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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017] [PG-13] - 3.6.4



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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After saving the universe in their first outing, the Guardians are hired to tackle a space monster, while continuing their quest to discover who Peter's (Chris Pratt) father really is. Also with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, the voice of Vin Diesel, the voice of Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Directed by James Gunn. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Groot with translation by others. [2:16]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss and embrace (this is seen twice). A man driving a car wraps his arm around the shoulders of a woman seated next to him and kisses her head (this is shown twice). A reenactment with moving mannequins shows a male and a female mannequin kissing and the female mannequin has an artificial fetus in her glowing abdomen; then the male is seen kissing and embracing mannequins of many different species. A man and a woman hug. A man and a woman dance a slow dance.
 A street scene shows cyborg females wearing bikinis and dancing in windows above the street (seems like a brothel) with others are dancing and moving around men gathered on the street in an outdoor bar setting (sex for sale is implied); one shirtless man is shown (we see his bare chest and abdomen) fastening his pants in a window implying that he had had sex with one of the cyborgs. A woman looks at a man as he removes his shirt.
 A man seems to be flirting with an alien woman and she invites him to teach her the ancient ways of procreation (no sex is shown or implied); she makes reference to "birthing pods." A man says that he is not wearing a protective vest because he has sensitive nipples. Two men talk about relationships. A man refers to a woman as "pretty hot." A man says that his significant other would make his "Nether regions engorged." Several characters tease another character about being in love with someone and one says that he is feeling romantic, sexual love. A man talks about impregnating another man's mother (without specific details). A man and a woman talk about an "unspoken thing" between them.
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders throughout the movie. A man removes his short and we see his bare chest, shoulders and abdomen.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Humanoid characters are shown with extensive scarification on their faces and bodies, some have metallic teeth, a group of humanoids have golden skin with gold hair and their eyes are golden/yellow, one humanoid has antennae, humanoids are shown with a variety of skin colors and eye colors, a genetically engineered raccoon functions as a human, and a small tree creature can shoot out tendrils from his limbs to grip things.
 A man without protection floats in space and we see his skin freeze and his eyes change color as he dies. A glowing arrow sails through the air and through the chests of two men (blood spurts and they fall dead); the arrow then moves through many more men with blood spurting at each entry and exit point and we see bodies fall to the ground and off raised walkways. A man is shot through the chest and then many more in a distant shot (we see them falling to the ground and we see blood on the chest wound of the first man.
 A giant beast (it looks like a squid with many rows of pointed teeth) breaks through the clouds and lands on an installation where several people with weapons fight it; the beast is shot and slashed and the people are thrown and grabbed in its tentacles until one man jumps inside the beast's mouth and tries to cut it from the inside; a woman slashes the best from top to bottom and a large amount of green goo pours out as it collapses and the man that was inside climbs out, also covered with goo.
 A man with a bloody face from a beating is put in an airlock and then put out into space; we see the man's skin begin to freeze and his eyes turn white as we see many other bodies floating in the background. A genetically engineered raccoon jumps on a man and stabs him in the throat (we hear a crunch but do not see blood), and then jumps on another man and punches him in the head and face repeatedly. A small creature throws a man off a raised walkway to his death (we hear him scream). A vessel hanging off the ground falls and crushes several men (we do not see the result). An explosive device is detonated and we see a man in flames and then with a charred head and face. A glowing tendril pierces through a man's back and out of his chest, and then lifts him in the air (this happens a couple of times).
 A man shoots another man repeatedly and we see piece of him blow off (no blood) revealing a glowing skeleton until he regenerates flesh. Many men with weapons threaten each other and one man in particular; that man is shot in the head from behind blowing a part of his head covering off and he falls to the ground (we see him alive but dazed later). A woman is shot in the back (no blood is shown).
 A downed vessel is surrounded by many armed men and as they approach one man squishes a large spider and eats it (we see goo splatter on a tree); devices planted on the ground and on trees explode or shoot projectiles at the men piercing many with darts that cause them to collapse, throw them into the air repeatedly (we hear them crash back to the ground), and finally many are tasered (we see their skeletons illuminated). A glowing arrow nearly pierces a genetically engineered raccoon (it hangs in the air near his face). A woman is struck in the head by a large glowing rock and she falls unconscious (we see her fine later). A man carrying an unconscious woman is nearly crushed by a ship.
 We see a large area and a mound of skeletons of humans and other creatures. A man dissolves to dust.
 A woman on a planet's surface is fired at by a flying vessel as it speeds toward her; she runs and jumps off a cliff, hits the ground hard and is fired on again; she runs into a cave and the vessel crashes into it and comes to a stop with the pilot pinned inside as flames pop up around her and the other woman opens fire on her with a giant gun; the other woman stops shooting, pulls her out and an explosion throws them both (we see a bloody wound on one woman's face and the other woman's limbs are twisted unnaturally and we hear cracks as she re-adjusts herself); the two women fight with punches, kicks and throws. Two men fight with heavy blows landing, throws into rock walls and kicks. A man punches another man in the head with a large rock and we see parts of his face fall away (no blood but we see a glowing structure underneath). A man punches another man tied into a chair in the face. A genetically engineered raccoon is tied into a chair and man threatens him with a knife. A woman lifts and pins another woman against a wall, and then drops her to the floor. A man is struck in the head and we see blood on his face.
 A vessel is fired on by many remotely piloted fighter ships; they speed through a dense asteroid field and are struck a few times causing some damage. A vessel is fired on by many remotely piloted ships; all of the ships are destroyed. A vessel fires into the core of a planet.
 A giant blob grows out of the ground and people run screaming; we see this happening in several places and we see some people being overcome by the blob (no blood). A man is sucked down into what seems like quicksand. Two women are wrapped by glowing tendrils and their faces are covered, along with a man. A vessel passes through a jump point and crashes onto the surface of a planet; a man attached to a tether and held by a woman in the ship is pulled behind the vessel and is dragged through trees until the ship crashes to a stop (neither the man nor the woman are shown with injuries). Two women fall and one catches the other and pulls her up. A woman locks another woman in shackles as they argue and exchange, "I hate you."
 A small tree creature is locked in a bird cage and taunted by many men; later the creature is dressed in a flight suit and men pour liquid on him (he becomes very angry), and then kick him. A small tree creature punches a lizard and shoves another. A small tree creature eats a bug and another character tells him to spit it out and knocks him on the back of the head (he spits the bug out and a lizard snaps it up). A small tree creature wraps vine like tendrils around a lizard as it runs away and through an ongoing battle with flames blowing around them (they are not harmed). A small tree creature hits a man on the back when he becomes angry. A woman pets a furry character and he spins around to bite her; she recoils but we see no bite or injury. A man is accidentally stabbed by an arrow and he screams (we do not see blood but see the arrow in his neck from a distance).
 Two characters argue and compete throughout the movie. A man yells at another man and tells him, "We don't deal in kids," with an implication that the second man kidnapped a child. A woman talks about a beast attacking an installation as she and others arm themselves for a battle. A man says, "The cost of transgression is death." A man talks about being a slave and that a man used to beat him regularly and threatened to eat him. A woman talks about killing her sister and then tearing her father apart, piece by piece. A man describes himself as being a "Kree battles slave." A man says, "They killed all my friends." A woman tells a man, "I will kill you." A woman talks about her father and says, "He pulled out my eye and my brain from my head, and he pulled my arm from my body" as she describes the pain she plans to inflict on him. A man says, "My parents sold me into slavery." A character says, "We're all gonna die." People grieve over a dead body before incinerating it.
 A glowing skeleton is shown with exposed intestines and outlines of organs as well as muscle and sinew. Several characters pass through many jump points in a vessel and we see their facial features expand and become oddly shaped along with their eyes bulging (they go back to normal eventually). A man makes a small ball of energy in his hands. A woman slashes two plant pods off their stalks using a sword.
 A man urinates and we hear the trickle. A character talks about putting feces in the pillow of another character. A character talks about the size of his feces ("famously large"). We see an alien plant growing and the camera moves through its interior structure (it looks like cells and fluid). A small tree creature vomits green goo (we see it pour from his mouth). A woman eats a piece of unripe fruit and spits it out. A man drools onto his beard (we see spittle). A small tree creature carries a mechanical eye and later a severed toe (we see blood on it). A man gags as he imagines a physical relationship with a woman. A man's eyes change color and we see them covered with stars.

PROFANITY 4 - It is implied that a character speaking in a different language says the F-word and another character translates the line using a mild obscenity instead, 9 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities (3 not fully enunciated), name-calling (raccoon, trash panda, hideous, ugly, jerks, uncool, blue idiot, sweetheart, orphan boy, stupid, dunces, loser, rat, swine, skinny, greedy, twig, dumb, disgusting, fox, taser face, liar, scrotum hat, unorthodox hybrid, weird, foolish, triangle faced monkey, conceited [scatological term deleted]), exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious exclamation (Oh God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Many characters are shown in a street bar setting with bottles that are implied to contain alcohol and some are shown drinking, and a man says that he told a woman something when he was drunk and he is embarrassed.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, finding oneself, trust, child abuse, death of a parent, space travel, mutiny, genetic engineering, galaxies, slavery, empaths, feelings, emotions, gods, immortality, loneliness, disappointment, searching for meaning, love, brain cancer, mistakes, sibling rivalry.

MESSAGE - Family does not necessarily require a blood relation.

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