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A scene takes place backstage at a strip club, and a few of the women are topless. They are in the background and somewhat hard to see, as the scene focuses on something entirely different.


The violence in Drive is VERY brutal, but not in allot of scenes. It is very quickly cut so you don't get all of the details, but it's still very intense.

Drive includes violence in many instances, as:

We see a man partly covered in blood with a few cuts for 5 or 6 seconds after being presumably beaten.

A man has his head bashed against a wall twice and his face kicked once (we see his nose a bit bloody for a split-second). His head is then stomped on 15 times offscreen. For a split-second, we see a foot on his split-open face with some blood splattered next to it. The attacker's jacket remains partly covered with blood for most of the movie after.

A man is shot around the neck. He covers it and some blood leaks down. He is then shot down a few times in the back with exit wounds in his chest.

A man has a fork stabbed into his eye. He is then stabbed three times in the throat with a large knife. We see blood pour out for a second or two.

An attacker is punched twice around the face, then stabbed in the neck with a curtain rod. We see blood leaking out his mouth and then cascading down his shirt for half a second. We then see the attacker's mostly blood-covered face for about 9 seconds. Another attacker is shot dead offscreen.

A man is stabbed in the stomach, he stabs the attacker/villain in the throat. We see the former's jacket and shoes a little blood-soaked shortly.

A woman is shot dead with a shotgun blast to the head. Her scalp graphically tears off with blood spraying everywhere in slow motion for one second.

Bits of shrapnel are picked out of a man's somewhat blood-soaked upper arm for a few seconds.

A man's hand is smashed a few times with a hammer. His mouth is then pried open with the hammer and a bullet is shoved into his mouth.

A man's lower arm is deeply slit, blood squirts out and soaks it for a second. He then lies in a puddle of blood (darkly lit).

A car is knocked off a ledge with a villain inside. He emerges with some blood on his face, but the lighting is dark. We then see him from a distance getting chased to an ocean and held under water.


20 uses of 'fuck', 6 of 'shit', 2 of 'p-ssy' (used non-offensively, as a term of endearment between acquaintances) and 'kike', and 1 of 'whorehouse', 'chink', and the middle finger.


Several instances of smoking, an instance of social drinking.

Cranston's character offers the Driver caffeine, nicotine, Benzedrine, and amphetamine to help him stay awake. However, the Driver refuses all of them.


The eye-forking, the hand-smashing, and (to a lesser extent) the stabbing near the end are all brutal.

The elevator scene is shocking.

Ambient music plays throughout the movie, which can be hypnotic at first, but startling whenever violence occurs afterward.

This film is not for any kids under the age of 12, and 12 if they can handle strong violence. They movie is very slow paced so maybe for 14 yrs or older, but this film is very violent and has some nudity. Keep in mind, regardless, Drive is a VERY mature film.

17+ (35/50)

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language and some nudity.

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