Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • No graphical nudity show in movie.
  • A young man and a young girl (cheerleader) kiss.
  • Billy imagines one of the cheerleaders having sex with him in bed. Lasts seconds.
  • A man says something about a penis having the same IQ and he says "be smarter than your penis".
  • A young soldier tells a stage manager to suck his dick and it leads to a fight.
  • A scene where a woman is seen on top of a man in bed having sex with some sexual sounds.

Violence & Gore

  • Soldiers raid a house and one of them is about to kill one family member by placing a bag over his head. Nothing else happens.
  • Little-to-no violence throughout the first hour.
  • A young man pushes a woman.
  • A man gets shot to pieces. Some gory details but last under a second, but it is very unrealistic.
  • A soldier gets into a hand-to-hand combat with an Arab. He takes out a knife and slowly slits him. No detail, just his reaction is mostly shown as he dies. Blood is seen dripping on the floor beneath his head.
  • A young soldier wraps his arms around a guy sitting in front of him. His face turns purple as he slowly strangles him. He lets go and he is fine.
  • A group of soldiers get beaten up by stage managers. It ends with a gunfire as they break it up.
  • There is hardly any violence throughout except from one scene.
  • All violence is very realistic. Some war violence. One man is shot in the abdomen and bleeds out; another man is blown apart by a .50 Cal, and another is stabbed through the neck or upper chest and bleeds out. These scenes are particularly graphic and emotional and can be disturbing, especially for sufferers of PTSD.
  • The Bravo Squad gets into a few brawls with some security guards throughout the film.
  • A soldier choke-holds another man for mouthing off during the game.


  • The film contains occasional uses of the stronger expletive "motherf**ker", frequent uses of the expletive "f**k", as well as the use of other mild bad language, such as the terms "asshole" and "goddamn".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is a scene in which a few characters are portrayed casually sharing and smoking what has been implied to be a marijuana joint.
  • Some casual drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Soldiers raid a house and puts a bag over one family member's head. Women and children cry.
  • There is little violence so the film (as a whole) is not a hard watch.
  • This film may not be for children under 10, but at least parental guidance can help them to be entertained and educated.
  • Despite the 'R' rating, the film would fit in the 'PG'-level.
  • Overall, not a bad watch.


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