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Greenland | 2020 | PG-13 | – 1.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Greenland” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and discussions of infidelity, a few deaths by gunshot, a fight between three men with a hammer, a plane crash, accidents caused by fragments from a comet, a kidnapping, an explosion blowing up a few transport planes, reports of a projected extinction event, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a planet-killing comet is advancing toward Earth, a structural engineer (Gerard Butler) is chosen as essential personnel for reconstructing civilization and allowed to escape to Greenland, where underground bunkers may save some humans. However, abandoning the US with his estranged wife (Morena Baccarin) and son (Roger Dale Floyd) while humanity unravels, proves to be a bigger challenge than escaping the wayward comet. Also with Scott Glenn, Randal Gonzalez, Scott Poythress, Claire Bronson, Madison Johnson, Gary Weeks and Tracey Bonner. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. [Running Time: 1:59]

Greenland SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife kiss and hug in a few scenes.
 A man confronts his son-in-law about being unfaithful to his wife (the first man’s daughter).
 A woman wears a short robe that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs. A woman jogs on a treadmill while wearing a low-cut tank top (cleavage is seen). A woman wears a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage through most of the movie.


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Greenland VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man in the back of a truck with many others threatens another man with a hammer asking for a bracelet the man is wearing; another man intervenes and is attacked and punched, several men fight, the driver of the truck tries to pull over and runs into another car causing the truck to spin and the men in the back are thrown out and onto the ground (we see a few men with bloody head wounds); two men fight with one man as he swings a hammer trying to keep them at bay, he hits one man in the arm (we hear a crunch) and the other man in the temple with the hammer claw (he falls dead with some blood, and the embedded hammer in his head).
 Many cars stopped on a road are struck by debris and people try to drive away from the area or run away and we see cars and people being struck; one car crashes into another car and we see the driver unconscious with flames under the hood until two men pull him to safety (one man is seen with a burn on his hand later), a woman is struck by flaming debris and knocked to the ground screaming, and a helicopter is struck in flight and spins and crashes in a ball of flames. A plane is struck by falling fragments and debris and the pilots attempt to restart the engines but are unable; the plane lands hard and slams into an ice-covered mountain killing both pilots (we see them with bloody wounds and one man seems to have has a shard of glacier in his chest). Armed people run through an airfield shooting soldiers and people as they charge through the transport planes; one soldier refueling a plane is shot and drops a hose pouring gas on the ground and when a spark hits the gas it explodes blowing up a few planes in the area (some filled with people) and we see people on the ground being thrown and a few are engulfed in flames. A man yells at a woman and tells her that he will take her son to safety and that her husband abandoned them; the man drags the woman out of his car and speeds away with her young son screaming inside and she chases on foot screaming. Armed people shoot in the air and inside a drugstore and a woman is shot in the chest (we see her dead on the floor with a bloody wound). We see a man lying dead on the ground after a traffic accident and his neck is twisted unnaturally with blood on his face (it’s not clear if the death is from being thrown or from a beating).
 We hear a loud explosion and the ground shakes; when a man goes outside to investigate, he is blown down by a shock wave that blows a cloud of dirt and debris (there are no injuries). We hear a loud rumble and lights go out in an area crowded with people, the lights return, the people yell in panic and push toward a gate. Ash blows through the air and people cough and gasp trying to reach a bunker.
 A man speeds through a fence toward a plane on the runway and parks in its path, demanding that they be taken to a relocation site; they then get onboard. A man and a woman carry a young boy to a gate for admission to transport for relocation telling the guards that the boy is their son; the boy speaks up and says that they are not his parents and that they took him away from his mother (guards take the boy to safety). A man pleads with another man to help him get his family to safety. A woman holding her daughter runs in front of a man driving a car pleading with the man to take the child with him to safety.
 Crowds of people push toward gates manned by armed soldiers at airfields where people are processed for evacuation. A husband leaves his wife and young son to retrieve medicine left behind in their car; his wife and child are flagged since the boy has a medical condition and they are sent away from an evacuation area. A woman asks another woman and a man for a ride for her and her young son; they agree. A man asks for a ride in the back of a truck filled with other people and climbs on board. A woman searches through medical tents for her young son after they are separated. We hear an announcement for people to brace for impact as they move into a bunker and the surface is pummeled with fragments and debris.
 A report states that a fragment projected to hit Europe will kill more than 75% of life. A huge glowing cloud moves across the sky, there are flashes of what looks like lightning and a boy says, “The sky is on fire.” We hear voices over a radio broadcast calling for anyone that can hear them. A news report talks about a fragment of a comet the size of a football field crashing down on Florida and we see an aerial view of a crater-sized hole later. There are many news reports of an interstellar comet and debris plummeting toward Earth and a few contain images cities and surrounding areas reduced to rubble in a flash. A reference is made to “the inevitable collapse of our nation.” A man receives Presidential alerts from the DHS with instructions to relocate his family. We hear that people are selected for relocation based on their professions. A man gives another man a gun for protection.
 Several scenes show people with bloody head wounds. A car seat is shown with blood on it after people are struck with falling fragments. A few scenes show people looting and setting things on fire. A man breaks into a house and steals a car (he leaves a note explaining that he had no choice). Several scenes show traffic congestion on roadways. Numerous transport planes and helicopters fly overhead during evacuations of people. Armored vehicles move along roadways.


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Greenland LANGUAGE 4

 – 20 scatological terms, anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (coward, mass hysteria, stupid, rich fat cats, shame), 3 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ’s Sake, Oh God, Oh Jesus, Jesus, My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Greenland SUBSTANCE USE

 – A young boy wears an insulin pump on his abdomen and he and his mother initiates infusions in a couple of scenes, and people loot a drug store and a few men clear out prescription medications from the pharmacy area. A woman drinks a glass of wine, several men are shown playing cards with bottles of beer on a table, and a man buys wine and beer for a house party.


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Greenland DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The end of the world, extinction events, grudges, separation of families, estrangement, infidelity, marriage, death of loved ones, survival, humanity, empathy.

Greenland MESSAGE

 – Humans would rather kill each other before being rendered extinct by an extraterrestrial object.

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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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