A Private War (2018) Poster


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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent images, language throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is shown fully nude from the front and back, then steps into a bathtub with Tucci, presumably before sex. (Personal opinions deleted.)
  • Colvin has sex with a man in a bedroom, both in silhouette.
  • In a scene a female stands fully naked in front of a mirror with breasts and pubic area fully visible, and then she proceeds to enter the bath tub.

Violence & Gore

  • There are scenes of modern war violence which include airstrikes, bombings and shootings, resulting in bloody injury detail.
  • A disturbing scene shows a mass grave being dug up in Iraq. There is sight of skeletons being lifted out of the grave.
  • Soldiers relate how a thousand civilian were raped in Libya after one uprising.


  • There is use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms including 'bloody', 'shit', 'God', 'Jesus', 'Christ', 'God', 'pussy' and 'arse'. There is also use of the rude middle finger gesture.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • References to alcoholism and substance misuse. Several characters smoke cigarettes.
  • Colvin smokes cigarettes in many scenes, including while working and after sex.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The journalists are detained by Iraqis at a checkpoint.
  • Iraqi women grieve when a mass grave is dug up.
  • Colvin has graphic flashbacks to modern war violence, perhaps showing PTSD.
  • Colvin sits on a high building ledge when recovering from a tough battle.
  • Colvin is embedded during several realistic battle scenes.
  • Several graphic scenes in war hospitals.


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Violence & Gore

  • At the end of the movie, Paul, Marie, and Remi start to leave the building. A bomb hits the ground and knocks the three to the ground. Another explosion happens that kills both Marie and Remi. Paul crawls besides Marie and lays there.

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