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Red Notice | 2021 | PG-13 | – 4.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Red Notice” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence and action, some sexual references, and strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kiss and a couple of near kisses, several sexual references and jokes, several physical fight scenes and a few gunfight scenes with a lot of gunfire but no injuries, gore or blood shown, a scene of torture with electrocution and strangulation, explosions, car chases, a bullfight, art heists, arguments, 1 muffled F-word and 3 not fully enunciated, and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


An FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson), a master art thief (Gal Gadot) and another master art thief (Ryan Reynolds) are all after a rare Egyptian antiquity, as they in turn collaborate with and compete against each other, through several heists and twists and turns. Also with Ritu Arya, Chris Diamantopoulos and Ivan Mbakop. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian and Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:58]

Red Notice SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman nearly kiss. A man and a woman dance a tango; he dips her and she lifts her leg to wrap around his waist (we see her bare leg to the hip).
 A man jokes about using a deep fake technology to send a message to another man’s mother with the man performing bestiality. A man makes a disparaging reference about another man’s genital size. A man puts his hand on another man’s clothed chest cupping his pectoral as if it is a breast. While handcuffed to another man a man says, “This is such a confusing erection.” A woman leans over a man tied into his chair and threatens him and his family, and as she moves close to his face he puckers his lips and closes his eyes as if to kiss her (they do not kiss).
 Many nude men shower in a prison shower and we see their bare backs, chests, abdomens and partial upper buttocks; one man washes with a block of soap and he reacts as if he used it to wash his buttocks and then holds it out for another man to smell the soap (he does not). A man looks at photos of Vladimir Putin shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen) on social media on his phone and prepares to like them. A woman wears a deeply cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare back to the hip and abdomen through slits in the fabric. A man is shown shirtless a few times and we see his back and chest, which are heavily tattooed (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back). A woman wears a skin-tight sweater shell that reveals the outline of her breasts and her bare arms and shoulders. Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. Several men are shown shirtless and wearing only hip wraps (bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs to the hips are seen). A man wears swim trunks and we see his bare chest, shoulders and back. A woman wears a wrapped swimsuit that reveals deep cleavage, bare side and back and legs to the hips.

Red Notice VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man holds a gun on another man who raises his hands in the air; the man with the gun tells the other man to be quiet and that he is going to shoot him in the mouth, and he then tackles him and they fall through a window crashing down on a tile roof below; one man jumps through a construction waste chute and slams into a pile of debris (he gets up unharmed) and the other climbs onto a ladder and drops off, and onto a balcony (he winces but seems unharmed). A man in a prison tells another man, “You die,” he spills two plates of food on the man’s lap and when the other man stands up he punches him (we see him fall to the floor and he has blood on his nose). A man knocks out a helicopter pilot and gears up the chopper as another man runs while being shot at by prison guards; one guard shoots at a bridge as the man crosses it and it explodes, the man catches onto a rope and struggles to climb back up as the man in the helicopter takes off, shoots at guards that shooting at them, and the other man climbs to the top of the ridge, and jumps in the open door of the helicopter as a guard shoots an RPG at them; the man in the helicopter opens the other door allowing the explosive to pass right through the helicopter and explode on a mountain in the distance. A woman holds a gun on a man and fights with him and another man kicking and punching each of them; she hits one man in the throat and he coughs, she holds a spear and thrusts it at the men while one man uses a shield to protect himself while the other uses another long-handled weapon, and the woman throws one man through a glass case and he falls on the floor with a couple of bloody spots on his face; the two men are then handcuffed together and knocked briefly unconscious.
 Several armed people shoot at three other armed people until the three speed away in a car chased by the others through a tunnel: other vehicles crash into walls and flip (we do not see injuries), a man is thrown out of a vehicle and he crashes into a stone wall, some people fight with punches and throws and two women struggle over a bag containing an artifact, and one car speeds through a waterfall and over a cliff and we see the car sinking into the water below. Two men are tied to a pole and one man is asked questions while the other is tortured; the man is electrocuted twice, once in the chest and he moans and the other below the screen and it is implied that the shock is applied to his groin; another man then holds the man around the throat strangling him (he gags and gasps) until the other man relents and answer their questions. A woman pours two glasses of champagne and a man falls unconscious after drinking some (it was drugged); an armed guard enters the room and the woman kicks him to the ground unconscious. A man wakes up in a stupor after being drugged and tries to shoot two men bound to a pole (he does not hit them). A woman shoots toward a man’s head and he dodges the bullet (we see some blood on his neck, as if he was grazed).
 A man creates an explosion in a prison laundry room and other inmates are thrown around the room (we do not see injuries); guards enter the room and inmates fight with them with punches and kicks and their nightsticks and two of the inmates run away. Two men walk along a narrow ledge on a very high stone wall and one man slips; the other man steadies him and they continue. A man in a museum drops a smoke bomb as an agent shoots at him, he runs away and changes his clothes, another man chases him through the museum, and onto a scaffolding where he is confronted by many armed guards and he hits and kicks and drops them to the floor by detaching the levels of the scaffolding; one guard slips down a ramp, another dangles from a ladder and eventually the entire scaffolding collapses and the guards jump out of the way to avoid being crushed. A man steals a car and speeds after another man but is smashed into by a van and pushed against a cement structure crushing the car (the man is unharmed). Police cars speed through city streets toward a museum and armed agents march through the building explaining that an item is about to be stolen. Two men sneak through a house evading security to break into a vault.
 A woman trips an armed guard when he enters an office and he falls and hits his head on a glass table (we do not see injuries); the woman then leans over another man tied into his chair and threatens him. Two men climb through a hatch and into a ring with a bull that charges toward one man and hits him, another man shoots out from inside the hatch at one of the men and the two men run and jump over a wooden barrier just as the bull slams into it (they are not injured). Interpol agents grab a woman and a man and drag them away; the man tries to resist and swings a guitar at them.
 A person hides under an official vehicle as it drives away. A man is placed in handcuffs and taken to a prison where we see him in shackles. Men are shown on work detail in a prison and they stack giant stones to build a wall. A man shoots a gun at a chandelier and it lights flames all around it. Two men hack through a jungle and argue about reading a map. A woman is shown with a bloody spot on her arm briefly. A man is handcuffed to a tree in a jungle.
 We hear that a man’s father tried to strangle him when he was 14-years-old. We hear about the story of Antony and Cleopatra and their love and suicide. We hear that a “Red Notice” is issued by Interpol for the most wanted criminals. A man tells another man in a prison cafeteria, “If they find out you are a cop they’re gonna want to kill you.” A woman tells a man, “You hurt my feelings.” When a man says the word, “teamwork” he says, “It feels weird in my mouth.” A man tells a story about his father not speaking to him when he was a boy because his father suspected him of stealing a watch from him. A man talks about another man having a “Napoleon complex.” A man holds a handgun and talk about having used it to kill his own father. A man talks about 1945 and an art dealer that stole art from Hitler’s bunker and hid it in Argentina.
 A man pours a can of soda over a gilded and bejeweled museum piece and it dissolves. Paintings of the death of Antony and a grieving Cleopatra are shown.

Red Notice LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words (1 muffled by a man whose mouth is covered with duct tape and 3 not fully enunciated), 3 sexual references, 23 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (bogeyman, imbecile, sneaky little minx, Hector Deflector, The Bishop, work wives, hijinks, pickle, busted, zombie, Mr. Big Daddy Big Bucks, Drago Grande, crazy, rude, priceless, Johnny Law, Nazi scum, thick, idiot, suspicious, stupid complainer, Bubba, bad guy, grumpy, hobo-style, Baldilocks, bastard, big idiot, stupid, spooky, disgusting, toothless man with TB), exclamations (shut-up, wow, pretty please, blah blah blah, anyhoo, whoa, oh no, oh come on, oh, ooh, huh, haha, uh-oh, easy-peasy, gut vibe, oops, Bob’s your uncle, who’s your daddy), 3 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God, thank God, Holy [scatological term deleted], oh my God, I swear to God, Baby Jesus). | profanity glossary |

Red Notice SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks a glass of liquor, a man drinks in a bar, people drink champagne at a party, a woman pours two glasses of champagne and a man falls unconscious after drinking some (it was drugged).

Red Notice DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Art thieves, criminals, con people, relationships between fathers and sons, failure, deep fakes, profilers, risk, taking chances, faith, con games, Nazis.

Red Notice MESSAGE

 – Seeking adventure and wealth can create volatile relationships.

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