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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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Rachel kisses Bruce in detail.

At a fund raising party a man runs in on two half dressed guests (no nudity), it is obvious to everyone that they had been engaging in sex/were about to have sex.

Harvey Dent is kissed by Rachel in passion.

There are several scenes of men being shot, however it either cuts away, happens offscreen or there is little to no blood shown.

There is a scene where a man slams another's head down on a pencil tip. The camera angle and the cut mean we don't see anything. But it is made clear what happens; there is a pencil impaled in the man's head.

There is a scene where it is implied that a man slashes the cheeks of another man in a Glasgow smile/Chelsea grin. We see nothing as the camera cuts away as it happens.

A man is shown hanging from a noose in front of a window in a "jump" scene, and he is already dead when he is dropped.

There are several scenes of mild violence involving fist fighting and gun shots, also there are a few scenes in which attack dogs are used. A man is bitten and another is mauled by a dog, there is blood shown later during the first and the second doesn't show any at all.

A man suffers intense burns to one side of his face, later the muscle and bone are visible in areas and his eyelid is burned away to expose his whole eyeball.

A woman dies in a flaming explosion. The camera cuts to show the outside and the building blowing up so we see nothing of her death.

There is a scene in which a man is shown to have a bomb sewn under his skin (not graphic), it later explodes still inside of him. Again the camera cuts to show the explosion, nothing graphic is shown.

A man has his legs broken, after being dropped from a small height. The breaking is audible and you see his legs crumple under him.

Despite the nature of these scenes, there is no real gore and there is very, very little blood. However, the violence is discussed openly, and the main perpetrator often boasts or explains the violence graphically. He also declares that people will die and brutally murders several in quick succession.

Two-Face's face is very graphic.

3 uses of the word "bitch".

2 uses of the word "damn".

2 uses of the word "Hell".

2 uses of the word "shit".

1 use of the word "goddamn".

1 use of the word "ass".

There is a scene where a man is about to drink, but is interrupted.

A man quickly drinks two shots of whiskey.

A drug dealer is displeased with the man who supplies his trade. The drugs are indicated to have been laced with a hallucinogenic and a man is shown suffering from intense hallucinations and calling out in terror on the floor. We see nothing but him thrashing and the drugs themselves are not shown, only mentioned.

We see a mobster constantly smoke a cigar. He is smoking in exactly every scene he appears in except for when he is in the court room, when he confronts Harvey Dent, and when Batman breaks his legs.

The Joker says he will blow up a hospital if a man is not dead in 60 minutes.

Two-Face threatens to kill a man's family at gunpoint.

The Joker posts a chilling video of himself with a hostage telling him (and his viewers) "how crazy Batman has made Gotham." He then laughs maniacally off camera, and proceeds to do god-knows-what to his hostage.

Batman and a cop race to rescue two hostages.

There are two boats. They both have a detonator. The Joker states that they both have a detonator to the other boat. By midnight, if one of them isn't already blown up, he blows both of them up.




MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace
Certification:
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Austria:14 / Brazil:12 / Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) / Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:PG (TV rating) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-13 / France:U / Germany:16 / Greece:K-13 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / India:UA / Ireland:15A / Italy:T / Malaysia:U / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG (original rating) / Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) / South Africa:13V / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:PG-12 / UK:12A / USA:PG-13 (certificate #44427)

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