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Gunpowder Milkshake | 2021 | R | – 0.8.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Gunpowder Milkshake” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong bloody violence throughout and language.” The evaluation includes many scenes of violent encounters between several women and groups of men using guns, knives, axes and hand-to-hand combat ending in the deaths of many people and a lot of blood and gore, and 15 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

A woman (Karen Gillam), who was raised by female assassins (Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino), teams up with her estranged mother (Lena Heady) to save the life of an eight-year-old orphan and bring down the patriarchy of a corrupt business enterprise. Also with Paul Giamatti, Chloe Coleman and Ralph Ineson. Directed by Navot Papushado. [Running Time: 1:54]

Gunpowder Milkshake SEX/NUDITY 0

 – None.

Gunpowder Milkshake VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – A woman and a young girl arrive at a dark hotel where they find another woman as several armed men arrive; the women escape through an air duct, they go through a restaurant walk-in freezer, and out to an armory disguised as a library where several gunmen kick in a door and a dozen others attack one woman and we hear screaming and see fistfights and kicks; another woman shoots and kills four men (we see some blood), a third woman uses chains to strangle a few men and a shotgun to shoot two more men while a fourth woman pounds a man to death with two hammers; the second woman stabs a few men in the throat with blades attached to the barrels of large handguns and we see spurting and dripping blood, a fifth woman shoots a large machine gun mounted to the top of a van parked in the library and kills several more men; we see an axe in the hands of a woman reaching into a darkened room from off-screen as the axe is slammed into the open mouth of a prone man (blood spurts); all but one of the attacking men die and he shoots at a woman who is armed with an axe and she is struck in the shoulder, and he uses brass knuckles to fight with her; she is later found sitting against a crate, bleeding from the nose and shoulder as she dies and the scene cuts to a cabin in the woods and a new grave with an axe mounted in the center. A young girl sits on the lap of a woman and drives a car while being pursued by four men leaning out of two other cars and shooting at them (we hear shots hitting metal); the cars swerve with squealing tires, the first car hides in a dark corner and then broadsides one car, the other car crushes a man against a wall, cutting off a leg that is thrown away with spurting blood and the driver looks in the backseat and sees another indistinguishable body part that is bleeding; the first car speeds away followed by another car.
 A crude bird-beast statue is seen standing at the doorway of a video store where four men wearing masks of Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and Frankenstein release a little girl that is tied up and gagged in a shopping cart; a woman chases the men into a parking garage where the man wearing the Frankenstein mask shoots the driver of a car in the head (blood bursts out of the wound) and the car crashes into a pillar and explodes in flames as two other masked men exit the car, screaming because they are on fire, and appear to die; the Dracula masked man hobbles over to the Frankenstein masked man, who is sitting against a pillar and detonates a grenade (we see flames and smoke) and the woman is shot from off-screen (we see a bullet graze her shoulder), then she grabs a sharpened stake from debris covering the floor and stabs the Dracula masked man in the heart as he screams (blood spurts) and we later hear that all four men died. A woman shoots a man in the head, causing spurting blood that spatters her face and the scene cuts to the woman sewing a gash on her arm with a curved needle and black thread. An extended, silent slow-motion scene shows three women, dressed as waitresses, shooting automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns at over a dozen men who wield handguns, rifles, machetes, and an axe; a man is thrown over a table, another man jumps through a plate glass window (it shatters) and blood spatters the ceiling, windows, and walls and bursts out of the back of several men’s heads and throats, and all the men in the diner lie dead with blood covering their face and chest and the women have some blood spatter on their hands (they do not appear injured); one woman later wears an eye patch over one eye. Two extended scenes include a single armed woman fighting groups of armed men who are shooting in a darkened room; the woman shoots and uses kicks, punches, throws and flips; in the second scene, we also see attacks with a crowbar, a ball bat, and sparking cattle prods in a dark bowling alley, as the woman shoots, swings a heavy bowling ball case, and bowls a heavy bowling ball into the head of a fallen man, and one man bites the woman on the shoulder, and she bites his ear (the men all end up with bloody faces). Three men receive orders to kill a woman who just arrived at a hospital; a doctor uses a huge gun-like hypodermic device to inject the woman with a serum that paralyzes her arms, and she kicks him out the door; the woman asks a young girl to tape a knife and a gun to her hands and help her into a rolling office chair to fight the three men and she swivels and shoots and slashes the men as they attack her and one man accidentally shoots another man in the neck (blood sprays as he falls dead), and the woman shoots and slashes the other two men and leaves them all dead in the corridor.
 An armed woman enters a dark hotel room, shoots a man in the abdomen and he sinks to a sitting position, holding one hand over spreading blood; she helps him to her car (he has a bloody sheet around him), takes him to a secret hospital and while unconscious he is given nitrous oxide (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A young girl is taken to see her injured father in a hospital, where we see a completely blood-covered sheet in a treatment chair; the girl holds a blood-covered hand extending from under the sheet and sobs and a nurse has blood covering her hands and forearms (we later hear that the man died). A woman in an elevator points a gun at a man kneeling on the floor with a bloody nose, but a young girl with her asks her not to shoot and she agrees.
 Many scenes are in darkened hallways and rooms, often accompanied by rain without thunder and by ominous music: Two dimly lit scenes include close-ups of one of two young girls with her eyes shut as we hear multiple gunshots, groans, gasps and screams off-screen; one scene is a flashback and a young girl’s mother shoots a man, runs out as the girl cries into the camera and the woman disappears for 15 years. A young girl grows up to become an assassin working for a corrupt corporation. A woman must kill a man who stole money from a business. Three women consider killing another woman but give her untraceable weapons instead. A woman takes a duffel bag full of guns and rifles to a weapons’ armory disguised as a library to exchange for new ones; we see many types of weapons hidden inside large books, including handguns, knives, switchblades and grenades.
 A man holds a switchblade to a 12-year-old girl’s throat and threatens her. A woman points a machine gun across a street, focusing a laser dot on a man’s chest; the woman threatens him over the phone and his board of directors with death if they do not leave her and a child alone, and he agrees. A woman with bloody hands carries a young girl out of a diner, bloody handprints staining the child’s jacket.
 A dead man lies under a sheet on a table in a dark warehouse and other bodies litter the floor around it (no blood is visible). Several men wearing jumpsuits and hoods zip bodies into body bags. Three men breathe nitrous oxide (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and laugh about injuries, bloody faces, black eyes, broken ankles and severe pain. A woman dreams that a girl points a gun at her face and shoots, and she wakes up, gasping. A group of older men turns over a woman to a crime cartel to be murdered.
 A man kidnaps a young girl and takes her to a diner where a woman arrives to exchange herself for the girl; one man tells the woman, “I’m gonna do terrible things to you” and says he will make the girl watch. A man tells another man, “Bring me the heads of the men who killed my boy.” A woman tells a young girl she killed the girl’s father and the girl cries. A girl asks a woman if she is a serial killer and kills for money and the woman says, “It’s complicated.” We hear that a woman’s father was murdered by his employer when she was a child. A diner waitress asks customers to check their guns at the door. Twice, we hear that a grazing gunshot wound can be infected, can have worms lay eggs in it, and can cause amputation. Two women argue in several scenes. A woman and a child argue briefly. Three women argue with a fourth woman briefly. A woman argues with a man over the phone twice.

Gunpowder Milkshake LANGUAGE 6

 – About 15 F-words and its derivatives, 3 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (bonehead, boneheads, stupid, dum-dum, crazy, idiots, idiotic, morons, jerks, girl, greedy traitor, Stone Age, bloody massacre, Three Stooges), exclamations (shhh, mother fudging, fudge you, fudge me, fudge), 2 religious profanities (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Thank God, God, For God’s Sake, For Christ’s Sake, Holy [F-word deleted]). | profanity glossary |

Gunpowder Milkshake SUBSTANCE USE

 – A doctor administers laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to an unconscious patient and then breathes the gas himself to relax, and three men in a hospital breathe laughing gas constantly for several seconds and giggle about their pain and injuries in several scenes (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

Gunpowder Milkshake DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Female power, corrupt businesses, greedy businessmen, dangerous jobs, crime, assassination, graphic violence, bloodshed, murder, abandonment, loss, grief, drug abuse, suffering, death, orphans, teamwork, planning, forgiveness.

Gunpowder Milkshake MESSAGE

 – Crime may contribute to the wealth of corporate America, but organized feminists can stop corporate crime.


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