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Capone | 2020 | R | – 5.8.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Capone” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong/bloody violence, pervasive language and some sexuality.” The evaluation includes a sex scene and a near sex scene with partial nudity and several cleavage revealing dresses; several scenes of violence with stabbings, shootings and the cutting out of eyes with a lot of blood shown, graphic results of bodily functions, many arguments, discussions of the health condition of a man suffering from neurosyphilis and having had a couple of strokes and several scenes of a man being surveilled by the FBI; and over 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

After serving a 10-year sentence for tax evasion, Al Capone (Tom Hardy) is released to spend his last days in his Florida mansion, as he is dying from the effects of neurosyphilis — dementia, hallucinations, strokes and lack of control of bodily functions. Also with Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Al Sapienza and Kyle MacLachlan. Directed by Josh Trank. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian without translation and a few lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:43]


 – We hear sexual moaning and rhythmic slapping as we see a man thrusting into a woman that is bent over a sofa (the scene is blurred but we see the side of her bare buttock and upper thighs and we see the man’s thighs under his shirttail). A woman pushes a man back into a chair and puts her foot on his knee, removes her underwear, puts the garment on his head (we see her bare thigh), and straddles him presumably anticipating sex (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman, along with her adult son, finds out that her husband had a child with another woman. A man asks another man when he last saw his son and that he must be 18 or 19 by now.
 Many women at a celebration wear dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs. A man is shown wearing women’s clothing while riding in a car. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare backs in several scenes. A man wearing a robe and a sagging diaper walks around a house carrying a Thompson submachine gun (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A statue of a woman is shown draped with a carved fabric that clings to the form of her breasts. A statue of a young man shows partial bare chest and another statue of a man shows full bare chest and abdomen.
 A husband and his wife dance together.


 – Several armed men escort a man into a room where another man is tied into a chair and he has layers of cloth wrapped around his face: we see a lot of blood on the man’s face and shirt and men are standing behind him wearing brass-knuckles and their hands are bloody, presumably from beating the man; one man questions the restrained man and they yell at each other briefly before the man stabs the restrained man numerous times in the neck, spits on him twice and a lot of blood pours and sprays on the now dead man and the attacker. A man holds a knife and stands up over another man lying in bed; we see drops of blood and matter dripping onto the man’s bedclothes (the first man is apparently cutting his own eyes out) and we see the man with the knife with bloody eye sockets as he places his severed eyeballs (we see them in close-up) on the man’s chest and the second man screams uncontrollably. A woman slaps a man in the face, pushes him into a chair and straddles him before she is shot in the head from gunmen outside (blood and matter splatter on the man’s face and shirt). We hear many rapid fire gunshots inside and outside a building and a man goes into a room where he finds the floor covered with dead and bloody bodies (we hear whimpering); he goes outside to find a car with gunmen shooting from it at men on the sidewalk, who shoot at the car as it speeds by (men are shown dead and bloody on the road and sidewalk). A man walks toward a boy standing in a street and he trips over many dead bodies, he pulls himself along them (we see blood) and he turns around to see a car speeding toward him (he is not struck). A man sees a young boy sitting in the shadows of his room and when the boy approaches him and lifts his shirt, we see a very bloody abdomen.
 A man wanders off and several people search a property and house for him; one man finds him and the first man turns around holding Thompson submachine gun, we hear gunfire off-screen and see the second man with a bloody leg wound later; the man with at the gun walks around the property shooting other people and the house (we see several people with bloody wounds and bullet holes in the walls of the house); one man stands up from behind a shrub and he is shot in the chest and abdomen repeatedly (we see a lot of blood on his jacket).
 A man catches a fish and as he reels it toward the boat an alligator jumps out of the water and eats the fish off the line; the man becomes enraged and shoots the alligator (we see the bloody wound and blood in the water). A man sees another man across a dining table stabbing a very bloody steak and the first man jumps up from the table yelling and then falls to the floor while other people yell and rush around.
 The lights go out in a house and a man uses a lighter to light his way to the bathroom where he urinates (we hear the trickle and see no urine or flesh); he peeks behind a curtain and finds a man holding a surveillance recorder (the first man leaves without a sound). A man follows a young boy carrying a balloon through his house and down a flight of stairs to a room where many people are gathered and they are celebrating and dancing; the man follows the boy with the balloon out of the room, he goes into a bathroom where he sees his younger self and another man asks him to go with him. A man goes to the bank of a body of water and falls in the water, he sees an alligator moving toward him and a giant wave crashes down on top of him knocking him under the water and he surfaces unharmed in a different place.
 A husband yells at his wife, spits in her face and she slaps him hard in the face twice knocking him to the floor. A man threatens a man with, “I will cut your [F-word deleted] head off.” A man threatens another man, “I will cut your eyes out.” A man says, “Rub ’em out.” A doctor asks a man about his mental state and we hear that he has had a stroke; the doctor also brings the man diapers. A man talks about “goons” carrying guns around his house in front of the children. A man calls the police and says, “I may have been kidnapped.” A doctor says of a man, “He had a stroke. He’ll live.” A doctor says that a man has a permanent degree of brain damage after a stroke. A man denies that his adult son is actually his son and the son appears confused and sad. A man tells his mother that they should put his father “in the zoo” to make a few bucks. A man tells another man, “You sold me out.” We read that the family members of Al Capone changed their names and relocated after he died.
 A man carrying a fireplace poker moves through a house and he seems frightened (he appears to be sweaty and pale); he opens a closet door and finds a young girl, raises the poker and growls, chases her and other children pour out of other rooms as the man continues to chase them and roar until they are all outside in the rain and the children tackle the man into the mud (they seem to be playing a game and no injuries are shown).
 Alligators are shown lumbering around a body of water several times, and swimming a couple of other times. A TV movie shows a witch with green skin as she flies on a broom and cackles.
 Armed men are shown patrolling a house and surrounding a property in several scenes. Several scenes show men walking along a bank of a body of water, hiding behind foliage and a man on the other side of the water yells at them a few times. Several scenes show men in a van surveilling a man and his family. A young man calls his father on the phone several times and we see individuals that seem to be government agents in the room with the young man in one scene. Several scenes include a radio play about the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” A man tells another man that he hid $10 million and that he doesn’t remember where.
 A woman wakes up in bed with her husband and yells from the smell after the man defecated in the bed; she pulls back the bedclothes and we see feces and the man’s pajamas are covered with feces. A man seated at a table with three other men groans and makes a face as he is apparently defecating (we hear flatulating) and the men at the table cover their faces from the smell (we do not see anything). A man coughs violently in several scenes and he spits and vomits into a wastebasket in a few scenes (we do not see goo, but we hear him spit). A man coughs out his cigar and gags into a wastebasket. A man bites a piece of a carrot and another man pounds on his back to make him spit it out so that he won’t choke. A man drools uncontrollably in a few scenes.
 A man is shown with wet pants and sitting on a wet seat cushion after he apparently urinates on himself. A man’s eyes are shown badly bloodshot in most scenes. A man’s nose runs down his lip in a few scenes. A man’s face is shown with reddened sores in a few scenes.

Capone LANGUAGE 10

 – About 65 F-words and its derivatives, 12 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (nasty, tacky, idiot, dying horse, bum, assassin, hillbillies, nut ball, coward, animals, goons, Bugs Bunny, goofy-looking broad, egghead, rats, nuts, mister, bitter, loyal like a dog), exclamations (shove it, enough, sit down, relax, shame on you, drop the act, you disgust me, knock yourself out), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh My God, Oh Thank God, Oh God, God, Jesus Christ, a woman genuflects before a meal). | profanity glossary |


 – A man refers to a bottle of hooch, a man holds a glass and pours the last of a bottle of liquor into it, a man asks his wife for another bottle of bourbon, and people drink wine with a meal. A man smokes cigars in almost every scene he is in, men smoke cigarettes, a woman smokes a cigarette in an office, two men and a woman smoke in a movie room, a man and a woman smoke cigarettes in a house, a reference is made to the illicit sale of liquor, and a doctor says that a carrot should be used to replace a cigar for a man that should no longer smoke them.


 – Income tax evasion, Al Capone, neurosyphilis, immigrants, estranged families, conspiracies, lack of trust, respect, family, courage, Hitler vs. Capone.


 – A violent past can haunt even those with severe memory loss.


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