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We Are Marshall [2006] [PG] - 1.4.4



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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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The town of Huntington, West Virginia, is devastated when its entire Marshall University football team is killed in a plane crash. The town must decide whether they can bear to ever have another team or if the pain is too great, and the only football coach (Matthew McConaughey) willing to work for the university has a rather unusual approach. Based on a true story from 1970. Also with David Strathairn, Ian McShane and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A young man and a young woman kiss and talk about their future together. A husband and wife kiss, and a husband and wife hug.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We see a large group of people in an airplane mid-flight, we see a bright flash, we hear a loud bang and the scene ends; we then hear reports that the plane has crashed and that there are no survivors.
 We see a plane crash site, with the crumpled remains of the plane in flames and fire and rescue squads struggling to comb through the debris looking for survivors (there are none). We see remains of victims carried on stretchers.
 A player is tackled hard during a game and he stays on the ground moaning and writhing (he has dislocated his shoulder), and one player is flipped in the air and lands on his neck (he is OK but it looks like he shouldn't have been).
 A man shoves a football player to the ground hard, and yells at him. Football players shove and hit each other during practice. There are several tense football action scenes where players shove and knock each other to the ground, hard. A baseball player is tackled at home plate, and a basketball player is tackled on the court.
 A boy wearing a football helmet runs into a tree and is knocked back onto the ground (he seems to be fine).
 We see the families and loved ones of the victims of the plane crash grieving in several scenes.

PROFANITY 4 - 10 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks beer.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Winning, effort, devastation, plane crashes, death of loved ones, loss, grief, letting go, love, moving on, disappointment, guilt, starting fresh, disgrace, courage, glory, being remembered, regret, rejection.

MESSAGE - Winning is not everything.

Special Keywords: S1 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG

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