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Aquaman | 2018 | PG-13 | – 2.5.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Aquaman” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.” The evaluation includes descriptions of tight costumes that emphasize the contours of male and female bodies and show some cleavage, some power struggles, several violent battles with people being killed or injured with some human blood and humanoid bodily fluids, and a few scatological terms and other obscenities. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

Introduced in 2017’s Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) gets his own origin movie: conflicted as the child of two worlds, he is compelled to defend the surface from his aquatic half-brother’s (Patrick Wilson) plans to destroy it, while also feeling allegiance to the underwater denizens and their unique realm. Also with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park and Graham McTavish. Directed by James Wan. A couple of lines of dialogue are spoken in what could be Russian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:23]

Aquaman SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman kiss. A man and woman hug and kiss.
 A man and a woman lie in bed together and she is shown to be pregnant (we see her bare belly as the man caresses her). A man kisses a woman’s hand. A man and a woman touch hands. A woman stumbles and falls back into a man’s arms.
 A man talks about his mother “defiling herself” with a surface dweller and having a half breed, bastard child.
 Women wear skintight suits that reveal cleavage and outline their breasts and buttocks throughout the movie. Men wear skintight suits that outline their chests, abdomen and buttocks and they wear armor with codpieces that accentuate their pectorals and crotch areas throughout the movie. A man is shown shirtless through most of the movie and we see his bare chest, back and abdomen, all covered with tattoos.


 - Men with guns board a submarine and shoot all the crew and the captain is shown with a bloody face from a beating (there is no blood evident on the shooting victims); one of the attacking men stabs the captain through the abdomen (we see the blade come through his back) and he falls dead. A man stabs a fish/man creature in the chest with a trident and we see green goo spurt out of the wound.
 Gruesome sea creatures with many sharp teeth and claws attack a man and woman on a boat: they fight back and a few are stabbed with goo spurting from the entry points while two are run through by a spear and swung around by a rope to knock others off a mast. An explosion blows a hole in the wall of a house where a man, a woman and a child are inside; the man takes the child away as armed guards enter and the woman uses a trident to fight them as they fire guns that shoot an energy burst, and she dispatches them all before pinning one to a wall with a thrown trident (blue liquid spurts from the victim). Two men fight with punches and kicks and a sword; one man is stabbed in the shoulder and slashed on the chest and back (we see blood).
 Two men fight with tridents and one is pushed close to spinning propeller blades (sparks fly when it hits his helmet) and they continue to fight hitting each other's tridents until one breaks and the other man holds the trident's points to the defeated man's throat (he does not kill him). Two men fight with tridents under water: they punch and kick and throw each other, they fall toward molten lava, one throws a flaming boulder at the other and he knocks it away. A man and a superhero fight and one uses a sword that cannot pierce the skin of the other and the sword eventually breaks as kicks and punches are thrown. A man shoves another man on the back in a bar, spilling his beer and calls him a name; the second man stands to face him and the first man asks for a picture with him and his friends. A woman fights several guards with swords and she breaks the mask of one man causing him to suffocate; the woman runs and is chased by other guards and they shoot at her as she jumps across rooftops, and she fights a man and pulls the hose off his mask causing gasping until he puts his head in a toilet filled with water. A man is thrown off a mountain and crashes through the roof of a house where he and another man fight briefly: he is slammed and falls off a roof, a bell tower is shot and the bell nearly crushes a child but the man shoves the bell out of the way, a man is trapped under a fallen stone and the other man lifts it to free him, he is struck by a taser harpoon and stabbed in the shoulder, and he grabs two large cement balls connected by a heavy chain and throws it as his attacker and it wraps around his neck and takes him over a cliff (we see him crashing into rocks all the way down and assume he is dead). A man and a woman swim into a spinning column of water flashing with power bolts and they are thrown around violently; the woman is thrown out of the column and floats motionless until nearly eaten by a giant undersea creature (she is swept away to safety). A man is nearly snapped up in the jaws of a giant sea creature but he braces its jaws open and gets free. Many crab-people fight with undersea people and we see claws being severed and laser fire is exchanged until many are thrown by a giant creature pushing up through the ground and interrupting the fight.
 A pipe is thrown into a man's shoulder and pins him to the wall of a submarine (we see blood); he is pulled off the wall and falls to the floor, where he is trapped under a torpedo that has come loose from its storage and another man tries to free him but cannot, and the trapped man detonates an explosive device as the second man climbs out of the submarine to safety. An explosive charge is shot at a superhero and he is thrown back into a wall; he revives and says, "Ouch." A superhero is chained and tasered repeatedly as another man tells him that he will never take his throne; the chained man challenges the other man to a fight. A man in a heavily armored outfit fires lasers at a man and he is thrown into a wall (he has charred and bloody skin on his arms).
 An explosion throws three people and one man is arrested for illegal entry; he fights with the guards and punches them, other guards with swords fight him and one is run through with a sword (no blood is evident), and another enters and punches the first man in the chest throwing him into a wall and he lands hard on the ground below where he is punched hard in the face and knocked unconscious. A giant sea creature with tentacles that have spikes on them and a head that resembles a demon with horns attacks a man and slaps its tentacles down around him (the man is thrown around and manages to calm the creature). A superhero outside a submarine pushes the vessel to the surface and we see men inside being thrown around; the superhero kicks in the hatch and drops into the submarine where he fights two men as they shoot at him (he is unharmed).
 A power source explodes in a city causing large power blasts that blow people through the air, crumble structures and sink the entire area. A giant wave is shown pushing warships toward land and we later see many warships and garbage on many beaches around the world; a truck is swept away by the water and a man is later pulled out of the overturned vehicle (he coughs up water when he is revived), and a town is shown with buildings burning and we hear people screaming. An explosion breaks undersea structures and debris falls on people and a man with a trident tears the hull of the submarine open and breaks the propeller. A woman creates a tunnel of water that draws a man into it (we see him spit out water later). A woman speeds in an undersea vessel and takes a man away from a fight; they are chased by other vessels and shot at by the vessels and huge hydro cannons and when their vehicle fails they get out and swim (we see their vessel fall into molten lava and disappear). A man shoots a weapon into a rock formation in the distance and it explodes. A woman causes many bottles of wine to explode and spray in the shape of spears into guards chasing her. A man retrieves a trident from a skeleton guarding it and the skeleton crumbles as the trident flashes and glows with energy.
 Wind blows and rain falls on a lighthouse as a man secures shutters; he sees a woman motionless on rocks below and takes her inside the lighthouse where she coughs up a lot of water and lunges at the man forcing him against a wall and then throws a trident into a television across the room (it sparks) before she collapses (we see blood on her side). A man is shown motionless floating on a piece of metal in the ocean with a broken helmet/mask and later revives with an IV in his arm and a bandage on his face. We see images of whales and dolphins being harpooned and caught in nets (we see some blood in water) and barrels of waste being dumped in the water.
 Gruesome sea creatures follow a man and a woman deep into the ocean and they do not attack because the people are carrying flares that frighten the creatures. A man and woman dive off a tall cliff into the ocean and swim very fast. A man and a preteen boy dive off a tall cliff into the ocean and swim fast. A man and a woman jump out of a plane and dive toward a desert below; they crash into the ground and roll, spitting out dust but are otherwise unharmed. Men ride giant sharks, seahorses with sharp beaks and other creatures undersea. A man and a young man train with tridents on a beach and the man creates a force field of water that when the younger man hits it, it throws him to the ground. A man and woman swim into a whale's mouth and hide there and the man lies back on the whale's tongue. A man falls through a sink hole in a desert and a woman jumps in behind him; they move through a chute and nearly fall over a cliff at the other end (the man grabs the woman by the arm and puts her on a ledge where he is dangling.
 Children in an aquarium knock on glass and call for fish to come to them; two boys shove a smaller boy against the glass and bully him but a shark slams into the glass until it cracks and the smaller boy faces the shark to calm it and the boy's eyes change color. A pre-teen boy swims with dolphins in a couple of scenes.
 Two men argue. We hear that a woman was sacrificed to undersea creatures. We hear that a woman fled an arranged marriage. A man tells another man that his plans are "stillborn" without support of others. People talk about border control and customs and immigration in an undersea community. We hear that a special trident was forged and imbued with the power to control the sea. A man argues that people should be educated not destroyed. A man quips about urinating on a mechanism.
 A woman gags and seems air sick in a plane (she does not vomit). A few characters cough up large amounts of water in different scenes and one looks like he is vomiting when he wretches on his hands and knees (it's only water). A woman eats a goldfish out of an aquarium and we see its tail wiggle between her lips. A man sniffs his own armpit and coughs from the smell. A man is shown with a large scar on his face.

Aquaman LANGUAGE 4

 - 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (piece of junk, bastard, fool, foolish, imbecile, show off, soft-belly slug, coward, nobody, dumb animal, tool bag, crazier, half-breed, ignorant, savages), exclamations (oh man), 1 religious exclamation (Dear God). | profanity glossary |


 - Two men drink large mugs of beer in a bar and other people around them are also shown drinking, two men leave a bar and one seems drunk, and we see photos of several men drinking beer in a bar.


 - Superheroes, meta humans, war, myths, fairy tales, death of a parent, betrayal, instincts, Atlantis, bullying, ancestors, archaic laws, mercy, peace, ambition, exile, treason, revenge, fear, treachery, forgiveness, obligation, unlimited energy.


 - Heroes fight for everyone, not just their own kind.


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