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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum | 2019 | R | – 2.9.5

content-ratingsWhy is “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “pervasive strong violence, and some language.” The evaluation includes a belly dancing scene and a few cleavage revealing outfits, numerous extended fight sequences with people using a variety of weapons (guns, axes, knives, swords, horses and a belt) that end with many people dead with bloody wounds and missing digits, and 4 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

This third installment has John Wick (Keanu Reeves) with a hefty price on his head after breaking a rule that leaves him thoroughly unprotected. Trying to survive the myriad attacks against him and searching for anyone who might be willing to help, he has to make the ultimate decision to give up and die or continue doing what he does best. Also with Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Tobias Segal and Anjelica Huston. Directed by Chad Stahelski. Several languages are spoken with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:10]

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum SEX/NUDITY 2

 – Several belly dancers perform for men seated in a common area in a hotel (we see cleavage and bare abdomens).
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears tight-fitting pants that accentuate her hips, buttocks and thighs. A man’s bare abdomen is shown when he lifts his shirt. A man’s bare chest and abdomen are seen when he opens his shirt to have stitches in a shoulder wound. A young woman wears a low-cut leotard that reveals cleavage and bare upper back and shoulders as she dances.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 - An extended fight sequence shows two busloads of assassins enter a building, toss smoke bombs and move through looking for occupants: gunfire rings out and the infiltrators do not seem to be phased by bullets unless they are shot in the neck or throat (under their helmets because they are wearing bulletproof suits and helmets), many close shots are shown with blood spraying (we do not see the faces of the victims), many men defending the building are shot dead with blood splattering and spraying, two men rearm themselves and return to the fight with heavier weapons, and two men fall into a swimming pool and shoot at each other (one is killed and blood spreads in the water). Several men chase another man into a building with many displays of an assortment of weapons (guns, knives, axes and swords), gunshots are fired and a man is struck in the head (we see blood), and a fight ensues with punching and kicking: a man's head is slammed into a glass display case, men fight with knives, knives are thrown with many sticking in men's backs and chests, one man is struck in the crotch, a couple of men are struck in the head, two men fight with axes and one man is stabbed in the head with a long knife and another is stabbed slowly in the eye (we hear a pop as the blade pierces the eye), and an ax is thrown into a man's head (blood sprays). A man using a sword slashes another man and cuts off the fingers of one hand (blood pours), they continue to fight and one man is stabbed through the chest, wrestled to the floor and stabbed in the chest again (we see the blade through the chest and out the back, the man sits up, and gasps and grimaces as he falls over dead).
 Two men fight with a man with kicks and punches and slashing with knives; the man is kicked repeatedly into many glass display cases that shatter until one is slashed across the throat (blood sprays) and the other is slashed across the chest and then the throat (blood sprays); two more men come and fight the first man with punches and kicks and knife slashing while he uses a belt to defend himself, he is kicked and punched some more and glass cases break again, and he bites the hand of one man and snaps his arm.
 An extended gun fight sequence between a man, a woman and two dogs leaves many men dead with blood gushing when struck by bullets, and blood pooling under bodies and staining clothing: a woman and a man open fire on several men in a room as a dog bites one man in the crotch leaving him with a bloody crotch and a bloody bullet wound in the leg, and the man, the woman and the dogs move through a compound fighting with other men, shooting and fighting and stabbing them as the dogs attack some of the men and bite them; two dogs attack men in a car and we see blood splatter on the windshield as they bark and growl.
 Several men with swords attack others with slashing and stabbing, leaving dead bodies with pools of blood and spraying blood when slashed; one man is stabbed down through the top of the head, and another is stabbed up through the chin and out through the back of the head. Several men (one at a time) are attacked by men with large swords: they slash each man with blood spraying and we hear squishing and the men fall dead (one man is thrown over a railing and lands on a landing below). A man draws a knife on another man in library stacks; they fight, one man is stabbed in the shoulder, they slam each other against the shelves, one man is struck with a book in the head and throat, and one man's head is propped on a book as the other man slams down on his head breaking his neck with a loud crack.
 A man is struck by two cars and he is thrown to the ground; he gets up and is chased by the men in the cars into a horse stable where the men shoot at him and he fights with punches and kicks, orients horses in a position to kick a couple of the men in the head (one man is kicked twice), and one man is tied around the neck and dragged by a horse until he is slammed into a wall (we do not see the damage).
 Several men on motorcycles chase another man on a motorcycle on a bridge: the man shoots two of the others throwing them off their motorcycles, one rider's leg gets caught in the wheel and it flips him onto the road, a cycle hits another cycle, they both crash to the road and two remaining motorcycles speed away and tip over leaving their riders on the ground and bloodied; one points a gun at the other and he is stopped by another man. A man rides a horse and is chased by others on motorcycles; they draw swords and the man on the horse fights with them, shooting them off their motorcycles (they both slam into parked vehicles on the side of the street). A man jumps two motorcycle riders, fights them, shoots them and speeds away on one motorcycle (blood sprays with gunshots). Two people approach a man in a train station and several other men with knives, and kill the two (we hear slashing and the bodies slump to the floor). A man stands next to a man and the second man slashes him and stabs him in the ear (the body falls to the floor and blood pools under the head).
 A man shoots another man several times and he falls back off a rooftop slamming into metal structures on the way down and slams onto the ground below (we see him with a very bloody face and head). A woman is told that her penance for breaking a rule is to be paid in blood; she raises her hands and they are both run through with a sword (we hear a squish and see blood pour from the wounds). A man is told that his penance will be paid with 7 cuts; another man slashes him across the face, head and body in a long shot and the man collapses (blood splatters and sprays and we see him later with deep wounds on his face and head with heavy stitches). A man cuts his own finger off (we see the finger separate and a pool of blood) and gives another man the ring that was on that finger; the finger stump is cauterized with a glowing metal disc (we hear a sizzle and the man screams). A man lifts his shirt to show his abdomen and another man shoots him (we see blood); he pulls his shirt to the side and the other man shoots him again in the shoulder (we see more blood and the man moans). A man shoots another man in the head when he tries to throw a knife at another man and blood sprays. A woman shoots a man in the shoulder (he's wearing a bullet proof suit and the bullet falls away). A man shoots a dog and it falls to the ground (the bullet falls away and the dog seems uninjured because it was wearing a bulletproof vest).
 A man heats a metal cross in a fire until it is red hot and then presses it against a man's bare back (we hear sizzling and the man moans). A man stitches up a cut in another man's shoulder (we see the needle and thread passing through the flesh and blood on the wound); the wounded man finishes the stitching himself. Many bodies, pools of blood and spent ammunition are seen on the floor of a hotel. A man's shirt is stained with blood from a knife wound. A young woman pulls a blackened toenail off her toe (we hear a squishing sound) that was presumably damaged from ballet dancing. We see a dead man on a table with a bullet hole in his head; a woman leans over the body and identifies the bullet used.
 Several men with knives attack a man in a dark passage way and another man intervenes to stop the scuffle. Two dogs growl and snap at a man. A man runs through a city street and we see that he has scratches and blood on his face. A man runs through a traffic jammed city street and into a library to find a book. A man collapses in a desert and is found by another man who takes him to a camp to revive him. A man prepares a blowfish and hands a piece to a woman telling her that it is fatal; she eats it and is unharmed. Young men and boys practice wrestling in a training camp setting. Opening credits include an animation of a gun firing and a drop of blood dropping on a coin.
 We hear that a man will be rendered ex-excommunicato and with a $14 million bounty on his head. A man describes a knife wound as having "nicked the artery." A man is told that he must kill another man. A woman tells a man that he will "abdicate his thrown" and he yells at her. A man in a dark alley threatens another man and warns him that time is running out. A man tells another man that he should walk in the desert until he is almost dead and then walk some more. A woman talks about being a mother and having to be separated from her daughter to keep her safe. A woman tells a man, "You're gonna die." A man tells another man to shoot him in the heart.
 A young woman is shown with bruises on her legs and back as she performs a dance move and collapses on a stage, repeatedly being ordered to continue by a woman watching her. A woman drinks from a water bottle, swishes the water in her mouth and spits it back into the bottle to hand to a man who makes a face.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum LANGUAGE 5

 - About 4 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (rats with wings, masters of death). | profanity glossary |

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man takes four pills (for pain). A man drinks a Martini in a hotel bar, a man pours and drinks a snifter of cognac, and a man pours two glasses of whisky. A couple of women smoke in an office area (we see smoke billowing in the air), a man smokes a cigar, and an ashtray is shown with many cigarette butts in it.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Chaos, bounty hunters, contract killing, rules, love, being worthy of love, fealty, family, going home, loyalty, order, making amends, assassins.

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum MESSAGE

 - Life is pain.


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