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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


One character is desperate for drugs and offers to give any one of the other men a 'blowjob' if they will give him heroin. He describes what he would do in more graphic terms.

There is a trailer for a movie about gay Catholic priests.

A male character lets slip he may be gay, the other males tease him slighty, to come out of the closet. At the end of the movie he is shown at the "Oscars" with a well known recently outed celebrity.

There are other jokes involving male and female private parts.

Violence & Gore


A main storyline of the movie involves actors who think they are making a war movie but then actually have to become real soldiers to fight off a drug cartel.

The beginning of the movie has a long graphic scene containing gore and violence. This scene is a satire on many other movies (there are a lot of references to Platoon and Saving Private Ryan), although the violence is toned down in a way that conveys it as a low-budget film. Many people get shot in the face and suffer wounds by other weapons such as bayonets. There is an excessive, unrealistic amount of spraying blood used for comedic effect.

In this same fake war movie, a man suffers a prolonged disemboweling by a bayonet, though he does not act nearly as wounded as the visual effects suggest, and appears to survive as though it's a minor flesh wound, even attempting to put his insides back into his body later. This is done satirically, despite the disturbing visual effects throughout the scene.

Tugg is shown with somewhat fake looking severed hands.

Offscreen, Tugg kills a panda then proceeds to wear its skin as camouflage. This scene is much less graphic than the scenes involving human violence, probably deliberately.

Multiple shootouts occur between several characters, some are real bullets others are blanks (in the context of the film).

Halfsquat, a child, stabs Tugg and is consequently thrown off a bridge by Tugg.

Please note that this is a comedy and all violence is taken very lightly or presented in a comical and slapstick fashion.



Non-stop profanity throughout the entire movie including:

124 uses of "fuck"

2 dozen uses of "ass", "shit", and "damn" each

Retard is used many times in a controversial scene in which two characters talk about going "full retard". It is also used in one of Stiller's movie, "Simple Jack"


Several characters are seen smoking cigars and cigarettes, including an underage child.

The main antagonists led (once again) by a young boy, are drug processors.

Characters talk about the use of drugs.


The opening battle scene can be intense for some viewers.

Some animal lovers may find the panda scene disturbing, but the violence in this scene is presented in a more cartoonish fashion than the rest of the movie.

Overall: 27/50 -There is constant profanity. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material
Argentina:13 / Argentina:16 (DVD rating) / Australia:MA / Austria:12 / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Chile:TE+7 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-13 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:III / Iceland:16 / Ireland:16 / Ireland:15 (DVD rating) / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:18PL (cut) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:M18 / South Africa:16LV / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (NO. 44367)

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