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 "motherfucker," frequent uses of the expletive "fuck," 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 (as a whole) is not a hard watch.
  • Overall, not a bad watch.


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