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MPAA Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some language

Sex & Nudity

  • There is a 10-15 minute scene of 2 characters talking in front of a painting displaying a women's bare breasts and buttocks (This is a Renaissance painting of liberty leading the people, it is not erotic at all, and is out of focus for majority of the scene. Not a big deal for nudity at all). Separate scene of female nudity statue(s).
  • Near the end of the film, there is a flashback scene showing John and his wife kissing. The scene is small and lasts approximately about for 5 seconds.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is shot in the neck repeatedly. Not too graphic or detailed but some blood is seen splattering.
  • John Wick fights several men with nunchucks. Some blood splatter onto walls.
  • This movie has much less gore than Chapter 2 and 3, but the action is intense and extremely violent. Usually, there are blood spurts after a person get's shot or stabbed.
  • There is a scene in which a man's hand is stabbed with a knife, and he chooses to pull his hand free rather than remove the knife. This is slow and painful and accompanied by bloody detail.
  • Many fights happen in this movie, as a lot of this is mainly action and combat scenes.
  • Characters are shot during frenetic fight scenes, usually accompanied by blood spurts.
  • A man is hit with a belt twice. It can be intended as a joke, but can also not.
  • A man attempts to shoot a dog, but another man saves the dog by shooting the man.
  • There is a stylish fight taking place between John Wick and many men. Most of them are shot with eventual blood spurts and chunks of flesh flying everywhere. Others are run over by cars, stabbed, set on fire, and beaten.
  • John Wick fights bodyguards with hatchets. Although not overly graphic, it is still brutal.
  • A man is thrown from a very high altitude (he survives).
  • There is a huge fight taking place between many assassins. These are either shot or sliced wit katana swords. Due to the low luminosity, there is almost no blood, but it gets occasionally very bloody.
  • A man is shot in the heart. Some blood is seen oozing from the wound.
  • In one sequence, two people brand themselves as part of a ritual.
  • A dog attacks people in a few scenes.
  • A dog repeatedly bites a man's testicle.
  • A character falls down off the stairs ending up landing head first on the ground (broken neck detail).
  • There is a fight sequence taking place on the streets of Arc de Triomphe where multiple people are shot (with blood spurts) and get run over by passing cars.
  • A man enters a church, he speaks to a priest on the altar and the priest pulls a shotgun and shoots him throwing the man through the air and to the floor (we do not see a wound).
  • A man repeatedly falls down a flight of stairs badly injuring himself each time.
  • Like the first and third movies, this was, at least this cut, not so much graphic as it is intense, so this movie isn't super graphic (there really isn't too much in the way of bloodshed and gore; only the second movie so far is the most graphic). But it does border. Some shots do prolong the blood to some decree. It's still nothing like the second. Assuming there is an 18 cut, then it would mean this movie was originally more graphic.
  • A man is stabbed several times in the back during the Osaka Continental fight. He crawls up a flight of stairs while being stabbed before dying.


  • Some strong language
  • 8 uses of "fuck"
  • 2 uses of "shit"
  • 10 uses of "ass"
  • Someone is called an "arrogant asshole."
  • Starz content advisory for this movie: rated R for graphic violence (GV), adult language (AL) and adult content (AC).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People drink alcohol in a hotel.
  • Two men drink together.
  • A man and a woman drink shots of liquor after branding their arms.
  • People drink wine from goblets at a ceremony.
  • A man drinks beer from a bottle and pours some in a dish for a dog.
  • Men are shown with drinks around a restaurant kitchen table and a few of them smoke cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Finale can be frightening to some viewers.
  • The most melancholic film in the series which contrasts the over-the-top violence with themes about what a life of killing amounts to when it come to an end.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A character is shot in the head unexpectedly. Blood splatters from behind his skull.
  • An important character is killed with a sword. He is first sliced, and then stabbed in the stomach. Not overly bloody.
  • A character is killed unceremoniously and suddenly.
  • A dog is thrown against a windshield, she briefly yells but she's ultimately fine.
  • There's this one scene where John fights many men in the Osaka Continental, with guns, knifes and nunchucks. This scene last's about 15 minutes and get's extremely violent. He has to kill all of the guards and due to their bullet proof suits and armor he ends up stabbing them in the neck and shoots them in the head. It get's very intense and bloody.
  • John stabs one man with a hatchet straight in the head. Not overly graphic but very brutal. We do see blood splatter out of his skull.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man is hung by a rope.
  • A note to dog lovers, no dogs are injured (aside from one scene where a man throws a dog into a windshield) or killed in this movie, but one of them is directly involved in nearly every fight sequence.
  • The Marquis demands that Caine kill Wick, or the Marquis will kill Caine's daughter.
  • John is shot about 3 times in the climactic duel and is heavily implied to have died from his wounds. We see his tombstone next to his wife's, and Winston and Bowery King briefly discuss if John is in Heaven or Hell.

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