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Bad Boys for Life | 2020 | R | – 3.8.9

content-ratingsWhy is “Bad Boys for Life” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use.” The evaluation includes a couple of kissing scenes, a few conversations about sex and unplanned pregnancy, several scenes with women wearing cleavage revealing outfits and swimwear, and a scene of a computer screen with images of scantily clad women; many scenes of gunfire and explosions exchanged between groups of people ending in death and bloodshed, several scenes of repeated stabbings ending in death and bloodshed, several fight scenes, and a few chase scenes with explosions; and over 40 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

A second sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys (the first sequel was 2003’s Bad Boys II): One of the partners (Martin Lawrence) is now a grandfather and is preparing to retire while the other (Will Smith) insists on tracking down and exacting revenge on a mother and son criminal team that put him on a kill list. Also with Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Pantoliano, Paola Nuñez, Charles Melton and Kate del Castillo. Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:03]

Bad Boys for Life SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A husband and his wife kiss at their wedding. A scene on a TV shows a man and a woman in bed together (sex is implied and we see the man’s bare shoulders) as another woman enters the room holding a gun on them. A man and woman kiss.
 Men and women dance very closely together in a nightclub scene. Women dangle and spin from lengths of fabric hanging from the ceiling in a nightclub. A man dances alone in his living room and gestures slapping someone on the buttocks.
 A man asks another man when he had sex last. A man makes a sexual remark about another man’s mother. A man talks about his sex life not realizing that others can hear him through a microphone and makes a comment about going to the Internet. A man reprimands another man for having unprotected sex.
 People look through a man’s computer activity and we see several photos of scantily clad women (we see cleavage, bare abdomens, buttocks and legs). Several women on a boat are shown wearing thong bikinis and bare buttocks, cleavage abdomens, backs and legs are shown. A couple of beach scenes show men wearing trunks and women wearing swimsuits that reveal the chest and abdomen of the men and cleavage, abdomens, backs and legs of the women. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses in several scenes that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders. Women wear cleavage revealing dresses and tops in a nightclub scene.

Bad Boys for Life VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – Several people gathered in an empty warehouse arrange the sale of ammunition and a few of them open fire on the others while a couple of police officers enter the building and exchange gunfire also; we see several people shot repeatedly (blood sprays and flows) and an explosion throws one man against the fork of a forklift and he is impaled (we see a lot of blood on his abdomen and the fork and he dribbles blood from his mouth as he dies), and another man is crushed when a car on a hydraulic lift falls on him (we do not see the body). A woman in a prison laundry room mumbles phrases as a guard slams a nightstick onto a table behind her and reprimands her for not working; the woman faces the guard and draws a knife slashing the guard across the face (we see her face cut open and bloody) and stabbing her repeatedly (we hear crunching and later see a woman lying on the floor in a pool of blood); other guards charge into the room and fight with other inmates and a guard finds a dead woman spinning around inside one of the washers (we see a wound on her face when he opens the door). Two men are surrounded by several men with guns as an explosion throws several people and gunfire erupts, several people are struck and we see others being shot by a drone until it is shot down, a man and a woman run for a helicopter and we see people shot and falling dead without visible blood; glass breaks from a ceiling and a large shard stabs a man (we see blood pour from the wound), a man blows up a flight of stairs that collapses and people on it fall in flames, a man breaks a balcony support and a man on the balcony falls to the ground with it and a helicopter crashes into the area throwing flames into the air.
 An ambulance attendant is stabbed repeatedly by a woman on a stretcher inside the ambulance, the driver and passenger are both shot through the windshield (blood splatters) and another man is shot as he leaves the now burning ambulance and is finally shot at close range in the head (blood splatters). A man holds a gun on another man who stabs him in the neck with a knife, and then slashes several others standing around him and we see a lot of blood splatter; the first stabbed man is then shot in the head and more blood sprays. A woman stabs and slashes a man repeatedly and we see blood spurt until the man slams her into a light pole and knocks her unconscious.
 Two men have a foot race on a sidewalk with many people watching and one man is shot several times in the chest and abdomen by a person on a motorcycle (we see a lot of blood on the injured man and we see him in an ambulance, and in an operating room with a lot of blood (we see four bloody bullets in a pan) and later recovering. A man is shot in the neck as he walks in a parking lot (blood sprays and gushes from the wound) and we understand that the man died when we see people gathered at his funeral. A man standing near a swimming pool at a party is shot in the chest from a distance and he falls dead (we see blood spurt). A man standing on a boat is shot in the head and falls dead while people around him scream (we see the bloody bullet hole). A man exiting a courthouse is shot a few times and he falls dead (we see blood spray) as window glass shatters and a woman standing next to him screams. We see video (repeatedly) of a man being shot on a sidewalk. A woman is shot several times and we see bloody wounds on her chest as she falls off a balcony and onto the flames of a crashed helicopter. A woman shoots a man in the chest and we see blood on his shirt as he collapses.
 Several people with guns surround three men in a car and open fire until a truck speeds onto the scene and several armed people exit, throw explosives, open fire and we see several people struck before a man speeds away on a motorcycle and two other men follow in a motorcycle with a sidecar (a dog in the sidecar snaps and barks at one of the men but they get away unharmed). A man jumps onto a ladder attached to a helicopter and is pulled into the air (nearly slamming into a truck) and another man jumps onto the end of the ladder; a man in the helicopter shoots one man and he falls off the ladder into water below (presumably dead) and the other man falls off the ladder and lands in the water below (he’s unharmed).
 A man’s body slams onto the roof of a van (we see blood on the broken windshield and on the man’s head and body) and we see the roof buckled. A man slams another man’s hand with a meat mallet (we see his bloody knuckles), slams him on a table and handcuffs his other hand to the table before hitting his hand a couple more times and yelling at him. An explosion throws a man over a balcony and he dangles over a burning a helicopter until two other men lift him to safety.
 Two men fight and jump through a window and onto a balcony where they continue to fight with punches and kicks, one man is choked, and one man head butts the other with a helmet he is wearing; they jump onto a ledge and then onto an awning before jumping to the ground below and one speeds away on a motorcycle after kicking a third man in the chest and knocking him to the ground. A man in a separated sidecar hurls along a highway and nearly crashes into a truck but his path is diverted by a man on a motorcycle and the sidecar slams into water barrels (the man moans but seems OK).
 A man jumps off a balcony and uses a metal framework to ease him to the floor of a crowded nightclub as another man jumps and slides down a hanging piece of fabric; the first man speeds away on a motorcycle and he is chased by the other man in a car as they swerve through traffic and shoot at each other until the motorcycle driver is shot in the head (with a rubber bullet) and skids to the ground (we see a large bump on the man’s forehead and a man pokes his finger into the bump causing a depression). A man in a motorcycle sidecar shoots a Gatling like weapon at people following them as they speed through streets, and another man on a motorcycle blows up a car on the back of a tow truck and it falls on the road in flames.
 Two men fight with punches and kicks and one holds the other in a chokehold until he nearly passes out. A man punches another man in the face twice (he spits some blood) and a third man prepares to fight with the aggressor until he is tasered and falls to the floor, twitching. A woman punches a man in the stomach and he winces from a previous injury. A man’s ceiling fan stops spinning and he adjusts some wiring causing it to spin very fast, it sparks and the fan blades separate and slam into a TV in the room breaking it (the man is shown with a bloody cut on his head and a bandage later). A man slaps another man’s hand away from his face when he points a finger toward him.
 A car speeds through streets and swerves through traffic, nearly broadsides a bus, swerves onto and along a beach where people are sunbathing, and speeds in reverse through streets as police cars speed behind them; a police boat speeds through nearby water and a police helicopter flies through the air above (it is understood that the police are acting as escorts of sorts). A man driving a motorcycle with a sidecar speeds next to an 18-wheeler and the man in the sidecar is trapped under the body of the truck and in front of its wheels briefly.
 Two men argue in several scenes. A man yells at another man when he opens the passenger car door and slams the door into a fire hydrant (we do not see damage). We hear a news report of a police officer having been shot. A woman yells at her son over the phone and he becomes angry. Two men argue about a man’s retirement. A man warns another man that he’s going to get someone killed. Two men argue in several scenes calling each other names. A woman yells at a man and says that she is going to kill her husband (the man runs out in fear). We hear that a man was a bouncer and hit an unruly customer accidentally killing him. A man talks about a woman being a witch and that she prays to Santa Muerte. A man tells another man that he is on a suicide mission. A man threatens to kill his son. A man teases another man about dying his beard. A man tells another man that he is going to die alone. A man makes a reference to a torn ACL. A man prays for another man to recover from gunshot wounds and makes a deal that he will not commit any more violence. A man in a speeding car says, “I’m about to throw up.” A man makes a reference to a colonoscopy.
 A man smears pig fat on a man’s suit sleeve and the man wearing the suit becomes angry. Rats skitter around an empty warehouse.

Bad Boys for Life LANGUAGE 9

 – About 42 F-words and its derivatives, 80 scatological terms, 33 anatomical terms, 36 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (gringo, fat, crazy, old dogs, dumb, weird, mountain, coked-out, jealous, quitter, that guy, gramps, grandpa, vigilante, fool, foolish, old boy, coward, warlock, ruthless, witch, nasty, cowboy, “Bulletproof Mike”), exclamations (oh man, no, don’t do that, my bad), 2 religious profanities (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Dear God, God, Oh Jesus, Promise To God, Lord, Bad Boys Of The Bible, The Lord’s Work, and a couple of scenes of a woman praying to a “saint of death”). | profanity glossary |

Bad Boys for Life SUBSTANCE USE

 – People in a bar are shown holding and drinking bottles of beer and glasses of whiskey, people drink champagne at a wedding reception, people are shown drinking in a nightclub scene, and people drink at a party. A man opens a box of cigars (we do not see anyone smoking).


 – Family, honor, respect, retirement, friendship, trust, love, teamwork, gangs, grief, death of a friend, taking control of your life, revenge, guilt, parenting.

Bad Boys for Life MESSAGE

 – Family is the most important thing.


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