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The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story | 2018 | R | – 7.7.6

Why is “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes two sex scenes, full female nudity, several references to incest, several scenes with bloody, deadly violence, a couple of scenes of torture, and more than 10 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


content-ratingsThe fourth movie based on a novel by Stieg Larsson features a new cast: Brilliant computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) and maverick journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) find themselves caught in a web of cybercriminals, spies, Russian thugs and corrupt government officials to retrieve stolen access codes for nuclear weaponry. Also with Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Merchant. Directed by Fede Alvarez. [Running Time: 1:57]

The Girl in the Spider’s Web SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A video is shown of a man having sex with a married woman and we see the man shirtless (his bare chest and abdomen are visible) as he thrusts from behind and she is wearing bra (cleavage and bare abdomen and back are shown) and moaning. A man stands in the hallway of a club outside a bathroom and someone is performing oral sex on him (we see the back of a head covering the man’s genital area).
 A fully nude woman from a distance is seen by two young girls (we see bare breasts, abdomen and the genital area) and as she walks through a hallway we also see her bare back and buttocks. A nude woman soaks in a bathtub and we see her bare knees, shoulders and part of her breast through the milky water. A woman showers and we see her full back through steamed up glass (the outline of her form is evident) and we see her bare back with a large dragon tattoo on it. A woman wears a dress that is deeply cut in the back and reveals her bare back and buttock cleavage (another woman admires her as she walks by). A woman wears a short robe open in the front to reveal bare chest (not breasts), cleavage and abdomen as well as the top of her underwear. A computer generated female form floats through opening credits and cleavage, bare abdomen and legs are visible. Two women wear tank T-shirts and boy shorts or bikini underwear (cleavage and bare legs to the hips are seen) as one sits on an unmade bed (sex is implied). People are shown dancing in a club and wearing variety of outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare backs and legs.
 A man sits on a bed and talks to his two young daughters and invites them to sit on his lap (there’s an evident implication of a sexual relationship); one of the girls does and the other pulls her away and runs to another room where she stands on a balcony and jumps into snow below (she seems to be uninjured as she runs away).
 A man caresses a woman’s face and neck and invites her over that night; she says that she is going to be with her husband. A woman talks about sharing a bedroom with her father for 16 years (incest is implied). A woman T-shirt reads, “Gimme Head ‘Til I’m Dead.”
 Security officials in an airport retrieve an abandoned suitcase and when they open it we see that it is full of sex aids.


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The Girl in the Spider's Web VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 - A man shoots two men in a car (blood sprays) and another man outside an apartment building; a woman enters an apartment where we see a dead man against a wall with blood on the wound and the wall, she fights with a man in a bathroom, stabs him in the leg with a toothbrush handle, he flips her into a commode that breaks apart, and he holds her around the throat and injects her with a sedative; he then puts a gun in her hand and uses it to shoot a man hiding with his young son (blood sprays on the wall and the wound on the man's hand and head) and the gunman carries the young boy away as he kicks and screams. A man is shot in the head and a woman is stabbed in the throat and blood pours from the wound on the woman's neck as she sits in a chair until she dies. Two men are shot in the head and blood splatters followed by several other men shot with a high-powered rifle that throws them when they are struck and we see blood splatter and spray. A man shoots at a woman after breaking into her apartment (we see a bloody graze on her back), she runs to a safe room and waits for the man to leave with several others and when she comes out an explosive device blows up, filling rooms with flames as she dives into a bathtub filled with water (she revives later, coughing and vomiting water).
 A woman tasers and fights, using a crowbar, several men in a bathroom where a gas has been administered: she takes one man's gas mask and they continue to fight until she is held by several men and her mask is removed and the gas knocks her out. A woman is completely covered by a rubbery sack and the air is sucked out of it, she writhes trying to get free to breathe, another woman cuts a small hole at the mouth, and then covers it with hot wax and leaves the room; the woman in the sack eventually frees herself. A man is strung up by the feet and hangs upside down as a woman threatens to destroy him after he beat several women including his wife (we see his wife with a very bloody head and face and photos of several other women with bloody face and head wounds); the woman tasers the man as he hangs upside down and liquid trickles onto his face (presumably urine). A young boy stabs a man in the leg with a hypodermic needle that injects him with a solution that blinds him; the man jumps out a window and falls to the ground where we hear a crunch and he wanders through a forest, and then onto a road where he is struck by a car and thrown (presumably getting killed).
 We see a bloody gash on a woman's back and she puts Superglue in it and squeezes it closed as she winces. A woman is shown cowering on the floor as her husband apologizes for the things he said (we see blood on her dress, leg and face apparently from a beating). A woman drinks from a small bottle of liquor and a man uses a staple gun to close a bloody gash on her back four times as she grimaces. A man talks about someone cutting the shape of a spider into his forehead with a knife as punishment and then removes a prosthetic nose and upper lip to reveal a hole in his face where his nose had been (presumably the same man did this to him).
 Men shoot at a man and a woman as they slide down a ramp and down a snow-covered hillside. A woman with a bloody wound on her side stands on a ledge and is confronted by another woman with a gun (blood drips onto the snow-covered ground); the person with the gun lowers her weapon and the other woman falls off the ledge and disappears into the mist below (presumably dying). A woman sneaks into a building where a gunman threatens her and she tasers the metal railing he is touching incapacitating him and then hits him with a crowbar twice. A man holds a gun on a woman and another man hits him in the back of the head knocking him out.
 A car speeds on a road, slams into a man walking in the road, the car flips off the road and slams into trees and we see blood on the seat where a passenger had been seated. A woman speeds in a car, drives off-road and jumps onto a main thoroughfare chasing another car; she programs the other cars airbags to deploy knocking out the driver and passenger and when the car stops she gets a young boy from the backseat and they drive away while one of the men shoots at them; the woman stops the car and engages a bridge mechanism to raise the platform where the gunman is standing so she and the boy can get away. A woman speeds on a motorcycle and his chased by police; she slams sideways into a car and speeds away unharmed (the window glass on the car breaks), jumps off a pier onto a frozen lake and speeds away (we see her with blood on her head). A partially sedated woman falls down a flight of stairs, pulls a dead man out of a car and steals the car. A man with a gun kicks a door open and pigeons flutter away. A young girl is shown in a rubbery sack and the air is sucked out of it (her head is out of the sack) in a woman's nightmare/flashback. A woman ignites a flammable liquid that blows up a building.
 A man is forced to his knees and handcuffed by security officers and told to leave Stockholm. A man is threatened with arrest by Swedish security officials. A man cuts the power in a computer room at the NSA to try to thwart a hacker's attempt to steal a program. Armed guards are shown in the hallways of an NSA facility. A man makes the shape of a gun with his hand as he faces a CCTV camera.
 A woman tells another woman to shoot her (she does not). A woman says that her sister killed herself three years ago. A woman talks about her father's death. A man says that he created an abomination and wants to destroy it (it is related to nuclear weaponry).
 A computer generated female form is shown during opening credits (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and a black rubbery substance covers the form and transforms the female form into a winged dragon. A spider crawls on a counter, out of a chess piece and around other places in a few other scenes.


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The Girl in the Spider's Web LANGUAGE 6

 - About 11 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures (one in computer symbols), 1 sexual reference, 6 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (child, psychopath, abomination, freak, monster, pig), 2 religious exclamations (God-like Power, Thank God). | profanity glossary |


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The Girl in the Spider's Web SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man takes a prescription pill (we think it is an amphetamine), and after having been injected with a sedative a woman snorts a crushed up amphetamine to counteract the effects. A man pours a glass of whisky and hands it to a woman, a man drinks a glass of whisky in an office, a woman drinks vodka in a few scenes, people at a bar drink whisky and glasses of wine, a woman hands a glass of wine to a man and he declines, a woman drinks from a small bottle of liquor, and two glasses of wine are shown on a dining table. A woman lights a cigarette and smokes in an apartment, a woman smokes in a club, two women smoke in an apartment, a woman smokes outside a building, and a man and a woman smoke.


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The Girl in the Spider's Web DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Psychopathy, nuclear weaponry, computer hackers, cyber-terrorism, NSA, guilt, incest, respect, accountability, oversight, the past, trust.

The Girl in the Spider's Web MESSAGE

 - It can be hard to let go of the past.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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