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The Bad Guys | 2022 | PG | – 1.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “The Bad Guys” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “action and rude humor.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a character kissing another character’s hand, two characters dance, we see the underwear of male characters, many car chases ending in crashes and property damage, several fight scenes with characters left unconscious without visible injuries, discussions of being good and taking responsibility, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A group of friends including a wolf, a snake, a shark, a piranha and a tarantula wear the label of “Bad Guys” with pride until they get a taste of what it feels like to be good guys. The question is, can they change their ways? With the voices of Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein and Lilly Singh. Directed by Pierre Perifel. [Running Time: 1:40]

The Bad Guys SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A wolf and a fox dance with throws, dips and lifts. A wolf kisses a fox’s hand.
 A meteorite is shaped like a heart, and two characters argue about the shape of a meteorite and one insists that it looks like buttocks. When a wolf talks to a fox, she tells him, “Do not Clooney me.”
 A statue that resembles buttocks falls over and pins a character under it (his head is between what looks like the buttocks cheeks). A prison guard’s belt is pulled off his pants and the pants fall to his ankles revealing his boxers and bare legs to the lower thighs. A wolf fires a grappling hook into the air and it rips his pants off (we see him wearing boxers with heart shaped patterns on them). A statue of a guinea pig is shown with a butterfly over its crotch area. A fox wears a low-cut outfit that reveals cleavage and a bare back. A wolf is shown shirtless when changing into prison garb (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back).

The Bad Guys VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A wolf and a snake walk through a diner and along a street and people jump out of their way, hide and seem frightened; they enter a bank and rob it leaving with a large safe and speed away in a car. A tarantula programs traffic lights to change to green for the bad guys’ getaway car to speed through, and back to red as the police approach, causing a multi-car pile-up. Many police cars chase a getaway car in several scenes and we see many crashes; one includes cars crashing through portable toilets, through construction areas, a car speeds off a ramp and falls to the ground with the occupants floating through the air. A getaway car pulls up in front of a police station and drops an empty safe on the sidewalk; many police cars speed after them as they pull away starting another chase and one officer hangs out of her car and grabs the getaway car until she is nearly struck by a bus. A getaway car followed by many police cars speeds toward many more police cars and diverts quickly causing the two groups of police cars to crash together in a large pile of crumpled metal. A truck slams into a wolf and throws him into the air when he tries to cross a road (he splats down on the road); he is unharmed later. A shockwave spreads across a city and many guinea pigs stand alert as their eyes glow, the swarm through city streets and into armored vehicles throwing the drivers out and stealing the vehicles, each one filled with money. A fox and a wolf are zapped and are shown wrapped with rope and dangle upside down; they are then lowered toward many spinning blades (they are not harmed). During a chase between many trucks, a car and a motorcycle, the trucks slam into the car and the motorcycle, and the rider of the motorcycle slides under a truck and gets back on the cycle unharmed. Many guinea pigs chase a car, they tear up the road as they go and move like a giant wave slamming down near the vehicle and it is tossed around. A snake is kicked off a helicopter and it falls through the air; a wolf driving a car speeds off a ramp to catch the snake and the wolf and the other occupants of the car all cling together midair after catching the snake; they are all safe after a grappling hook attaches to an overpass.
 A disguised person jumps into a prison and fights several guards with kicks and flips and leaves them all unconscious. A wolf lunges toward a guinea pig and is held back by chains. A piranha is surrounded by several threatening people and we see them thrown into the air as he dispatches each of them (no injuries are seen). A snake attacks a wolf and they argue. A shark pounces on a snake that does not share an ice pop with him. A security guard grabs a fly out of the air and punches it in his hand twice. Three robbers dangle from cables over a statue and they trip an alarm that points lasers at them; they are nearly caught in the act. Police surround the bad guys, and one fires a grappling hook into the air and it rips his pants off (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); they are handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle. A wolf tries to steal a woman’s purse filled with money and when the woman trips and nearly falls down a flight of stairs, the wolf catches her. A piranha pops up through a toilet as a man enters the stall; we later see the man unconscious and wearing underwear as the piranha leaves the stall wearing the man’s clothing. A wolf steals a ring off a fox’s finger. A shark yells and knocks over a table and pretends to be going into labor at a crowded gala (people rush to help). A piranha attacks two security guards and leaves them unconscious. Bad guys try to get a cat out of a tree; a piranha scares it and it falls on a wolf’s head scratching and clawing him as he yells. Many guinea pigs are shown in cages in a science lab where they are apparently used for testing; a snake enters the room and when the door pens we see the snake with a very swollen abdomen until others force them out of his mouth and we see them pour out of the building when the door is opened. A snake is launched toward a window and misses the opening several times slamming into glass. A wolf climbs a tree to get a cat off a high branch, the branch breaks and the wolf catches the cat, putting it back on its perch, until it jumps into the wolf’s hand. A snake’s tail is slammed in a briefcase. A piranha shoots a grappling hook into the air and it crashes down on a shark’s head knocking him out briefly. A statue falls over and pins a character under it (no injuries are seen).
 A shark asks a wolf, “Did you get hit in the head?” and says, “My cousin got hit in the head and now he only swims in circles.” People talk about a meteorite hitting their city and causing widespread destruction. A snake and a wolf talk about food and the wolf argues that there is no better food than cake, and the snake disagrees and says, “Guinea Pigs.” We hear that a snake is a good safecracker, and a tarantula is a good computer and systems hacker. A member of a group says, “I hate you guys least.” A screen lights up with a picture of a wolf and a voice says, “So long suckers.” A character says, “He’s freaking me out.” A character laughs maniacally as its face and hair change. A character asks another character, “How’s it hangin’?”
 A shark eats a snake and we hear the snake yelling from inside the shark (we see the snake unharmed later). When passing through security at an island prison, a guard squeezes a snake’s neck forcing several items out its mouth (like an alarm clock). A snake spits out an alarm clock covered with slime, and then swallows it again. It is said that a piranha flatulates when he lies and we hear flatulence in several scenes followed by large clouds of green gas that cause others to cry and gasp. A piranha devours a cake, throwing crumbs around.

The Bad Guys LANGUAGE 1

 – 3 scatological terms (fart), 10 anatomical terms (butt), name-calling (Big Bad Wolf, four eyes, Bad Guys, kraken, sucker, terrifying, dastardly, second-rate, has-beens, pretentious, jerk, Mr. Grumpy Pants, crazy, rogue, teacher’s pet, gutless villain, defective, villains, psychopath, savage beast, walking garbage, scary, good-for-nothing, monster, tricky fox, narcissism, compulsive showboating, ridiculous), exclamations (goodness, wow, what the…, it’s them, butter my crumpet, oh my gosh, how’s it hangin’), 1 religious exclamation (oh my God). | profanity glossary |

The Bad Guys SUBSTANCE USE

 – People hold cocktail and champagne glasses at a gala, and a woman reaches for a cocktail glass and a snake pretends to be the glass with its mouth wide open and the woman stirs his tongue like a cocktail pick.

The Bad Guys DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Friendship, being bad, being good, birthdays, Apex predators, legacy, potential, redemption arcs, taking responsibility, double-crossing, betrayal, sacrifice, climate change, ultimate power, self-loathing, anger, denial, forgiveness, changing, sharing, hope, Theory of Evolution.

The Bad Guys MESSAGE

 – Being good feels good.

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