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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard | 2021 | R | – 5.7.10

content-ratingsWhy is “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language, and some sexual content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of sex scenes and many scenes with cleavage-revealing outfits, many scenes with gunfights with blood spraying and wounds, a few dead bodies with bloody wounds on their eyes, scenes of torture, a discussion of hacking a data hub, many car and boat chases and several explosions, and over 120 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When the AAA rated bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) from 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard struggles with having been sidelined after the murder of a client, he tries to put it all behind him by taking a vacation away from guns and guarding. However, he soon finds himself in the middle of an international battle for power, while also working with the man responsible for his client’s murder and his wife (Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek). Also with Antonio Banderas and Tsuwayuki Saotome. Directed by Patrick Hughes. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 1:39]

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A husband and his wife have sex in a car and we hear moaning and see thrusting (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); the man zips up his pants (we do not see flesh). A husband and his wife have sex on a boat (we see their silhouettes and hear moaning) and another man on the boat jumps overboard. A husband licks his wife’s face and caresses her clothed breast as she is driving; they kiss and a man in the back seat steers the car.
 A husband and his wife hug and kiss. A man looking through a riflescope watches his wife wearing a skintight jumpsuit and focuses on her hips and buttocks. A man looks at a woman dismissively. A man reaches into a woman’s dress and retrieves a hidden card at a gambling table.
 A man pushes a woman out of the way of a bullet and he puts her hands on her clothed breasts (she remarks about this later). A woman eats a banana as she complains about her husband’s sexual performance the night before. A woman talks about sex with her husband and complains about why she thinks she is not getting pregnant. A man describes an injury that leaves him unable to impregnate his wife.
 We see scantily clad women dance in a nightclub (cleavage and bare legs to the hips are shown). A woman wears blouses and dresses that several deep cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. A woman unbuttons her blouse and we see her later wearing a camisole that reveals deep cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a very deeply cut and skintight jumpsuit (cleavage and the outline of her hips and buttocks are shown).

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A man shoots another man in the head (we see the bullet strike the man’s head) and blood splatters on another man’s face. A man is shot through a plane window and we see blood splatter on the window. Two men are shot in an elevator (blood and matter sprays on the elevator wall). People with guns shoot in the background of a scene and we see blood spray and bodies thrown. Several people are shot and stabbed and we see blood spurting. A woman runs through a building shooting people and screaming (we see some blood spurting). A man shoots another man and we see blood spurt. A man sprays another man with pepper spray and a third man shoots the sprayed man in the head splattering blood on the first man’s face and shirt. A woman is shown as she holds a man on the ground and slashes his throat and shoots another man (we see other bodies on the ground around her). A woman becomes enraged when someone mocks her age; she yells and a firefight ensues with people being shot and punched; a woman shoots a man in the head and another man shoots at her but a man pushes her out of the way and takes the bullet (we see a bloody wound on his abdomen). Two men fight their way out of a building and we see them using swords, guns and one man uses a mace on a few other men (we see some blood). A couple of dead bodies are shown with their eyes burned or cut out (their faces are very bloody).
 Two men shoot several guards on a boat, several other armed people float in the air on hover boards and are also shot (blood sprays); the first two men move through the boat and shoot others onboard, one man fights with a man using a pool cue and a heavy statue, a man is shot through the eye (we see the bloody wound), another man is slammed into a juke box repeatedly breaking glass with his head (we see his bloody face with shards of glass in it), a man is shot in the leg, a man holds a gun on another man, a man kicks another man down a flight of stairs and they fight with one being slashed on the leg. A man stabs another man in the neck (we see blood oozing from the wound.
 A man is thrown out of a carnival ride, slams into a woman on the ground (we hear her scream and see blood splatter as it seems that she was thrown into another ride, possibly impaled) and we hear that she was killed as her young son watched. People arm themselves and speed in boats chasing two men in a boat, the men are struck, blood sprays as the boat crashes onto a barge and explodes. A woman grabs a man and they run from a gunfight on a beach, they hide behind a bar, run to a scooter and speed away chased by men with guns in cars; the scooter crashes and the woman jumps off a cliff followed by the man as the other men continue to shoot at them. A man shoots at three people on a rooftop and they run through a building. A man in a helicopter shoots at three people in a van, they exchange gunfire, a tanker truck overturns on a bridge and explodes bowing out the bridge, a woman dangles out of the van nearly falling out, and the helicopter is struck and we see it smoking as it descends. A man shoves another man in a bar and drinks from his beer; this leads to a fight and we see several people fighting in the bar. Two women fight and one shoots the other in the head.
 A man steals a car and speeds away while being shot at, he slams into sidewalk carts throwing people and produce, and eventually crashes into a barricade where the driver is thrown through the windshield and onto the ground (he moans but seems OK); he stands up and is hit by another car and thrown into the water. Cars chase three people in a van and the cars crash and flip over, and one slams into a stone column (we do not see injuries). Three people steal a van and speed through streets, down large steps, and through market stalls. Three people jump off a yacht as it explodes (they splash into the ocean uninjured). A woman becomes enraged and speeds in a car toward her husband; he steps out of the way and she hits another man throwing him in the air and hard on the ground (we see the man lying unconscious). Two men are chained with their hands over their heads and two other men threaten them with a Taser; one man is tasered for information and the other says he’ll tell them everything (he is unchained), the first man is tasered again and he wraps his legs around the torturer and eventually snaps his neck while the other man wraps the chain around his torturer’s neck and they get away. Bags are placed over the heads of two people and they are taken away in a van. Bags are placed over the heads of three people and we see them tied up later. A plastic bag is placed over a man’s head and we see him struggling to breathe (it is implied that he died).
 A test run of a virus being planted in a data junction knocks out the power in a city and we see people screaming and a train careening off the tracks and into waiting riders. A woman throws another woman over a desk and yells, demanding information. A man punches another man in the face. A woman slaps a man in the face in a couple of scenes. A man shoots a gun in the air to get other people’s attention. A man slaps a woman in the face. A man shoots at something causing it to explode and create a distraction. An electronic bracelet is placed on a woman’s wrist and it flashes when she gets far away from a briefcase (it will explode if she gets too far away from it). A woman shoves a wounded man in a cart, pushes him onto a boat and they speed away with another man; the wounded man is pushed off the boat later and we see him floating face down in the water (he revives). A man twists another man’s hand and we hear cracking in a couple of scenes. A husband and his wife have sex in a car and when they are finished the man remarks about hearing pounding; the woman opens the trunk of the car and another man gets out yelling and gasping.
 A man gives an order to “shoot to kill.” A man orders two men to be taken to his “torture chamber.” A man jumps off a boat to avoid hearing another man having sex with his wife. A man argues with his therapist about how to get over a traumatic episode; he compares his situation to a belly dancer without a torso. A man in an audience laughs mockingly as another man is presented with an award (this is a nightmare). A man tells a woman that her mouth needs an exorcism. A man is referred to as “The Butcher” as he sharpens a machete in front of another man tied into a chair. A man says that his ribs are broken after having been shot and we see many holes in the lapels of his jacket. A woman says that her mother was eaten by a shark and describes having watched her being “devoured by a beast.” A man says that he was shot in the genitals on a job. A man tells another man, “You get on my last nerve.”
 Several scenes show protests in Greece and one scene shows fires and explosions as protestors riot after the EU imposes further financial restrictions. People talk about hacking into a major data junction that would knock out a large power grid throughout Europe. A man sets a car on fire and it explodes.
 A man collapses on the ground after taking a pill that we later hear was Lithium. A man is shown unconscious in the back of a van and a shovel tips over hitting him in the head. Three people are shot with tranquilizer darts and they fall unconscious (one man is shot in the face with several darts). A woman’s high heel breaks off and she stumbles and falls off a moving yacht (we are told that a man thought that she was lost at sea). A woman is shown with a bruise on her face and she is tied with her hands over her head.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard LANGUAGE 10

 – At least 127 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 10 sexual references, 28 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (monster, boring, cheesy, my cucaracha, annoying, dumb, dumbest, moron, panty waste, cruel, disgrace, lunatic, delicate, losers, old cow, terrible, unkillable, idiots, crazy, cold, grumpy pants, stain on my legacy, racist), exclamations (shut-up, no bickering, bugger me, freaking), 1 religious profanity (GD), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. For God’s Sake, Oh My God, May God Have Mercy On Our Souls, My God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man tells another man that they should “do some coke” (we do not see them do this), a man takes a pill for pain and we hear later that it was Lithium, and three people are shot with tranquilizer darts (one repeatedly). A man and a woman drink wine, a man drinks from a bottle of whiskey in a bar, a man drinks from another man’s beer bottle in a bar (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and people drink wine with a meal.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The future, the past, anarchy, austerity, the Greek financial crisis, power, Interpol, childhood trauma, guilt, death of a parent, infertility, adoption, the EU.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard MESSAGE

 – Family can be found in the most unusual places.

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