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Peppermint Parents Guide, Review and Rating

Why is "Peppermint" rated R? Read our parents' review below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A woman (Jennifer Garner) is devastated by the murder of her husband and young daughter and takes justice into her own hands when the system that is supposed to serve victims fails her. Also with John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner and Cailey Fleming. Directed by Pierre Morel. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles and a couple are not translated. [Running Time: 1:42]

Peppermint SEX/NUDITY 3

 - Several women are shown wearing bras and underwear as they package drugs in a warehouse (cleavage, backs, abdomens and legs are shown). A woman wearing a tight-fitting dress pours drinks for two men (the dress clings to her curves and her cleavage is shown). A painting of a woman with wings is seen and the woman is wearing a tank top that reveals cleavage.
 A husband and his wife kiss, hug and hold hands in a few scenes.
 A woman asks if two men had a "lovers quarrel."


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Peppermint VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 - An armed woman walks through a warehouse where three men in a room shoot at her through a door, she's in the hallway outside and shoots a few men with blood spraying, she jumps off a balcony and lands-crashes to the floor where she shoots another man in the leg and then head (he falls to the floor and we see his bloody head wound and his severed foot with blood); the woman continues shooting several more men as she makes her way through the warehouse with several people shot in the head and all displaying blood and she holds a knife in a man's nostril and questions him. Three men in a car open fire on a man and a young girl at a carnival: a woman runs toward them and she is shot and falls to the ground, she then crawls to the man and child and finds them both dead and covered with blood. A man shoots a woman in the chest and then the head (we see blood). A man shoots another man in the chest three times at close range (we see blood). A man and a woman fight with punches and kicks (they both have bloody faces), and she holds him at gunpoint and then shoots him in the head (blood sprays).
 A man with a bloody nose is shown taped to a chair and his mouth is covered with tape as a woman confronts him about his actions; we see that his hands have been nailed to the desk in front of him (we see the nails in the flesh and blood) and the woman leaves him there, gets on a bus and dials a number on her cell phone that ignites an explosive that blows up the man and the house (we do not see his remains).
 A woman is shot repeatedly and falls to the ground. A woman and a man fight, he stabs her in the side with an ice pick and she runs away (we see her bloody wounds), tumbling down a hillside and running away. A woman sets off a flash bomb and shoots several men in a warehouse. A woman attacks two men with kicks and she stabs them repeatedly (we see them dead and with bloody wounds later). A man with a bloody face and head is shown tied to a chair where he has been beaten and a man raises a large knife above the back of his head as the scene ends (we hear a slash and see blood splatter). A woman fights a man who grabs her around the throat, she head-butts him and stabs him (we see blood), and then makes her way through a compound shooting other guards with blood showing. A woman pushes a heavy metal bin on a man walking below her and he is struck and killed (no blood seen).
 We see a parked car with steamed windows moving slightly and we hear movement coming from inside, where a man and a woman fight; the man slashes the woman with a knife (we see blood) and they punch each other several times; the woman shoots the man in the head and blood splatters on the car window (we see the woman later with a very bloody leg wound from the knife slash).
 Three dead men with bloody head and face wounds are shown hanging by their ankles from a Ferris wheel; we later see them laid on the ground and their clothes are soaked in blood. Many bloody bodies are shown in body bags outside a warehouse. A man's body is shown being dragged by the feet out of a house and toward a deserted area (we see blood on his face). A woman finds another woman dead with bloody wounds in a dumpster.
 A large warehouse is rigged with explosives and they are detonated with a woman inside (we see windows blow out and large plumes of fire and smoke). A man holds a gun to a young girl's head and forces her to her knees. Two women are shown cage fighting and one woman punches the other in the face repeatedly (we see a lot of blood on her head and face). A woman hits a man in the head with an oxygen tank in the back of an ambulance and jumps out the back door (we see the man with a bloody cut on his forehead later). A man punches a woman in the stomach (she has stab wounds there) and face several times (we see her bloody mouth and face) and she coughs and spits blood.
 A lawyer grills a woman on a witness stand in a courtroom; the woman becomes angry when no one will listen to her, she jumps over the stand and lunges toward the three defendants until she is tasered by bailiffs. A woman slams a man in the head with a cooler door in a convenience store; she slams him to the floor, puts a gun in his mouth and threatens him, and then holds a gun to the chest of the cashier and takes his car keys (she leaves him some money). A woman steals a car from a man on the street and speeds away. A woman answers her door and another woman punches her in the nose, and then ties her to a chair in her kitchen (we see the woman's bruised nose and black eyes).
 Several armed men roust a homeless encampment and we hear people yelling; one man grabs two children and they scream. A woman chases two men in a car. A woman arms herself with many automatic weapons, handguns and knives, as well as a bulletproof vest in a couple of scenes and we see that she has an arsenal in the back of a van. Many homeless people, including children, are shown living on a street and sidewalks in an area referred to as "skid row." A woman packs up her house when she is evicted and cries in her young daughter's room.
 We hear that a man was found face down in his swimming pool and that another's house burned down with him in it. A man tells another man, "smoke him," and "make an example." A woman threatens to burn a woman's house down with her in it and the other woman screams and pleads. A woman goes to a police line-up and identifies three men who shot and killed her husband and child. A police detective shows another detective a police badge with a bullet hole in it and tells him that he should not pursue a case against a drug lord because he'll end up dead. A woman argues with a man and yells at him to leave when he tries to pay her off to be quiet about who killed her family. We hear that two drug shipments have gone missing and one man threatens another to remedy the problem. We hear news reports of several murders and a dangerous woman. A woman goes into a warehouse and finds a shrine to "death" (it's a skeleton with a scythe).
 A man yells angrily at another man and threatens him. Two women argue angrily about the authority over selling Firefly cookies in a particular place. A man tries to convince another man to join him in a robbery. A young girl tells her mother, "You should have punched her lights out," a couple of times. A young girl is sad when none of her friends come to her birthday party. A woman imagines seeing her dead young daughter alive again in a few scenes.
 A woman with bloody wounds is shown being put in an ambulance and later in a hospital bed with IVs and bandages. A woman staples a deep bloody cut on her leg after pouring alcohol on it and she moans and winces; we see a close-up of the bloody wound and the staples being inserted. A woman has blood on her head and we hear that she kept hitting her head on the bars of a jail cell. We see a bloody hand print on a grave stone in a couple of scenes. We see that a woman has a black eye and a badly bruised arm presumably from beatings. We see a painting of a woman with wings made of bullets on a wall. A woman urinates on the floor when she is threatened (we see puddle on floor). A woman is shown bandaged and with stitches on her head and face and she is handcuffed to a hospital bed.


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Peppermint LANGUAGE 8

 - About 35 F-words and its derivatives (one is written on a sign), 23 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (perfect, jerk, dirty bastards, dumb, stupid, crazy, fed girlfriend, coward, fools, insane), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, So Help Me God, Holy [scatological term deleted], God Only Knows). | profanity glossary |


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Peppermint SUBSTANCE USE

 - Two men share a marijuana cigarette in a car, we see people packaging drugs in a warehouse, and we hear that two drug shipments have gone missing. A police detective pours liquor into his coffee cup and walks onto a crime scene, a woman pours two glasses of liquor and one man drinks from one of the glasses, a man pours himself a drink and drinks from it, and a pre-teen boy says that his father drinks when a woman asks if he is OK on a bus. A homeless man picks up a cigarette butt from the gutter and smokes it, a man smokes a cigarette in a room, and men in a warehouse smoke cigarettes and play cards.


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Peppermint DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Love, changing your life, death of loved ones, a failing justice system, fear, money laundering, corruption, murder, drug cartels, taking risks, recovery, closure, vigilante justice, ATF, FBI.

Peppermint MESSAGE

 - Justice is sometimes not served in a court of law.

CAVEATS

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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