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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


Stark is well known as a womanizer, prompting a soldier to ask him whether he's gone "12 for 12" with the models on last year's Maxim covers. Stark says he missed one, but since December featured twins, 12 is still the right number. There are a few other innuendos and sexual comments as well, one of which is a joke about a man mistakenly hooking up with a transvestite. A mistaken identity gag gives a nod to Hugh Hefner.

And we see Stark hanging out with immodestly dressed women. Pepper wears a revealing, backless gown. Stark and straight-arrow military man Jim Rhodes ride one of Stark's private jets that's staffed with midriff-baring flight attendants and a stripper pole.

When a female Vanity Fair reporter asks Stark how he can sleep at night, Stark answers that he's "prepared to lose a few [hours of sleep] with you." He does exactly that in the film's most glaring sexual scene. Briefly, we see them aggressively kissing, grappling and rolling in bed together. (We don't see any nudity.)

Violence & Gore


True to its comic book roots, Iron Man is violent and frenetic at times. The opening scene in which several U.S. soldiers are taken out by explosions and gunfire may be the most disturbing. One bomb rips through a Humvee, while the vehicle Stark is riding in gets riddled with gunfire. All the soldiers protecting Stark presumably die, and Stark himself is nearly blown up by a mortar round.

He survives, of course. And we see a hazy sequence of him going under the knife while in serious pain. When he wakes up, he has a grotesque device implanted in his chest, a device that Stark upgrades a couple of times and, at one point, has Pepper help him install. Pepper is appalled by both the idea of, and by the actual act of, stuffing her hand inside this unnatural body cavity. "It's just like Operation," Stark assures her, then warns her not to let the wires touch the sides. She slips, giving him an electrical shock. When she withdraws her hand, it's loaded with slime.

As Iron Man, Stark takes out dozens of bad guys via guns, missiles, flamethrowers and sheer brute force. A couple are killed when they open a booby-trapped door. One ends up killing himself by firing at Iron Man: The bullet bounces back and hits his head. Iron Man captures an enemy lieutenant and drops him off in the middle of a bevy of civilians the lieutenant and his men had been torturing. "He's all yours," Iron Man solemnly intones before flying off.

A villain immobilizes rivals with a high-pitched tone that also causes their veins to bulge. Stark is tortured. One of the methods used that we see is his head being thrust underwater. His "heart support" is ripped out of his chest. Another man is nearly force-fed a hot coal. Later, after getting shot off screen, we see that man die. A group of baddies is executed off-screen. And a man is about to be executed in front of his screaming family when Iron Man intervenes.

Iron Man has an intense encounter with a couple of F-22s, and in a separate incident, nearly falls to his death after flying too high. He accidentally bashes himself around while developing the suit. And he doesn't just endanger himself. His reckless testing puts others at risk too.

Iron Man's climactic battle involves lots of action and peril, and several innocent bystanders wreck their cars trying to avoid the mayhem. The battle also leads to the apparent death of one of the combatants.



There are scattered uses of "Damn," "Hell" and "Bitch"; one use each of "Prick" and the shortened scatological crudity "BS."


Many people drink alcohol at a party, two men drink sake and appear drunk later, a man drinks alcohol, three flight attendants hold glasses of champagne while dancing, and a man drinks alcohol while riding in a military vehicle. A man puffs on a cigar (no smoke is evident), and a man smokes a pipe.


Some of the terrorist scenes could be considered scary or intense.

A man uses a device on another man and his left side of his face starts to turn red. A couple seconds later it is full blood red and his veins in his head are blue and the veins appear to be bulging out.

The opening shootout sequence is very intense, as well as when Stark wakes up surrounded by terrorists at gunpoint.

Stark uses a metal armory suit to escape from terrorists in a cave, which shows him beating up and killing several in a rather disturbing manner. Along with the terrorists releasing rapid gunfire at him. Very intense.

An evil character takes a device and puts it next to another man's head where we see his veins bulging and goes unconscious. The character then pulls out his arc reactor that allows him to live, where we hear him gasp and shriek in pain, while the character leaves him to die in his home. He survives and goes on to battle him later in the film.

Two characters fight in large metal suits where constant punches and kicks make up most of the battle. The evil character nearly kills his opponent in two cases by blowing him up, but fails. They continue the battle on a rooftop of a building until one character is badly beaten and unmasked, while the other rapidly fires a revolving gun that blasts the rooftop down. The evil character is then electrocuted by a large machine from inside the building they're fighting on and falls into the structure, where both he and the inside explode to pieces as a massive fireball rises into the sky.

Jeff Bridges performance makes the villain even more terrifying

Total: 26/50


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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Austria:12 / Brazil:12 / Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:14A (Manitoba) / Canada:G (Québec) / Canada:14+ (TV rating) / Finland:K-13 / Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) / France:U / Germany:12 (cut) (theatrical) / Germany:12 (uncut) (video) / Greece:K / Hong Kong:IIA / Iceland:12 / Ireland:12A / Italy:T / Malaysia:U (cut) / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:11 / Peru:PT / Philippines:G (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Africa:10V / South Korea:12 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:PG-12 / UK:12A / USA:PG-13 (certificate #44328)

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