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Gold | 2022 | R | – 1.6.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Gold” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and some violent content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a human death by dog attack with blood and tissue exposed, a death by arrow, a sandstorm ending with a man impaled by a tree limb and the self-cauterization of a wound, a dog attack of another animal, several scenes of a man surviving an extreme environment, arguments and nearly 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


In a seemingly post-apocalyptic future, two men (Zac Efron and Anthony Hayes) are driving in an unforgiving desert, when they discover a boulder made out of gold. One man stays behind to guard the gold, trying to survive the heat, dehydration, snakes and wild dogs, while the other leaves to go get a digger. Also with Akuol Ngot, Thiik Biar, Andreas Sobik and Susie Porter. Directed by Hayes. [Running Time: 1:37]

Gold SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man squats in a filthy outhouse and we see his bare thighs. A man squats outside and we see his bare thighs.

Gold VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – Several wild dogs surround a man, barking and growling, the man kicks one when it gets too close to him, one dog bites him, another bites him on the leg and tugs on him (we see blood on his clothes), he yells and we later see the dogs pulling at his flesh as he lies motionless (we see blood and intestines).
 A woman approaches a man in a desolate area and offers him water and a piece of dried snake; the man is suspicious, tries to get her to leave and the woman quizzes him about what he is doing in the wilderness alone, she accuses him of lying and he hits her with a shovel (we see her motionless on the ground with a lot of blood gushing from her head). A man is shot in the chest with an arrow (from off-screen) and falls dead. A giant sandstorm blows through and a man’s shelter is torn apart; the man is shown after the wind stops and we see he has been impaled with a tree branch in the side (he moans and we see blood and the branch sticking out of his side); he pulls the branch out (we hear squishing and he moans) and cauterizes the open and very bloody wound with a hot piece of metal (we see the gaping wound and blood and hear the flesh sizzle).
 A wild dog attacks an animal and we see the dog tugging at its flesh with blood and matter visible until a man scares the dog away and strikes the wounded animal on the head several times to kill it. A snake slithers toward a man, he lunges toward it with a knife and it gets away; the man discovers that in the process he spilled a container of water. A scorpion skitters near a man and he pushes it away using a stick. Vultures perch around an open, arid place. We hear wild dogs howling, growling and barking in several night scenes. A woman hacks at meat with a cleaver and we see blood on her clothing and the meat. A man buries a woman’s body in the dry ground and a dog later pulls it up; the man then burns the body and buries it again (we see flames engulf the body). A man hallucinates about a dead woman walking near him; he sees her with flames burning in her eyes and mouth.
 A man turns up a blower in a car and the engine fails; the man pulls the car to a stop as the passenger yells at him. A man arms himself with what seems to be a knife when he hears wild dogs yipping in the shadows near his camp. A man walks in the dark holding a flaming tree branch to scare wild dogs away and we hear what sounds like a gunshot and a dog yelps (we don’t see anything).
 A man yells at another man not to waste water. Two men argue over a fee for a ride. A sign on a road reads, “Enter at your own risk.” A man talks about a mass exodus and that people are turning on each other. A man tells another man, “You’re gonna be a target.” A man tells another man that he would not be able to protect a large piece of gold if he was left alone with it. A woman tells a man that when his brain gets dehydrated he’ll hallucinate. A man yells at a woman to go away.
 A man finds a large piece of gold in the ground and he and another man try to dig it up; it is too big for them to get out of the ground by hand so they try to pull it out with a truck but the rope they use breaks. A man finds wreckage of a plane crash and pulls pieces of the fuselage apart to use to build a shelter.
 A man has deep scars on his face and limps and moans in most scenes. A woman has several deep scars on her face. A man is badly sunburned and we see his skin blistering on his face and the back of his neck. A man’s breathing becomes labored and he drools in a few scenes. A man squats in a filthy outhouse and we hear flies buzzing around him. A man urinates and we see the stream and a puddle. A man urinates (we do not see urine or flesh). A man squats to defecate and seems to be unable to do so (he grunts and moans).

Gold LANGUAGE 7

 – About 28 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, nervous, a target, lying little swine, city boy), exclamations (wow, hey), 4 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus, Christ). | profanity glossary |

Gold SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.

Gold DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Opportunity, trust, greed, hard work, hard labor, risk, survival.

Gold MESSAGE

 – Greed will get you killed, one way or another.

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