A group of Iraq War veterans goes on the run from U.S. military forces while they try to clear their names after being framed for a crime they didn't commit. Along the way, Col. Hannibal Smith, Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock , Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus, and Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck help out various people they encounter.
|violence||To put it in standardized test terms, violence and explosions are to The A-Team as cuddliness and purring are to kittens. Scores of people are punched, kicked, shot or shot at, held at gunpoint, pummeled and/or hit over the head. Helicopters, fighter jets and small arms let loose what must be hundreds of thousands of bullets and missiles. Multiple aircraft and military vehicles are shot down and/or crash, causing Armageddon-level explosions. A ship, a dock and countless shipping containers detonate and crumple into a massive fireball. Buildings explode into infernos after being bombed. The A-Team's plane gets shot down at 20,000 feet, so they "fly" a military tank (that was in the plane's hold) to safety instead, maneuvering its parachutes and firing its machine guns to "steer" into a lake. A man runs into traffic, causing a head-on collision. Vehicles crash through walls or other structures. Gasoline is used to start fires. Several people are shot pointblank, one in the head. (Two of them are protected by Kevlar, but we don't know that until after the violent assaults.) A noose is placed around Face's neck. Later he latches onto a moving vehicle through a manhole, catching a dangerous ride. B.A. escapes a prison van by "arranging" for another vehicle to drag him away while he's sliding on a blown-off door. He also "skies" down a building, eventually falling and hitting a roofhard. A man is thrown out of a skyscraper window, freefalling until he's caught by a parachute and a helicopter. Threatening him, Hannibal shoots just inches away from an injured man's head. A crowd is gassed. Men rough up a woman. We see close-ups of a wound or two. Murdock tries to jumpstart an ambulance with a defibrillatorand gets mightily zapped. Murdock's insane piloting knocks B.A. out of a chopper. (He dangles by his fingertips.) A C-130 and an SUV play chicken on a runway. Murdock intentionally sets Face's shirt on fire with a blowtorch. Electroshock therapy is shown. Hannibal regains consciousness in a crematorium vault, just as the furnace ignites. He escapes only mildly singed, but it's still an intense sequence.|
|profanity||At least 2 incomplete uses of "motherfucker," 29 of "hell," 26 of "shit," 8 of "ass," 6 of "damn," 5 of "Goddamn," 3 of the middle finger, 3 of "asshole," 2 each of "Jesus Christ," "God," "bitch" and "Jesus," and 1 use each of "my God," "for God's sake," "for the love of God," "oh, Jesus" and "swear to God."|
|alcohol||Hannibal (of course) smokes stogies. Beer and hard liquor show up whenever the team is relaxing or, at least, not directly in the line of fire. There are toasts made before and after a mission. Face reminisces about drinking cheap cabernet with Sosa and says that they were also "doing something else." The team drugs B.A. several times to get him on airplanes peacefully. (He hates to fly.) Hannibal ingests a carefully prepared drug cocktail to make himself appear dead. Antifreeze is said to be used as marinade.|
|frightening||5/10 Many intense action sequences A man hides in a crematorium and the flames come on, but this is very brief and he escapes. Rated TV-14 or PG-13 for: Brief Nudity, Adult Content, Adult Language, Violence.(HBO advisory)|