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MPAA Rated PG-13 for language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is implied to be her boss' mistress.
  • A man's buttocks are briefly seen when he gets into bed with a woman. They presumably have sex, however, nothing is shown except the first 5 seconds in shadow in a far shot.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is shot in the head and blood sprays. Another man is shot shortly later.
  • Much discussion about a man drowning, and whether it was an accident, suicide, or murder.
  • A man is punched twice. No graphic detail.


  • 2 use of the stronger expletive 'c**t' and the 1 use of stronger expletive 'motherf**ker'.
  • 7 Infrequent uses of milder language such as 'damn', 'goddamn' and 'shit'.
  • Language throughout, F-word every couple of minutes,
  • 3 F Words and cursing common in a PG-13 like the S word and D word. (US edited theatrical release version only!)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters commonly drink alcohol and one character smokes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film is a tense and intriguing thriller with lots of suspense.


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Violence & Gore

  • Adam Lang is shot by an assassin with a rifle. Some blood sprays out, and later a bloody wound can be briefly seen. The assassin is then shot dead from a distance, and he falls off a roof. We do not see him hitting the ground, but we later briefly see his head and shoulders, and some blood on the ground. Moderately graphic
  • It is implied that a man is hit and killed by a speeding car, although this happens offscreen

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Adam Lang's assassination is very sudden and unexpected. The following brief scene is intense, with a woman screaming and the assassin shot dead.

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