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Don’t Breathe 2 | 2021 | R | – 1.9.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Don’t Breathe 2” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong bloody violence, gruesome images, and language.” The evaluation includes many murders with blood shown from gunshot wounds, stabbings, strangulations, bludgeoning with hammers and heavy objects, explosions, a near drowning, the murder of a dog, a house fire, and nearly 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

A man (Stephen Lang) coaches his young daughter (Madelyn Grace) in survival skills, which become useful when a group of men invade their home and attempt to kidnap the girl. Also with Brendan Sexton III, Adam Young, Rocci Williams, Christian Zagia, Bobby Schofield, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Stephanie Arcila and Diaana Babnicova. Directed by Rodo Sayagues. [Running Time: 1:38]

Don’t Breathe 2 SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man standing in the shadows in a public restroom tells a young girl, “You’re pretty,” and the man touches the girl’s hair as she walks past him (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.

Don’t Breathe 2 VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 – A truck blocks a road and a woman driving a van walks to the truck and asks the driver to move and when the man in the truck behaves confrontationally, the woman reaches for a gun in her belt, walks back to her van and is attacked by two men in the backseat; one wraps a belt around the woman’s throat strangling her and the other strikes her in the head several times with a hammer (we see blood spray, hear crunches, and blood is shown on her head and face and the window of the car later).
 An armed intruder finds blood on a garage door handle and enters looking for the wounded person; he follows the blood trail and we hear him being attacked by a man, a gun discharges and we next see the intruder dragging himself on the floor with his nose and mouth glued shut (he’s moaning and unable to breathe) and another man stabs him in the cheek with a screwdriver to allow him to breathe (we see the bloody hole). A man rolls a tank of a gas toward another man and charges the man with a pole that has a clump of concrete on the end; they fight with many punches, slams and throws, one man waves a knife toward the other man who moves a live electric wire in front of the gas canister and it explodes spraying the other man with flames (we see the dead man later with charred and bloody skin). A man stabs a man in the side of the head with a pitchfork (we see blood), and then pounds him in the head with a shovel repeatedly until his head breaks open (we see blood and bone). A man is stabbed in the back and the attacker holds a knife to his throat nearly slitting the throat but the attacker is stabbed in the back and blood pours from his mouth and he stumbles and falls into an empty swimming pool (we see him dead, with blood around his head).
 Two armed men walk through a house searching for a young girl: the child hides and moves through the house avoiding the intruders, she dangles from a ledge and drops to the floor below (she’s unharmed) and hides in a closet under the stairs, walks to an open door to get out of the house when an intruder shoots at her (she is not struck), and another man outside the house reaches through the door and grabs the shooter around the neck and the man stabs him in the arm (we see the knife in his arm with blood); the child runs to hide in a metal box in the basement, locking herself inside and she hyperventilates as an intruder pounds on the box trying to get it open. Gas canisters emit clouds of gas into a room where a man shoots randomly when he hears noises; a man with a knife slashes the man a few times and the man with the gun shoots someone in the dark (we hear groaning and see a woman with blood pouring from a chest wound). A man with a large knife attacks another man from behind and they fight: the other man hits the attacker with a hammer, they scuffle on the floor and one man shoves a metal bell in the other man’s mouth, hits him hard causing him to swallow the bell and the man struggles to breathe; a man throws a hammer and hits the other man in the head and then swings the hammer down on the man’s head repeatedly (we hear crunching and see blood later). Armed men search for a young girl and a man in a house: the man lunges at the gunmen and he is knocked out, one man prepares to shoot him and the child runs in the line of fire to protect him (there’s no shooting). A man lies motionless in a puddle of water on a floor as four armed men enter and move toward him; the man sits up and shoots three of the men (they fall dead) and runs out of the area.
 Two men fight, a dog attacks one of the men and bites his hand breaking it (we hear a crunch and see blood), the man throws the dog through a window, the other man slams the man against a wall and presses his thumbs into the man’s eyes until blood and other fluid pour from the wounds and the man slumps to the floor. A young girl is handcuffed to a woman in a wheelchair and when the chair rolls toward the edge of an empty swimming pool, the girl struggles to free herself; the chair and the woman go over the edge and the girl holds onto a ladder pole until she hacks the woman’s hand with a knife (we see the bloody cuts and the flesh separating), they fall into the empty pool and the woman breaks the girl’s fall (we see the woman lying dead in blood). A man walks through woods at night looking for his dog and when he finds the animal dead, he sobs over it, and then touches its side to feel a bloody spot and presses his fingers into a hole in the animal’s side to pull out a bullet.
 A man takes a young girl by the hand and she struggles against him, she stabs him in the foot with a pitchfork, he hits her in the face (we see blood on the man’s foot and he pulls the pitchfork out). A young girl climbs out a window and along a narrow ledge on the second story of a house, drops to the ground and walks into woods to hide from intruders in her house; another man grabs her from behind and sedates her with a cloth over her face. Two men set a house on fire with a man and a dog trapped inside; the man frees the dog and struggles to get out of the burning house with flames shooting up through the floorboards, he falls on a greenhouse roof that shatters under him and he falls to the ground moaning and gasping. A man hears noises in darkened room and shoots toward the sounds (we see a man dead on the floor later with blood pouring from a chest wound). A man uses a shard of broken glass to cut his glued lips open (blood pours out of his mouth). A man cleans and glues a knife wound on his arm (we see blood and the open wound). A dog licks blood from a presumably dead man’s hand.
 Two men shoot at a man after he head-butts one of them (we see his bloody nose) and runs away. A man stands in the shadows in a public restroom and talks to a young girl; the girl’s dog moves toward the man and the girl says, “He’ll bite your testicles off,” while the dog barks and the girl leaves unharmed. A young girl walks through dark woods, hides when she hears a noise in the darkness and runs when a large snarling dog charges toward her; the child gets away from the dog by climbing a fence, she approaches a car and retrieves a gun from a backpack just as a man grabs her from behind and takes the gun away from her (this is a survival test).
 A man fills a metal box where a young girl is hiding with water and threatens to drop a live electrical wire in the water to kill the child; another man later tips the filled box over to empty the water and get the child out (she spits water and coughs). We see a house engulfed in flames as a young girl walks along the street and collapses on the ground unconscious. A young girl walks into a burned out house and runs back out when she hears noises inside. Many scenes show rundown houses in neighborhoods of decrepit and abandoned houses and dilapidated roads. A dog charges after a man, the man runs into an attic and the dog follows barking and snarling; the man pins the dog behind bedsprings and aims a gun at it, but does not shoot.
 A young girl tells a man and a woman, “He’ll kill you all.” A man and a girl argue. A woman tells a man that he better, “Loosen that leash or sooner or later she’ll bite it off,” about his young daughter. A woman tells a man, “You’re a bad man,” and “You’ve done terrible things,” and goes on to explain that she suspects he feels that way about himself and that war changes people. A man says, “Don’t take things for granted. God will take it from you.” A young girl asks a man, “Is God bad?” and the man replies, “God is fair.” A man says that he was dishonorably discharged from a dishonorable war (referring to the Iraq war). A young girl tells her father that she wants to go to school and that she is lonely; he says homeschooling is fine and that she has him and she replies that he is not enough. A man says that another man must die for his past actions. A man says that there was a fire in a meth lab and that he was blamed for it and sent to prison for 8 years. A man says, “I have killed. I have raped. I am nothing but a monster.”
 A young girl flushes a toilet in a public restroom and we hear the flush. A man is shown with scars on his face and his eyes are white. A woman is shown in a wheelchair; she coughs blood and tells a young girl that chemicals in a fire burned up her insides and that she is dying. A man has burn scars on his hand. A young girl falls unconscious after drinking a drugged beverage. A young girl is shown sedated, handcuffed and lying on a surgical table next to a woman that’s also sedated and a man stands over the child with a whirring saw to begin a surgical procedure, until the power goes out. Rats scurry in a dark room.
 A young girl imagines putting an electric scooter wheel against a Merry-Go-Round in a park and children sitting on it laugh as they spin around; one child says, “I’m dizzy.”

Don’t Breathe 2 LANGUAGE 6

 – About 17 F-words and its derivatives, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (weirdo, blind man, clever, creep, coward, ungrateful, silly games), exclamations (uh-huh, shut-up, hey, shh, stop it), 4 religious exclamations (Oh God). | profanity glossary |

Don’t Breathe 2 SUBSTANCE USE

 – People talk about cooking meth, and a young girl is drugged and sedated a couple of times, a man says of a woman that “she’s our cook” (referring to cooking meth). Bottles of liquor are seen in a room where a young girl wakes up after having been drugged, and people drink beer while sitting on stairs in an abandoned hotel. People are shown smoking cigarettes in a few scenes.


 – Home invasions, organ harvesting, kidnapping, murder, illegal drug manufacturing, military service, survival training, homeschooling, war veterans.

Don’t Breathe 2 MESSAGE

 – Don’t take things for granted.


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