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Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire | 2023 | PG-13 | – 4.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of strong violence, sexual assault, bloody images, language, sexual material and partial nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes references to sex and using sex to pay tribute to gods, references to suggestive sexual noises, non-sexual male nudity, many scenes of humans fighting non-human and computer characters using guns and blades and explosions leaving many dead and planets destroyed but with little bloodshed, scenes of kidnapping and violence against children, many arguments, and 1 word that sounds like an F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A former soldier (Sofia Boutella) is called to gather a cadre of diverse aliens from many planets, including humanoids, human-animal hybrids, robots, and a former general (Djimon Hounsou) to defend her home world from a takeover by tyrants, who include her adoptive father (Fra Fee). Also with Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Charlie Hunnam, Staz Nair, Fra Fee, Cleopatra Coleman, Stuart Martin, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Alfonso Herrera, Cary Elwes, Rhian Rees and the voice of Anthony Hopkins. Directed by Zack Snyder. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in alien languages with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:14]

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man is embraced by many snake-like tentacles and the scene ends (sex is implied). A village leader tells his people to pay tribute to the gods by going home and making love with much “thrusting of hips” and loud love-inspired vocalizations; the next morning a woman says she heard loud love making noises from a certain man’s house. In a tavern, a male humanoid offers a male human sex, grabbing the human’s groin and saying, “You’ll be begging for more,” and the human declines.
 A man and a woman kiss for a few seconds. A man takes a teen girl in his arms and kisses her for several seconds and she looks confused. A man and a woman briefly hold hands.
 A nude man lies on his side on a table with his bent knee covering his genitals in an extended scene (we see his bare chest, shoulders, abdomen and legs). A woman wears overalls with straps that reveal her back and cleavage in several scenes. Male soldiers threaten a woman, grabbing her after she slaps an officer’s hand away from her face and they carry her off-screen while she screams and cries; another woman rescues her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A human-arachnid creature has a seemingly female torso, arms, shoulder, head and breasts without nipples. Two men are shown shirtless (we see their bare chests, abdomens and backs) in several scenes.

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – There are many graphic fight scenes that show several instances of deaths without bloodshed, by swords, lightsabers, laser and projectile rifles, knives, falls off platforms and explosions; we hear bones breaking with loud cracks and the attacking soldiers often laugh when people die. A woman sounds a village warning gong when a warship flies overhead and lands; a man argues with a village leader and another man and then threatens them both and uses a scepter-cane to beat the leader to death as men and women scream and cry and children look on, speechless (we do not see blood, but dust rises during the beating); the man leaves after telling the villagers that he will take their grain harvest from now on. A woman is threatened and grabbed by several soldiers (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and another woman with an axe enters as a soldier threatens her with a laser rifle, but she gets it from him and shoots him under the chin (he falls off-screen and we do not see blood), and she shoots and kills the other men (also without blood shown) and saves the first woman; an officer orders a robot to shoot both women, but it shoots the officer instead, knocking him off-screen as the women escape. An alien with wide pink tentacle-like growths on his face and head is beaten to death; the camera zooms back to show gore and pieces of his head thrown to the floor with each cane strike.
 An alien humanoid with three guards threatens a man and a woman in a tavern and during an ensuing gunfight, the woman kills all three guards (without blood shown) and a third man shoots the alien between the eyes, a red splotch showing as he dies. Two men in an arena drag a third man on his back with leather thongs tied to his ankles and they pull him along a blood-covered path, indicating that he is dead but we do not see any fighting. As we hear off-screen gunfire, a robot spider grabs a man and lashes him to a metal extension that holds him upright, another man interrogates him, shoots and kills him with a large dart gun to the back of his head and the victim falls to the floor, dead, with eyes open (no wounds are seen).
 At a trade depot, a man betrays rebels, who are captured by robot spiders and belittled by an officer; the traitor makes a man point a dart gun at the head of a woman, but the man quickly turns and points it at the traitor and they initiate an extended gunfight with laser and projectile weapons, punching, kicking, beatings, stabbings, knife cutting and throws, and there are explosions and several pilots in small spacecraft die before they can take off as men and women on both sides of the fight fall and die, without blood showing. Many people scream during loud automatic rifle fire on and off-screen, a man and a woman fight on a platform, falling, kicking and punching, and he uses a scepter-cane while she uses a whip; she falls off the platform and clings to a cable, climbing back up, she breaks the cane and stabs him in the leg with it (we see a little blood), she hits him in the face with another part of the cane and we see what looks like an upper denture plate fall to the floor followed by two molars; he then falls to his death off the platform.
 After a man is released from shackles, he approaches a creature that is a horse with wings, an eagle head, and a lion tail; it bucks and screeches, but he caresses its head and releases its chains, jumps onto its back, it flies away over spiky rocks and the man falls off, runs across a ledge and jumps back on as the beast flies calmly and when a man approaches it and it bucks and screech, it knocks the man down and sinks its huge claws into the screaming man’s chest, ending the scene (death is implied). A spider-woman hybrid with sharp legs fights with a woman wielding two sharp glowing sword-light-sabers and we hear metal clanking; the spider jumps above the woman who carves two red lines into the spider’s abdomen, then stabs the creature through the human chest and we see the glowing sword come out the back with sparks, killing the creature without gore or blood and we later see it curled up on the ground. A large spider extends two lengths of what looks like intestines around a man’s neck and trailing down his bare chest; the man’s eyes glow and his voice sounds like a computer as bubbles flow through the lines and into the spider leaving the man dead and the spider runs away with the lines retracting into its back end.
 In a prolonged scene, a dead man with blood spatter on his face and a large blood spot on his chest is taken into a spacecraft’s sick bay and placed nude on a table (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) where aliens attach several equipment lines to him around the torso and legs, electricity and fluids flow in and he rises, elevated in a large bubble; from the corpse’s point of view, he appears on an icy astral plane and speaks to a man, who orders him to bring his daughter back to him without killing her so that he can crucify her on the floor of a government chamber; the second man cracks the ice with a lance, and the other man falls out of the bubble, lands on the table face down, raises his head, and screams into the camera to end the scene.
 Individuals are killed in front of family members, including young children. Children are in peril from kidnapping, and battles that include several explosions of fire and smoke (we don’t see children die). A planet threatens a farming colony on another planet and a former soldier recruits warriors to prevent a takeover; recruits include criminal outcasts, insurgents, peasants, and war orphans who all want revenge.
 A dog drops a bird in the snow and a teen girl picks it up and brings it back to life as her head glows; we hear that she is a princess and that she and the king and queen were all assassinated, and a greedy senator took over their realm.
 A robot fires a laser rifle at a man who falls dead without blood showing. A sentient servant robot rises from a crate, and a man shoots the robot three times with a laser rifle and it falls but gets up uninjured. A robot stands with a lance in one hand and a warrior’s stag-horns headdress on his head. A close-up shows two sides of an elk roasting on a spit with many ribs visible.
 A flashback shows a world being destroyed by explosions with flames and smoke. A young girl picks up a laser rifle and holds it under the chin of the invasion leader, but he takes it away from her and takes her away; she becomes a soldier for him at 18 and we see and hear soldiers shouting in triumph and hugging one another and the man takes the teen in his arms and kisses her for several seconds and she looks confused.

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire LANGUAGE 4

 – 1 grunting vocalization that sounds like an F-word, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, whore, feeble, filthy, cutthroats, coward, sick, dirty drain turtle), exclamations (whoo, shut-up, whoa), 4 religious exclamations (God only knows, By God’s will, For God’s sake, In the name of the old gods). | profanity glossary |

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man holds a hookah pipe that belches smoke as he inserts the hose into a metal port in his abdomen and arches his body and moans as the drug enters his system. A man drinks from a flask (it is unclear whether it contains alcohol), a man in a tavern invites another man twice to drink ale and we see steins and a woman holding two steins (we do not see anyone drinking).

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Class distinctions, war crimes, greed, power, brutality, kidnapping, murder, betrayal, anger, revenge, sadness, compassion, mercy, love, freedom, peace, cooperation, standing against injustice.

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire MESSAGE

 – Oppressed people will band together to defeat authoritarian regimes and colonizers.

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