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MPAA Rated PG-13 for momentary language and some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Shaw is seen in a bra in one scene.
  • Talks of child abuse and a police officer finding two men in bed together.
  • Some talk about somebody being sexy on television. Later in the scene, a man enters pornographic movie theater, men can be heard moaning in the background as he watches on.
  • Some kissing between Callahan and Shaw.
  • Callahan and Shaw are in bed together, but there's no nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence is very infrequent but when someone is shot it is surprisingly bloody for a PG-13 movie. No gore is shown.
  • A man is shot in the back of the head, no gore shown.
  • Another man is shot in the temple, some blood shown briefly.
  • A man is strangled with a rope by Khamel offscreen.
  • A car explodes with a man inside.
  • A few men get into a fight.
  • A man is killed offscreen. Blood splatters onto the TV in front of him.
  • A man is shot and is seen lying in a pool of blood briefly in a zoomed out shot.


  • One instance of b**tard and one of f***ing, but not in a sexual way. One use of son of a b***h and a** and "Jesus" plus a few other uses of damn and hell.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Very mild and brief drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where a man walks into a cinema and is killed by Khamel, may be intense to some viewers.

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