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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


A young man and woman are seen having vigorous sex, with lots of thrusting and moaning. He is topless and has his shorts and underwear pulled down so his bare buttocks are seen. There is little female nudity.

There is a short (but disturbing) scene of rape (no nudity)

Dialogue about sex and sexual references can be heard throughout the entire film.

A woman sits on a couch topless in one scene. Breasts are shown, but the scene is pretty short.

Violence & Gore


The action is very bloody but nothing is ever shown for a long period of time.

A big theme of the film is violence and brutality. Graphic scenes of stabbing, decapitation, shooting, and fighting can be seen throughout the film.

During a torture scene, a man is whipped brutally, and his eye can be seen dangling out of his head briefly. He is then set on fire and burns to death.

A man is suddenly shot in the throat and his body is hidden in the backseat of his truck.

A large standoff with many people is shown during the climax of the film, with many shootings.



Many uses of the f-word, as well as the s-word and other anatomically related vulgarities.

There is some Spanish profanity, with most of it shown in subtitles.

There is one use of "beaner" referring to Mexican drug dealers.


The film is about drug cartels, smuggling mostly marijuana. Pot is shown throughout the entire film and cocaine is seen in a couple of scenes.

Marijuana use is shown many times throughout the film. It is mostly smoked through a bong, but also in marijuana cigarettes.

Drug dealers talk about marijuana, growing it, how to get the best seeds, how much THC is in it, etc.

A character says that she started smoking pot when she was in eighth grade and her parents didn't care.

On two or three occasions, cocaine use is seen (snorting lines of powder from a rolled up dollar bill).


Benicio del Toro's character is menacing and intense, particularly the first time he's on screen.

There are some scenes where characters are suddenly shot, sometimes graphically shown.

One particularly disturbing scene shows one of the cartel members being tortured on the rumor that he is a rat. He is tied up and has been beaten and tortured severely. His left eye has been pulled out and hangs from its socket. We see this several times, once in close-up. The scene closes with the man being burned alive with a lit flare.


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Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout
Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Ontario) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Germany:18 (extended version) / Germany:16 (theatrical version) / Hong Kong:III / Ireland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R15+ (cut) / Japan:R18+ (uncut) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (cut) (cinema release) / UK:18 (uncut) (video release) / USA:R (certificate #47564)

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