Bowling for Columbine
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A brief shot of the cover of Marilyn Manson's infamous "Mechanical Animals" album is seen. Manson is shown in the cover with fake breasts and a vagina, which are obviously digitally created and not very graphic. This is a close-up shot, but it doesn't last very long.

The film includes archival footage of actual killings using guns. The shootings include incidents of murder, suicide, and police action.

There is archival footage and still photographs of political killings, assassinations, and killings during revolutions. This sequence also shows bombed out buildings and the second plane hitting the World Trade Center. There is a significant amount of blood in this footage, some of it in color.

There is war footage from Kosovo.

There are 911 tapes and security video from Columbine. The sound of shooting can be heard on the 911 tapes.

There is footage of a man killing himself via shotgun in his mouth.

There are several sequences of cartoon violence.

There is a sequence that mixes movie clips with archive footage of actual killings.

There is another 911 call, this time from an elementary school shooting.

Very few profane or vulgar words. Maybe as many as 20 overall. The F-word is used 5 times, once with its literal meaning. The S-word is used 3 times. The word "fag" is used in order to condemn its use.

One interview subject is smoking.

Some people may consider the shooting clips to be frightening.

Rated R for some violent images and language
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:12 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating on appeal) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Denmark:11 / Finland:K-15 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / Ireland:12 (DVD re-rating) / Ireland:15PG (cinema rating) (2002) / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:M / Norway:11 / Peru:14 / Singapore:PG / South Africa:10 (DVD rating) (V) / South Africa:13 (V) / South Korea:15 / Spain:T / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) / Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:15 / USA:TV-MA (cable rating) / USA:R (certificate #39324)

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