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(2012)

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MPAA Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout
Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • There are two prolonged sexual scenes.
  • In the first one, Ophelia lies under Chon as he thrusts vigorously. Realistic sexual grunts are heard and nudity is heavily implied when the couple is shown in a sexual position in one shot.
  • In the second sexual scene, Ophelia climbs into a bathtub with Ben. Ben caresses her in the bathtub before the scene cuts to him carrying her to bed. In bed, thrusting can be seen and it is accompanied by heavy, realistic sexual grunts. Sensuality is heightened by the scene's prolonged nature and intimacy between characters.
  • Henceforth, the film's explicit images regarding sexual activity are justified by context.
  • There's an intense, hot sex scene between Trevor Donovan and Salma Hayek. There's no nudity but Hayek thrusts vigorously and moans loudly in this 15 second scene.
  • The film also contains frequent verbal sex references.

Violence & Gore

  • Throughout the film, scenes of violence are depicted.
  • There are two scenes where the depictions of violence are realistic and gory.
  • The first scene involves a man who had claimed to have betrayed his syndicate has his face bloodied, with pieces of skin and tissue peeling off from chunks of his face. One piece is seen to drop on the floor in front of him. This sequence ends with the man being torched alive.
  • The scene is somewhat disturbing but shown in the context of the narrative, depicting the ruthlessness of the syndicate.
  • Henceforth, strong and realistic depictions of violence and gore are featured but justified by context.

Profanity

  • The film contains frequent strong coarse language, such as the expletives 'f**k' and 'motherf**ker'.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The story-line of the film develops as Ben and Chon are seen to grow weed in a place of their own with an entire organization that does the packing of the marijuana. The sale of the drug is established to be a lucrative business in the film. This is shown throughout the narrative of the film.
  • Explicit drug taking typically occurs through the snorting of white powdery substances.
  • Ophelia is seen to smoke weed and unknowingly consume spiked drinks.
  • There are no step-by-step instructions on the preparation and consumption of drugs but there are scenes where individuals are seen in a state of intoxication thereafter consumption.
  • The impact of the portrayal regarding side-effects (i.e. hallucinations) comes across stronger than the consumption of drugs itself.
  • Henceforth, drug-taking sequences are depicted but instructive details of illegal drug use are not. This film does not promote or encourage drug and substance abuse in any fashion.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Accumulatively, the elements of drug use, violence and sexual scenes warrant a higher, more restrictive rating.

Spoilers

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 'Savages' is a crime-action thriller revolving around the lives of three individuals - Ophelia, Ben and Chon. Ben and Chon operate on the sale of top-grade marijuana and earn an enviable lifestyle from the profits. Elena, who heads the cartel of the sale of marijuana, wants a share of their profits. She kidnaps Ophelia in an attempt to force Ben and Chon to suit her bidding. Ben and Chon are driven to the corner but that pressure directed them to kidnap Elenas daughter.

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