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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

Sex & Nudity: 2/10

Men tell two stories that objectify and insult women. The first story is about a woman's breasts "pouring out" of her dress and about being "hard". The second story is about a man walking in on his brother having sex with an "ugly" girl.

Violence & Gore

Violence & Gore: 10/10

In the beginning battle sequences, soldiers are shown arriving on the beaches on Normandy, and when their boat door opens, a machine gun is used to kill most of the soldiers.

Soldiers are shown being shot in both the foreground and background throughout the entire movie.

Frequently in the beginning battle scenes, soldiers have explosions go off next to them, blowing them to pieces. Some soldiers lose body parts and continue to fight.

Soldiers that have wounds are shown with blood pouring out of the wounds, very graphic. The ocean water is a blood red after the beginning fight scene, showing how many people were killed.

Near the end of the beginning battle scenes, enemy soldiers plead not to be killed but are killed anyway.

An enemy soldier is shot from a distance through the scope of his sniper rifle, killing him graphically.

A man is shot and many graphic camera angles show him dying and in pain, with lots of blood around him on the ground and on the lens of the camera. His fellow soldiers cannot help him for about 2 minutes while he is in agony.

An enemy soldier is shown essentially digging his own grave, while being hit by soldiers. He is then later let go without being killed.

In the end battle scenes, two men are sitting in a church tower when an enemy tank explodes the church tower, killing both men. The camera angle is from inside the tower and shows very graphically the soldiers last minutes.

In the end battle scenes, a tank aims for one of the soldiers and hits the front of a house, which collapses almost killing the men in front of it.

Two men are hiding in a room shooting at the enemy soldiers, when a bullet comes through the wall and kills one of them. Then as someone is coming up the stairs, one of the soldiers shoots through the wall and kills the him. He is not shown, but you can hear him collapse and see his blood.

The man who was not killed in this room gets in an extremely graphic fight with an enemy who eventually kills him by means of pushing a knife through his chest. Blood is shown and this is very graphic.

A man is shot in the chest at the end of the movie, and in his last stand tries to disable a tank with a pistol. The tank is then exploded by airplane bombers.

These scenes listed are only the major scenes in Saving Private Ryan. There are many more scenes that show men dying that are not listed here.

The film contains prolonged sequences of war violence not suitable for young children. The opening and closing sequences feature prolonged violence with dismemberment, excessive blood splatter, exposed entrails, soldiers engulfed in flames and other disturbing images. The depiction of war violence remains consistent throughout the film, with hand-to-hand combat, sniper fire, and other inherently brutal depictions of war fighting. The film also features a scene in which a soldier succumbs to his battlefield wounds. This scene, as with many of the other scenes in the film, could be unsettling to young viewers or those with a sensitivity to battlefield violence.


Profanity: 7.6/10

Approximately 23 uses of "fuck," 17 of "hell," 15 of "shit," 12 of "Goddamn," 10 of "son of a bitch," 6 of "ass," 6 of "damn," 5 of "oh my God," 4 of "bastard," 3 of "Jesus," 2 each of "Jesus Christ," "prick," "oh God" and "bitch," and 1 use of "cocksucker," 1 of "oh Jesus" and 1 of "crap."

Rating: 4/10

The film features the use of tobacco products, but no illegal substances. The use of tobacco products is by no means gratuitous in comparison to similar films in the genre.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10

The battle sequences throughout the film are intense both literally and emotionally. The opening and closing sequences feature brutal and realistic war-fighting, high-stress situations, loud gunfire, booming explosions, brutal hand-to-hand combat, graphic depictions of death and disturbing sequences of soldiers succumbing to their wounds. The intense battle sequences make the viewer immersed by means of handheld cameras, and getting close to the action, to a point where there is frequently blood or rain water on the lens of camera.

The opening sequence features gratuitous amounts of violence that can be unsettling and startling to the unprepared viewer with violence that is unrelenting and drawn out in nature. In addition, the film may provoke unsettling emotions and Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms in those that have previously experienced a combat situation.

Total Explicit Content Estimation: 34/50

An idea of how accurate the TECE (below) is: 5-10 is a little-kid suitable, G-Rated type of film (i.e. Care Bears, Sleeping Beauty); 10-15 is going to be a little harsher, but not by much (i.e. The Incredibles); 15-20 could be pretty high up there (i.e. Indiana Jones), 20-25 is going to pretty darn adult (i.e. The Dark Knight); 25-30 is going to be a film most likely not suitable for anyone under 17 (i.e. Shooter); 30-40 is going to be an absolutely, positively adults-only film (i.e. THIS), and 40-50 is going to be hard R to NC-17 (i.e. Cannibal Holocaust).

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Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language
Argentina:16 / Australia:R (original rating) / Australia:MA (re-rating on appeal) / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 (original rating) / Finland:K-14 (re-rating) / France:U / Germany:16 (bw) / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Italy:VM14 / Malaysia:18SG (DVD release) / Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical) / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R15 / Norway:18 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating on appeal) / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:GP / UK:15 / USA:TV-MA (TV rating) / USA:R (certificate #35942)

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