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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

3/10

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 minutes of the scene, but never full frontal nudity.

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

A soldier refers to an operative, saying, 'her confidence is the one thing that's preventing me getting ass-raped in a Pakistani prison'.

A man says that he has seen too many penises.

Violence & Gore

7/10

A man is tortured via waterboarding, being hung from ropes, being subjected to sleep deprivation with flashing lights and loud music, forced into a tiny wooden box, refused food and water, and subjected to humiliation by being forced to hang nude from the restraints he's in. He is also collared and forced to walk around like a dog. The prisoner begs for the torture to stop. The scenes aren't as brutal and disturbing as many people say they are.

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. 6 main 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 gun fire 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. Many children are screaming and crying. 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

Profanity

7/10

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, along with frequent milder profanities (including "dick," "ass," "bitch" and "hell"). God's name is used three times (paired once with "damn").

2/10

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.

7/10

The first 40 minutes of the film depict the CIA torturing a prisoner. Intense and quite disturbing.

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.

Recommended rating: R for violence including intense interrogation scenes, and for language.

Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language

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