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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


Mild joking about prison sex

Violence & Gore


The violence is not continuous, but when it happens, it is graphic and unflinching.

Throughout the film, we see a man lying on the floor of the warehouse in a large pool of blood and we see his shirt soaked in blood.

A man is shot in the stomach (we don't see the impact) and he lies in the back seat of a car bleeding and smearing blood all over the seats.

A man shoots the woman that shot him in self defense.

A man shoots at several cops, hitting one who screams in pain (we don't see the impact). Pink then grabs a woman and violently drags her out of her car, dropping her on the floor.

A man shoots two police officers to death in a car; we see very bloody bullet wounds as the officers are riddled with bullets. This is the most graphic shooting in the movie

We hear that a man shot and killed several hostages during an unseen robbery.

Three men viciously beat a captured police officer, leaving his face bloody.

The most graphic part of the film involves a police officer being tortured. A man slashes the captured police officer across the cheek with a razor; we see the bloody wound. He then, off-screen, cuts off one of the officer's ears with the razor; we see the bloody stump and the severed ear. He then pours gasoline all over the officer, including on his face, causing him to scream in agony.

For around 5 minutes all up, the place where a man's ear used to be is visible. We can see the muscle and blood in and around the wound.

During the end scene a man shoots a tortured police officer dead. Then, a Mexican standoff involving 3 men occurs. All men are shot down with one surviving his wound. He then shoots a dying man off screen, he is then almost immediately shot and killed himself.



272 f*cks used, 5 utterings of the word "n*gger", several uses of d*ck, frequent use of sh*t, and many other R-rated phrases as well as jokes.


A joke about marijuana usage.

Several characters smoke cigarettes and cigars.

Several characters drink.

In one scene in the film, a man tortures a captured police officer; he cuts his cheek, cuts his ear off (off-screen), and plans to set the man on fire (he is stopped).

A few other intense scenes involving policemen brutally shot to death.

A man slowly bleeds to death throughout the movie. Plenty of blood is usually seen in a puddle around him.

The film is considered a thriller.

updated MPAA rating would be :: Rated R for strong graphic violence and pervasive strong language including sexual dialogue.

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Rated R for strong violence and language (certficate #31489)
Argentina:16 / Argentina:18 (DVD rating) / Australia:R / Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) / Belgium:KNT / Brazil:18 / Canada:R / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) / Canada:16+ (Québec) / Canada:18A (Alberta) (2009) / Denmark:15 (DVD rating) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (VHS) (1993) / Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1993) (2002) / France:16 / Germany:18 / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM18 / Japan:R-15 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R(A) / Singapore:M18 (uncut) / South Africa:16 / South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) / South Korea:18 (re-rating) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:TV-MA (cable rating) / USA:R (certficate #31489)

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