The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Sex & Nudity

A man and a woman are said to have a long standing sexual relationship. It is mentioned that the man performs cunnilingus on the woman, but "not enough".

A man forces a woman to masturbate him. He also makes her perform oral sex, but no nudity is seen. He gives her money afterwards.

A man rapes a woman on a bed where she is tied up. She struggles wildly whilst screaming. We see the woman's buttocks. The man licks her anus. He then anally rapes her (not graphically shown but she can be heard crying and screaming).

A man is tied up naked and raped by a metal sex toy (off-screen). His genitals can be briefly seen.

A woman meets another woman at a bar and start kissing. We see one woman put her hand up the skirt of the other and it is implied that she is masturbating her. The next morning, they are seen in bed only wearing underwear as if they presumably had sex. The fully exposed breasts of both women are briefly seen.

A woman undresses herself in front of a man (her buttocks, breasts and pubic hair are visible), kisses him and starts having sex with him.

For a few seconds, a woman thrusts on top of a man in bed and reaches orgasm. Both breasts are seen.

The film contains recurring themes of rape and sexual abuse.

A young woman is seen naked in a photo twice.

Violence & Gore

There is an intense and brutal rape scene. A girl visits her guardian's apartment in need of her allowance money. He takes her wrist and slaps one end of a pair of hand cuffs. She tries to flee; he chokes her until she loses consciousness. The scene fades to black then fades back in moments later where she comes to and is now on her front on his bed, gagged with a rag, and both arms handcuffed to the bed posts and her ankles cuffed to the foot board. She quickly begins thrashing and struggling to break free without success. The man pulls her shirt over her front, pulls her pants down and rips off her underwear. The girl continues violently struggling to break out of the handcuffs and screaming in rejection, and the man watches for a lull as if he's enjoying it. He licks her anus, then gets on top of her, applies a condom (off screen), and we see her facial reaction to the penetration. Brief thrusting before she stops struggling and the scene cuts away. Moments later, the girl is dressing, clearly traumatized and hobbling in pain.

The same woman goes to the apartment of the man who previously raped her later in the film. She tazes him and he falls unconscious to the floor. He awakens naked with his hands and legs tied and his mouth taped shut. The woman shows him a raw video of him raping her taken on a hidden camera in her bag. For revenge, she violently inserts a large brass dildo into his anus (off screen) then begins stating demands that he must abide by. She kicks the dildo in deeper as blood-curdling noises can be heard to his pain and shouting, then threatens to kill him if he ever brings a woman to his apartment alone for any reason. She then reveals a tattoo machine and graphically embeds the message "I AM A RAPIST PIG" on his torso. The tattooing is not shown but the end result, with blood dripping out of the tattooed letters on the man's torso, is lingered on.

There are two scenes that involve car crashes. In the first scene a man is shown inside the crashed car with blood covering his face. The second crash shows the driver covered in blood.

The protagonist's cat is found dead at his front door, covered in blood, with its legs partially dismembered revealing bones and muscle tissue. It is shown more than once for many seconds. The body and its limbs are arranged in the shape of a swastika.

A character is gassed and passes out, and awakes to find himself tethered to the ceiling by his neck and back. After some talk with his torturer, who treats the setting in a routine, matter-of-factly manner, even going so far as to put on music, his head is covered with a plastic bag as he hyperventilates. An array of power tools are shown at the torturer's disposal. The man is eventually rescued.

Characters investigating a series of killings look at many photos showing the victims' bodies and crime scenes. The photos are bloody and graphic. Including, but not limited to, numerous stab wounds, dismemberment, decapitation, mutilation, and torture of the victims. One victim's head is seen imploded from being stoned to death.

A man is shot by an unseen gunman and the bullet grazes his forehead and begins bleeding heavily. He is soon shown receiving makeshift stitches out of a sewing needle and dental floss, using alcohol to sterilize the wound. Blood covers his face. This is not shown in graphic detail and is more implied.

In self defense, a woman hits a man in the head by an oar, no blood is shown. He falls into a lake and she pins him down with the oar until he drowns.

In self-defense, a woman strikes a man in the face with golf club and one of his teeth can is briefly seen flying out of his mouth. In several following shots we clearly see enormous swelling on his face as well as a dislocated jaw and a large laceration, presumably from his fractured jawbone.

After a girl has her bag snatched, she follows the robber and punches him several times in the face until her bag is free.

Profanity

5/10

The f-word is used 10 times, but quite sparingly.

Other milder profanity such as the s-word, b-word, and other anatomically-related vulgarities are scattered throughout the film.

One character wears a shirt with a few uses of the f-word printed in a 3-4 minute scene, but the shirt is visible for about 30-45 seconds.

4/10

Lisbeth Salander smokes all the time, Mikael Blomkvist also smokes in some scenes.

This film contains a graphic, brutal and emotionally intense rape. However, it is soon after avenged by the victim (see "Violence & Gore" section). Not for weak of heart or stomach.

Intense and ominous atmosphere throughout.

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MPAA:
Rated R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language
Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (DVD rating) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:III / India:(Banned) / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R15+ (edited version) / Japan:R18+ (original rating) / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Bern) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #46597)

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