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The Wolverine [2013] [PG-13] - 4.7.5



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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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When the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is convinced to accompany a mysterious woman (Rila Fukushima) to Japan to say a final farewell to a man he saved years ago in Nagasaki, he soon realizes that there is more to the man's dying wish than was originally revealed. Also with Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee and Famke Janssen. Directed by James Mangold. A few scenes are in Japanese with English subtitles. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A bare-chested man and a woman wearing a nightgown (her cleavage is visible) lie next to each other in bed; she rolls over on top of the man and they kiss (sex is implied). A woman wearing a negligee that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage kisses a man sitting next to her on a bed on the shoulder (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man dreams that a woman is lying on top of him and they are kissing until he wakes up and sees another woman kissing him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man touches a woman's face and they kiss (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman walk through a hotel corridor and we hear laughing and rhythmic thumping coming from behind closed doors (sex is implied). A woman describes a hotel as a "love hotel" and that it is only "for couples." A man is shown being bathed by two women using brushes; we see the man's bare shoulders, chest, back, abdomen and the top of his bare buttocks as he protests and tries to convince the women that he can wash "that bit" himself. A woman helps a man tie his robe sash (no nudity) and they kiss (sex is implied); they are shown lying in bed later and the man is bare-chested and the woman is wearing a spaghetti strapped top (revealing bare shoulders and upper chest) as he caresses her shoulder. A woman speaks to a man seductively while his wrists are locked in metal device.
 Two women wearing bras and panties (cleavage, bare abdomens, and partial bare buttocks are shown) are seen drinking alcohol and dancing with a man who is engaged to another woman; the man removes his pants and we see him wearing boxer briefs (his bare chest and abdomen are shown) as he kisses the neck of one of the women (they are interrupted).
 Three men preparing to commit hara-kiri remove their shirts and we see their bare chests, abdomens and backs (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A prisoner being held in a hole in the ground is shown shirtless (his bare chest, abdomen and back are seen). A woman wears a short skirt and thigh high stockings that reveal her bare upper thighs. A woman wears a tank top that reveals bare shoulders, upper chest and arms (no cleavage is apparent). A woman wears an outfit that is open at the shoulders and tight-fitting in a couple of scenes and at one point see that the fabric has numerous slits that reveal flesh underneath (mostly on her upper thigh and hip).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man grabs a woman by the neck and slams her against a wall; she frees herself and scratches the man on the face and then blows on him (causing his flesh to blister) and then throws him to the ground. A woman stabs a man in the neck with a poisoned pen and he thrashes around and yells as his face bubbles and blisters. A woman kisses a man and he falls to the ground dead (we hear sizzling and understand that she has put acid or poison in his mouth). A woman spits what appears to be acid in a man's face and we see his flesh bubble and blister as he screams. A man is shown with several bloody bullet holes in his chest and abdomen and we see him cleaning away the blood (blood covers paper towels that he has used).
 Military planes fly over a military installation as sirens blare and military personnel scrambles on the ground; we see three officers perform hara-kiri as the planes approach (we hear the crunch and squish of the swords entering their bodies) and when a bomb is dropped in the distance we see a huge cloud erupt and a wave of flames and debris blows toward two men who run and jump into a hole in the ground; flames blow into the hole and one man covers the other with a metal plate; the man under the plate is shown with a burn mark on his face and the other man is completely burned (we see his flesh singed and blistered and his ears appear to be melted); the burned man yells and appears to heal almost instantly.
 A man watches an X-ray of himself and sees something bug-like moving around on his heart; the man cuts his chest open and reaches inside to remove the thing (he yells) and we see his hand on the X-ray moving close to his heart; he removes the item (we see his hand covered with blood and holding the wriggling thing) and his heart stops (we see him recover later).
 A man fights with a huge robot Ninja and the robot cuts the blades protruding from the man's hand off (the man screams), and they continue to fight as the robot chases the man through a factory; another man shoots the robot with an arrow, the robot stabs the man and lifts him into the air then throws him (we see his bloody wound as he dies), the robot's head is cut off, the first man falls over a ledge and the robot cuts the blades protruding from his other hand off and drills into the remaining metal (resembles bone marrow) causing the man to turn gray and become very weak.
 A man is shot in the chest (we see a bloody wound) by another man at a funeral; many men draw weapons and fire while others fight with punches and kicks while several men attempt to kidnap a woman; a man on a rooftop shoots several of the gunmen with a bow and arrows while another man with metal claws protruding from his hands fights many of the gunmen and stabs several of them (we see the blades enter the men, we hear the shwing of the blades and some are lifted up and thrown, but no blood is evident); a woman with a long stick also fights with many of the gunmen. A man runs across rooftops and jumps to the ground while chasing men who have taken a woman and sped away in a car; the chasing man is shot in the leg, he threatens one of the men for information and then stabs him (we hear the crunch but do not see the blow). A woman stabs a man in the head and the neck (no blood is shown but we see the blades protruding from the head and neck), and another man stabs him and throws him over a cliff. A man in a bar stabs another man in the hand with an arrow (we see the arrow sticking out of the man's hand and there is blood on the wound) and the man yelps in pain as the first man questions him about an arrow he found in a dying bear in the woods. A man, chasing another man and a woman, is stabbed through a metal door by a man with metals claws protruding from his hands (we see the stabbed man fall to the floor and we see the holes in the metal door; no blood is evident). We see a dead man on the floor with the knife still in his chest and blood on the wound.
 A man fights many Ninjas and we see a lot of stabbing and slashing, until many arrows are shot into the man's back and he stumbles and falls to the ground unconscious with many arrows attached to tethers sticking out of his back (one arrow has been dipped in some kind of acid or poison). We see many Ninjas killing numerous security guards silently outside a house (no blood is evident).
 Two women fight and one woman is wrapped around the neck and pulled into the air hanging as something else moves quickly past her and strikes her in the head (presumably killing her); we see no blood. A woman is shot with an arrow and she falls off a platform and lands on another platform below; she regains consciousness, pulls out the arrow and slices down her face and body; she pulls at a layer of what looks like snake skin and removes it, including her hair.
 A man threatens another man and says that he will throw him out a window; the man then punches the man three times in the face (we see blood coming from his nose and on his upper lip), then throws him over a balcony (we hear the man yelling) and we see that he has landed in a swimming pool several floors below.
 In an extended scene, a man and a woman fight with swords and the woman is knocked unconscious (we see bloody spot on her head); the man raises a sword over her head and is stopped by another man; the two men then fight, one man is stabbed through the shoulder and we hear crunching (we see the blade sticking out of his back), they continue to fight and one man is slashed through the mid-section (although we don't see the wound, it is understood that he has been cut in half and then we hear squishing as he heals immediately); he is stabbed through the chest (we see the blade going all the way through him) and the other man is stabbed in the abdomen (he falls dead while the other man heals).
 A man is struck with metal pipes repeatedly and appears close to losing consciousness until another man shoots the attackers with arrows. A man in a bar strikes another man in the face with a glass; the glass breaks and we see a shard stuck in the man's face and hear a squish as he removes it (we see blood on the open wound until it closes up). A man with metal claws protruding from his hands fights with four men that approach him on a speeding train; they fight, one man shoots the man with the claws and he throws two of the men out of the train, and a third man thrown out pulls the man with the claws with him and they fight on top of the train dodging the over passes as they go and holding on so they are not thrown off; one man runs into an overpass and is thrown off the train and another man is stabbed and thrown off (no blood is evident).
 A woman kisses a man, stabs him in the leg and runs away. A man sitting next to a woman in bed realizes that he has stabbed her in the abdomen with the metal claws that protrude from his hands (we see blood on her negligee) and he yells in terror (this is a nightmare that the man wakes up from).
 A woman runs to the edge of a balcony to jump off and into a raging sea below; a man stops her and holds her until she calms down. A man draws a sword and threatens his adult daughter; he tries to hit her and she stops him.
 A man wakes up from a nightmare where he sees a samurai in full armor with a sword raised over him; the man's metal claws protrude from his hands and a woman lies next to him unafraid. A man wakes up and finds a woman on top of him and kissing him; she appears to have a snake-like tongue and it looks like she is putting something into his mouth; the man wakes up choking and prepares to attack her with the metal claws that protrude from his hands but she disappears.
 A man collapses from his wounds and when he wakes up we see that he is bandaged and he is told that a veterinary student has removed the bullets; the student is shown with some bloody slashes on his hand and the patient is told that he may have cut him a few times during the procedure. A woman stabs another woman in the neck and she collapses (we see her fine later).
 A woman held by two men fights back and frees herself before being stopped by another man that she knows. A woman in a bar kicks a man in the stomach and the man falls to the floor. A woman with a knife threatens a man to get into a tub to be bathed (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man and a woman (his adult daughter) argue and he slaps her in the face.
 A man raises his hand with bony spikes protruding from it toward another man but is kept from striking.
 Two men practice fighting using long wooden sticks (no one appears to get hurt). A man sleeping in the wilderness wakes up to a man screaming in the distance; the first man goes to investigate and finds a camp site torn to shreds and no people around; he follows a footprint and finds a wounded bear with an arrow in its back; the bear moans, appears to be dying and the man stabs it with his metal claws and the bear howls and takes a last breath.
 A man with a bow and a quiver sits on a rooftop overlooking a crowd gathered at a funeral. A man is shown using the bony claws that protrude from his hands to hold himself at the top of a deep hole in the ground where he is being held prisoner.
 Two men climb out of a hole after a bombing and see the complete destruction of a city and the burning rubble. Many mourners gather at a funeral.
 A man walks through the wilderness in the dark and we see a huge Grizzly bear walking next to him; the bear snorts and grunts, lifts its leg to urinate (we hear the trickle) and continues walking. A man sleeping in the wilderness wakes up from a nightmare and kicks the fire burning near him (he quickly stamps it out and is unharmed).
 A man is shown in a hospital bed surrounded by medical equipment and monitors (we understand that he is dying). A man in a car with a woman yells at her and demands that she pull the car over which, she does. A plane experiences turbulence that causes it to bounce around and a male passenger appears afraid.
 A woman tells a man, "I saw you die" and describes that she saw him lying on his back with a lot of blood around him and that he was holding his own heart in his hand and it was not beating. A man in a bar talks about a bear attack and describes how the bear "gutted" another man in his group. A woman talks about her sword being "used to separate heads and limbs from bodies." A woman tells a man, "These men will die very soon," speaking about other men in a bar. A woman talks to a man about giving him "an honorable death" and putting "an end to your pain." A woman talks about an attempted kidnapping and attempted assassination on another woman. A man talks about Ninja warriors, bravery and tradition. A woman talks about being taken in by a family when she was found "digging through the garbage to find something to eat."
 Several men buy weapons and prepare to go hunting; in the street one man accidentally fires a gun and the others berate him (no one is harmed).
 A man speaks to his dead lover in dreams in several scenes.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 possible F-word, 4 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (honey, loner, toy doll, princess, stupid, magical, pretty boy), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious exclamations (My God, God's mistake). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks from a bottle of liquor, several people in a bar drink alcohol, a man drinks a shot of alcohol in a bar, we see a partially drunk bottle of liquor near a sleeping man, a man drinks alcohol while on an airplane, a man drinks alcohol, and a man and two women drink alcohol in an apartment.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Regret, mutations, the bombing of Nagasaki, love, guilt, greed, justice, immortality, murder, political careers, respect, honor, dark forces, dishonor, gratitude, deceit, Yakuza, arranged marriage, courage, peace, Japanese tradition.

MESSAGE - Man can recover from almost anything. Face your fears.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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