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Boss Level | 2020 | TV-MA | – 2.8.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Boss Level” rated TV-MA? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.” The evaluation includes a couple of kissing scenes and a near sex scene, many attacks on a man with a variety of weapons including guns, machetes, swords, a harpoon and explosives with many people being killed numerous times in the same and different ways with blood and gore shown, and about 57 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

A former soldier (Frank Grillo) finds himself trapped in a time loop that continuously repeats the same day, which starts and ends with a motley group of assassins trying to kill him. When he realizes that his former scientist wife (Naomi Watts) and her nefarious boss (Mel Gibson) have somehow messed with the time-continuum, he resolves to stay alive long enough to prevent total reality annihilation. Also with Will Sasso, Annabelle Wallis, Sheaun McKinney, Selina Lo, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong and Meadow Williams. Directed by Joe Carnahan. [Running Time: 1:34]

Boss Level SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman kiss tenderly. A man and woman flirt in a bar, she licks his nose and holds his face; we later see them kissing passionately and she pulls his shirt off in his apartment (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) and they fall back onto the bed where she straddles him and they both pass out.
 A man in a restaurant waves and smiles at a woman as she enters the establishment, he makes a couple of flirtatious remarks about her and another man makes a crude comment about the man’s chances with her; he then asks the disparaging man, “Have you ever been with a woman?”
 A man walks into a public restroom and sees another man stripped to his boxer briefs (we see his bare back, legs to the upper thighs and abdomen) and putting his hand in his pants (he’s searching for something). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A man is shown shirtless in several scenes and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back.


 – A man with a machete enters an apartment, holds the blade to a woman’s throat as she lies in bed, she screams and runs away as the attacker swings the blade at a man in bed, they fight, and this scene repeats with varying types of violence: a few of the sequences include punching and kicking, a couple show one man throwing hot coffee in the other man’s face, then hitting him with a glass coffee carafe, a few other times the attacker is stabbed repeatedly, the attacker is shot twice in the head in one sequence, and a few times he is shot repeatedly by a helicopter outside the window (blood splatters and sprays); one time the attacker is stabbed repeatedly as the attacked man complains about not being allowed to sleep in, and one time the attacker’s neck is broken (we hear a snap) by the other man, and a knife is thrown into the forehead of the man shooting from the helicopter with blood shown.
 Several people with guns line up and shoot a man seated at a bar in a restaurant; his body thrashes as he is struck and we see blood spray and pool on the counter as he dies. A man is shot through the back with a harpoon and is dragged behind a truck through streets (we see blood and the sharp point sticking through his chest; this happens to two different men). Several people with guns surround a man and shoot him in the back as he picks up a young boy to shield him (we see bloody bullet wounds as he falls to his knees (the child is unharmed). A man arrives at a crime scene where he fights off police trying to keep him from getting too close, as he yells that the victim is his young son (we see a body bag). A man shoots two men (blood sprays), he holds a sword to one man’s throat, kicks the other wounded man, shoots the wounded man twice, shoots the other wounded man three times and leaves them both dead.
 A man and woman fight with swords in an extended sequence: the man cuts the woman’s long hair off, they continue to fight and he stabs her through the back (we see blood on her shirt). A man with a gun walks toward another man and he returns with a sword sticking out of his forehead (we see blood); the man stumbles around, tries to pull the sword out and collapses to the floor with a thud. Two men fight with punches, one reaches for a gun on the floor and the other stabs him in the hand with a sword (we see blood); one man’s head is cut off and we see the head tip over (no blood is seen). We see a video of a woman being strangled and her body is shown on the floor. A man is stabbed through the back, we see the sword poke out through his chest with blood, and we hear a crunch (he describes the pain of being stabbed). A man’s head is chopped off in several repeated sequences and we see the head slide off the neck with bloody tissue exposed.
 Several scenes show a giant explosion and a shockwave indicating the end of the world. A man shoots a large machine gun through a door where several people are standing on the other side; we see them all with bloody wounds and piled up outside the door later. A man runs down flights of stairs being threatened by armed guards and he shoots them all with blood splatter and yelling. A man jumps out a window in several scenes landing in the same truck below without injury; he talks about missing the truck many times before and we see him land on the ground and then run over by the truck once. A man speeds on a street while being chased by a van with a woman shooting at him, he crashes into a bus several times and we see him thrown through the windshield and landing on the aisle with bloody cuts on his face and head and shards of glass sticking out of some wounds; in one such scene a woman on the bus steps on his face as she complains that he is in her way. A man speeds his car into a wall and we see his bloody head and face as another man approaches and points a gun at him (presumably shooting him in the head). A man fights with another man in an elevator a few times and we hear gunshots that leave one man dead. A man exits an elevator and is shot by many armed men outside in a few scenes; one time the man shoots himself in the head (we see blood spray). A man shoots another man in the head and we see the body in the trunk of a car with a bloody head wound. A man speeds in a car and jumps over a fence crashing to the ground inside a compound; several armed men approach the car shooting at it as the driver detonates an explosive that throws the armed men. A man jumps out of a window, catches onto the landing rungs of a helicopter in flight, pushes a man inside the helicopter out of the open door (we hear him scream as he falls), and holds a gun to the pilot’s head. A man plants an explosive on another man’s jacket and detonates it in a parking lot (we see him thrown in flames). A man is shot in the head in a couple of scenes. Two men with RPGs shoot a man and he blows up. A man is shot in the crotch by a woman in a car passing (we see blood as he falls to his knees). A man shoots two armed men and we see bloody wounds. A woman shoots an RPG at a man while they are chasing each other in cars and the explosive blows up another vehicle flipping it and setting it on fire; the first man crashes into the second vehicle and the person shooting drops the weapon into his car; he shoots the other vehicle and it blows it up. A man shoots a woman four times and blood sprays. A man shoots a woman after she tells him where she got her gun and that the initials on the grip stand for Adolf Hitler; she is thrown back into a puddle of water and lies motionless as the man shoots her twice more and says, “That’s for the Jews.”
 A man pulls out his own teeth with a pair of pliers and we see blood and the extracted teeth in a few scenes; we also hear him and another man in the room screaming during the process. A man carjacks a man several times speeding away in his car after pulling the man out as the man yells, “I’m being carjacked.” A man and a woman practice and train using hand-to-hand combat, fighting with sticks and swords.
 A man enters a large tunnel of glowing lights as it whirs and we see him thrash and become blurred briefly. A man carrying a bin filled with dishes slips and falls in a restaurant, we hear the dishes crash and a man at the bar laughs. A woman cuts a patch of a man’s hair and he flinches saying that he is bleeding (we see blood on his fingers).
 A man talks about a story of a man being dismembered into 14 pieces. A man says that he wants to punch a giant hole in another man’s chest. A man and a woman argue in a couple of scenes. A man tells a woman that her young son got a welt on his neck from a paintball tournament, and that he fractured his wrist. A young boy tells a man that he ditched school to play in a video game tournament and says that his mother will be upset (this replays a few times). A man asks another man if he’s ever been shot in the face and describes tasting steak after being shot through the cheek and explains that it was the heat of the bullet burning his tongue. A man tells another man that his ex-wife is dead; he says, “She took a nasty spill in the lab and snapped her neck.” A man accuses another man of binge drinking. A woman tells a man that she needs his help since she is watched and monitored in her workplace.

Boss Level LANGUAGE 10

 – About 57 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 1 sexual reference, 35 scatological terms, 19 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (weirdo, rat, dump, alcoholics, slippery [mild obscenity deleted], bomb boy, kaboom, lapdog, hot shot, stupid face, crazy, pant load, dear doctor, rogue, over achiever, selfish), exclamations (mother…, huh, whoa, shut-up), 3 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, My God, God, Oh My God, Jesus, Hail Mary, Thank God, Power Of God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


 – A man watches a young boy as he seems to be paying an older boy for something and suspects it is drugs, and a man is sedated in a dental office. A whiskey bottle is tipped over on a counter and liquid spills out, people drink in a couple of bar scenes with a few showing a man and a woman intoxicated, a man drinks liquor from bottles in a restaurant to the point of drunkenness in several scenes, and a man accuses another man of binge-drinking. A man smokes cigars in several scenes.


 – Doomsday machines, mistakes, re-writing history, estranged relationships, the horrors of war, ideology, Groundhog Day plots.

Boss Level MESSAGE

 – We live, we repeat and we learn as long as we don’t give up.


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