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Samaritan | 2022 | PG-13 | – 1.7.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Samaritan” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong violence and strong language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many fight sequences that show people with super strength fighting each other, people with super strength fighting others, and others fighting with a teen boy, and some leaving bloody injuries, broken bones and some deaths, bullying, several arguments, discussions of superheroes, and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A teen boy (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton) becomes convinced that an old man (Sylvester Stallone) in his neighborhood is the superhero Samaritan, who is supposed to have died in a fire along with his supervillain brother Nemesis. Also with Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco, Sophia Tatum, Moises Arias, Martin Starr, Jared Odrick, Michael Aaron Milligan, Henry G. Sanders and Abraham Clinkscales. Directed by Julius Avery. [Running Time: 1:42]

Samaritan SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A woman wears a bra top that reveals her bare back, shoulders, abdomen and cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a top that reveals cleavage.

Samaritan VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A man speeds in a garbage truck and other men shoot at the truck as it approaches, and the truck barrels through a warehouse door and crashes onto its side; people inside the warehouse open fire on the man in the truck and he walks through the warehouse and swings a large wrench hitting people, he kicks and throws others, and he punches a man in the face and his head breaks through the door of a storage box as a woman holds a knife to a teen boy’s throat. Two men with super strength fight in a few scenes: we see punches and throws and one man uses a heavy hammer to hit the other, and they fight as a fire erupts and one man falls into the flames (presumably dying). A man with a heavy sledgehammer slams another man in the head twice throwing him (we see his bloody head) and an explosive detonates and throws people (we see a woman lying motionless with blood on her mouth); a man is surrounded by many people with guns and he breaks pillars causing the ceiling to collapse on them (we see rubble), a man is slammed onto a railing (breaking his back) and a man is stabbed and the knife is then thrown into another man.
 A man kicks a burning hole in a building and climbs back up as another man swings a heavy sledgehammer at him and a teen boy hits the hammer wielder in the back with a pipe; the two men fight and one wraps the hammer around the other’s chest before tossing him into the fire. A car slams into a man in a street and throws him over the roof and onto the street where he lies bloody and with twisted limbs; a teen boy runs to his side and we think the man is dead until he gasps and twitches and moves his arms and legs causing them to crack and bend back into shape; the man smolders and has to get into a cold shower to reduce his body temperature. A man with his hands tied is pulled out of the trunk of a car (we see some blood on his face) and put in a chair in a warehouse as a woman lights a torch and threatens him with it; the man is told to leave and never come back and he runs away, but is shot in the back as he goes (we do not see blood) and a teen boy watches and cries. A woman holds a gun on a man and another man drops an explosive device into a chute that blows the man up and opens a security door (we see smoke and debris in the air). Three men punch a young man and hold him against a car, a teen boy yells for them to stop and lunges at one of the men punching him and knocking him down; two of the men grab the teen and hold his arm out while the third hits him with a heavy wrench (we hear the boy scream) and we later see the boy unconscious and being wheeled by the attackers in a shopping cart and then we see him in the hospital with a bandage on his arm. Three men chase a teen boy and he runs into a street in front of a bus that nearly hits him; the men catch up to the boy and one punches him in the face, and the others kick and punch him while he is on the ground (we see the boy with a bloody bruise on his forehead later) until a man throws three attackers off the boy and one crashes into a car windshield shattering it; one tries to stab the man with a knife and he squeezes the knife crumpling it before hitting the man hard in the face. Several men follow another man through alleys and homeless camps before confronting him; they fight and one shoots at the man (the bullets don’t harm him), he punches and throws the attackers as one stabs him in the back and another throws an explosive that detonates as the man jumps with a young girl over a car and tips it on its side as a shield.
 A woman and her teen son run away from armed people and onto the roof of their apartment building where they are surrounded and the boy is pulled away from his mother as she screams; the woman is struck on the head by a gun butt and knocked unconscious as the boy punches a man in the face (he has a bloody nose). A man slams another man against a wall and presses an explosive into an abdominal wound and the explosive detonates, blowing the man up (off-screen). A man in an elevator fights many armed men and we see flashes from gunfire.
 Several armed men break into an apartment and shoot many rounds. A man throws an explosive and it rolls into a manhole causing a power outage when it detonates; people in the area cheer when a man wearing a mask stands on a truck and calls for them to stand up and start a revolution, and they loot stores and set things on fire when the man uses a heavy hammer to break a window. A man holding a teen boy runs and crashes through the wall of a building, and sails across to another building and through the wall to safety.
 A man slams a heavy sledgehammer down on a metal mask crushing it. A teen boy puts red sauce on his head and runs into a convenience store claiming to have been hit by a car in order to cause a distraction so others can steal from the store; the owner becomes angry and swings a bat at the boy, and then throws the bat and it shatters the glass display cover on a soda machine as the boy runs away. A man opens a door with enough force that the handle breaks off. A man breaks a bowl he is holding when a TV news report makes him angry. A man punches a wall when angry and we see a hole in the plaster. A man swings a sledgehammer down on a TV crushing it. A man collapses and seems to be having a heart attack (he revives later). A teen boy is chained to a beam in a burning building and he calls for help.
 A teen boy comes home to his apartment to find an eviction notice on the door and the lock is sealed so he cannot get inside; his mother later yells at the landlord to open the door. Two teen boys break into an apartment and break out a wall to extract copper wire to sell. A teen boy climbs up the side of a building to break into a man’s apartment, rummages through the man’s belongings and steals a scrapbook. A man comes back to his apartment and finds that he has been robbed; he goes to a teen boy’s apartment and tells the boy’s mother that the boy stole something from him. A man gives a police officer an envelope with money.
 A man on a bus gives a woman a hard time for looking at him (she seems frightened). A woman talks about her job as a nurse and that she cleans bedpans. A man says that his heart will explode if his temperature gets too high. A teen boy asks a man if he ever gets scared. We hear many reports of looting and rioting in a city.
 A man is badly scarred on the back from burns. We see a hairless cat.

Samaritan LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words, 17 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 18 mild obscenities, name-calling (freakishly strong, freaks, shorty, squirt, lame, out of his mind, are you high, punk, trippin’, crazy, pathetic, weak, tiny, super cop, little man, coward, genetic freaks, fools, troglodyte, loner, delusional, lucky, dumb [anatomical term deleted], creeps, dude, liar, old man, nightmare, fake good guy), exclamations (shut-up, pow, chill out), 9 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. a neon sign that reads Jesus Saves, thank God, Holy [scatological term deleted], oh my God, oh God). | profanity glossary |

Samaritan SUBSTANCE USE

 – A person asks if another person is high. Men drink from beer bottles on a street and other bottles are seen on car roofs and hoods.

Samaritan DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Good vs. evil, bullying, death of parents, revenge, eviction, homelessness, depression, harassment, hatred, anarchy, chaos, unemployment, heroes, gods.

Samaritan MESSAGE

 – The decisions you make add up. Everyone is capable of both good and evil.

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