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MPAA Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • There are a couple moderate sex scenes. Neither of the scenes contains graphic detail. One of the scenes occurs on the pilot's seat of a plane in flight.
  • Barry Seal moons (shows his butt to) his family a few times. This is played for comedic effect.
  • There is a brief shot of an outdoor party where bare male and female backsides can be seen briefly.
  • Lucy often waits for Barry to get home to have sex with him.
  • She greets him in skimpy negligee once.
  • Several scenes picture them having sex (including one quick-cut montage that shows them making love in three different places).
  • One sex scene takes place while Barry is flying.
  • Movements and noises are explicit in each of these scenes, though nudity is strategically avoided.
  • We also see Barry in bed, shirtless, with his wife lying next to him.
  • Lucy wears revealing outfits, and we see her in a bikini.
  • Barry likes to moon his family as a joke, and we see his bare rear a couple of times.
  • Lucy grabs his (clothed) backside once.
  • One of Barry's fellow TWA coworkers says that when women in hotels see a man in a pilot's uniform, their "panties come off."
  • Barry gives pornographic magazines to men in a rough part of Central America to keep them from beating him up and stealing his clothes.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence is mostly implied rather than shown visually throughout the film.
  • All the action scenes in the film are of a non-violent nature.
  • Barry knows no fear behind the stick of his plane.
  • But things get hairy more than once.
  • He tears through the upper canopies of trees in Columbia, barely making it above the forest on takeoff because his plane is so loaded down with coke.
  • In another scene, he zooms into a residential neighborhood to land (trying to avoid DEA agents), and his plane's wings get shredded before what's left of the vehicle comes to a halt in someone's front yard.
  • Barry is repeatedly shot at by military forces of the governments he's spying upon.
  • At one point, an engine gets hit and explodes, but Barry just laughs.
  • He also gets beat up badly (mostly offscreen) in Columbia.
  • We later see that he's lost a tooth, and his face is bloodied as well.
  • A man is killed when a bomb unexpectedly blows up his car.
  • The government eventually compels Barry to film the Columbian drug dealers he's been working with (in order to avoid prison).
  • When those men discover they've been betrayed, they send assassins to kill Barry.
  • We see only two men approaching either side of a car that Barry's sitting in, and we hear that he's been murdered.


  • Very strong language ("c**t") is voiced once, as well as more frequent strong language such as "motherf**ker" and "f**k".
  • More than 25 s-words.
  • About 60 f-words, including at least five combined with "mother."
  • God's name is taken in vain at least 15 times, about half of those uses paired with "d--n." Jesus' name is taken in vain once.
  • We hear about 10 instances of "h---," and four of "d--n."
  • Other vulgarities include one use of the c-word, and one or two utterances each of "b--ch," "a--," "a--hole," "p-ss," "p--sies" and "pr--k."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Although this film focuses on drugs, little drug use is shown on-screen. However, there are several verbal drug references throughout the film, mostly for ironic effect.
  • Visual drug references (e.g. cocaine) are also present.
  • Barry smuggles cocaine for the Columbian cartel on a massive level, transporting so much of the illegal drug that he hires four other pilots to fly missions with him.
  • We learn that Barry shipped billions of dollars of the stuff singlehandedly.
  • Accordingly, we see myriad plastic wrapped bricks of coke.
  • Barry devises a way to drop them from the bottom of his plane, and we see him "bombing" recipients who wait in Louisiana's swamps to collect the narcotic parcels.
  • When Barry crawls out of his plane after that rough residential landing, he's covered with the cocaine that's accidentally erupted in the process.
  • We also see an older woman with many kilos of cocaine taped to her body after she's arrested.
  • Various characters smoke cigarettes and drink different kinds of alcohol throughout the film.
  • We see boxes of the illegal Cuban cigars Barry is smuggling.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • This film is about a TWA pilot who became a drug runner as well during the 1980s. Smuggling cocaine is the central part of the story.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The War on Drugs and the Central American insurgencies are the backdrop to the story, in which the scenes can be tense. However, the related violence is not shown.

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