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The Lost City | 2022 | PG-13 | – 4.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Lost City” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.” The evaluation includes a fully nude man in back view in a non-sexual context, several references to a man being a sex symbol and references to romance novels, a kissing scene, several flirting scenes, a death by gunshot with blood and matter shown, two deaths by falling from a cliff, threats at gunpoint and yelling, perilous activity, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

A popular romance writer (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped and taken to a remote island, where a wealthy man (Daniel Radcliffe) forces her to help him find the treasure she wrote about in her last book. When the man that embodies the romantic lead and is the book’s cover model (Channing Tatum) discovers what has happened, he tries to save her. Also with Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang and Joan Pringle. Directed by Aaron Nee & Adam Nee. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish and Latin with translation. [Running Time: 1:52]

The Lost City SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man takes off his shirt and pulls down his pants (we see his bare chest, abdomen and buttocks) when he has leeches on his skin and a woman removes them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); the woman tells the man to turn around to the front and she looks at him with surprise (presumably looking at his crotch, which we do not see).
 A man and a woman kiss tenderly. A man and a woman flop back on the floor (as if after a sexual encounter) and talk in romantic terms (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman dance together and embrace. A man and a woman sleep in a hammock together and the woman wakes up resting on the man’s bare chest. A woman talks about how she would write a scene in a book and uses suggestive references. A man seems jealous when he sees another man and a woman “stare into each other’s eyes lovingly.” A man tries to hug another man and he does not reciprocate. A man tries to flirt with a woman in a few scenes. A woman tells a man that he is her “Platonic man-friend.” A woman in an audience asks a man onstage what his favorite romantic moment is. A woman tells another woman, “Put on your big girl panties.” A man is introduced to an audience as the “sexiest hero.” A woman asks a man if he is the guy that keeps asking her for photos of her feet.
 A woman in an audience calls out for a man onstage to rip off his shirt and another woman calls for the woman onstage with him to rip off his shirt (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man does an elaborate entrance onto a stage, dancing and posing, as women cheer him. A woman complains of an outfit giving her a wedgie and she pulls on the crotch several times.
 A woman wears a tight-fitting sequined jumpsuit that reveals cleavage and the outline of her buttocks through most of the movie. A woman wears an off-the-shoulders top that reveals bare shoulders and cleavage in a few scenes. A man’s shirt is partially open revealing his bare chest in several scenes in the movie. A woman wears a bathrobe that reveals some cleavage. A woman wears a bikini under a sheer cover dress.


 – A man is shot from off-screen and we see a lot of blood and matter spray on another man’s shirt and face. A man on a dirt bike speeds toward what he thinks is a woman in a jungle; it is a decoy and he crashes into another rider and they both fall over a cliff (presumably dead but we do not see the result). Several men and a woman wade into a cave and climb along a narrow path as plumes of steam blow out of vents; one man slips and nearly falls and another falls out of sight (presumably dead). A man and a woman are forced at gunpoint into a tomb and the lid is closed.
 A volcano rumbles, trees around it are engulfed in flames, a shrine collapses, a cave collapses and a man and a woman follow a current to get out of the area and to open water. A man shoots at another man speeding away in a boat and leaving him at the base of a rumbling volcano. A woman is forced to climb through a narrow passage while a man holds a gun on another man. A man on a motorcycle chases a tank, he climbs on the back of it and fights a few men at the top; one is thrown off and onto the road behind them, a woman in the tank starts a fire inside by pouring whiskey on a man’s lap as he flicks cigar ash, and the man is pushed into the tank where he and a woman are threatened. A man and a woman are shot at by men in a jungle and they speed away in a car; the driver swerves and stops short and we see that the woman that had been in the backseat is no longer in the car and the driver fears that she fell over a cliff (we see her on the road still attached to a chair and seemingly unharmed). Three men on dirt bikes chase and shoot at a man and a woman running through a jungle; one dirt bike nearly runs into the woman and she falls on the ground. A man runs toward a security fence, jumps it and disables two guards on the other side, he enters a building where he fights other guards using a tripod, he fights others men using glasses on tables and a tablecloth, he head-butts a man (we do not see injuries), he climbs a tree and goes inside a tent where a woman is tied to a chair; he cuts a couple of the ties and two men are shown pushing her still in the chair in a wheelbarrow as explosions blow up behind them. A woman gets into a car thinking it is a hired car and two men sit on either side of her as she is driven to an office and carried inside by the men where another man tells her what he wants her to do and when she declines they sedate her and put her on a plane. A woman is surrounded by several men and taken away in a tank. Several men on ATVs search for a man and woman in a jungle. A man on a boat tries to run away from authorities and another man tackles him to the deck. A woman reaches to open a car’s door and the car tumbles over a cliff and crashes to the ground below.
 A man and a woman with their hands and feet bound lie on a floor as many snakes slither around and toward them; other men in the room are shown with snakes climbing up their pant legs (this is an imagined scene). A woman tries to rip off a man’s shirt on a stage and her watch gets caught in his hair, the man stumbles and falls off-stage and his wig remains attached to the woman’s watch (he is unharmed but embarrassed). A woman kicks over an ashtray outside a hotel and feels guilty for doing so; she tries to scoop up the sand that has spilled on the ground. After waking from sedation a woman stumbles out of her seat and falls on the floor. A woman wearing very high heels stumbles as she walks through sand and pulls away when a man tries to help her.
 A man tells another man, “Kill him creatively.” A man and woman swim in a river and the man asks why it is warm; the woman says, “Swim around it,” implying that she has urinated in the water. A man and a woman climb a sheer rock wall and the man pushes the woman up using his head between her legs when she doesn’t think she can’t make it and she says, “Get out of there.” A woman describes a tomb containing two lovers and we see skeletons embracing when the tomb is opened.
 A man yells at a woman in a few scenes and points a gun at her in a few other scenes. A woman yells at police officers when they question her about another woman’s’ whereabouts. We understand that a woman’s husband died and she is having trouble dealing with grief. A woman says that a college classmate of hers went missing but they found her in her car; she says she was dead. A woman tells an audience that a character in a book series will meet his untimely death. People joke about a woman being reclusive and she insists, “People know I’m alive.” A woman tells another woman, “No grumpy face.” A woman is dismissive of a man in several scenes. A woman says, “Jungles eat people like us.” A woman complains about wearing a “glitter straightjacket.” A man tells another man that they should stop searching for a woman because, “People are dying.” A woman tells a man that “lives are at stake.” A woman asks a man, “Have you ever murdered anyone?” and when he replies that he has not, she says that she doesn’t believe him and that she will murder him first, if he tries to murder her.
 A man is shown with many leeches on his back and buttocks (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and a woman pulls them off one-at-a-time; they both gag initially but neither vomits. A man complains when he realizes he has another man’s blood and brains on his face and says that he has some in his mouth and that he can taste the man’s thoughts. A man is shown with a rash on his back and a woman applies facial masks to help with the inflammation. Smoke billows out of the top of a volcano and we see glowing lava flowing. A woman pours scented oil onto a fire and it flares up. A woman complains about the smell of bat feces in a cave.

The Lost City LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 11 sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, mild obscenities, name-calling (hopeless, loveless, grownups, encyclopedia of beautifulness, creepy, GI Joe, hilarious, snowflake, Fabio, damsel in distress, super creepy, cheap, vapid lady fantasy books, selfish, recklessly, sexist, schlock, crazy, geriatric shut-in, champ, fool, dear old dad, human mummy), exclamations (oh my gosh, oh my, what the…, jeez), 1 religious profanity (GD), 22 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, oh God, Jesus Christ, my God, Holy Mother of God). | profanity glossary |


 – A woman drinks a glass of wine while sitting in a bathtub, a man offers a woman a glass of champagne (we do not see them drink), a woman drinks a small bottle of liquor and slurs her words, a woman drinks a beer, two men drink beer, two women drink cocktails on a beach, and a man drinks a glass of whiskey in a few scenes. A man smokes a cigar and blows the smoke into a woman’s face, and two men smoke cigars.


 – Romance novels, grief, fear, finding love, giving up on living, judgement, greed, sexism, obsession, regret, anger issues, cryptocurrency, studying dead languages, bad luck, resentment, disappointment, adventures, judging a book by its cover.

The Lost City MESSAGE

 – Life can be sweeter after difficult times.


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