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MPAA Rated R for zombie violence/gore and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A man tells his mother that his stepfather once 'touched' him, but quickly retracts his statement saying it was a joke.
  • A man frequently jokes that he is attracted to another character's mother..
  • No sex or nudity, but some mild sexual jokes. Nothing too bad in this category. This movie is rated R because of the zombie violence and infrequent foul language.
  • A main character wears a shirt that says 'I got wood' throughout the film.

Violence & Gore

  • Frequent zombie-related blood and violence. Much of this is comedic, but some is very bloody and graphic.
  • Zombies spread the infection by biting living humans. Many bites are shown.
  • A newscaster says that the only effective means of killing the zombies is by 'removing the head or destroying the brain.'
  • There are many instances of characters bludgeoning zombies to death. This is usually not too bloody.
  • Two men throw an assortment of household items at two approaching zombies.
  • A man throws a vinyl record at a zombie, it shatters on its face, leaving shards embedded in its skin.
  • Two men beat two zombies to 'death' off-screen. Some blood is seen on their clothes and weapons.
  • A zombie is briefly seen eating from the exposed chest cavity of a dead person. This is very brief.
  • Three people beat a zombie with snooker cues. This is done in-time to music, and is meant for comedic purposes.
  • A man is disembowelled and dismembered by a crowd of zombies. Extremely graphic.
  • A man is graphically bitten on the neck by zombies.


  • 1 use of the word 'cunt'. This is said in the first five minutes of the movie, and its used as a joke not vulgarly
  • several uses of the word 'fuck', and its derivatives.
  • 7 uses of the word 'shit'.
  • 7 uses of 'prick'.
  • 2 uses of 'ass'.
  • 3 religious exclamations.
  • 2 uses of the word 'twat'.
  • 2 uses of the word 'wanker'.
  • 2 obscene hand gestures
  • 1 derogatory term for African-Americans (in a non-racial context)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Adults are shown drinking beer and liquor and smoking cigarettes. Two men are shown to be clearly inebriated in one scene.
  • Many scenes take place in a pub.
  • A man says that his friend "sells a little bit of weed every now and then", and another man briefly mentions how he once sold marijuana to a friend.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is brutal and gory in comparison to Edgar Wright's later films.
  • It's important to remember that this film is a brutal comedy film. The violence and gore is frequent and dark, and its impact is significantly on par with the overall comedic tone of the film.
  • The theme of zombies and the violence could be considered to be moderately scary to some audiences. The zombies themselves are often covered in blood.
  • A man is disembowelled, dismembered, and eaten alive by a hoard of zombies, all on-screen. This is the most graphic scene in the entire movie.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man shoots a recently spawned zombie in the head. Brief view of the exit wound, some blood. The zombie is the man's mother.
  • At the film's climax, the army arrive on scene, and neutralise the zombie hoard with gunfire. Lots of bullet impacts and blood.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The death of one particular character (Shaun's mum) is very emotional.

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