Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language

Sex & Nudity

  • There is a club with some sensual outfits, may be inappropriate for some viewers
  • There is a kissing scene
  • There is a scene that lasts several minutes in which many women wear only bra or provocative dresses and dance sensually.
  • There are some close-ups of some girls' breasts wearing only bra or provocative dresses.
  • No nudity, no sex scenes

Violence & Gore

  • A teen boy is caught in between a door being pulled by cranks on one side and his friends on the other. He's bitten somewhere in the chaos, and you can see bloody marks on his stomach. Afterwards, his entire body turns pale and he lifts up his shirt, showing his grey swollen stomach covered with a slimy substance, slightly disturbing. His face turns pale grey and he pukes up a strange red and blackish liquid. Later on, he's handed a gun, then the other people walk away when a gunshot is heard and his suicide is implied. This is one of the most disturbing/emotional scenes in the movie.
  • A girl is pinned down and bit by a crank (a zombie-like creature that was once human) on the leg. Her injury is shown later showing a grey, swollen patch with a small amount of blood. All the cranks bites, including this one are like Griever stings from the first movie. There are very few changes.
  • One of the two boys are struck by lightning (but recovers a few minutes later).
  • People are shot by taser-like guns, leaving them to collapse to the ground and tremble as their body begins to be electrocuted. This happens various times throughout the movie.
  • A woman is shot, showing some blood soaking her shirt, and brief blood on a wall behind her.
  • Many people are shot and killed (mostly implied- hearing lots of gunshots and shows bodies dropping.)
  • The cranks are shown quite a lot with full images of their faces being hard to notice as the fly by quickly. Blood covers some of their mouths and their faces look mangled.
  • A man is shown tied to a chair with a bloody swollen eye being beat up (lots of blood) until he gives another man information.


  • At least 16 "s" words, 18 hells, 5 asses, 4 damns, 2 S.O.B.s, 3 uses of "Jesus," 2 of "God" and 1 use each of "My God" and "Oh my God."
  • One obscene gesture (giving someone the finger).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Two teens are bribed into drinking, they experience hallucinations and blurry vision.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is two major scenes with cranks involved in them, showing them fully onscreen. Blackish liquid is coming out of their mouths and they are frequently making noises that may be disturbing. Lots of jumpscares and tension building in these scenes.
  • I am not a parent, I am a 16 year old boy writing this. When Thomas and Brenda go into the underground, there is a scene (one of the major crank scenes) that would probably be on the verge of horror. As I am a 16 year old boy, I fast forwarded that scene knowing what was coming up. As I was fast forwarding,'I saw glimpses of the Frank's and they look quite frightening
  • The Scorch houses thousands of zombie-like creatures named 'Cranks.' These are formed by getting bitten by another Crank. They appear frequently throughout the movie, especially in dark rooms and areas. (jump scares)
  • One of the most frightening scenes is a tunnel underground full of cranks. The tension builds until it's obvious something is going to jump until a tiny mouse appears, a crank flies out of nowhere, eats the mouse, and then starts chasing the teens.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • There is a scene after Thomas and Brenda escape, when they are going into Marcus' house into a party. Woman can be seen in their bras and underwear, seductively dancing around. These scene lasts for a few minutes.
  • Scene with a kiss with the tongue in the foreground.

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