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Archenemy | 2020 | NR | – 1.7.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Archenemy” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several scenes of violence in animated sequences and live action with people dying with bloody wounds and puddles of blood shown, discussions of the death of parents, superheroes and drug dealing, and nearly 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A homeless man (Joe Manganiello) claims to be a superhero from a different dimension, who fell to Earth after a fight with his archenemy and has lost all his powers. An amateur reporter (Skylan Brooks), believes him and starts documenting his life, and then the reporter’s drug-dealing sister (Zolee Griggs) is threatened by gangsters and everybody’s in danger. Also with Paul Scheer, Mac Brandt, Kieran Gallagher, Amy Seimetz and Joseph D. Reitman. Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. [Running Time: 1:30]

Archenemy SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and a woman embrace in a few scenes.
 A man wears jockey shorts and we see his bare chest, abdomen, legs and back. A woman wears ultra-tight fitting pants.


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Archenemy VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A young woman shoots a man in the abdomen and he pulls the young woman to the ground where he straddles her, stabs her in the side and they struggle, while he’s strangling her; she hits him in the crotch and he pulls away, she strangles him with her belt and we see her dragging herself on the ground with a large trail of blood behind her. A woman puts a gun to her head, pulls the trigger and nothing happens; a man pulls the trigger toward his own head and it fires (we see him dead with blood on the wound). A woman is shot in the chest and we see blood. A man yells at a young woman, grabs her by the face and holds a gun to her head; another man holds a gun to the first man’s head and another man shoots both of the other men (we see blood on their faces and puddled under them). Several men play cards around a table in a room where a man enters and they all hold guns on him; he shoots them all while they try to shoot him (blood sprays and we see blood on the floor and on wounds). A man shoots at another man that kicks the gun out of his hand, they fight with punches and throws and one man is shot in the abdomen twice; when he falls to the ground the other man holds a gun to the back of his head and a young woman shoots him in the leg (he then runs away). A man is shot in the shoulder and we see blue blood pour from the wound and the shooter is splattered with blue. A man and a woman fall several stories to the ground below where we see them lying motionless in pools of red and blue blood.
 An animated sequence shows a man fighting with a woman, she stabs him in the abdomen as they fall out a building (we see blue blood), and he breaks the woman’s protective face covering and we see red blood on her face and mouth. An animated sequence shows a man being struck by an explosion and we see part of his arm cut off and blood streams and pulses from the wound; he regenerates a new arm. A cartoon sequence shows what looks like a statue with its head and hand cut off and they fall to the ground.
 A man yells and punches a stone wall repeatedly (we see his bloody hand wrapped with bandages). A man punches a hole through a wall and says that he can see between worlds. A man throws something that detonates in the air that blows up a portal and he lands hard on the ground with a bloody nose and a pool of blood on his arm and the ground under him. A man runs and we hear a thud; we see him lying on the ground as a car passes and honks at him and when he sits up he vomits (we see goo). A man hits a teen boy in the head with a stick.
 A man holds a gun on another man as the other man holds a gun on a teen boy. A man pulls the trigger of a gun that he holds to his own head and it does not discharge. A man holds a gun on a young woman. A young woman goes to a club to meet with a man, she is searched as she enters and the guard finds a can of mace that he keeps; it is implied that she is a drug dealer for the man she is meeting and he says that he wants to expand to the little ones and talks about the preschool crowd (he is not serious).
 A homeless man stumbles through dark streets and picks through garbage in a couple of scenes. A voiceover talks about a place having a halo but that it was full of devils. A young man films another young man on his phone and the other young man bats him away knocking the phone to the ground and cracking the screen. A man is shown asleep on a rooftop with blood on his head. A man sits on the edge of a roof with his legs hanging over the side. A man has a bloody cut on his cheek. A glowing burst shoots from a man to a young woman and she floats into the air.
 People talk about a doomsday weapon. People talk about super villains. A reference is made to “cracking skulls.” A young woman argues with her teen brother. A man argues with a young woman in several scenes. We hear that the parents of a young woman and her teen brother died. People talk about social order, riots and a reference is made to stealing babies. A character talks about wanting to be a singer and that he “puked after two songs.”


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Archenemy LANGUAGE 10

 – About 58 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 19 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (dude, hamster, crazy, crazy town, super villains, weird, psychopath, troll, animal, broken hero, crazy talk, monster, wack, wasted, storyteller, Shakespeare, grim rock), exclamations (splash), 6 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Archenemy SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man buys drugs from another man on a street, a man snorts a powdered drug and offers some to a young woman, a man tells a young woman that he wants her to start selling to the pre-school crowd (he is not serious), a man breathes heavily and snorts a white powder drug, and a man snorts a powder off his glove and a teen boy refers to it as meth. People drink in a bar scene, a man drinks from a bottle of whiskey and throws the empty bottle to the ground, a man guzzles multiple cans of beer, a man drinks from a bottle while driving, and a man drinks a glass of whiskey in his office. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.


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Archenemy DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Space and time, alternate dimensions, bad choices, drug dealing, heroes, death of parents.

Archenemy MESSAGE

 – It’s hard to remain a superhero when you don’t have powers, but you can always try to be a hero.

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