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Captive State | 2019 | PG-13 | – 3.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Captive State” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief language and drug material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few scenes that take place in a brothel with scantily clad women and male customers with some kissing and dancing shown, alien attacks are shown (ending in death with some blood), several police raids with beatings and shootings (we see some bloody wounds), implications of torture, several suicides by hand and drugs, and at least 3 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


After a decade of occupation by extraterrestrials, humans are divided into collaborators and dissidents, and when they clash it’s hard to tell who will rule the day. With John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Vera Farmiga, Kevin Dunn, James Ransone, Alan Ruck, Madeline Brewer and Machine Gun Kelly. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. [Running Time: 1:49]

Captive State SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A couple of scenes take place in a brothel and we see scantily clad women (bras are seen and cleavage and abdomens are revealed) in hallways talking to men and one couple is shown kissing. A woman is shown in a bathtub and she is underwater to the chin. A man being tortured is shown wearing boxer briefs and we see his bare chest, abdomen and the outline of genitals through the fabric of his underwear.
 A woman in a room wears a bra and a sheer skirt (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, back and buttocks, and her legs are visible through the skirt); she approaches a man who stands in the room and kisses and caresses him on the couch as she says, “Let’s go to bed,” and he leaves. A woman wearing a long shirt pulls a man onto a bed and on top of her but he pulls away. A man enters a room where a woman dressed in a lace negligee stands (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and upper abdomen), he asks her to go away with him and they embrace and dance.
 A man watches a CCTV-like footage of a man and a woman in bed and fully covered and we see the blankets moving and hear moaning (sex is implied). A man kisses a woman on the cheek and they hug. Men in a club are shown wearing makeup and women’s clothing, like short skirts and fishnet stockings. Men and women dance together at a party.


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Captive State VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 - Aliens are tall, lanky beings with an outer covering of what looks like tines that stand on end when getting ready to attack; alien guards are covered with protective outer layers and helmets.
 Police open fire on people trying to run away and one man is struck (we see him lying on the ground with no visible blood). Police at a roadblock stop a man speeding in a car with his family; he turns the car around and speeds away from the roadblock, crashes through construction barrels and drives into a tunnel where we see alien creatures moving toward them from the other side; the windshield of the car is shattered and blood sprays in a mist indicating that the driver and passenger have been obliterated (we do not see bodies), leaving two teen boys in the back seat and the scene ends as the alien creature leans over the hood of the car. A man hides in a van and an alien creature pounds on it, breaks a window and reaches its arm inside trying to get the man, breaks the windows in the back and climbs in after the man when another man outside the van pounds on the alien with a canister and rips something from its "face (we see the creature with an anus shaped mouth and fleshy and wrinkled skin as it gasps and dies). A weapon is placed on a man's back, unbeknownst to him, and he walks into a tunnel under a packed stadium where the weapon detonates; we see people running out of the structure screaming. Armed police move through streets and break into buildings rounding people up; they force people to lie on the ground, or stand against a wall and hold them at gunpoint. Soldier aliens board a bus and a woman runs toward one in the aisle and she is blasted to a bloody mist; a man charges the soldier and shoves it against the dash board of the bus, and the alien pushes the man out of the bus and onto the ground where a man shoots him (he does not die). A man is pulled off a bus by alien soldiers and he eats a poison capsule that kills him (we see him gag and fall still). Police force their way through a brothel and barge into a room where a woman is shot (blood sprays and she slumps onto her dressing table dead).
 A police officer calls a man, "Punk," and the man elbows him in the face; the officer shoves the man to the ground and kicks him a couple of times. A man is chased by another man in a car and he runs into a tunnel, he is knocked down by something and we hear whirring and buzzing noises approaching him as he scrambles into a glass booth where we see alien creatures with suction cup "mouths" attach to the glass and completely cover it (he gets out unharmed later). A young man is handcuffed to a table and questioned; he is taken to a holding area where another man with a bruised and bloody face hangs by the wrists in a room (it is torture beatings).
 A woman walking in a crowd of people is grabbed and taken away by several masked men and when someone near her complains she is struck with a club (we do not see injuries). A man holds a gun on another man, tells him to get into a van, puts a metal collar around his neck and takes him to a freight yard where they look at a neighborhood in rubble and the captive man walks to a building where he finds another man and they talk. A man holds a crying infant tin the background of a scene (threatening the child's father who is calling on the phone). A boy holds a gun to the back of a young man's head.
 During a surgical procedure we see a device pulling at a lump under the skin on a woman's neck, a scalpel opens the skin (we see blood) and a creature is fished out from the opening (it looks like a squirming caterpillar). Several people are shown dead by suicide; one man is seen in a tub holding a knife (no blood is shown), and a wheelchair bound man is shown at the bottom of a stairwell. A woman reaches in the back of a toilet tank and pulls out a slab of something that she explains is a weapon (it looks slimy and is chameleon-like when it is attached to anything). We hear a loud noise on a transmission that implied that a man was killed off-screen by an alien (we do not see anything).
 Two men tussle and struggle when one of the men plays with a handgun and calls himself "Scarface." People in a workplace are constantly monitored and one woman wraps something in plastic and places it in her face mask. A man throws a rock at a window where a woman is standing and complains about her watching him every day. A man in a car blares a siren causing two men in a building to run; one of the men is seen by the official who tells him to get into the car. A woman pleads for a man to stay with her and keep her safe as he leaves and runs away. A man tells a woman to take off a crucifix and tells her, "You might as well be wearing a target." People break storefront windows and loot from shops and buildings (we see flames in a few areas).
 What looks like a giant rock hovers over water and we see it sail above the surface of the water and then shoot into the sky in a few scenes (apparently transporting people off planet). Alien vessels shoot through the sky toward the ground and we understand that they are carrying more aliens. A woman sets a car on fire. People throw contraband out windows and flush things down toilets.
 We hear reports of natural disasters. We hear reports of an alien occupation and an armistice negotiation. We hear reports of the implementation of martial law. We hear about a police crackdown on dissidents and newspaper headlines read, "Bombers are dead." Text on a computer screen calls for war. A woman tells a man, "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts," and we see a drawing of the Trojan horse. We hear that dissidents "went to ground." We hear that a man who apparently led a resistance group died. A man is descried as "He carries the bomb."
 A man is shown with bloody wounds on his abdomen and he pulls something from a hole (we see blood ooze). Something flutters under the skin of a few people (like tracking chips). Several people are shown with scars on their necks from the surgical removal of a tracking device. Several people wait in a waiting area before having their tracking devices removed; one man goes in a room and we hear a saw whirring, we then see his body under blood-stained plastic and we are told that he died from low heart rate. A man pours a liquid on documents to destroy them and they melt. A man is sprayed with a disinfecting mist and puts on a protective suit as he says, "They don't like the way we smell." A man sits in a capsule preparing to be lowered underground and we see the man being encased in a clear slime.


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Captive State LANGUAGE 5

 - About 3 F-words, 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 1 sexual reference (whoring), 5 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (dummy, rat, witch, narc, roaches, bastard, punk, dying rock, trippin, armpit, hero, collaborator, hooker), exclamations (oh no), 1 religious profanity (GD), 1 religious exclamation (e.g. Holy Hell). | profanity glossary |


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Captive State SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man sprinkles powder on a tray and holds a rolled paper bill in his hand (implied to be cocaine, but we do not see him use it), a person flushes something from a plastic bag down a toilet (not identified), and a woman puts tobacco-looking leaves in a rolling paper and rolls it before giving it to a man (we can't tell what it is) who tucks it behind his ear (no one smokes it). A man smokes a cigarette while walking on the street, and several people smoke cigarettes as they file out of a work place.


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Captive State DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Alien invasion, exploitation of natural resources, mistakes, fate, freedom, responsibility, choices, family, change, Renaissance, anarchy, chaos, suicide.

Captive State MESSAGE

 - It's hard to fight an alien occupation.

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