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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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Sex & Nudity


Dr. Manhattan is seen fully nude most of the time but his penis can't be seen in detail.

A man and a woman passionately kiss. The man unzips her "costume" and in the next shot, they are both seen naked (her breasts are show throughout the scene). The man falls back on a chair and the woman thrusts on top of him in somewhat of a slow motion sequence throughout the scene. He leans into her to kiss her bare breasts, but this specifically, isn't shown. They fall back onto the ground and the man thrusts on top of her. They both begin to moan loudly and their facial expressions changes leading to them both climaxing. They are later seen sitting in a chair, both fully naked but no nudity is seen. This is a lengthy scene and is very explicit, but keep in mind, the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen is played from start to finish, covering up most of the characters' moans.

A woman is heard moaning and hands are seen caressing her face. Her eyes are closed as she moans more and sucks a man's thumb as he caresses her face. She opens her eyes in alarm and gets up off the bed.

A man attempts to rape a woman. He punches her several times and slams her onto a pool table. He unbuttons his trousers, but is interrupted.

A man has a dream about him and a woman standing in the desert completely nude, though genitals can not be seen. The woman's breasts are briefly seen.

After the man's dream, he is seen from an angle behind him, looking at his costume in it's casing, fully nude with his bare buttocks, back and legs visible. This is shown for just over 13 seconds.

A man walking down a seedy street passes a prostitute. The prostitute zips down her jacket and goes to show the man her breasts but stops. The prostitute tells the man that she'll give him oral sex for money, but the man walks away declining the offer. The woman is then angry and insults him.

A man is seen walking past a sex shop/pornographic video rental. No nudity is seen from the store.

Cartoon breasts are briefly seen.

In a flashback, a hooker is seen having sex briefly. She moans and groans and so does the man.

Violence & Gore


A man hacks another man's head with a cleaver. Blood is seen getting on the characters face and brains and matter is seen coming out. Very disturbing and shocking.

A man gets his arms sawn off. Very graphic and shocking. We see blood spray on the wall.

Dr. Manhattan literally blows people up. In one scene he blows several thugs up and their blood, guts, and bones are seen on the ceiling. On some others their bones, guts, and blood are seen.

A man is brutally beaten and is then thrown out of a window with a twisted leg and laying in a pool of blood.

A young boy is slapped, very hard, in the face by his mother.

A woman is shot in the leg and blood and flesh graphically spurt out. Another man is then shot between the eyes.

In the intro several dead bodies are seen. Blood is shown.

The Comedian leaves a woman that he got pregnant. She is very angry and hits him with a glass bottle, he then shoots her in the head.

John F. Kennedy's assassination is seen. This is from a distance so its hard to see what is going on but it's clear what happened.

In a very graphic scene where a man and woman are followed into an alley by some thugs, there is a fight. You see a compound fracture where an elbow pops out in slow motion as blood and marrow spray out, and a man has his leg broken. Another thug is stabbed in the neck, but little blood is seen. One of them is used as a human shield and shot graphically in the back with spurting wounds.

A man gets hot oil poured on his face. We see him screeching in pain.

A man gets shot by a grappling hook, but his bulletproof vests stops it and he is merely thrown back against the wall.

In two different scenes, men are lit on fire.

Dogs are shown fighting over a dead girl's leg bone.

Two young men tease a boy about his mother and make crude sexual remarks. The boy becomes enraged, strikes one young man with a hammer, and tackles the other and bites off his ear.

A man's head is slammed into a sink and he falls to the ground, lying still. Water from the sink flows to a damaged electrical cord the man is near and he is electrocuted.

Rorschach corners a man in a bathroom and kills him offscreen. The only thing heard is a toilet flushing. As he walks away, blood pours out from under the door.


Profanity: 6/10

25 uses of "Fuck".

"Prick" and "Dick" are used one or two times.

3 use of shit, 4 use of bullshit

damn, hell, god damn, bastard, son of a bitch and whore are used several times

retard and faggot are used. faggot is used in a deleted scenes and the extended addition.

one brief use of bitch "fuck you, bitch!" at the very beginning of the movie

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 3/10

When the Comedian appears on-screen, he is often seen smoking a large cigar or drinking.

A few other characters also smoke and drink throughout

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 7/10

Violence to male groin.

The violence can be very disturbing.

Some dramatic moments and shocking moments.

Some emotional and thought provoking scenes.

This is the only DC Comics movie that is rated R, along with "Constantine" and "V for Vendetta" (however, they are DC Vertigo co-productions).

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
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