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MPAA Rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • "A woman offers her sexual services for money.
  • A woman's breasts are exposed as she answers the door in an open jacket.
  • Frequent sexual comments, requests, and jokes are made throughout the film.
  • Frequent conversation regarding sexual activity and performance with John Shaft (Jackson) often referring to women as 'pussy' and various points it's implied that he's about to engage in sex with numerous women
  • A lot of cleavage is shown

Violence & Gore

  • A man is seen lying dead from a drug overdose.
  • Frequent gunfights. Moderate blood is shown.
  • A man has his hand broken as he is tortured for information.
  • There are many gun shootouts with blood and two violent hand to hand fight scenes.


  • Many uses of "Fuck", including uses of "Damn", "Shit", "Hell", "Bullshit" and uses of the word "Nigga, Regina Hall's character has a profaned rant at the very beginning of the film.
  • Incredibly frequent uses of swear words and offensive words.
  • John says "Allah" instead of "Jesus"!
  • A few uses of "Jesus" and "Christ" used once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes show individuals partaking of drugs and experiencing the effects.
  • A man smokes a cigar

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Sex & Nudity

  • Early on in the film as JJ arrives at Shaft's apartment a woman named 'Irresistible' answers the door, she is dressed in only a suit jacket and exposes her breasts by proxy of movement which is lingered upon for some time. After Shaft arrives and his parentage is revealed she gets the light back on her once more and says "I though you pulled out on time, every time" referencing ejaculation

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The main bad guy is a drug kingpin and the final showdown takes place as a drug deal takes place in his apartment.

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