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Pacifier, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Embarrassingly unfunny comedy directed by Adam Shankman about a tough-guy Navy SEAL (Vin Diesel) assigned to baby-sit the five children of an assassinated government scientist while simultaneously searching their suburban home for their late father's top-secret computer program, with the fate of the free world -- and the Girl Scout cookie drive -- hanging in the balance. Clumsily acted and directed, this laugh-free riff on "Kindergarten Cop" reeks more than the many diapers its brooding star changes throughout the film. Some action violence, recurring crude and potty humor, occasional mild rude language, and several sequences of children in peril. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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