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Paddington 2 | 2018 | PG | - 1.3.1

The second installment of the beloved bear tales: Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is now living with the Browns and is anxious to earn enough money to buy his dear Aunt (voiced by Imelda Staunton) a special gift for her 100th birthday. Also with Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, Claire Keelan, Hugh Bonneville and the voice of Michael Gambon. Directed by Paul King. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man describes a nun as the most beautiful woman he has seen in a long time. We hear that a teenage girl had her heart broken and wanted to become a nun when her boyfriend broke up with her. A woman's voice recording says "Nice buns, really nice buns," to a man on the telephone.
 Several men and woman perform yoga-like poses with their legs high and wide in the air.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman spins on a trapeze rope and then falls from a height, when the rope has been cut, onto the ground (we see her lying motionless and presumably dead).
 A bear cub trapped in a train car speeds out of control and over a ledge into water; the car sinks and a woman dives from a tall bridge into the water to free him; the car door is locked with a heavy chain and the woman and the bear look at each other under water for an extended time before they are rescued.
 Two bears seated on a rope bridge above a rapid running river see a cub clinging to a limb floating down the river toward a waterfall; one bear climbs down a rope and grabs, pulling the other bear off the bridge (he catches onto another rope), as she catches the cub by the arm pulling him to safety. A bear climbs out on a ladder between two speeding trains and a woman on the other side reaches for him; they speed toward a tunnel and a man on the train with the bear pulls him back in and locks him in a car. A man is struck in the head with a coconut and falls unconscious. A bear cub is said to have a fever and we understand that he has slept for three days to recover.
 A bear cub walks along the top of a speeding train and bends backward to go through a tunnel. A man does a deep split when trying to cross between speeding trains and is pulled to safety before hitting a pole between them. A man swings a sword and cuts the heads off three stuffed flamingoes. A burglar robs an antique store and sets off the alarm; the police come and chase a bear cub assuming that he is the culprit and the cub chases the actual burglar, jumps on a wolfhound's back and rides him for a distance, and the bear is picked up by a large bird, and then dropped back on the dog's back until the bear is surrounded by police who arrest and handcuff him. A courtroom scene shows the testimony of people in a case against a bear cub and we see the cub being led away in a prison uniform and as he is locked into a cell we are told that he was sentenced to 10 years. A prisoner grabs a bear cub by the collar and holds him in the air as he threatens him for complaining about the food he has prepared. A man climbs on a balcony where he loosens a brace that holds a statue and the statue falls to the floor below (we later see the rubble). Several prisoners break out of jail and we see a bear cub climb up a large pendulum and slide through clock cogs to retrieve a key and they all slide down a laundry chute, and climb out onto the roof where they construct and float away in a hot air balloon.
 A man knocks a vase off a table and it shatters. A man draws a sword when he hears someone in his house. Several people push a stalled car in a street to get it started and it speeds through a sign in the road.
 A bear cub turns on a barber's razor and becomes wrapped in the electric chord, the chord is pulled up into a ceiling fan, he spins around and slams into the plate glass window (it does not break), and he is pulled toward a man seated in the barber chair and accidentally shaves a strip of hair off the back of his head; the bear tries to stick the hair back on the man's head with marmalade. A bear cub climbs a ladder outside a building and tries to pull a bucket of soapy water up toward him; he eventually spills the bucket on the steps and the bucket lands on his head. A clump of muddy leaves falls on a man's face. A bear cub cleans the windows of a very tall building. A man hides in a suit of armor in a museum and climbs out on the roof after a security guard passes. A giant pile of laundry falls on top of a bear cub and when he comes out from under it he has a dirty sock in his mouth (he gags when he pulls the sock out of his mouth). A bear cub bonks a man in the head with a hard baguette, then squirts his apron with ketchup and mustard. Many sacks of oranges fall on a bear cub (he is unharmed).
 A bear cub uses electric toothbrushes to clean his ears and nose before using them to brush his teeth. A bear cub burps after gulping a marmalade sandwich. A bear smears marmalade on his paw and licks it off. A bear cub touches a metal ball that causes his fur to stand on end (it's filled with static). A bear pulls a coin out of his ear (it is covered with goo), and then pushes it back into his ear and we hear a squish. A bear cub licks a smear of marmalade off a man's head. A man wearing a dog costume eats from a dish of dog food in a commercial. A bear cub gags when he eats a spoon of what looks like gruel in prison; he pulls what looks like a clump of fur out of his mouth. A man spits in his hand and a bear spits on the man's hand (we see slime). A man wears a blue cosmetic mask on his face.
 A prisoner says to a bear cub, "How would you like to be buried in a very deep hole?" A prisoner tells a bear cub, "Enjoy your dinner cuz it might be your last." A man is rude and cruel to a bear cub and suggests that the community wants to get rid of the bear. We hear that a bear cub's Uncle died and his Aunt is alone. We hear that a woman is planning to swim to France from England and we see her wearing a wet suit as she dives into the water. A man tells a bear cub in prison, "Sooner or later they'll forget you." A bear cub is very sad and cries while in prison. A man collapses with his face in a large Pavlova pastry.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 4 mild anatomical terms (bottoms, buns, body cheek), name-calling (insane, weirdo, ordinary people, undesirable, scrooge, Nuckles, pink flamingoes, maggot, yellow bellies, closed-minded, creaky old man, silly one, old bag, naive, mushy brained, hideous, gone mad, petty thief, berserk, old crone, little girl, lady, great goose, amount to nothing), exclamations (oh dear, krikey, good grief, oh goodness, thank Larry, tickety boo, shush), 2 religious exclamations (Good Lord, Oh My God, a man crosses himself).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are poured champagne on a train, and a man spills champagne on another man's suit.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, mid-life crises, being something you are not, actors, greed, conscience, helping a friend, lying, jealousy, murder, treasure, manners, pride, love your neighbor, promises, self-obsessed people.

MESSAGE - Family is everything. Being good to other people can change them.

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