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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

Cobb and Saito first meet in a "love nest" where Saito frequently meets his lovera relationship he's managed to keep secret in his waking life. We see people kiss, and one character uses subterfuge to steal a kiss. A couple of women wear low-cut tops.

Violence & Gore

Violence in Inception is tricky to tally. At times we see real men get hurt or killed. But much of the violence is perpetuated in dream worlds, where the people we see are not real, but manifestations of the subject's subconscious. As a result, the "real" body count is surprisingly low (at least for a film that wields this much intensity), while metaphysical fatalities run off the chart.

Merging both categories, people are punched, kicked, choked, shot (scores of times), stabbed, hit by cars (several times), blown up, attacked by rampaging mobs, almost buried by avalanches and nearly drowned. Somebody gets shot in the footjust to illustrate that, while dying in a dream state is difficult, pain is all too easy to come by.

The visceral feel of the violence is about what you'd expect for a PG-13 movieand, frankly, maybe a step back from a prime-time actioner on television. The mayhem is practically bloodless (an exception: after a shot to the chest, we see red seep through a man's shirt as he coughs up flecks of blood), and it's perpetrated with a certain, almost chilly, remove.

When someone wants to exit a dream, they simply "kill" themselves or have someone do it for them. Cobb, for instance, shoots one of his compadres in the head to wake him up. (We see a bloodless hole in his forehead.) Because the sensation of falling can jar someone awake, folks routinely engineer the end of their dreams by plummeting off bridges or cutting loose elevator cables. One character throws another off a cliff.

[Spoiler Warning] This fixation with dreamscape suicide manifests itself in tragic fashion with Cobb's wife, Mal. The two of them slip into a dream state for, seemingly, decades before Cobb begins to think that perhaps both of them have gotten lost there. He plants an idea into Mal's braina true one, in this casethat the life they're "living" is not real, and he encourages her to commit suicide with him. They both lay their heads on a railroad track as a train rumbles toward them. (The scene ends just before the train reaches them.) The act jars them both back to what is, apparently, the real world but Mal can't shake the feeling that this life, too, is still a dreamincluding their two children. She begins to fondle knives and begs Cobb to enter another suicide pact with her so they can see their "real" children. Cobb, of course, refuses. Then, on their anniversary, Cobb finds Mal on a ledge, ready to jump. "I'm going to ask you to take a leap of faith," she tells him, adding that she fabricated evidence that, should she die, would frame Cobb for her "murder"her way of encouraging Cobb to die with her. Then she jumps.

The only blood shown in this film is when a man is shot in the chest about halfway through the movie

Profanity

Characters abuse Jesus' name five or six times and God's a dozen timespairing it with "Damn" another half-dozen. We also hear "A**hole", "Ass," "Hell," "Bastard", "bloody" and "piss off".

Folks drink wine and beer. Intravenous drugssedatives and other mysterious concoctionsare required to put people into these dreamlike states.

Cobb, too, has lost his ability to dream normally, and so he repeatedly hooks himself up to delve into his own haunting dream world.

The second half of the film is intense.

In a dream, people hold a woman while another woman walks up and stabs her. She wakes up before you can see any harm done. This scene is unexpected and can frighten some.

A train unexpectedly crashes into a car with people in it.

A street starts exploding.(in a dream)

A woman jumps off a building, believing it to be a dream and thinking she will wake up.(the concept of her believing the world to be a dream, and that she has to kill herself, can be quite frightening)

The action is intense at times. people die. (see violence/gore)

the concept of the dream-levels in the movie, and the fact that you might not be sure if the characters are dreaming or not, might frighten some viewers.

The suicide of a major character because they thought they were in a dream may be disturbing to some viewers.

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout
Certification:
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Finland:K-13 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / India:UA / Ireland:12A / Italy:T / Japan:G / Malaysia:PG-13 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Slovakia:12 / South Africa:13V / South Korea:12 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:PG-12 / UK:12A / UK:12 (DVD rating) / USA:PG-13 (certificate #46101)

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