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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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A woman exercises in underwear/work-out clothes. She then fights with a man who breaks in her house, is tied up, and kidnapped.

Women dance in tight exercise type clothes which shows their bare stomachs. This is not brief and is shown several times.

A woman is falsely accused of having sexual relationships with multiple men.

It is implied that one of the stalkers is trying to rape a woman, but gets shocked before anything can occur (See "Violence & Gore" for more details).

A man and a woman kiss passionately at the end of the film.

Many people are shot but its rarely graphic.

Man's head explodes after his explosive collar detonates.Seen from a distance but very gruesome.

It's heavily implied that a crowd of people are massacred by helicopter gunfire (this is seen and mentioned a couple of times).

Man pins a piece of paper to another man's back by stabbing him with a pen. Painful but comical.

A man is sliced between the legs with a chainsaw. (not seen) Some blood splatters on his face. This is also very gruesome, but is partly played for comedic effect.

A guy gets electrocuted.

Another guys also gets electrocuted.

A man's throat is sliced by barb wire; some blood squirts from his neck.

A character wearing an electric suit attempts to rape a woman but is electrocuted when she shoots a sprinkler system which comes into contact with his outfit, killing him.

A woman has her neck broken and thrown into barbwire.

Two men have a fight with bloody results. One man is thrown into spikes. This is graphic.

Character is burned to death on-screen, mildly graphic.

Character finds few dead bodies in gruesome postion.

8 "h" words

6 "s" words

3 "g*d d*mns"

10 "a" words

4 "d" words

5 "b" words

3 usages of "bastard"

7 "F" words

The main hero smokes a cigar at the beginning. A man makes a snide remark to a large, muscular man about being deaf from steroid use; the same muscular man jokes about having to "score some steroids" later in the film.

The movie is intense throughout, in particular 'The Running Man' gameshow featured where unarmed "contestants" run gauntlets with masked characters trying to kill them with a variety of weapons (chainsaw, razor-sharp ice hockey sticks, flamethrower, electrocution)

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language

Australia:R18+ / Australia:MA15+ (Cable Rating, cut) / Brazil:12 / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:12 (VHS rating) / New Zealand:M / Norway:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R / West Germany:18

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