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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

A few women are seen in bikinis.

There is a mannequin with bare breasts and two men are 'fondling' it and one man puts his hand up the mannequins skirt and makes gestures. He also kisses it.

A naked couple are briefly shown having sex (from a distance), we then see their bare butts as they run away. At about 1 min into the show easy to skip past. The man's penis, testicles and pubic hair can be seen briefly in the second shot, but it is slightly blurred and of course panned out. The entire sex scene is slightly graphic in nature due to their completely naked position and thrusting, but it's much more mild due to the distance and the audience looking through a scope. At 2 min mark it's over. Altogether, there are two different shots of them from this scene.

We see a man's bare butt as he runs through some tall grass.

Violence & Gore


Most of the violence is implied or offscreen. There are occasional amounts of blood and post-violence (as mentioned) shown. This all relates to the films context of death and revenge with the main antagonist. The following are the main cases of violence in the film:

A tiny amount of blood is shown when a character's throat is cut open in a car crash.

Max is shot in the knee. The bloody wound is shown briefly.

A fair amount of blood can be seen on a dead man's face while he is slumped over the wheel of a car. This is very brief however.

Max's arm is run over by a motorcycle. It happens quick and there are no details, although he grunts in pain briefly.

A severely burned hand is shown for a few seconds.

A man gets run over by a truck. This is shown in slow motion but there is no blood or graphic detail.

Several car chases, many resulting in crashes.

Some explosions and other collateral damage including a car being destroyed while a couple is terrorized and trapped inside.


{Profanity Count (Australian English Edition): damn- 3, hell- 2, shit- 2, ass- 1, bitch- 1, fuck- 1, crap- 1} It's worth noting that the protagonist himself does not use any profanity.

There is some minor drinking.


Max is shot in the knee and has his arm run over briefly while trying to reach his gun.

A woman and small child are run down by a motorcycle gang offscreen. No sounds are heard, but the woman is seen unconscious and badly injured afterwards.

Some intense chases and scenes of the gang terrorizing the small city.

A motorcycle gang destroys a car, bit by bit, while a young couple are inside screaming and are soon pulled out through the windows. It is implied later on that the woman was raped.

An intense scene at the end.

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for violence, brief language, and some sexuality.

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