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Blacklight | 2022 | PG-13 | – 1.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Blacklight” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong violence, action and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several car chases, explosions, gunfights and fights that end with death and some bloody wounds shown, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When an aging FBI agent (Liam Neeson) discovers a conspiracy to assassinate US citizens, he doesn’t realize that it involves his best friend and direct superior (Aidan Quinn). As he’s dealing with a moral conundrum, his family disappears. Also with Taylor John Smith, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Claire van der Boom and Gabriella Sengos. Directed by Mark Williams. [Running Time: 1:44]

Blacklight SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A woman wears a short skirt that reveals her legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut camisole that reveals cleavage. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.

Blacklight VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A woman steps out of a car on a residential street and is slammed into by another car; she lies on the ground motionless and we see blood on her head (we understand that she is dead). A man fights with another man, he runs away and climbs a fence, the man pulls him hard onto the ground and they argue; the man then climbs back over the fence and runs through an alley, where he is shot and falls dead (we see a bloody wound on his chest). A man holds a gun to another man’s chest, they argue, and the second man runs away and toward a security detail outside; the man inside cuts the power and opens a water line that floods the first floor as armed men enter the house, they exchange gunfire, a man is shot through the floor, a smoke bomb is deployed, more gunfire is exchanged, and two men fight and one is struck in the head with a gun; more shooting takes place and a live wire is placed in the water as the power is turned back on and two men are electrocuted. A man in a car grabs another man by the throat and the second man gets free and runs away from the car shooting at the attacker, who shoots back at him and he is struck (we see a bloody wound) and the other man holds a gun to his neck demanding information. Two men shoot at each other on a street.
 Many people with guns and dogs stand outside a woman’s trailer and call for her to come out as two police officers draw their weapons and try to hold them off; one person in the crowd throws a rock through a window shattering it, another man shoots a Sheriff’s car full of holes, and a man creates a diversion by setting off explosions nearby. A man shoots at two other men entering his apartment, they shoot back at him and he runs through the building to the roof and jumps onto a drain pipe as they continue to shoot at him (we see blood on his hand); he continues to run, pushes his way down a crowded escalator and runs away. Two men with guns search an apartment for a man while a man on the street shoots an explosive into their car and it blows up. A woman holds a kitchen knife when she goes to the front door.
 A man takes a pill with a shot of liquor from a flask while seated in a car and with a handgun on the passenger seat; police approach his car and hold guns on him and when they see the gun, he gets out of the car and fights with them; more police arrive and he fights with them and hits them with a nightstick before he is arrested. A man fights with security guards with punches and kicks and slams one into a hanging engine block. A man points a gun at a woman that enters a motel room and she is scared and drops a few coffee cups on the floor.
 A man steals a garbage truck and speeds through city streets chased by a man in a car: the truck drops many filled garbage bags on the road, it crashes into a parked car, the truck driver flips another car over the truck to try to stop the car chasing him, they swerve and crash signs and onto sidewalks (no one seems to be injured), the truck drives up a ramp and flips on its side and the driver gets out and runs away. A man in a car is chased through traffic, one car bumps the other car and it crashes into an oncoming car, the driver sits in shock in the car and the other driver approaches him and snaps his neck killing him; the car explodes as the killer walks away.
 A man says that his daughter and granddaughter have disappeared. A man and his adult daughter argue in several scenes about his wish to spend more time with his granddaughter. A man talks to another man about having taken an oath and that he is crossing lines that should not be crossed; they discuss deep undercover work. A man says, “A little paranoia is healthy.” A man and his adult daughter argue about things that the man is teaching the woman’s young daughter; she accuses him of making the child paranoid. A man talks about his wife having died. A man talks about shooting someone in Vietnam that was raping a woman and he thought he was armed. A woman says, “I feel sick.”
 A man is shown handcuffed inside a car and he convinces a boy walking by to help him get free. A young girl opens a birthday gift from her grandfather and it is a flashlight; when she presses a button on it, it crackles and we understand that it is a taser, causing the child and others to squeal. A man is shown with a bloody leg wound.

Blacklight LANGUAGE 4

 – 11 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (cowards, spy, racist bastards, subtle, millennial soapbox crowd, politically correct puppets, deadbeat, screwed up kid, stupid, naïve, silly bean, borderline certifiable, crazy, nutcases, sketchy, unpredictable, dirty job, baggy pants, slippery), exclamations (game over, shut-up, oh come on, effing), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. oh God, Jesus, God knows, oh God, bless her soul). | profanity glossary |

Blacklight SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a pill with a shot of liquor from a flask, and people refer to cocaine. A man drinks a bottle of beer, two men drink whiskey, a man drinks a glass of wine, and a man and a woman drink whiskey.

Blacklight DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Political warfare, murder, undercover operations, fear, OCD, taking an oath, truth, credibility, Herbert Hoover, the media, conspiracy theories, following orders, extortion, Vietnam, witness protection, character assassination, trust, death of a loved one, poor judgment, moral code, corruption.

Blacklight MESSAGE

 – Government agencies are sometimes managed by sociopaths who think they know better.

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