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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | 2022 | PG | – 1.3.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “action/violence, rude humor/language, and some scary moments.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a hug and an implied romantic relationship between two cats, many scenes of fights between a cat and a wolf, between a cat and a giant tree monster, between a cat and many men with swords, cats and a dog against three bears and a young woman all with swordplay, throws, threats and no visible bloodshed, and some arguments and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas) uses up his 8th life, he is advised to retire from his hero status and live his final life quietly, which he does, but not for long: When death in the shape of a giant wolf searches him out, Puss can’t help but try to live out his last days as heroically as always. Also with the voices of Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, John Mulaney, Wagner Moura, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, Olivia Colman and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. Directed by Joel Crawford & Januel Mercado. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 1:40]

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish SEX/NUDITY 1

 – Two cats hug. A cat catches another cat as if she is dipping him in a dance. Two cats argue about one of them leaving the other at the altar.
 A man’s clothing is slashed by a cat with a sword causing his clothing to fall to the floor to embarrass him (we see part of his underwear as he grabs his pants). A woman is seen in a bathtub filled with bubbles with a cat in the tub with her (we see part of the woman’s shoulder through the bubbles).

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – We see several acts that lead to the death of a cat: he is struck by a charging bull, attacked by dogs (we hear the dogs snarling but do not see the attack), falls from a tall tower, crushed under a barbell, shot out of a cannon, and eats shrimp that he is allergic to (we see his face swollen and reddened); he is also sprayed by flames when an oven is too hot (we see him charred).
 A large wolf with red eyes and wearing a dark cape speaks in a low voice and threatens a cat in a bar; the wolf carries two curved blades and fights the cat, until he drops his sword and the wolf drags the tip of his blade along the cat’s head causing him to bleed (we see a trickle of blood); the cat then runs into a bathroom and locks the door, swims through a sewer pipe, and gets away.
 A giant tree monster stands up and tears the roof off a village building, grabs a handful of people, puts them in a tree trunk and carries it like a bag; a child on a cow is pulled up to the trunk as the monster lumbers through the area causing more destruction and people run screaming, a cat with a sword is launches toward the monster and pokes under the monster’s thumbnail with the sword (the cat calls this a “Spanish splinter”), causing the monster to yell; the cat cuts the vine holding the trunk filled with people and they fall to the ground unharmed, the monster swings a church bell on a rope and is eventually struck in the head and knocked to the ground, the bell crashes down on top of the cat and we understand that the cat died (he is shown unharmed later, for his 9th life). A wolf breaks its way into a collection of crystals to fight with a cat trapped inside: they fight and the cat gets out and runs away, he slides down a ridge and lands on a glowing surface shaped like a star. Several characters charge toward a cat and fight over a map while standing on a glowing star; the star rises out of the ground, a woman is pulled into the glowing star and disappears, and a bear is zapped and thrown into the star until other bears help to get him back out to safety. A giant-sized man erupts out of a magic carpetbag and two cats with swords leap toward him and stab him under the fingernails with their swords; the man yells in pain before falling into a glowing star that then shoots into the sky and explodes like a firework.
 A woman asks a man for payment for the delivery of an item and the man presents her with something that when she touches it, she is transformed into solid gold. Three bears and a young woman break through the wall and a window of a house and one bear holds the woman around the throat, as the woman calls for her many cats to hide in the safe room (a closet); another bear growls and snarls at the woman and a third pokes a claw in the woman’s nostril threatening her for information, a cat urinates on a bear, many cats fall on a bear and the bear crashes through a window to get away. Several men with swords fight a cat; the cat jumps around the room and eventually slashes a man causing his clothing to fall to the floor to embarrass him. A cat inside a box kicks another cat when he opens the box; they fight briefly over a map that was inside the box. Two cats fight with others using swords and throws and one cat gets his beard caught in a turning device, men shoot flaming arrows at the cats and a dog as they ride out of a village in a cart, and a man prepares a group of men to track them down. Two cats argue over a map, and a cat holds a dagger to a dog’s throat. A carriage falls off a cliff and we hear people inside it yelling. A young woman throws a stick at a cat to get a map away from him. A cabin breaks apart and floats into the air, the ground rumbles and separates leaving large crevasses and separating a dog from two cats and one cat is trapped between glimmering shards of crystal (like a hall of mirrors). A wolf and a cat fight, the cat drops his sword and fights with a dagger (a petito blade), and the wolf stands over the cat and snarls.
 Two cats bump into giant plants as they walk through an enchanted area; the cats slash the plants with swords as they move and seem threatening; a dog sniffs the flowers and is lifted up gently into a giant bloom. Two cats and a dog enter a shimmering force field and swirl through spinning lights before landing on the ground unharmed. A man and a cat fight over a map and the man chases the cat into a dark forest. A cat slips and falls from a tree limb and another cat catches him and pulls him to safety. A bear is swarmed by bees in a beehive. A man swats a cricket and sends it flying. A man kicks a seagull. A cat buries his cape, hat and boots in a grave, and fills it in with dirt.
 A wanted poster features Goldilocks and the Three Bears and they are labeled, “Crime Family.” A character threatens, “I’ll poke holes in the lot of you.” A character threatens, “You’re dead cat meat.” A dog calls bears and a young woman a string of insults (much of which is bleeped) and laughs. A young woman remembers being a child and entering the cabin of three bears, where they found her sleeping in one of their beds. Two cats argue in a few scenes. A man remembers being bullied as a child. A doctor tells a cat, “You died.”
 A star falls to Earth, crashes to the ground and sends sparks of bright light all around as a voice-over describes a dark forest being born. A room is filled with “magical” items: a phoenix in a cage blows flames, a glass display case holds a tiny sailing-vessel that we are told has Lilliputians on board, a glowing stone on the end of a staff, and a carpetbag that can hold infinite items. A map glows with parts of a “dark forest” labeled with names like, “Undertaker Ridge,” “Swamp of Infinite Sorrows,” “Mountains of Misery,” “Eternal Misery,” etc.
 A cat jumps and dances through a bar where a man’s hand is held on a table and the cat uses his sword to poke between each finger. A cat in a bar spins on a roulette wheel with daggers pointing toward him (as a demonstration of his calm demeanor). A cat walks through a crowd of people chanting his name and he steps on the face of a child leaving a muddy boot print; the child’s father gleefully says, “We’ll never wash it again.”
 A dog pretends to be a cat to befriend other cats and to be allowed to live in a cat rescue shelter; the dog talks about being an orphan and that he lives under the porch. A man sticks his thumb in a pie and licks his thumb declaring the pie tasty (we see goo on his thumb and his skin is stained purple). A dog collapses from a “cuteness overload” after two cats change their faces and the size of their eyes to be very sweet and cute.
 A cat stands on a toilet and urinates (we see the stream between his legs and hear the trickle). Many cats are shown in a house and some seem sickly; one has a cone on its head, several stand in line at a litter box (flies buzz around it), they all wear tiny booties on their paws, and a woman uses a spray bottle when the cats do something they are not supposed to do. A doctor examines a cat after he dies and then revives, and lifts the cat’s tail to take his temperature (the cat doesn’t allow it); the doctor also suggests a “trim around the hindquarters.” A dog asks a cat to rub its belly and we see a scar. A dog’s nose bleeds when he strains to make a cute face, while pleading with a man.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish LANGUAGE 3

 – 4 scatological terms (2 not fully enunciated), 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity (there are a few strings of words spoken by a character with some of the words bleeped, implying obscenities), name-calling (outlaw, filthy peasants, lap cat, low-rent Cinderella, dingleberry, quack, crazy, melodramatic, scaredy-cat, wuss and boots, jerks, absurd, slow, sloppy, salty, big time thieves, stupid cat, [scatological term deleted] for brains, [anatomical term deleted] nugget, stupid, cheesy, lame, weird, tricky bugger, rat face, disgusting, scruffy, geriatric, ain’t well fixed for brains, horrible, irredeemable, monster, idiot, muppet), exclamations (easy-peasy lemon squeezy, cuteness overload, diddly squat, bloomin’, shut-up, sweet mother of goose), 1 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, Holy frijoles). | profanity glossary |

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish SUBSTANCE USE

 – A wolf drinks something from a bottle in a bar, and a cat pours milk from barrels like beer in a bar.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fairy tales, death, cats having 9 lives, friendship, trust, heroism, adventure, sacrifice, ethical business practices, greed, legends, secrets, luck, bravery, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Little Jack Horner, retirement, mystery.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish MESSAGE

 – One life is plenty if you live it well and make friends along the way.

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