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Escape Room | 2019 | PG-13 | – 1.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Escape Room” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes some cleavage, several scenes of violent acts that end in death due to drowning, falls, beatings, heart failure, suffocation and other causes that include some bloodshed, and 2 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Six total strangers accept a mysterious invitation to participate in an escape room that’s supposed to be an entirely immersive experience. As they start solving puzzles they realize that they may have something in common, the challenges are real and their lives depend on figuring out what’s behind it all. With Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Logan Miller, Adam Robitel, Nik Dodani, Jay Ellis and Jessica Sutton. Directed by Adam Robitel. [Running Time: 1:40]

Escape Room SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man puts an adhesive name badge on a woman’s chest, touching her clothed breast and she recoils.
 A young woman asks another young woman, “You guys aren’t doing it are you?” referring to the second young woman’s professor. A man says, “I have sex with adult women,” mocking another man who talks about participating in many escape room competitions.
 A young woman wears a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage.


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Escape Room VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 - A man holds a gun to a young woman's head, another man hits the gunman in the head with a bottle, and shoots him man twice (we see him dead with bloody wounds and blood pools under him). A man wraps a cord around another man's neck and pulls it to strangle him; he holds him off the ground and the second man stabs him with a spike that he pulls out of his own leg. A woman flashes back to a war scene where explosions and gunfire sound around her and we see a few dead bodies on the ground with bloody wounds. Paintings on a wall in a room illustrate people dead or dying; one depicts a man holding another man's severed head (we see blood at the neck) and another shows a man in an operating theater. We see a beating heart on a TV screen.
 A young woman shoots a man in the back twice (we do not see blood). A young man breaks through ice and falls under the surface; we see him moving under the ice as people on the surface try to break the ice to pull him out until he eventually floats motionless, implying that he is dead. A woman climbs across an upside down pool table hand-over-hand, falls to a piece of floorboard that breaks away under her feet, she grabs onto a telephone receiver and dangles before it breaks and she falls out of sight (we hear a thud). A man uses defibrillator paddles on another man and he falls back onto an exam table thrashing and when he is shocked again he dies. Gas is sprayed into a room and a young woman is overcome; she gasps and foams at the mouth, and then falls still on the floor. Two men get something on their hands that causes them to hallucinate; one man finds a hypodermic needle containing an antidote and the two men fight over it, leaving one man dead (we see blood on his head and blood in his mouth. A young woman beats two people with an IV stand and they fall to the floor (it's not clear if they are dead).
 A young woman turns a knob and heating coils all around a room glow red as if it's an oven and flames shoot down from the ceiling and the room bursts into flames before the people in the room manage to get out by crawling through ducts (no one is harmed). A young woman climbs around a thin ledge and up a wall to a book rack; the wall begins to pull away from the wall as the young woman and two others cling to it and the young woman falls to a floorboard below (she is knocked out briefly and flashes back to a plane crash, where she sees her mother dead). A man falls through a ceiling and into a room where he scrambles to find a code that will open a door (we see this twice and he has blood on his face); when he fails to enter the right code, the walls close in on him and we hear crunching as he screams and a hatch eventually pops open before he is crushed. People run across ice as it explodes and they jump through a door to a room that is upside down.
 A piece of the floor of a room breaks away and falls nearly taking a man with it (this happens a few times). A man breaks through a hole in ice and hurts his leg (he limps and yells). Several people are trapped in a frozen setting where one man bumps into a forcefield of some sort and vents in a wall open and spray out frigid air. A young woman reaches into a stuffed polar bear's mouth and pulls out a magnet. A man and a woman slam a block of ice on the ground trying to break it to reach a key inside. Several people put their hands on a block of ice trying to melt it. A young woman breaks several CCTV cameras in a room while yelling and screaming in anger.
 A woman panics and hyperventilates when trapped in a room. A man flashes back to a shipwreck where he and another man huddle on an overturned boat hull as he tells the story about the other man going mad and swimming away never to be seen again. A man flashes back to being trapped in a collapsed mine and we hear another man also trapped in the mine take his last breath. A young woman has a nightmare about a tragic event in her life and wakes up with a start. People in the back seat of a car are shown drinking from a bottle and the driver appears drunk and smokes a cigarette; we see a flash and hear a truck horn blaring as the scene ends (a fatal crash is implied and all but one person was killed). A man is shown drowning another man. A simulation shows a plane with its wing on fire as a flight attendant struggles to find a key that will open the cockpit door and allow her to pull the plane up before crashing into a mountain (she is unsuccessful).
 A man says he's going to slap another man. Several people argue in several scenes about the way to solve puzzles and the way to survive situations. People wearing hazmat suits enter an area and talk about bodies that need to be cleaned up and disposed. A newspaper headline reads, "5 Burn Alive." We hear about the circumstances of violent tragedies in the lives of several people (car crash, plane crash, capsized boat, mining accident, IED blast, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc.). A young woman has an album of newspaper clippings about accidental deaths.
 A woman has a scar on the back of her neck and arms from a war injury. A man with a scar on his hand says that it was caused by a "hitchhiking accident."


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Escape Room LANGUAGE 5

 - About 2 F-word (one whispered), 40 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (weirdo, buzz-kill, idiot, short stuff, creepy, crazy, insane, psycho, creep, dark horse, murder maze, rain man, wunderkind, morons), exclamations (jeez, shut-up, calm down), 13 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, Thank God, Jesus, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |


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Escape Room SUBSTANCE USE

 - Two men get something on their hands that causes them to hallucinate and one man injects himself with a hypo containing an antidote. A flask is shown on a man's work table. A man smokes in several scenes and a woman asks him not to smoke around her in one scene.


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Escape Room DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Escape rooms, obsession, following rules, Iraq war, hypothermia, sacrifice, puzzles, mysteries, survivor's guilt, moving on.

Escape Room MESSAGE

 - Surviving is a choice.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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