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Shaun of the Dead is the perfect horror/comedy for teens 12-13+. If your teens have seen Hot Fuzz or Zombieland this movie should be perfectly fine. Bad language is used but it's not excessive or anything like that. Other than the language the only other thing to worry about is the violence. Despite it being a comedy it can be pretty gory and violent at times, so when watching this movie it really all depends on the maturity of your child. But it is a hilarious movie, and like I said teens 12-13 and up should be able to watch and enjoy it.

A man tells his mother that his stepfather once 'touched' him, but quickly retracts his statement saying it was a joke.

A man frequently jokes that he is attracted to another character's mother..

A man says that a woman at the bar is a former porn star, and that she starred in the 'first interracial hardcore loop.' This is a joke though.

A main character wears a shirt that says 'I got wood' throughout the film.

Violence & Gore: 9/10

Frequent zombie-related blood and violence. Much of this is comedic, but some is very bloody and graphic.

Zombies spread the infection by biting living humans. Many bites are shown.

A newscaster says that the only effective means of killing the zombies is by 'removing the head or destroying the brain.'

There are many instances of characters bludgeoning zombies to death. This is usually not too bloody.

Two men throw an assortment of household items at two approaching zombies.

A man throws a vinyl record at a zombie, it shatters on its face, leaving shards embedded in its skin.

Two men beat two zombies to 'death' off-screen. Some blood is seen on their clothes and weapons.

A zombie is briefly seen eating from the exposed chest cavity of a dead person. This is very brief.

Three people beat a zombie with snooker cues. This is done in-time to music, and is meant for comedic purposes.

A man is disembowelled and dismembered by a crowd of zombies. Extremely graphic.

A man shoots a recently spawned zombie in the head. Brief view of the exit wound, some blood. The zombie is the man's mother.

A man is graphically bitten on the neck by zombies.

At the film's climax, the army arrive on scene, and neutralise the zombie hoard with gunfire. Lots of bullet impacts and blood.

Profanity: 7/10

1 use of the word 'cunt'. This is said in the first five minutes of the movie, and its used as a joke not vulgarly

several uses of the word 'fuck', and its derivatives.

7 uses of the word 'shit'.

7 uses of 'prick'.

2 uses of 'ass'.

3 religious exclamations.

2 uses of the word 'twat'.

2 uses of the word 'wanker'.

2 obscene hand gestures

1 derogatory term for African-Americans (in a non-racial context)

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 3/10

Adults are shown drinking beer and liquor and smoking cigarettes. Two men are shown to be clearly inebriated in one scene.

Many scenes take place in a pub.

A man says that his friend "sells a little bit of weed every now and then", and another man briefly mentions how he once sold marijuana to a friend.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 7/10

It's important to remember that this film is a comedy film. The violence and gore is frequent and pervasive, but its impact is significantly lessened by the overall comedic tone of the film.

The theme of zombies and the violence could be considered to be moderately scary to some audiences. The zombies themselves are often covered in blood.

A man is disembowelled, dismembered, and eaten alive by a hoard of zombies, all on-screen. This is the most graphic scene in the entire movie.

The death of one particular character (Shaun's mum) is very emotional.

Overall: 30/50

MPAA/USA - Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language.

BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (very strong language, strong bloody horror).

Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language (Certificate No. 40494)

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