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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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A man and a woman are stabbed repeatedly in the back and the abdomen. We hear crunching with every blow and blood stains are seen on their clothes. (bloody)

A man and a woman are shot while sitting in a car (blood spurts and sprays on the windshield), the woman is shot repeatedly (we see her twitching and the shooter shoots her several more times), and the man is shot once in the head and then in the knee. (graphically bloody)

A man is shot in the back of the head. Blood and matter spurt and spray on the inside of the car and we see the man slumped over later. (graphically bloody)

We see a photo of a dead woman on the ground (blood covers her clothing, she lies in a pool of blood and we hear that she was stabbed). (some blood)

We see a man with blood stained hands. (nothing much)

We hear that a woman jumped out of a moving car, she had blood on her hands, and she was in a panic over keeping her baby safe. (nothing bad)

All the violence occurs ONLY in the first hour/hour and a half of the movie. The rest of the film is more dialogue driven, although it still includes several disturbing and intense sequences of threat.

8 F-words

4 obscene hand gestures

5 sexual references

2 scatological terms

1 anatomical term

8 mild obscenities

1 derogatory term for law enforcement officers

10 religious exclamations.

Name-calling (shorty, boyscout and retard.)

A man snorts cocaine and a man has drug paraphernalia lying around his house. This is brief and hard to notice.

Young men are shown drinking alcohol and driving.

Almost every character is shown drinking or smoking cigarettes in several several scenes.

A man takes prescription drugs in a couple of scenes.

Some intense, disturbing and violent scenes although they occur mostly in the first half of the film. The rest of it is basically dialogue driven and suspenseful.

Many scenes including strong, slightly disturbing threat.

In one scene a character visits a suspect's house and this scene is very suspenseful and tense.

Overall feel of the film is very scary, as it revolves around a serial killer

Police officers and reporters discuss the deaths in some detail.

Overall, Zodiac isn't as innaporpraite as it may seem. All of the graphic violence in the first hour or so of its two and a half hour runtime. It's mostly talking after the first hour, although it remains intense throughout.

Suitable for 13+

Rated R for some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images
Argentina:13 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-15 / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / India:UA / Ireland:16 / Ireland:18 (video rating) / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:18PL (DVD) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #42944)

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