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The Creator | 2023 | PG-13 | – 3.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Creator” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, some bloody images and strong language.” The evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, a brief scene of robot nudity, several scenes of gunfire being exchanged with bloody bodies shown, a few scenes of people being blown up by explosives attached to them, several scenes of explosives dropped from the air and large numbers of people being killed, several arguments, discussions about AI, and at least 3 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

Set in 2065, a mission to destroy an AI weapon that may be used for world domination is undertaken by a military team including a man (John David Washington), who is not prepared for the reality that the weapon is embodied by a child (Madeleine Yuna Voyles). Also with Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson and Amar Chadha-Patel. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in an unidentified language without translation and others are translated by a computer system. [Running Time: 2:13]

The Creator SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A woman’s bare, pregnant abdomen is shown as a man caresses her, they hug and then kiss while lying in bed; the man is shirtless and we see his bare chest and abdomen.
 A man playfully squeezes a woman’s hand using his prosthetic arm while flirting.
 During an armed raid, a woman trying to help a wounded colleague yells at the gunmen, and what she says is translated as, “Please make love to yourself. Also make love to your mother.” A man tells another man to insinuate himself into the life of a woman, but warns him, “Don’t go native on me.” A man refers to a woman/robot as “babe.”
 A club/bar is shown a couple of times with robot/exotic dancers on stage and we see their mechanical buttocks and backs. A shirtless man is shown wearing swim trunks and we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs to the lower thighs as he gets out of a swimming pool. Robots are shown being assembled in a factory and we see flesh-colored torsos without anatomical details. A woman robot wears a cropped, low-cut top that reveals her bare abdomen and cleavage.


 – A woman runs through crossfire to reach a flying vessel, she is struck and continues running, gets onboard and realizes that she was hit with an explosive device that then blows up midair and crashes to the ground throwing people on the ground in flames. A robot punches a man in the face repeatedly until his face is very bloody and he spits blood; another man enters and threatens the man with a gun, and discharges his weapon but not at the man. Many armed people run through a computer facility and shoot many people (we see bloody wounds on the bodies). Police robots shoot at a barn where two men and a child/robot are hiding; an explosive is thrown into the barn and a dog inside the barn picks it up and carries it back outside, dropping it among police officers, it explodes throwing many officers in flames (the dog is unharmed) and we see a few of the officers with their bodies severed and sparks emanating from them. A woman robot opens a delivery to see an explosive that detonates and kills her (a man grieves while holding her body). Police move through an apartment and train their weapons on a child/robot; a man opens fire on the police and one police/robot’s head is blown off (we see some exposed wiring remaining), the man is held at gunpoint by a robot and he uses a stun gun to incapacitate the robot. A child/robot is grabbed by the leg by mechanical tentacles and thrashed around briefly, she gets free and it grabs a man by the ankle and thrashes him in the air until the machine is stopped.
 Armed people patrol a village where women and children scream and cower; one gunman holds a gun to a puppy’s head and a small child screams and cries uncontrollably as the man threatens to shoot the puppy if he is not given information (the puppy is not harmed). Several flying vessels land in a village and armed soldiers open fire as they move through on the ground. Large vehicles roll through a village toppling trees and shooting weapons at people in the village as they run and scream (we see people being thrown); a child/robot runs back to the village to help them against the invaders, an explosive is launched and attaches to one of the vehicles and a monkey operates a remote detonating device causing it to explode. Armed people walk out of the ocean and onto the shoreline searching for someone; gunfire is exchanged between humans and robots and we see wounded and dead falling without blood shown. A woman shoots a man (we see a little blood and he is not killed) in a room with a child/robot nearby and the woman tells the child/robot to run; she does and she sees gunfire being exchanged between humans and robots in the distance. A man shoots a robot and it falls to the ground flickering (we see a hole through its chest and sparks flash). A man held captive by police robots in a vehicle grabs one robot around the neck and disarms it; we hear gunshots from inside the vehicle and understand that the robot has been shot. Police at a checkpoint search vehicles and a child/robot makes all the power go out and when it comes back on the vehicle she is in speeds away while being shot at by police. A man goes to a burned out house and wears a protective suit, he is shot in the back and we see blood in his mouth, he collapses to his knees and is struck with a gun butt. A woman is shot with an explosive that sticks to her backpack and it detonates (she is killed off-screen). A man and a child/robot are pulled out of an airlock when it is blown open on a vessel in space. Missiles drop to the ground but do not explode. A large flying vessel explodes and breaks into pieces that crash to the ground.
 Robot bombs are deployed and one is shot at and it explodes causing a shockwave, another is deployed and a child/robot stands in its way and switches it off, the child/robot is shot and collapses and a man goes to her side and shoots another man that is prepared to shoot the child/robot (we see blood). An armed woman on lookout is fired upon and calls for backup. A woman orders a man to kill a child/robot and the woman is held at gunpoint and taken away by robots.
 A large vessel hovers in the sky in numerous scenes and scans the ground with glowing waves of light before dropping bombs to the ground that create huge explosions and shockwaves. A man and a woman argue and she holds a gun on him before leaving; she runs to a boat and sails away with several other boats as the man watches and a large vessel in the sky drops a bomb on the boats (presumably killing all of those onboard) blowing them up and the man is thrown by the shockwave. A dead man is dragged out of a truck and laid on the ground where his brain is scanned for information about his final moments; the moments are replayed using a dead robot that speaks like the man and pleads to speak to his wife before falling silent again. A man lies dead next to an explosive that he had set to explode; we hear him on a radio calling for backup as he is shot. A man is thrown by the shockwave caused by an explosion and a child/robot standing near him is unscathed. A child/robot controls vehicles in a transport and causes them to swerve, crash and block a road; she and a man get out and run away.
 We hear that a nuclear explosion was caused by AI and that it devastated Los Angeles killing 1 million people. We hear that AI has been banned in the U.S. We hear that a clean-up effort in LA has led to reduced radiation levels. A woman describes Neanderthals being destroyed by someone smarter and meaner than they were, murdering and raping them out of existence. A woman describes her son having been killed in a war and says, “They took their sweet time killing him.” A man talks about his parents dying in a nuclear explosion. We hear people screaming and panicking over a radio as a flying vessel drops a bomb that detonates and destroys a compound. A wounded man jumps overboard on a boat and is shot at by people/robots on the boat (he holds onto ropes from under the boat as it sails away). When asked what she wants in a few scenes, a child/robot says, “For robots to be free.” We see ads for and hear about people donating their likenesses to be used to create robots. A woman says that she was raised by simulants.
 A woman on life support is shown on a table with a mask on her face as the machine is switched off and two people grieve over her. A wounded man panics and hyperventilates as another man attends to him and tries to calm him (we see blood on the man’s wounds). A man wakes with a start to an alarm and he panics and struggles to take medication. A man is shown to be missing one arm and part of his leg and he snaps himself into a prosthetic arm and leg in a few scenes. Two people wear protective suits as they clean up rubble after a nuclear blast devastated a city; we see incinerated body in a car as a woman drops an incapacitated robot on the hood of another car, the robot reactivates and grabs the woman and she panics when it sounds very real and pleads to find a child (a man cuts a cable on the robot terminating it). A woman pulls a woman/robot’s head off, and then drops it on the floor.
 A woman modifies a newborn in a laboratory setting; we see the child in an incubator-type containment pod (no blood is shown). We see several injured robots on stretchers as others pray over them. We see a storage area where many humanoid forms are covered with large plastic bags.

The Creator LANGUAGE 5

 – About 5 F-words (2 translated as “make love”), 2 obscene hand gestures, 35 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (simulant, bot, weirdo, traitor, little sim, terrorist, crazy, dangerous, selfish), exclamations (shut-up, friggin), 3 religious profanities (GD), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Holy [scatological term deleted], a man and a child/robot talk about Heaven in a few scenes). | profanity glossary |


 – A man takes unidentified prescription medications in a couple of scenes, and a man is injected with a sedative.


 – Artificial Intelligence, world wars, technological advancements, Neanderthals, family, slavery, freedom, human error.

The Creator MESSAGE

 – Humans and AI can exist together.


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