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Sex & Nudity

After the zoo is opened, they run out of tickets. Kelly Foster(Scarlett Johansson) was trying to find another tickets, then Benjamin Mee(Matt Damon) wants to help him. Kelly Foster confess that she loves him so they were kissing.

Violence & Gore

Gory detailed drawings are shown multiple times throughout the film. Some (especially children) might find these images/drawings disturbing.

A boy kicks a snake.

Profanity

3 uses of s***, 4 uses of d***. Also a**hole. There is quite a lot of language for a PG-rated film.

There were 2 or 3 scenes of the zoo staff hanging out in the zoo lounge/bar area drinking beer and scotch.

1 character especially enjoys scotch and carries a flask.

The zookeepers have to deal with their bear, Buster, escaping. Benjamin finds him and Buster disarms him and roars at him before possibly attacking him. However, the bear is then hit with tranquilizer darts before he can and is transported safely back to his enclosure.

Spar, their oldest tiger, is in significant physical decline and the zookeepers recommend he be euthanized. Benjamin initially does not accept this and has a loud argument with his chief zookeeper who is adamant that it must be done. Benjamin spends the night wrestling with the matter before a positive conversation with his son leads to conclude that Spar must be put down.

1 character opens a crate full of snakes which is startling even though the crate is labeled well so it isn't a surprise.

There are snakes covering the yard in one scene. Some (especially children or squeamish people) might find this scene startling or frightening.

The subject of the existence of the Easter Bunny is brought up.

The story is based around a bereaved family, and there is a very emotional scene towards the end that may upset some viewers.

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and some thematic elements
Certification:
Argentina:Atp / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Germany:o.Al. (f) / Hong Kong:I / Ireland:PG / Japan:G / Malaysia:U / Mexico:A / Netherlands:9 / Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/6 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:All / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / UK:PG / USA:PG (certificate #47159)

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