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Profile | 2018 | R | – 2.5.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Profile” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout and some disturbing images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes some flirting over video chat, several blurry videos depicting the murder of people by beheading and stoning, a couple of videos of bombings and gunfire in the background of scenes, and 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Inspired by true events: a journalist (Valene Kane) attempts to infiltrate the terrorist Islamic State in order to uncover their methods of recruiting young women to their cause. She is not prepared for what she discovers when she meets a charismatic recruiter (Shazad Latif). Also with Christine Adams, Amir Rahimzadeh, Morgan Watkins and Emma Cater. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Arabic with English subtitles and a few without translation. [Running Time: 1:45]

Profile SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman flirt over video chat in several scenes. A man asks a woman if she is a virgin. A man pleads for a woman to go to Syria to be with him. A man asks a woman if she wants to go further with him. A woman asks a man about young women being recruited and used as sex slaves. A man talks about European women being more comfortable with sex and pleasing their husbands than Syrian women. A man and a woman are married over video chat. A man and a woman talk about moving in together. A man lies back on bed and tells a woman over video chat that this is where they will lie together. A man tells a woman that they will make beautiful children together.
 A video advertisement is shown talking about the freezing of eggs. A man shoots a gun into the air and the glowing bullets make the shape of a heart in the sky.

Profile VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – We see videos of people being beheaded and having their throats slit: we see the gestures toward the killings but the scenes cut away before death. A blurry video is shown with a young woman being stoned to death by a group of people (we see a pool of blood on the ground under the body).
 A video shows children being attacked by drones and we see an explosion and dust and rubble (no dead bodies or wounded victims are seen). A woman screams and collapses to the floor when she sees a man attacked with an explosive and his phone goes dead; she assumes he is dead and feels responsible.
 A man says that he was stabbed three times and when his brother attacked his attacker and he was sent to prison for 16 years. A woman reads an article about someone being beheaded. A woman asks a man what his job is and he says, “Killing people.” A man says that women wear explosive belts and blow themselves up. A man says, “Converts are more serious about religion.” A man asks a woman what she would like as a dowry and offers her “The life of someone that has offended you.” A man talks about someone being shot in the leg. A woman talks about her mother overdosing and that she had taken out a payday loan that she didn’t realize had an enormous interest rate. A man threatens a woman and says that he will order a fatwa against her and refers to her as an “unclean person,” and that it will be a “long and painful death.” We read messages that refer to, “What if they find me?” We hear reports of bombings, references to Sunni fighters and young women joining ISIS in a few scenes. There are several references to acts of terror. A man says that dogs are dirty like pigs. A man complains about people ignoring you if you’re in trouble. A woman yells at her dog and throws him out of her apartment. A man and a woman argue over video chat and he breaks up with her.
 A video shows a man lying motionless on the floor and he sits up and yells causing a woman to scream. Several scenes show people firing guns into the air and chanting. A video of a man driving is shown and we hear gunfire and explosions in the background. We see what looks like a military-type parade with people in vehicles holding weapons as they drive through streets. Several pictures show guns and people (including a toddler) posing with guns. A man shoots a gun into the air and the glowing bullets make the shape of a heart in the sky.

Profile LANGUAGE 7

 – About 30 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, 3 derogatory terms for Pakistani people, name-calling (racist, idiot, devil, enemy, spies, vultures, dogs, dirty, ridiculous, insane, narcissistic teenager, toxic), exclamations (shut-up, shush), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |

Profile SUBSTANCE USE

 – A comment is made about “smoking weed and drinking.” A woman smokes in several scenes. A woman holds and drinks from a glass of wine in a couple of scenes.

Profile DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Islamic State, terrorism, Syria, Aleppo, vengeance, journalism, racism.

Profile MESSAGE

 – Uncovering the truth can be dangerous.

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