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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

4/10

Black Widow and Pepper Pots, especially, are dressed in tight, sometimes low-cut clothing. Stark and Potts (his assistant/love interest) kiss, and Pepper appears to whisper something suggestive in his ear. Tony tells her, "Call your mom. Can you bunk over?" A joke is made about a "performance issue."

After the Hulk turns back into Banner, we see him sitting in a debris field, sans clothes. He pulls pants on after someone observes that he's "buck-ass nude." (We see his legs and torso.)

Violence & Gore

9/10

In the final battle, purple alien blood sprays in brief shots as aliens are violently attacked.

We see people get punched, kicked, thrown, bashed, smashed, kneed, stabbed, shot (with arrows, bullets and ray guns) and vaporized. There are multiple massive fight scenes, and the climactic battle seems to last for about 45 minutes. We see cars crash and spaceships smash into buildings. There are explosions galore.

When we're introduced to Black Widow, she's tied to a chair for the purpose of being interrogated by a Russian general and his goons. A man slaps her across the face, and the general walks toward a table filled with instruments of torture. He says she'll need to deliver a message to someone, then he picks up a pair of pliers and says, "You may have to write it down," suggesting he plans to pull out her tongue. Black Widow promptly turns the tables, beating up and knocking out the majority of her interrogators (mostly while still tied to her chair). She leaves the general dangling over a pit with his leg bound by a chain.

Loki stabs, slices and obliterates a number of scientists and security guards. While we see no blood, the confrontation feels harsher than many of its superhero showdown peers. And it's nothing compared to what happens when Loki crashes a swanky German party, tosses a bigwig down on what appears to be an ancient altar and jams a frightening-looking instrument into his face. (We see the man writhe and hear him scream.) Loki grins maniacally as the torture progressesspurred on by the horrified panic of the onlookers.

We learn later that Loki's killed 80 people in two days. And he threatens to do so much more than that to so many more people. When he stabs one man in the back, we see the blade protrude from his victim's chest with blood on the edges.

We learn that Bruce Banner tried to kill himself. He shot himself in the mouth, he says, but "the other guy" (the Hulk) spit the bullet out.

Profanity

4/10

There are five or six uses each of "Hell" and "Damn," and one or two each of "Ass," "Piss," "Bitch" and "Bastard." Loki hurls out the British anatomical vulgarity "quim" as a sexist putdown. God's name is thoughtlessly interjected a couple of times in the form of "oh my god."

3/10

Tony and Pepper sip champagne, and Tony offers Loki a drink before pouring himself a glass of whiskey. Tony asks Bruce if he stays under control with the help of "a huge bag of weed."

6/10

There are several prolonged and intense action sequences, but they're not shot in an overtly horrific or graphic way, and there are also many comedic moments throughout the film that lighten the tension.

A man, who is known to transform into a dangerous monster when emotionally excited, suddenly yells and slams his hands on a table as if he is losing his temper and about to change, momentarily frightening an agent sent to talk to him.

A villain is shown terrorizing guests at a party, gouging a man's eye out with a device on a table like an altar (not graphic) and forcing all those present to kneel before him; the eye-gouging is very startling and this villain's mental state (which is significantly unhinged throughout the film, suggestive of mental illness) may be upsetting or frightening on its own.

A villain in a prison cell surrounded by a glass wall attempts to unsettle a female operative sent to interrogate him in a manner that culminates with him slamming on the glass with his fist, screaming at her, threatening to hurt and kill her, and insulting her (she is driven to tears by this). However, that response turns out to be a ruse to trick the villain into revealing his plans.

A man transforms into a large green monster (he is seen convulsing and is making loud noises, which is mildly disturbing) and then chases a woman and suddenly appears from nowhere in the dark and roars loudly (viewers may jump).

A superhero intercepts a nuclear missile headed for Manhattan, forces it into a portal leading to an alien base, and agrees to call his girlfriend (implying that he understands he might die); however, the call fails and he stares at the exploding alien base while falling back through the portal (he is unconscious as he plummets toward the earth but he is saved before hitting the ground and is revealed to be alive and unharmed).

An alien tells his master that to challenge humans is to court death.

Total: 26/50

It should be okay for 10-11+

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference

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