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Unstoppable [2010] [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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As an unmanned train barrels through small Pennsylvania towns, a longtime rail conductor (Denzel Washington) and a new employee (Chris Pine) devise a way to stop the half-mile long train before it crashes and takes out an entire city. Also with Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn and Kevin Corrigan. Directed by Tony Scott. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young woman watches a music video where a woman wearing a bathing suit dances suggestively; we see the screen briefly. Young women are seen wearing tight tank tops and shorts as part of a restaurant's uniform. A shirtless man is seen lying on a sofa, he stands up and we see him wearing underwear.
 A man and a woman kiss and the man wraps his arms around the woman. A woman jokes that she does not know which of two men to kiss first, and she then kisses one of the men on the cheek. A man winks at a woman and blows her a kiss.
 A man tells another man he had suspected his wife of having an affair with a man who is interested in her, but that she was not. A man tells another man that his daughters work at the restaurant Hooters, and the man blushes and says, "I support that."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - An out of control train bumps into two train engines, the out of control train sparks, the two engines are forced off the tracks, tip over and are instantly engulfed in flames; we hear a television report on how the engine driver died, as we watch the massive flames from the train.
 A man backs a train engine into the caboose of another train, and we see another man jump between the two trains to connect them; the two trains shift, the man's foot is smashed between two pieces of metal and he winces and shouts in pain.
 A man leaps from the tops of train cars to another train car as the train races, unmanned, down the tracks. A man jumps from a fast-moving train into the back of a truck bed, he winces in pain as he stands up and then leaps onto the front of a fast-moving unmanned train. A man being lowered from a helicopter onto a racing, unmanned train, smashes into the window of the train's engine car; we see his limp body being lifted back into the air and flown away as we hear a television report give a play-by-play, saying that the man appears injured (we later learn he the man was injured but recovered fully). We see television footage of a man trying to connect two trains while they are moving and he drops out of sight as grain and clouds of dust pour out of the caboose; he pulls himself up and limps to safety in the train engine room, we see his shoe crumbled and covered in blood, and another man instructs him to wrap his foot (we later see the man's foot in a temporary pressure cast).
 A man driving a truck swerves to avoiding hitting a police officer that's waving at him to not cross a train crossing; the truck crashes into a horse trailer, pushing it onto the train tracks, and a man and a woman rush to get the horses out of the trailer just before the train crashes into it, pushing it to the side, all crumbled. We see sparks as an unmanned train is pulled to slow down. A man driving a train shouts as flames shoot from the wheels of the train, saying that the brakes have broken.
 As a man drives a truck down a train track next to a speeding, unmanned train, the passenger opens the door, leans over to grab the train, misses and ducks back into the truck; the driver shouts, and the truck door smashes into a pole. On two occasions an unmanned, fast-moving train narrowly avoids hitting another train -- one is filled with children and the other is being driven by two men.
 Police officers fire their weapons at a fast moving, unmanned train as it drives past, sparks fly as the bullets hit the metal and we hear that the target they are trying to hit is located next to a fuel tank. A train blasts through a series of brakes, which we hear a television reporter explain are meant to derail the train; chunks of metal fly through the air as the train drives over the stops.
 A fast-moving, unmanned train tilts and lifts partially off the tracks as it rounds a corner while two men try to manually apply the brakes to the train cars (we see sparks flying from the rails); large metal pipes fall off the train, hitting the ground, but the train rights itself and continues going.
 People watch a man leap between train car roofs as it is televised and another man explains that the man is risking his life. We see footage of a train hitting a horse trailer multiple times as television reports replay the crash. A police car hits another police car as they drive down a road; one car flips over multiple times (we do not see any of the occupants of either car).
 A man throws a cell phone at another man, hitting him in the arm. Men shout angrily at one another. A man and a woman shout at one another. A man shouts at two men, threatening to fire them and a woman if they do not listen to him. A woman shouts angrily over the phone at a man. A man shouts at another man as he climbs out of a train driving down a track.
 We see television footage and hear reporters announcing that a runaway train is unmanned and loaded with explosive liquids. A man tells a woman and another man over the phone that the contents of a train are highly combustible. A woman tells a man that if a train wrecks it could cause massive explosions and destruction, echoing multiple reports heard from various sources saying that if a train crashes it would be a massive explosion and could kill people up to a one mile radius. A man tells a group of men that if a train crashes and explodes, it is holding enough explosive chemicals to destroy four towns. Television reporters announce that two men will die if they stay in an out of control train, saying that the crash of the train would be the biggest disaster in state history. We hear that a man has a restraining order against him; we hear that the order had been extended for another thirty days, and we hear that he had been issued the restraining order after he pulled a cell phone from a woman's hand and then shouted at a police officer with a gun on his dashboard. A man tells another man that his wife had died of cancer.
 On multiple occasions, a man drives a truck recklessly; he pulls out of a parking lot and spins his tires. We see a televised animation of a train crashing off a raised rail and into massive tanks of fuel and catching on fire.
 A man tosses a cup of coffee and spits some of it out of his mouth (we see a spray of spittle leaving his mouth).
 A man stumbles as he attempts to grab a rail on a moving train, and several men laugh at him as he falls face-forward into gravel (we later see him unharmed). A man jokes to another man to not make him feel like he is going to die. A group of men joke about the age of another man. A man jokes that a group of men are old. A group of children run and playfully push one another.

PROFANITY 4 - 2 obscene hand gestures, 14 scatological terms, 2 sexual references, 18 anatomical terms, exclamations (shoot, freaking, "eff,"), 25 mild obscenities, name-calling (punk, buddy, old heap, yellow vest, idiot), 10 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are seen sitting with alcoholic drinks in front of them in a restaurant. A television in the background shows a cartoon man with a cigarette resting in an ashtray in front of him.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Out of control trains, train conducting, old age, forced retirement, restraining orders, chemical spills, US Marine Veterans, Afghanistan, cancer, Hooters restaurants.

MESSAGE - Being brave and thinking things through in the face of danger is better than rushing into decision.

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

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