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Sex & Nudity: 4/10

A man is sitting on a toilet during a shootout. When he gets up, you see a side view of his rear end

Violence & Gore: 10/10

The movie revolves around a theme of violence against evil people, and how the brothers plan to rid Boston of its evil.

Many people are shot graphically and seen with bullet wounds. Generaly lots of blood too. There are more graphic shots in the unrated version,

A cat is accidently shot with bloody results. (it is done in a very comedic manner).

A man is repeatedly bashed in the head with a cue ball showing a large amount of blood, but it does not show the victim's face. (a little bit longer on the unrated cut)

Rocco, Connor, and Murphy walk into a living room and open fire on several unknowing criminals, violently killing each of them. Lots of blood and graphic bullet wounds.

Connor and Murphy accidentally fall through the ceiling above the targets they're going to kill but are suspended in mid-air when their rope ties around their legs. They spin around and shoot and kill everyone in the room, even though they had not planned on doing that. Very bloody results when it ends. (alternate shots in the unrated cut)

The movie opens with a violent bar brawl. A mans butt is lit on fire, and another is knocked out with a beerbottle showing blood on his face.

Blood pours out of cuts as a man's hands are cut from being handcuffed to a toilet.

Little blood when a toilet hits a man on the head. Brief fight follows, another man gets bashed in the head with a part of the toilet. Some blood.

There are several murders, some take place in a porn booth and others in a restaraunt. Lots of blood is shown, and some are very violent (there are more graphic shots in the unrated version)

Several murder crime scenes are shown during a police investigation with realistic detail to the blood and gore.

Bodies are bloody and scattered about in pools of blood.

Rocco's finger is severed from his hand, you briefly see the hand, and you get a good look at the finger.

Connor, Rocco, and Murphy cautorize their wounds with an iron. (this is longer in the unrated cut)

A man is shot in the chest with a fair amount of blood shown.

Another man is executed off screen.

A man is shot through the chin and blood splatters on the wall.

A man is shot through the back of the head (not seen) though you see his very graphic wounds through his head.

A man is shot in the head and blood splatters across the wall and you see a graphic hole in his head.

Rocco is shot in a chair and dies

The violence in the movie is very strong but highly glamourized (The violence is very graphic in the unrated cut)

Profanity: 7/10

75 uses of F*ck

Other mild language is used

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 5/10

Many characters smoke cigarettes.

The opening scene takes place in a bar, involving characters getting drunk.

A scene of a party at a house and the characters get very drunk.

Characters walk into a known killers house, and several are drinking beer.

References to a character being on "every drug known to man," but no actual drug use is shown.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10

The violence can be a little disturbing.

After being wounded, several characters cauterize their wounds with an iron.

Towards the end Rocco is shot in the chest, writhes in pain graphically, and dies.

Several characters are shot execution-style/point blank range in the movie.

Two characters are seen in the moment before they are executed. The actual deaths are not seen.


Rated R for strong violence, language and sexual content (edited for re-rating after appeal)
Australia:R / Canada:18A / Finland:K-16 (cut) (2000) / Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1999) / France:16 / Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) / Germany:18 (re-rating) (uncut) / Iceland:16 / Japan:R-18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Singapore:R21 (cut) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #36741) (edited for re-rating after appeal)

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