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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, strong language, suggestive/drug references and thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Many scenes of violence including laser gun fights, stabbings, slashings, characters being decapitated, blasted nearly to death by fantastical powers, and crunchy fistfights.
  • A woman is shot in the leg suddenly, as she screams in pain. Blood is visible on her pants.
  • A man is pushed off a spaceship and slammed onto the ground. He is killed and smashed against the ground several more times.
  • The bullet shots in the human skin are detailed and can be seen with blood.
  • Occasional blood, both from aliens and humans.
  • A woman largely comprised of robotic parts stretching and contorting her broken limbs as she reforms after being injured.
  • A woman's arm is broken during a fight, with the break being clearly heard as she screams.
  • A person is reduced to a charred corpse after being blasted by fantastical energy.
  • A man is attacked by an animal, clawing at his face
  • Several large explosions, some injuring people caught in the blast.
  • After being threatened, a man wipes out an entire room of people.
  • Severe over-the-top violence throughout, as well as very disturbing scenes. Far more violent than prior two movies-- and that's saying something.
  • Gratuitous and extremely brutal violence throughout. Possibly the goriest film ever released by Disney Studios.


  • '*ss' is said six times, including paired with 'hole' at least once.
  • 'B*tch' is said.
  • 'D*ck is said at least twice.
  • 'P*ss' is said.
  • One use of "Fuck" (the first time the word has been said uncensored in an MCU movie), said by Quill when he orders to "Open the Fucking door". Played for laughs.
  • Many mild and moderate swearing: "Shit," "dick," "ass," "asshole," "dickhead," "douche bag," "bitch," "damn," "dammit," "screw you," "piss," "suck my --" (incomplete), "freakin'," "friggin'," "oh my God," "hell."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Aliens are briefly seen dealing an unnamed drug. Later, a man refers to dealing 'meth' in a clearly condemnatory manner.
  • One of the protagonists appears drunk, and is referenced as being a pattern of behavior.
  • A scene takes place in an empty bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Several dark, brutal, and upsetting scenes throughout, including some heavily disturbing, discomforting, and thematic.
  • Rocket's past is extremely upsetting and dark and very sad.
  • Some of the aliens can look weird and slightly scary.
  • Lots of intense, sad breakdowns throughout the movie
  • While largely a comedy, there are many extremely sad elements and horrible flashbacks which may be upsetting to watch. The darkest film in the series.
  • Many instances of animal abuse, some being extended and detailed. May be difficult to watch. Especially for animal lovers.
  • The main villain, The High Evolutionary, is an extremely evil, sadistic and psychopathic individual who brutally tortures animals and conducts deadly experiments on them, not to mention that he lacks the redeeming qualities of his original counterpart. As such, his sheer barbaric cruelty and unforgiving nature can be very disturbing.
  • The extended climactic ending is quite intense.
  • A man's face is seen ripped off, very gorey and frightening to some viewers.


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Violence & Gore

  • Lylla is shot in the back and killed onscreen, with no blood or wounds. The dead bodies of Lylla, Teefs, and Floor are also shown a few seconds later. Dimly lit with minor blood. Rocket then lunges at The High Evolutionary and violently tears his face apart in a fit of rage. This is shown in closeup and there is a lot of screaming and blood flying everywhere.
  • Rocket is injured, foaming from the mouth, and in pain, also was dying. And eventually lies catatonic on a medical table as he is monitored.
  • The High Evolutionary is shot in the chest by Rocket. A large hole in his chest is shown revealing mechanical damage implying he's a cyborg. He's then violently thrown around and gets shot several more times and then stabbed. His face is peeled off revealing that it's a mask and we see exposed flesh and tissue along with a bulging bloody eyeball. His nose is cut off with bone visible and half of his mouth is gone. The flesh on his skull is very mangled and gory looking.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Peter is seen drunk at the beginning and passing out.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Sequences of animal abuse/testing.
  • The main antagonist is shown in a flashback shooting Rocket's friend in the back, causing him to break down and cry very loudly. This is a very intense and emotional scene.
  • An instance of torture/experimentation on one of the protagonists when they were young is viewed by several of the other protagonists. While not shown, the abusers shout while mechanical sounds and whimpers/cries are heard. The viewers are on the verge of tears and comment on the severity.
  • In rocket raccoons flashback you see his friend get shot and killed. It is a very sad scene.

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