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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content

Sex & Nudity

  • Some scantily clad women (prostitutes, actually in a bed - very suggestive, though not entirely graphic).
  • Reference to "having a shower together" in explicit terms.
  • Women playing ping pong in skimpy bikinis
  • We see Tony writing a letter (shirtless you don't get to see his entire chest) and maya siting on a table she is seen just wearing underwear we only get to see a back view and the camera is zoomed in on her
  • Pepper Potts is seen wearing a bra and pants (not revealing though)

Violence & Gore

  • The first act of terrorism we witness takes place in Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, filled with innocent tourists who are (mostly) utterly vaporized. (We see Tony's bodyguard lying on the ground, his face severely gouged.)
  • But even discounting moments of uncomfortable real-world parallels, some of the scenes here are still downright disturbing. The evildoers don't make use of mere suicide bombers, but people who actually explode heating up from the inside out until they pop like kiln-heated sausages. There is very little gore, but the people in the throws of this transformation are obviously in horrible pain, and we see the heat radiate from their skin, eyeballs and mouths. We see veins and bones outlined by the literal light from within.
  • The body count is pretty high, what with the innocent civilians destroyed by the Mandarin's men and the scads of evildoers laid low by Tony, Rhodes and their phalanx of armor-plated suits. People are bashed and smashed and crashed. They get hit with fists and feet and bullets and jet-like weapons and flying metallic gloves and grand pianos. They're burned or superheated or submerged in water or thrown into walls or plunged into massive fires or flung from aircraft.
  • We see someone's mangled body hanging lifelessly from telephone wires. Another person has an arm sliced off. An attacker is choked with a pair of handcuffs before her neck burns through the metal. It's suggested that someone takes a bullet to the head live on television. We see images of war and violence on TV. A man is strung up above an immolating pool of oil.
  • Tony spends the majority of the movie wearing blood on his face. He painfully injects sensors into his arms. He crashes in his suit. His suit crashes into him. Pepper is manhandled, nearly strangled and, in a way, tortured.


  • 2 uses of dick
  • "Son of a bitch, "shit", "damn", "hell", "bad-ass", "oh my god" and "ass" are used. The insults "dick", "wankers" and "pussy" are both used once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film revolves around 'Extremis' which is a chemical compound that causes mutations, treated like a drug. It causes personality changes along with the physical mutations, and users become extremely agitated and violent, as well as experiencing druglike withdrawal. They also gain the power of heat, but may explode if this power is overused.
  • It is said that a character is addicted to drugs and is constantly given more, although no drugs are actually shown. He is shown to be living with other people who likewise appear to be too intoxicated to think clearly.
  • Characters are seen to be drinking regularly and in some scenes they are drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Many characters are shown screaming, being ripped apart, behaving extremely aggressively (though they are somewhat dehumanized), terrorism is featured, and violence is heavy throughout.
  • The scenes of terrorism is intense especially the executions, instances of explosions, and television broadcasts by the organization the villain runs.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A terrorist executes a hostage on live TV (very intense). Later we learn this was just acting and in the end credits we see the man get up after the "shoot"
  • The Airforce Airliner gets part of it blown up and thirteen passengers falls out of the airplane and goes skydiving. Tony Stark quickly has to make a decision by choosing to rescue them by getting thirteen of them to hold hands and quickly pulls all thirteen people before dropping them safely into the ocean but he gets hit by a big truck and survives but his suit is damaged beyond repair.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Tony Stark is shown to suffer from severe PTSD, as he's seen experiencing panic attacks related to the battle of New York in "The Avengers" as well as insomnia and nightmares related to this. The depiction of this is extremely realistic and very accurate, and might be really intense for some, especially those who actually suffer from PTSD.
  • Pepper falls from a very high height. She's thought to be dead until she's revealed to have the powers from the Extremis
  • The Malibu Mansion Attack Is Extremely Intense.

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