Editor's Note: Some of the details under the VIOLENCE/GORE category reveal crucial plot elements. It was impossible to disguise them.
The story follows the lives of two young police officers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) that are targeted for
assassination after a run-in with a Mexican drug cartel. Also with Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo and David Harbour. Directed by David Ayer. [1:49]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman kiss passionately as they lie down on a bed; sex is implied and we see the man the following morning with his bare back visible while lying in bed and the woman is seen wearing an oversized T-shirt. A man asks a woman crudely if she had ever had sex while using heroin and the woman acts surprised; a second woman makes a sexual advance at the woman and we see them kissing passionately as the man watches. A man and a woman kiss. Two couples dance, hold hands and kiss. A husband wraps his arms around his wife and they kiss.
► A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and a woman cuddle in bed (the man is shirtless and we see his bare chest) and the man kisses the woman on the cheek multiple times. A man and woman dance and the man dips her. A man eats a piece of cake that fell on a woman's chest.
► A woman, obviously intoxicated, makes a series of sexual remarks, including sexual gesturing, to a man and a woman; her husband acts shocked when she tells the man and the woman about her husband's sexual proclivities. A male police officer tells two other male police officers, using crude terms, that the LAPD will have forcible sex with the men if they make a mistake, saying that the men will want to "eat their guns"; he then makes a crude remark about the organization having large genitals and the two male police officers joke that they are looking forward to the LAPD having sex with them. Two men joke about one of them having "booty calls"; we hear the man then make a joke about women being willing to have sex with a man because he is a police officer. A man jokingly tells another man that he would perform oral sex on their boss, despite the fact that he is not gay and the two men then joke about the man not being serious. A man tells another man, using crude terms, that his wife had lost her virginity to him. A man tells another man that as a teen he was planning on having sex with the woman who is now his wife (she was also a teen) but had to hide when her parents came home; the man explains that he had hidden, naked, under the parent's bed and heard them having sex, and the man jokes that his father-in-law was "freaky" and he tried similar sexual moves on his wife and she turned him down.
► We see a woman wearing a bra and underwear while dancing suggestively on a roof as many people watch. We see a shirtless man in a locker room and he jokes with another man that he is only wearing his underwear and cannot appear on camera. We see a shirtless man, face-down on a bed as he sleeps.
VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - During a very intense series of scenes we see the following: A van rolls through a stop sign and two police officers in a cruiser behind it attempt to pull the van over but the van continues to drive, the officers accidentally crash into the back of the van as it comes to a very sudden stop, a person leaps out of the van and runs into a building when the two officers follow, the officers run through the building and into a courtyard where they are fired upon by two men and two women (one of the officers is struck in the hand and we see his bloody hand), they run into an apartment to escape and we see a woman and a crying baby inside, the four gunmen fire through the sliding glass door of the apartment, the officers race through an alleyway where a truck drives toward them, and a man gets out of the truck and shoots the injured officer as the other officer shoots the driver multiple times (we see his bloody body hit the ground); the injured officer falls to the ground and we see blood under his bulletproof vest and coming from his mouth and hand as the other officer comforts him, the gunmen surround the two, as the wounded officer appears to be dying in the other's arms, and the gunmen open fire, shooting the unharmed officer many times (his body twists from the gunshots and hits the ground with blood pouring from the wounds).
► Two police officers break into a house, they hold their breath from the odor as one officer says that they are smelling "dead body," they explore the house and find a room with dismembered arms and legs piled in a corner and over 10 disembodied heads piled up around the room as one of the officers gags (he does not vomit); we later see body bags being loaded into an ambulance as a reporter says that there were obvious signs of torture to the 10+ bodies discovered.
► Many police cruisers surround four people with guns, the police officers open fire and the gunmen hit the ground, twisting as they are struck by many bullets (we see blood as they are struck).
► We see a car chase from the perspective of a police cruiser video as an officer narrates, saying that he will "fight back" and "put people in a steel cage" and "shoot back if shot at" and that people (police officers) would "put down their lives for his, and he for theirs"; as the police chase continues, we see the police cruiser t-bone the car, it spins around and two men get out of the car and begin to rapidly fire automatic weapons at the police until the two officers in the cruiser leap out and shoot the two men (the two officers are unharmed) and we see one of the officers drag the dead body of one of the gunmen and handcuff him.
► A woman drives another woman and two men in a van and as they approach a group of men and women standing on the street, the two men in the back of the van open the van door and shoot automatic weapons at the people on the street; we hear many shots and screaming and the van drives off and we see a man on the ground with blood covering his torso as a woman holds him and cries (it is implied that the man died from the gunshot wounds).
► Two police officers report to a crime scene where we see a third officer with a knife sticking out of his eye (a small amount of blood is visible around his eye) and we hear a woman scream in the background: the two officers, with guns drawn, go to investigate and find a man kneeling over a female police officer as he beats her in the face repeatedly; the two officers reassure the female officer (we see that her face is obviously crushed and completely covered with blood) and we see both injured police officers being loaded into an ambulance as other officers discuss the wounds and an officer remarks that neither will return to duty since the male officer's eye was completely cut in half and the female officer had almost died.
► Two police officers respond to a call that a man had threatened a mail carrier with violence and we see the two officers in the man's house where the man begins to shout and threatens to beat one of the officers up and we see an officer and the man wrestle and punch each other, throwing one another around a room, and the man drops the officer to the ground and kicks him repeatedly until the second officer is seen filming the fight excitedly; the officer gets up and punches the man five times until he is pinned to a wall and whimpering in pain (neither man appears to be harmed) and the officer handcuffs the man.
► Two police officers respond to a burning house and we see them enter the burning house, coughing and gasping for air as they rescue a young boy: a woman screams that she has another child in the house and the two men enter the house a second time (we see them struggling as the fire gets larger and the two men look like they might be stuck); the two officers find a young girl, gasp for air and as they leave the house one collapses on the ground as the other one shouts that he is blinded, EMTs give one officer oxygen as the two officers shout for one another (they are later seen unharmed), one of the men tells the other that his wife would be upset because he ran into the burning house and could have died, and the other man agrees.
► Two police officers quickly exit their police cruiser and surround a truck as a man in the truck fires a handgun; one of the officers shoves the man's hand and the bullet misses him, and the two officers then grab the man and throw him against the ground, handcuffing him (the officers are unharmed).
► Two police officers tell a camera (one of the male police officers is holding the camera) that they are responding to a phone call from a woman saying that her two children are missing: after entering the woman's home, we see one of the officers shout at the woman as he slams a man's head against a sofa, and the officer orders the man to sit down on a sofa as the other officer finds the two children (one infant girl and a toddler boy) in a closet with their mouths covered in duct tape and their wrists and legs bound; the officers free the children from the duct tape, cutting it off with a large knife.
► A man charges toward a police officer, and the officer slams the man against a wall and handcuffs him; the officer then slams the man to the ground, roughly grabs him and shoves him out the door, hitting the man's head and shoulders against the doorframe multiple times, on purpose.
► At a large party, we hear a person shout "Cop!" and we see a young boy collecting guns in a box and he runs inside as police officers appear. We see a large room filled with people and many dirty men, women and children inside a small room; a police officer remarks that the people are being used for human trafficking and we later see the people filing out of the house while wearing handcuffs as DEA agents check them. Two police officers are seen next to a still-smoldering van while one of the officers explains to a camera he is holding that the van had been stolen and then used in a drive-by shooting.
► We hear a police officer scream over the radio controller and two other officers look panicked. We hear a woman berate two men and another woman as they try to plot the murder of two police officers. Two men and two women discuss how they are going to kill two police officers, saying that they will murder them but not go to prison. A police officer threatens a woman, telling her that she needs to sit down; the woman then makes a crude sexual remark and walks away. A man grabs a camera as another man holds it, shouts at him and shoves the camera away. A man holding a large automatic rifle in the back of a van shouts at another man and two women. A police officer instructs other officers that two men involved in a shooting were cleared of charges and then reminds them that being involved in an on-duty shooting is still considered a homicide. We hear a man telling other men that he had fought with a police officer. We hear a man talking on the phone in subtitled Spanish, instructing an unseen person to "take care of" (that is, kill) two male police officers. A police officer teases two other officers and says that they should try not to kill anyone while on duty. A police officer jokes with another officer that he and his partner want a new location and will kill someone if it gets them a reassignment. A man tells three young men that another man had "taken his bullet," meaning that the man had given up his life for him. A police officer asks another officer why he had not shot a man that was beating up a female police officer and he remarks that he "didn't want to kill anyone today." A police officer tells two other officers that they had saved a female police officer's life that night. A police officer, interviewing himself on camera, shows off his pistol, ammo and a large knife that he carries with him. A man jokes with a woman, saying that his family likes to "get drunk" and "fight"; the woman agrees, joking that her family is similar. A woman jokingly tells another woman that she would like to choke her husband because she is tired. A man jokingly threatens to beat up another man if he hurts a woman. A man crudely jokes that he will defecate on the heads of two men if his boss defecates on his head. A man tells another man that a toilet was used by a roomful of people and not cleaned, saying it was overflowing with feces.
► A DEA agent shouts at a police officer to stop filming a crime scene, and then chides him and another officer that they had ruined a long-term investigation; the agent then gruffly warns the two officers to leave a crime scene. A DEA agent warns a police officer that his life could be in danger after he had become involved with busting up a drug cartel.
► We see two police officers joking around while tickling the ear of a sleeping police officer, causing him to slap himself in the face with a hand filled with shaving cream (no one is harmed).
► We see an injured police officer at a funeral for another police officer and the injured officer's arm and hand are wrapped. Throughout the movie we see a man spitting tobacco juice into a bottle. A man spits on the ground.
PROFANITY 10 - About 326 F-words and its derivatives, 9 sexual references, 97 scatological terms, 29 anatomical terms, 26 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory racial terms, name-calling (angriest cop in the world, idiot, big ghetto gunfighters, ladies [said to men], Mexican [expletive deleted], donkey rider, punk, crack head, badge bunny, stupid, some chick, pig, gangster [mild obscenity deleted], puppet, bitter dude, ghetto street cop, tired and cranky, stoner, old school), 7 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations, throughout the movie we hear non-translated Spanish profanities. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - We see men and women smoking marijuana frequently, a woman lights a marijuana cigarette in front of a female police officer and blows smoke into her face, a woman smokes marijuana while driving a van with four people in it, a police officer discovers a packet of cocaine hidden inside a jar of pickles (it is implied that dozens of cases of pickles have similar cocaine packets inside them), a man tells another man that he was "just a stoner," a man and a woman sing along to a song with lyrics about drinking liquor and smoking drugs, and a man tells another man that his brother-in-law smells like marijuana and he does not approve. Men and women drink liquor and beer throughout the movie, men and women drink to excess at a wedding, and several men and women drink many shots of liquor. A man smokes a cigar, a man smokes a cigarette, and a man is seen using chewing tobacco throughout the movie
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Police loyalty, drug cartels, revenge, friendship, sticking together, bonds.
MESSAGE - The bond between two police partners is very strong.