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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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The antagonist of the movie has a sexual desire for his sister. He asks her to "stay with him", she replies that she will not. In one scene, he leans against her (demanding she open her mouth, which he touches with his fingers) and then slumps against her on a bed, but she leaves.

A man asks another man what he says to his dead family. Regarding his wife, he says it's not his business, and they both chuckle.

To provoke a main character into attacking him, the antagonist tells him his wife "moaned like a wh*re" when his troops" ravaged her again and again".

A man's buttocks are exposed and slapped to see if he is fit for the arena.

A man and a woman kiss.

The villain threatens to kill his sisters son unless she agrees to have a sexual relationship with him.

Multiple scenes showing bloody violence, much of it in brief shots.

There is a rather graphic battle near the beginning (as well as a couple other shorter ones), and a few bloody arena battles.

Men are bludgeoned with blows and dull objects, and stabbed with swords, knives, and spears (often with brief blood).

There are a few instances of dismemberment and couple of decapitation, we usually see a flash of bloody/graphic details. An opponent is also cut in half by blades on a chariot's wheel during combat; graphic, but brief.

A woman and her child are killed by crucifixion and burning, not seen. Horses briefly and bloodlessly run a child over (not heard) and we later see the blackened lower legs of two corpses.

An attacking tiger is stabbed with a sword, no blood is shown.

A man slices off a tattoo on his upper arm, with a bit of bleeding.

A few insults, and one use of 'shit'.


There are a few scenes with the infrequent drinking of beverages that may or may not be alcoholic in nature.

Some pretty intense fights (gladiatorial or otherwise), and a violent escape.

Maximus see his family crucified which could be intense to some viewers.

The violence is the only thing parents really need to worry about. Most of the sexual references will go straight over kids heads.

BBFC - (15) Strong violence.

Rated R for intense, graphic combat
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating on appeal) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics / Germany:16 (bw) / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Malaysia:18SG / Malaysia:U (cut version) / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:12 (TV rating) / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Russia:12+ / Russia:16+ (DVD rating) / Singapore:PG / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:R-12 / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #37084)

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