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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence

Sex & Nudity

  • At the very beginning of the film, we see a woman laying on a bed in a very lewd outfit supposedly murdered.
  • A man and woman are kissing to blend in with the crowd
  • There is some passionate kissing.
  • We see upper part of a woman's breast (no nipple shown)- keep in mind this is just cleavage

Violence & Gore

  • In the opening credits, we see a knife being pulled out of a man's bloody gut. (See paragraph 6 for more details)
  • Jack, while trying to control the elevator's procedures, is stabbed in the eye with elevator equipment. We see the equipment go in the eye and then cutting away to Ethan and Sarah but gory sound effects are heard after. This is the most graphic and intense scene in the movie, and it might disturb/disgust some viewers. But because of the elevator going up all the way to a detailed floor, we can imply that after he is impaled through the eye, he is crushed. However, we only know that he is dead.
  • Claire gets into her car, and then the car explodes. No possible explanation of what happens after that, but we hear that she dies.
  • Jim apparently during the mission is shot, and on IMF camera equipment, we see his hands full of blood, and falls off of the bridge, and into the water. We later learn that he faked his death.
  • Ethan throws an explosive disguised as gum onto a fish tank; It shatters and the whole building is flooded, with him jumping out just in time. No reported casualties.
  • Ethan contacts the IMF, with blood still on his hands, at a public telephone. He wipes off the blood with a napkin.
  • A man holds out his bloody hands at another man, walking slowly towards him.
  • Ethan grabs Claire and searches her.
  • A man shoots a woman and she dies. He then hits another man in the head and he is dazed.
  • A helicopter is blown up and crashes in a tunnel; A man that was holding on to the helicopter is smashed against the train tracks (this is only briefly seen).


  • 4 uses of "b***h" and its derivatives, one "bulls**t", five uses of "a**" and its derivatives, six "d**n"'s, eight uses of "h*ll" and its derivatives, and at least two uses of "J***s"
  • One of the characters says "Jesus" when he discovers he is bleeding.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some characters are seen smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages, and one drunk couple in background that are actually just pretending to be drunk.
  • A man is drugged, and we hear him vomit into a trash can and later in a toilet.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The famous scene where Ethan is trying to get the NOC list in a very controlled room is intense, and suspenseful, and might scare young viewers, or confuse them.
  • The film is very dark, and at times, intense with being an action thriller, giving viewers a chase of adrenaline at suspenseful times.
  • The scene where Jack is stabbed in the eye with electronic equipment is very scary, and will disturb some viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • (Continued from paragraph 1) The target of Ethan's mission is seen being stabbed to death, you see some blood on the gate. Later, we see one of Ethan's recruits is actually the one who killed him, with the stabbing clearly seen. Ethan searches the man, we see blood on his clothes. Sarah is also found dead, we see no blood on her, but we see the knife used held up by Ethan, with blood on it and possibly little bits of gore.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The moment when Ethan figures out what really happened to his IMF team, and pieces together in his head that Jim, his IMF confidante & mentor, was responsible behind each of the numerous deaths is rather shocking and quite disturbing, with a somber, melodic musical piece from Danny Elfman increasing the intensity and tragically haunting nature of the scene. Can upset and emotionally disturb viewers.

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