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World War Z [2013] [PG-13] - 1.7.4



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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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A worldwide zombie pandemic threatens to end life on Earth as the UN calls in a special investigator (Brad Pitt) who does not want to leave his family. The US Army chief threatens not to protect his family if he refuses to help, so he promises his wife (Mireille Enos) and daughters (Abigail Hargrove and Sterling Jerins) that he will return before traveling to several countries to find a cure for the plague. Also with James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse and Daniella Kertesz. Directed by Marc Forster. [1:57]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife hug twice and kiss once before he goes away on a long mission.
 A husband and his wife, wearing T-shirts (hers is sleeveless and bares her shoulders and full arms), lie side by side in bed under covers. A few women wear scoop-necked and V-necked tops that reveal cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Numerous scenes show thousands of male and female zombies charging down the center of streets in various cities, swarming up walls and buildings in search of healthy human beings to bite; each time this occurs, armies shoot the zombies with automatic rifles and fell large numbers of them; some zombies run quickly toward the camera, flashing gray flesh, yellowed teeth, wide eyes and slobbering mouths (we sometimes see drool and a little blood at the corner of their mouths); the zombies screech like birds, growl, click their teeth and make sounds like chattering insects as they run and fall on top of cars, cracking windshields and people run and scream.
 Inside an apartment we see a man and a woman who cannot escape zombies that break in and they are bitten in the neck (no blood). In two scenes, zombies scale tall walls and jump down the other side, biting people in the neck and suffering automatic rifle fire from soldiers (no blood is shown) while victims convulse, become gray-skinned, have milky eyes and arise as zombies to chase other humans.
 In two skirmishes, several zombies fall after being shot and we see dead soldiers' bodies hanging from the top of barbed wire fences in the dark. As a special UN team leaves an army base by plane, a cell phone ring attracts dozens of zombies that are shot by soldiers; one soldier is bitten and limps away to kill several zombies off screen. A scientist falls and accidentally shoots himself to death (we see him face down in a plane's entrance with no blood shown). A soldier shoots a zombie that is off screen and we see a red mark on her hand (indicating a zombie bite); the camera pans up as a man chops off the woman's hand off-screen and she cries out (we never see blood and he wraps her stump in a bandage); the two board a plane and the man pours vodka over the woman's stump below the frame and re-bandages it as she stifles a scream (we see the bandaged stump, but no blood, and later we see her arm is in a sling).
 A motorcycle patrol officer rides passed a car stopped in a traffic jam and knocks the driver's side mirror off; the driver gets out of his car as another officer rides up and shouts at him to get back in his car until the officer is run over by an SUV; several cycle cops ride by as we hear a rumble and see an explosion in the background accompanied by large dust clouds; we see a commotion as thousands of aggressive, grimacing zombies surge forward and swarm over objects and people causing cars and trucks to roll and crash; two trucks crash through each other, zombies bite people in the neck and the victims drop, convulse and arise with blue-gray skin and milky glazed eyes as zombies; from the air, people and zombies look like ants and the zombies swarm up into piles over cars and trucks, looking for more people to bite.
 In Jerusalem, zombies jump over a high wall and down on top of a wire covering over a long walkway for healthy people and they occasionally bite a human through the wire; one zombie bites an iron bar to a barred doorway, briefly in close-up and a soldier is bitten by two zombies at once (one on either side of the neck as he falls away from the camera); soldiers fire mortars as well as automatic rifles/handguns from rooftops and helicopters, kicking away zombies hanging onto helicopter rails.
 A tall, thin and sickly boy stands in the path of zombies and they run past him, not seeing him; the boy holds out a board and one zombie breaks it as he runs through it and he crouches down and covers his head as zombies run past and the scene ends.
 Noise in another section of an airplane alerts a man to a problem and he peaks through the curtain to see a chaotic scene of teeth-chomping zombies snarling; zombies break through a barricade of baggage into another section and bite passengers on the neck (no blood is shown) as the victims convulse and become zombies; a soldier shoots zombies and a man throws a live grenade that explodes and blows out the side of the plane causing the plane to crash-land into pine trees and grass (most of the passengers and zombies are sucked out the hole in the fuselage) and we see the cockpit break off and tumble end over end.
 A man is shown in the wreckage of a plane crash hanging sideways out of his seat with blood covering his cheek and temple; he releases his seat belt and finds a two-foot-long piece of metal piercing his side and through the back (covered in dried blood); he falls from his seat to the ground and a soldier without a hand helps walk him to a research lab where he collapses at the entrance. A zombie bursts out of a closet on a plane, tackles an airline attendant and they fall off screen. A soldier is bitten by a zombie, but does not become ill.
 A family finds another family in an apartment and stay until morning when they go to the roof of the building to take a helicopter away; while in the apartment, the father duct tapes a cleaver to his rifle as a bayonet and the next morning he shoots another zombie (no blood), runs onto the ledge of the roof and looks down, saying that he got some zombie flesh in his mouth (we see none), but feels OK as he gets into the helicopter while two police officers shoot zombies (no blood is shown) and kick away other zombies that hang to the helicopter rails. A family of four steals an RV to escape swarms of zombies; a young girl inside the RV picks up a rifle until her father takes it away from her and carries it when they stop the vehicle and run up flights of stairs in an apartment building; the man shoots at zombies, hitting several without blood showing and we see zombies fall over stair railings and hit the bottom floor with a thud.
 A zombie clatters his teeth together, clucks, squawks, and shrieks like a velociraptor. A female zombie repeatedly bangs her head into a wall and then turns toward humans and screams as a woman shoots her with a handgun. Three zombies jump through a glass wall and shatter it with loud noises of breaking glass. We see a captive zombie in a glass room and she has milky blue eyes, she hisses and snaps her huge yellow teeth as she drives her face repeatedly into a glass wall without injury.
 A woman and two men carrying handguns, a baseball bat, a crow bar and an axe enter a hospital wing; noises make zombies screech and limp toward them and then charge them; several zombies are shot or hit with an axe handle or crowbar on screen and their heads are stabbed below the frame; the woman and one man run back to safety with zombies chasing them and slam themselves against closed barrier doors. Zombies charge down a hallway toward a man while snarling and run around him. A man locks a zombie inside a cold room.
 Aerial scenes show three cities suffering explosions scattered around town with large clouds of dust, smoke and fires and a mushroom cloud appears through the clouds and engulfs an airliner. Opening credits feature several scenes of predator and scavenger animals, especially hyenas, eating bloody pieces of other animals or thrown-away food items like bread and sandwich pieces; four beached dolphins are seen on blankets and a fifth is hauled back to the ocean across a beach in a sling; big cats are shown growling and swarming bees gather in a large area; ants are seen skittering over breadcrumbs and we hear that a large rabies outbreak began in Taiwan.
 An unconscious patient dreams of several sets of large, discolored zombie teeth snapping under milky eyes, followed by a brief roller coaster scene with his young daughter crying in fear; he wakes up to see that he is tied to a hospital bed and a slightly bloody bandage is on his abdomen and he struggles against the wrist ties until he is finally released by two scientists after he convinces them that he is from the UN. We see a few small pools of blood and then some bloody fibers hanging with a white coat stuck on a doorframe.
 We hear that the US President is dead, the VP is missing and the zombie plague is like the Spanish Flu of 1918 in how fast it spreads. We hear that a hospital wing is full of 80 zombies and we see them shuffling in rooms and hallways on closed circuit TV. In South Korea, a scientist says that Mother Nature is a [expletive deleted]. A Navy Seal at an army base says the North Koreans want to pull everybody's teeth to prevent any zombie bites; and that victims foam at the mouth and look like they have black tar on their faces. A leader in Jerusalem tells a UN man that the Jews did not believe there were concentration camps in the 1930s, until it was too late; they refused to believe that a massacre of Jewish athletes could occur in 1972 at the Munich Olympics; so, when Israel heard about possible zombie attacks, Jerusalem built a high wall around the city and inside the wall Jews and Muslims are shown singing a hymn together. A scientist says that he has lost his wife and son in a pandemic.
 A family's station wagon is struck broadside by another car (there are no injuries). During a drug store looting a man pulls a handgun on another man and then puts it away when he sees the second man is not a zombie while other people run up and down aisles, grabbing merchandise for use in a disaster, and some scream in fear.
 Scientists and a man from the UN decide that infecting armies around the world with serious bacterial infections that have antidotes will provide camouflage and make them invisible to zombies, because zombies see only healthy humans.

PROFANITY 4 - 5 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, idiot, fools, fat, freak, twit, monkey), stereotypical references to zombies, men, women, politicians, Jews, North Koreans, soldiers, scientists, 3 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man injects himself with a syringe from one biohazardous material vial and he later receives an antidote by a syringe from a doctor, in a pharmacy a man gives another man three albuterol inhalers and some boxes of capsules for his asthmatic daughter, in a pharmacy scene a police officer gathers up over-the-counter medications (we cannot see labels) and carries them away, we see the back of a pharmacy where there are shelves filled with medications (labels are unreadable), we see shelves containing bottles in a refrigerated room and hear that they are biohazardous materials that include typhus and meningitis and cholera, and vials of infectious materials are air lifted to soldiers all over the world along with antidotes to the infections. An elderly man in a dark alley sits in a shadow and drinks from a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag (presumably wine), men and women drink from bottles of beer in an apartment, two men in an office have small glasses of wine before them and one drinks from his glass, a man and a woman on a plane each drink a small bottle of vodka, and a man pours a small bottle of vodka on a wound on a woman's arm below the shot (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and she trembles add drinks another bottleful of vodka.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Apocalyptic events, zombies, disasters, duty, survival, families, politics, trust, cooperation, finding and sharing resources.

MESSAGE - The nations of the world need to prepare for disasters, share information and help one another.

Special Keywords: S1 - V7 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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