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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [2010] [PG-13] - 5.7.3



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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 of Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" saga starts off when a mysterious killing spree unsettles Seattle and a young woman (Kristen Stewart) must choose between her love for a vampire (Robert Pattinson) and her friendship with a werewolf (Taylor Lautner). Also with Xavier Samuel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone and Dakota Fanning. Directed by David Slade. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A teenage girl and a teenage boy kiss while sitting on a bed: the girl implies that she wants to have sex with the boy and the boy tells her that he is not interested, they kiss passionately, the girl unbuttons the boy's shirt (we see a portion of his bare chest), they run their hands up and down one another's bodies, lie back, and the boy pulls away, buttons up his shirt and tells the teenage girl he is not interested in having sex until they are married.
 A teenage girl kisses a shirtless teenage boy passionately, and he places his hand on her clothed buttock, as they stand very close. A teenage boy and teenage girl kiss passionately on multiple occasions, including once as they are lying in bed (fully clothed): the girl rests her head on the boy's chest and the boy wraps his arms around the girl. After a teenage boy and teenage girl begin to kiss as they lie on the ground, the girl straddles the boy and brings her face very close to his, without kissing. A teenage boy embraces a teenage girl and they kiss; the boy kisses the girl on the forehead and neck, on multiple occasions.
 As we hear a young woman narrate the action, we see a young woman pulled by a man toward a group of men, the man kisses her face as he remarks that she would be more attractive without her clothing on, and the young woman then describes how she struggled to get away but the men attacked her (it is implied that she may have been raped, but we do not see this) and left her for dead (she is later seen unharmed).
 A young man and a woman kiss on multiple occasions. A woman kisses the neck and face of a young man. A teenage boy attempts to kiss a teenage girl (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A group of teenage boys and a young man are seen shirtless, and their bare chests visible, throughout the film. A shirtless teenage boy is seen carrying a teenage girl in his arms on two occasions and the girl places her hand on the teenage boy's bare chest. A shirtless teenage boy crawls into a sleeping bag with a teenage girl and holds her in his arms, as another teenage boy watches. A small portion of a teenage girl's bare side is visible when her shirt lifts as she hugs another teenage girl and when a teenage boy lifts her up.
 A man attempts to have a conversation with a teenage girl about using protection during sex and the girl tells the man that she is a virgin. A teenage girl jokes with a teenage boy that people will think she is "knocked up." A teenage boy remarks to a teenage girl about a shirtless (his bare chest visible) teenage boy, saying, "Does he ever wear a shirt?"

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - In a complex sequence, a young man lunges at a teenage boy, the teenage boy knocks the young man to the ground, they struggle, the young man is flipped over by the teenage boy, a werewolf approaches and rips off the hand of the young man (we hear the sound of glass breaking and see the young man's arm, which appears to be made of glass, broken), the young man then slams the werewolf against a rock, the werewolf yelps in pain, a woman attacks the teenage boy, and then the teenage boy, the young man, and the woman all wrestle violently; a teenage girl uses a stone to cut her arm (we do not see the cut, just a trail of blood going down her arm), distracting the young man and the woman, as the werewolf rips into the neck of the young man, and the teenage boy rips off the head the woman and sets her corpse on fire (we do not see blood, just what appears to be broken glass on the woman's open neck and head wounds, while her head lays inches from her body).
 A group of adults and teenagers rush toward one another and attack, slamming each other to the ground, and the sound of broken glass is heard as necks are seen being broken and bodies tossed through the air: a group of massive werewolves are seen jumping into the battle, biting and clawing at the people (while we only see a small portion, the battle is implied to last a long time, and the corpses of multiple people are seen being burned or charred as a group of men, women and teenagers stand together, unharmed).
 A woman is seen screaming and punching and kicking several people, who fall to the ground in pain, and a narrator explains that a man has been killed by the woman, as another woman cradles the dead man in her arms, and the attacker continues to throw people through the air; a werewolf lunges at the woman, until the woman cradling the dead man stabs herself in the stomach (we see a small pool of blood on her tunic) and the attacker turns to her, only to have the werewolf bite into her neck, presumably killing her.
 Two wolves are seen attacking a man standing in front of the corpses of a woman and a child, as we hear a narrator explain that the man had killed the two people.
 A young woman tells a teenage girl that she avenged herself on a group of men that had attacked her and left her for dead; we see the woman and hear the sound of gunshots (implying that she shot three police officers protecting a man's room) and the young woman is then seen baring her teeth to the man in the room, the man screams and it is implied she kills him.
 A young man is seen wrestling with a group of people, including a boy, and the young man narrates that he was instructed by a woman to kill people; the young man is then seen putting the boy in a chokehold and we hear breaking glass, implying the young man had broken the boy's neck (the young man is later seen to have scars all over his arms from his fights).
 A young man kicks the limp body of a teenage boy, he picks up the body and drops it, the teen stands up, and a woman bites the teen's neck and we hear him screaming. A group of people are seen in a dark alley attacking one another: a man strikes another man in the head with a bottle, a woman is seen biting the neck of a man lying on the ground, and a young man corners a girl and presumably bites her neck. A young man is knocked to the ground in a dark alley, then thrown through the air and slammed into a wall; he stands up and runs, is attacked again by an unseen attacker, and the young man screams in pain and writhes on the ground.
 An overturned, burning car is seen being raided by manic-looking people who are seen surrounding two bodies lying on the ground, and appear to be biting the dead bodies.
 A teenage girl instructs a man to "take care" of a girl: the man walks over to the girl and screaming is heard, implying that the man killed the girl (we do not see it happen).
 A shirtless teenage boy is seen lying on the ground screaming in pain, and a man explains that the right side of his body had been crushed, that he would heal, but would be in a great deal of pain; when screams are later heard it is explained to a teenage girl that a man is re-breaking all of the improperly healed bones of the injured teen and the teen is seen lying in bed with his arm in a sling and chest in a compression wrap.
 A man and a girl are seen writhing in pain and falling to the ground after a teenage girl uses psychic powers to harm them; the teenage girl stops and the people appear to be OK.
 A teenage boy attempts to kiss a teenage girl; the girl pulls away, punches the boy in the face, and then winces in pain (we later find out that she sprained her wrist punching him) while the boy is unharmed.
 A small group of teenagers, a man and a woman chase another woman as she leaps from one side of a river to the other; the woman leaps to a rocky ledge, one of the young men leaps after her, a werewolf growls at the young man until he backs away and the woman races away.
 A teenage girl pricks her finger and is seen wiping blood on a tree trunk (we see a small streak of blood) and her finger has a spot of blood on it.
 Two teenage boys shout at one another and look like they are about to fight until a man pulls them apart. A teenage boy grabs a teenage girl's arm, and she pulls away and shouts at him. A teenage boy throws a tool against a wall. A teenage girl is visibly startled after a teenage boy appears in her car.
 During a training session, teenage boys are seen running at one another, and tackling each other to the ground; a teenage boy throws a man to the ground and a teenage boy attempts to tackle a teenage girl, who gets away and then jumps on top of the teenage boy (everyone is unharmed).
 A man explains to a group of teenage boys and teenage girls that an epic "battle" will soon take place and that it could be a "bloodbath"; one of the teenage boys says he is excited to kill people. A teenage boy describes to a woman how he had ripped a man into pieces and then set his corpse on fire, burning it to ashes. A group of adults and teenagers tell a teenage girl that she is in danger of being killed. A man tells a teenage girl that her life is in danger. A teenage boy tells a teenage girl that a group of people "aren't really alive" and continually refers to the teenage girl allowing herself to become "undead;" the teenage girl tells the teenage boy that her heart is going to stop beating but she will still be alive. Teenage girls and boys frankly discuss the inevitable death of friends and family. Multiple people, including teenage boys and girls, discuss how a string of violent killings have been taking place. A man tells a teenage girl that a young man disappeared mysteriously. A man reads a newspaper headline that mentions a spree of murders and deaths. A television reporter is heard announcing that a spree of deaths are being linked to a gang or serial killer. A woman tells a teenage girl that a teenage boy looks like he would jump in front of a bullet to save the girl, if needed. A teenage girl jokes with a teenage boy that it is a good thing he is bulletproof. A teenage girl reads aloud a poem about how the world will end by fire or ice.
 A teenage boy jokingly throws a ball of paper at a teenage girl, hitting her in the face.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 sexual reference, 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory name for women, name-calling (strange, revolting, puppet, blood sucking demon), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is seen drinking a can of beer, a group of men appear to be drunk, drinking from a bottle of alcohol, and a man holds a bottle of what is implied to be alcohol.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vampires, werewolves, Native American legends, loss of love, regret, love, fear, damnation, souls, teenage pregnancy, teenage marriage, immortality, saving sex until marriage, self-sacrifice, consequences of our actions, jealously, controlling relationships, death.

MESSAGE - Everyone must make sacrifices sometimes.

Special Keywords: S5 - V7 - P3 - MPAAPG-13

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