Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • A Female Ape gives Birth. No Nudity is shown.
  • Two-second kiss in one scene.

Violence & Gore

  • Caesar (an ape) leaps onto Koba (an ape) and suddenly starts to strangle him. An orangutan tells Caesar to stop it and he does. Koba is still alive.
  • Koba shoots two men with a gun.
  • An ape attacks man waiting in a car.
  • We see Koba jump onto a bear's back with a spear and stab the bear.
  • Much of the violence here consists of gunfire where humans and apes are killed, and fistfights between apes at times.


  • One use of "bullshit".
  • One use of "F*cking"
  • Many brief mild to moderate profanities
    • "Son of a b*tch" is used a few times throughout the movie.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Two men are shown drinking alcohol from a bottle.
  • A man smokes a cigarette in a car.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Koba has a scarred and angry face which may be frightening to children.
  • A bear suddenly bursts out of some bushes roaring.
  • A man is captured and surrounded by gorillas and a chimpanzee with a huge spear aimed above his neck that wants to kill the man. He has to plead with the apes while they consider killing him.


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

Violence & Gore

  • Caesar and Koba fight and after Koba is defeated and pleads for his life Caesar kills him anyway.
  • Koba shoots Caesar, who is presumed dead. Later on he is found alive and has surgery to remove the bullet
  • Koba murders a young ape that questions his orders by dragging him to a balcony and throwing him over the edge while other apes watch.
  • A small-scale battle between humans and apes occurs, mostly this consists of people being shot by apes and vice versa using machine guns and rocket launchers. This is an intense battle scene with apes shown burning to death and being blown up. The scene concludes with the annihilation of the human defenders and then the apes use a tank to break in and capture the civilians.
  • A man uses a bomb try to try to blow up the apes and he kills himself and some of his friends when he detonates the bomb.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • It is implied that Ceasar's adopted father, Will Rodman, has died from simian flu. This can be upsetting, since Ceasar had a close bond with Will.
  • A man suddenly encounters two apes and shoots one of them on impulse. Soon he and his friends are surrounded by numerous apes armed with spears. The apes are ready to attack. After a lot of tension the apes begin shouting loudly at the humans to "Go!"
  • A baby ape uncovers a sawed off shotgun, resulting in tension.
  • Very brief moments include disturbing images and iconography. Two scenes show the contents of a sketchbook detailing everything a boy saw happen while there was anarchy. Several scenes have graffiti in the background raving about 'Simian Flu' and choice phrases about the end of the world. Animal skulls and bones have been arranged into 'scarecrows' by apes. Buildings are in ruins and overgrown and so are some iconic landmarks, constantly reminding the audience of the post-apocalyptic setting.

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