal in order to get the criminals.

(Note: A man smokes a pipe of marijuana which actually turns out to be PCP and we see the effects when he is high.)

Special Keywords: S7 - V8 - P10 - MPAAR

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