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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

In the UNRATED version Peck is briefly seen reading a black and white Playboy magazine where some breasts are visible.

References involving Alpa Chino, and scantily clad women are seen bouncing their hips off his head.

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 slightly, 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.

A man tells another man that if he unties him then he will give the man oral sex and describes it in graphic detail.

A man wearing only his underwear reaches in his underwear and begins to furiously move his arm around; this is shown in short clippings along with a gun fight he is witnessing, until we later see he was trying to retrieve a hand gun hidden between his legs.

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, 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.

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 graphic visual effects throughout the scene.

Tugg is shown with somewhat fake looking severed hands. A man steps on a landmine and is blown apart.

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, however.

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.

One of the men accidentally steps on a land mine and is blown apart. This has a comedic tone to it, but it is still startling.

Tugg is shown tasting blood from a severed head, which he believes is a prop. He pulls the slushy inide out from the bottom of the neck with some of it falling on his tongue, then impales it on his rifle and kicks it into the jungle. This is the only actual character death in the film, and despite the mostly comedic tone of the scene, the effects are highly graphic and detailed.


124 f-cks (17 with "mother"), 51 sh-ts, 23 -sses (2 with "hole"), 13 d-cks, 8 p-ssies, 4 (variations of) t-ts, 2 sons of b-tches, 1 slang term for sex ("laid"), and 1 wh-re.

Retard is used many times in a somewhat controversial scene where 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.

Jeff is a heroin-addict and is seen going through spasms while trying to quit.

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

A large mound of heroin is seen. Two men have their faces forced into the mound and their bodies go limp.

Characters talk about the use of drugs.

The scene where a character is punched in the nose may be off-putting for some, despite the comedic undertone.

The opening battle scene can be intense for some viewers.

A man is lightly tortured; he is whipped briefly, a cigar is burned on his chest, and he is forced underwater for several seconds.

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.

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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:Y7 / 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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