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Outlaw King | 2018 | R | – 7.9.5

Why is “Outlaw King” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of brutal war violence, some sexuality, language and brief nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene with male and female nudity, brief full frontal male nudity, an implied rape, gory extended battles, scenes of murder and a graphic disembowelment, and 2 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


content-ratingsHistorical drama set in the early 14th century inspired by the rebellion of Scottish nobleman Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) against the English crown. Vastly outnumbered, the Scots use guerilla tactics to take back their land and crown Robert king. Also with Florence Pugh, Stephen Dillane, Rebecca Robin, Billy Howle, Sam Spruell, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Callan Mulvey. Directed by David Mackenzie. [Running Time: 2:01]

Outlaw King SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A husband and his wife touch hands tenderly, they go together to a tent where they disrobe (we see her bare breasts and back to the upper buttocks and his chest, abdomen to the hip and buttocks), they kiss and he lays her on a bed where he thrusts and they moan (we see his heavily shadowed crotch without any detail). A fully nude man stands up in a body of water and we see his bare chest, abdomen, and briefly his genitals.
 A woman is grabbed by a soldier and her dress is ripped open in front revealing her bare breasts and subsequent rape is implied.
 A husband and his wife kiss and hug. A woman slaps a man hard in the face before they embrace and kiss. A man kisses another man on the mouth as a joke. A newly married couple is escorted to their bed chamber by a priest and a prayer is recited; the two are then left in the room together where they talk and the man leaves to sleep in a neighboring room. A man promises the hand of a man’s daughter to another man. A man touches a woman’s face tenderly before threatening her.
 A man makes a crude sexual remark as he thrusts a burning candle into the neck of a severed pig’s head. A man teases after a betrothal announcement that the two fathers should kiss. A man and a woman make remarks about the length of time a couple was in a bed room together.


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Outlaw King VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 - Armed men enter a castle's grounds and demand information and one man is questioned and taken to the gate where his is hanged by a rope and as he's choking a knife is thrust into his chest, pulled down to his abdomen and he's disemboweled (we see blood and intestines pour from the man's abdomen); another man's throat is slashed (we see blood pour).
 In an extended scene many men on horseback charge a smaller group of men on foot and as they charge they fall into a pit with spikes that impale the horses (we hear horses squealing) and men and we see a lot of blood spraying; more and more men and horses fall on the spikes and die as others fight with swords and knives (we see a man struck as we hear crunch and grunting and see blood spraying); other men and horses circle around and get caught in bogs and we see the horses topple and the men get stuck in the thick mud but fighting continues with a teen boy being stabbed with a spear through the chest (we see blood on his face and mouth) and two men fight with heavy swords and one falls (he spits, vomits blood and goo but is not killed). Flaming arrows are launched into a camp at night and we see people struck and catching on fire; men on foot enter the camp and they fight with swords and hatchets and many men are shown dead with bloody wounds later.
 A man stabs another man in the throat after a brief argument (we hear a crunch and we see blood in the man's mouth and abdomen). Men fight at the edge of a lake where they slash with swords and axes; men are held under water, one man's throat is slit (blood gushes), and a man is struck with a thrown spear in the chest (we see blood on his wound as he dies and blood seeps in the water when he is pushed off a boat). Several battle sequences take place when armies attack villages and castles (we see fires burning and commotion as well as men fighting with swords as we hear crunching and thuds). Men on horseback charge toward a castle and threaten to attack unless they are told where a woman and a child are; they fire flaming arrows into the castle and enter. A few men sneak into a castle and attack men with knives and swords; then open the gates and many armed men pour in fighting and we see bloody wounds and hear crunching and slashing until they burn the remains of the castle and leave. Men enter a church and leave their swords at the door; inside one man stabs another man through the back of the neck with a knife and blood sprays as other men with swords attack and kill many others (we see blood and hear crunching). Men on horseback enter a village and we hear people yelling and screaming; we see a severed arm and partial chest hung from a statue and understand that a man has been killed; many townspeople surround the horses and yell and they are struck down by swords (we see some blood) and one man stabs a horse (we see the bloody belly wound) and then its rider in the throat (we see blood gush). A man tells men to throw other men into a well (we hear yelling and splashing off-screen).
 A woman is grabbed by a soldier and her dress is ripped open in front revealing her bare breasts and subsequent rape is implied. Men on horseback ride into a village and one grabs a young teen boy as the boy's mother protests and bites the guard hand; another woman yells for the guard to let the boy go and he does. A man challenges another man to a duel and they fight with heavy swords (no injuries are shown after the fight ends). A man grabs another man by the throat and tells him to get back to the kitchen. A man calls for all men who resist to be murdered without trial. A woman and a child are locked in a cell. A nun takes a child away from a woman as the child kicks and cries. A man threatens to castrate another man if he goes near his daughter again. A man grabs a woman's head and yells at her when she laughs at him. A woman is placed in a cage and hung over a castle wall and left there.
 A woman slaps a man hard in the face (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man kneels to a king, who squeezes his hands as he pledges his fealty. A man chides his son in several scenes. Several men argue about their course of action and one man yells for them to stop. We hear that a man's wife died in childbirth. Clergymen discuss a man's excommunication. A man on a road draws his sword as he approaches other men on horseback, who reach for their own weapons until the man kneels and pledges his support. A man is slapped across the face with a glove during a ceremony. Two men agree to settle a matter by fighting one-on-one. A husband talks to his wife about what she should do if he dies in a battle. A man yells, "The king will hang him for treason." A man reports to another man that, "Every man has been massacred" in a village. A man says, "Now we fight like wolves." A man tells his son to boil his body and carry his bones into battle after he dies. A man talks to his dying father about how he would never cry when his father beat him when he was a boy.
 We see a few severed heads on pikes with large birds pecking at them in a few scenes. A man is shown hanging by a rope around his neck in the distance. A dead man lies on the side of the road and we see blood on his face and body. A man dies as he expresses his regrets and we see a funeral with many mourners. A man's bare back has many old scars. A man collapses on his horse and dies in a bed later. A flaming vessel is launched by a trebuchet through the air and it crashes into a castle's wall leaving it in flames and crumbling.
 Bloody meat is chopped by a man with a hatchet in a market. A man holds up two dead swans as he yells ferociously about a forthcoming violent battle. A man jokes about someone "clutching his chamber pot." A man spits on the ground (we see spittle). A man spits in a well. A man blows his nose twice on the ground.


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Outlaw King LANGUAGE 5

 - About 2 F-words, 3 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (prick, bastards, madman, martyr, sniveling fool, treacherous rebel, traitor, pitiful union, charade, tyrant, bloody beast, outlaws, mad cheeky wee [scatological term deleted]), exclamations (shut-up), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. God Willing, Godless, God, Fight For God). | profanity glossary |


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Outlaw King SUBSTANCE USE

 - Men are shown drinking from goblets after a ceremony, men and women drink at celebration after a wedding, men drink in a camp, and a man and woman drink wine and complain about its quality.


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Outlaw King DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - War between the English and Scotland in the 1300s, bravery, trust, regret, honor, murder, mercy, power, rebellion, counsel, torture, betrayal, death of loved ones, chivalry.

Outlaw King MESSAGE

 - The urge to seek revenge may be the inspiration needed to fight with cunning.

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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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