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Rumble | 2021 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Rumble” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some action and rude humor.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many monster wrestling matches with throws and hits that do not seem to cause visible injuries, a few monsters are rendered unconscious, discussions of wrestlers throwing fights, yelling and some name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Animated feature where monster wrestling is the sport of choice in towns across the country. When a small town superstar wrestler abandons the town to seek greener pastures, a young woman (voiced by Geraldine Viswanathan) is determined to save her town from bankruptcy by coaching a new wrestler with unorthodox methods. Also with the voices of Will Arnett, Stephen A. Smith, Terry Crews, Jimmy Tatro, Tony Shalhoub, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tony Danza, Bridget Everett, Fred Melamed, Michael Buffer, Ben Schwartz and Brian Baumgartner. Directed by Hamish Grieve. [Running Time: 1:44]

Rumble SEX/NUDITY 1

 – Several men are shown shirtless in a few scenes and we see their bare abdomens and chests with large letters painted on them. A man wearing only jockey shorts has several tattoos on his chest, abdomen and arms and we see his bare chest, abdomen, back and legs in each scene he is in.
 A man refers to a tattoo he just got and it is implied to be on his buttock (we do not see it).

Rumble VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Monster wrestlers are referred to as “Titans” and they are shown with giant horns and teeth, and some have tentacles and long tails; an introductory sequence shows several drawings of monsters fighting.
 A young woman takes a train to a dark stop and walks toward a factory as thunder and lightning clap in the sky, she enters the factory, turns around to leave briefly and then goes back inside to find monster fights taking place; we see two monsters fighting and one has many spikes on its back while the other has several eyes, and one spins the other by the tail.
 A monster punches another monster in the face in the ring; one darts around the ring punching and hitting the other monster and making him dizzy and when he collapses his tongue flops out of his mouth and onto the head of a young woman. Two monsters fight in a ring and one throws the other into the ropes, knocks him down, punches him and wraps him with his tentacles; one monster performs some dance moves to dodge the other monster’s attacks, the two monsters charge toward each other, slam into each other and fall to the mat motionless; one gets up and jumps toward the other hitting him with a “Moon Boom” which seems to be a strike with his buttocks. A monster fights another monster in a ring and wraps it with its tentacles, throws it in the air and slams it to the mat knocking it out. A monster with tentacles that glow and a shark-like head and mouth enters a packed stadium as people cheer; another monster with a dog-like head, bullhorns and claws also enters the stadium. Two monsters agree to fight and one agrees to take a fall; one monster hits the other, flipping it, and it lands on the mat (we see a lot of slobber in its mouth). A monster runs around a ring trying to tire his opponent and they run out of the ring and out of the stadium, and he swings along crane cables until one monster is pinned. A monster fights a really big monster and lifts him up, and slams him down on the ground knocking him out. Two men wearing masks that have large horns bang their heads together and fall unconscious (we do not see injuries).
 A monster picks another monster up by the neck and threatens him, and then throws him into a set of bleachers shattering them. A bird-looking monster talks to another monster in a threatening tone about having paid him to lose; she presses a pointy nail under his chin and tells him that he owes her money. A monster with a dog shaped head and bullhorns whimpers and cowers when his agent books him a wrestling match. A monster in training does push-ups and pull-ups. A monster in a ring shoots high into the air and slams hard onto the mat.
 Many crates of explosives are loaded into a stadium before its demolition. A monster pushes a plunger down to detonate explosives and nothing happens. A young woman speeds through a town on a flying vehicle and knocks a man down (no injuries are shown). A man has many tattoos and we see him having some removed in one scene (we see reddened areas and he moans), and in later scenes having new tattoos applied. A young woman runs through a town toward a stadium and slaps people’s hands (high-fiving) as she passes them, causing them to wince. A young woman rides on a monster’s head in a couple of scenes and on his shoulder in others. A monster sits on a metal dome structure and flattens it accidentally. A young woman lights a series of firecrackers to wake up a sleeping monster (he doesn’t wake up). A monster runs a gauntlet for training and is struck by large devices, thrown into the air, struck and slammed. A young woman driving a construction vehicle with a shovel on the front chases a monster a great distance before he collapses on a hill exhausted.
 A monster tells another monster, “I will destroy you.” A monster with horns hops around a ring saying, “I break your face with my horns.” Several monsters laugh when a young woman tells them that she is a coach. A giant monster (a fish-looking creature) does ringside commentating at a match. A character calls another character a sack of warm puke. A character calls a monster wrestler “broken now” after he lost a match. A young woman talks about the smell of feet and sweat. We hear that a monster and a man were lost at sea. A man refers to a tattoo he just got and it is implied to be on his buttock (we do not see it). A lizard monster is described as “shedding his skin.” A character says that a monster is, “Losing his monster mind.” A monster complains of “brain freeze” after eating too much frozen yogurt.
 A monster burps loudly.

Rumble LANGUAGE 2

 – 3 anatomical terms not fully enunciated (2 are mild), name-calling (crazy, sack of warm puke, super gross, weird kid, sunshine, rude little girl, disgrace, ridiculous, embarrassing, nonsense, awful, big shot, freakishly strong, drama queen, big faker, mister, twinkle toes, joke, sucker, clowns, creepy, jabrony, nobody, chicken, overrated, best loser, shocked and appalled, disgusting, bananas, pathetic, sappy stuff), exclamations (whoops, whoo, forget about it, oh my gosh, get serious, oh come on, Holy guacamole, lighten up, calm down, heads up, whatever, up and at ’em, tick-tock, wait up, good grief, buck up, whoa, hear me out, oh gosh, oh no, that smarts, boom, scoot your boot, help me, are you serious, I can’t believe this, sucks, dang, wow, we’re doomed, ugh, live a little, oh my goodness, boom), 1 religious exclamation (Holy guacamole). | profanity glossary |

Rumble SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man holds a mug of beer and drops it (we hear it shatter), and a young woman orders a root beer on the rocks at a bar and the bartender slides it along the bar top.

Rumble DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Legacy, pride, being who you are, being something you are not, greed, disappointment.

Rumble MESSAGE

 – Be yourself and find your own way to success.

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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