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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 man pulls down a prisoner's pants in front of a woman (both are CIA agents) to humiliate him, exposing his "junk" to her. We see his bare backside for the next few moments of the scene, but never full frontal nudity.

A nightclub briefly features women in tight, revealing dresses.

A woman encourages another woman to "hook up" with another agent to ease the stress.

A man says that he has seen too many penises.

No sex and one scene of brief non-sexual nudity

Violence & Gore

There are some explosions, many from suicide bombers. A bus explodes. We see the aftermath, and one injured man, his head bandaged and moderately bloodied and burned via a news broadcast. A bomb goes off at a restaurant where the main characters are eating dinner. Six characters are killed when their informant shows up to a meeting and suicide bombs the location.

A gun assault in Saudi Arabia is shown. We see many gunmen and extensive gunfire. Many injured and dying victims are shown. A main character's vehicle comes under heavy gunfire and she barely makes it out alive as bullets bounce off the bullet proof glass.

The final assault on Bin Laden's compound is quite violent. Men and women are shot at close range. We see bloody bullet wounds and people screaming. Bodies are shown being carried out in body bags.

The main character ID's Bin Laden's dead body by opening the body bag at the end of the film.


50+ uses of the f-word. Some in a sexual context, some combined with the word "mother". About a dozen s-words are also used, and other frequent profanities, which include "dick," "ass," "bitch" and "hell". God's name is used three times (paired once with "damn").

Wine, beer and other drinks are consumed. Several people smoke, and prisoners are offered cigarettes as incentives.

There is a reference to a drug dealer as being a possible alternative for who might be living in, what is later to be revealed as Osama Bin Laden's hideout. There is a discussion about how the possible drug dealer would operate his business and how he would live his life.

The first 40 minutes of the film are intense, as it depicts the CIA interrogating a prisoner.

A few instances of sudden violence, such as sudden explosions or shootings.

The last 45 minutes, the raid on bin Laden's compound, are intense due to the levels of suspense but not extremely violent. However, it is complicated by one of the helicopters malfunctioning and crashing in the compound. This leads to the surrounding neighborhood being roused and the soldiers have to threaten the gathering crowd to make them keep their distance. In addition, the Pakistani military is alerted and the commandos have only a few minutes to complete their mission and leave before Pakistani soldiers arrive. Before departing, a few soldiers are left behind to destroy the downed helicopter of secret design and it is not known if they managed to reach friendly territory.

Not as violent as people say it is. Only of moderate impact, not strong.

Page last updated by duckyboomboom, 6 months ago
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Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language

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