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Snake Eyes | 2021 | PG-13 | – 2.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Snake Eyes” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sequences of strong violence and brief strong language.” The evaluation includes partial male nudity in a bathhouse scene, a young boy sees his father murdered, many scenes of people fighting with punches and kicks and sword fighting with very little blood shown, motorcycle chases, explosions and gunfights, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

In this spin-off of the G.I. Joe franchise, a boy witnesses his father’s murder, vows revenge and learns how to fight. As an adult (Henry Golding) he becomes involved with a Yakuza boss (Takehiro Hira), as well as the heir (Andrew Koji) of an honorable Japanese clan. Also with Haruka Abe, Eri Ishida, Iko Uwais, Peter Mensah, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Samuel Finzi, Steven Allerick and Max Archibald. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Japanese with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:01]

Snake Eyes SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man tries to flirt with a woman. A woman touches a man’s chest tenderly and tells him that he has a clouded mind.
 Men in a public bathhouse are shown wrapped with cloth around their waist, covering their groins (we see their bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut blouse that reveals cleavage.


 – A man holds a gun on another man and a young boy attacks the gunman, the threatened man punches and shoves a couple of armed men and the boy runs away; we hear a gunshot and see the man dead inside the cabin as the others set it on fire and the boy watches angrily.
 A man falls into a snake pit and three giant snakes slither toward him: one snake lunges at him and he lops its head off, another snake grabs him and we see him being eaten (his legs move down into the snake’s mouth), as another man dangles from a chain still attached to the eaten man’s legs before the chain is cut. A man is kicked to his knees and held with a knife to his throat, another man loads a handgun and hands it to another man to have him shoot the man on his knees; he points it at the man’s head and shoots the floor next to him causing confusion and a fight beaks out between the two men and many other armed men; they fight with poles and punches and kicks, a truck speeds toward them and they move out of the way, other men enter and fight with swords and they run toward each other slashing and stabbing and the two men get away. A man grips a glowing stone and when he squeezes it, it emits a blast of energy that blows a hole through another man’s chest (we see a blast of particles but no blood); he is thrown through the air (presumably dead). A woman fights many armed men in a narrow alley and we hear a lot of yelling, slashing and we see people fall and weapons thrown, without blood evident. A woman fights two men in a public restroom; she kicks and punches them and slams one man’s head into a mirror a few times. Two men fight with swords: one man is thrown and tips over the edge of a snake pit (we see that he has blood in his mouth); the other man stabs him in the shoulder and he moans in pain, he raises his sword over him and the man on the ground pulls the man with the sword into the snake pit.
 Two men fight with swords on a roof in front of a neon sign; one man jumps up the side of a building and across a roof. A man disables a security system in a heavily fortified area and moves through heavily armed men guarding the area; the man is confronted by a woman with sword, they fight, and the man punches the woman in the face. Two men get into a truck and start its engine while other men with swords stab through the truck’s roof, through its windows and the driver is stabbed in the side before he speeds away and later falls on the ground unconscious when the truck stops. Two men fight in a fight club and we see blood on their faces; they punch and kick each other, slam each other into cement blocks, one man swings a sledgehammer and the other uses a heavy chain, wrapping it around the man’s neck; one man head-butts the other fighter and falls back on the ground unconscious as the crowd cheers.
 Two men fight in a challenge and one man is knocked to the ground twice before figuring out how to succeed. A man with a knife lunges at a boy when the boy’s ball hits the man’s car; another man intervenes. Many people train by climbing a very steep wall and running up paths, jump rolling tree trunks and dodge arrows. A man points a gun at another man, and then lowers the weapon and leaves as the other man fights several other men that come into the room; he hits them with a frying pan and knocks them unconscious. A man breaks into a building and many armed people run after him. A man draws his sword and moves toward another man, who stands up prepared to defend himself; the first man cuts his own hand on the blade (we see blood) and the other man follows suit (we see his bloody hand also), they shake hands, and the first man wipes the blood off the blade with a cloth. A man sneaks into a highly fortified compound, disables security systems, and climbs across rooftops undetected; alarms ring and armed people search the compound for an intruder until a woman discovers the man and they fight with swords and a double-spear type weapon and the man punches the woman in the nose (we see blood) and runs away. A man finds another man chained to a chair and with a bag over his head; he presses his sword to the chained man’s throat and makes the man roll a pair of dice to see if he lives or dies and the man swings his sword to cut the man’s chains, releasing him. Two women shoot at each other. A man fights many attackers with an ax on a long pole disabling all of them. A man uses a glowing stone to set fires around a woman that is attempting to get away. A man punches and kicks a woman and she falls to the floor. Three women fight a roomful of men (off-screen) and we see them all lying motionless on the floor later. A woman uses handheld folding fans to slice and slash attackers (we hear it slice like metal, without blood evident). A man holds a dagger to a woman’s’ throat.
 A man lowers himself by a rope into a hole in the ground where there are three doors and when he steps on a tile in the center of the area one door opens; we see a giant snake slither through a passage and it moves toward the man as it hisses and its tongue flits and two other snakes slither into the area surrounding the man; the snakes snap at the man and he is thrown back into a column and knocked out briefly, and then awakens being wrapped and constricted by a snake until a woman jumps into the area and distracts the snakes. A man follows a glowing orb into a forest and he has a flashback to his father’s murder and sees himself jump out of tall grass toward the assailant who shot him. A man wakes his young son in a remote cabin and tells him they have to leave in a hurry; we hear footsteps outside the house and the man tells his son to stay in a room as he walks through the hallway, cocks a handgun and when he opens the front door we see two red dots targeting his chest so he drops his weapons and several armed men enter the cabin.
 A man with a glowing stone uses the power that it emits to blow up buildings in a compound and throw people in flames while other armed people attack the compound security; guns and crossbows are fired. A woman throws a smoke bomb to distract an attacker and along with several others she takes cover; the attacker uses a glowing stone to blow the wall of a building where a man has run away. Many people on motorcycles speed through roads swerving in and out of traffic with one man flipping over two other motorcycles, avoiding being struck with swords, and his motorcycle crashes into a car as the man jumps onto a vehicle trailer where he fights with several other men with swords while a man in a car shoots at him; a man jumps off his motorcycle and onto the vehicle trailer where two men fight with swords. A man speeds on a motorcycle through traffic on roads and into a city. Two people speed on motorcycles into a city and one loses the other. Many cars speed to a heavily fortified estate. Two men drive a car off the back of a vehicle trailer and they drive in reverse while shooting at another car.
 A man is told that he will have to pass the three challenges of the warrior before he can be accepted into a clan; he asks what happens if he fails and he is told, “You die.” A woman tells another woman that she will be punished for interfering in a man’s challenge. A young boy asks his father about being in a “safe house” and the man skirts the subject. A woman says the penalty for lying is death. A man toasts another man and says, “May you die well.” A man talks about an oath to protect a priceless artifact. We hear that someone killed a member of a parliament along with other people on a train.
 A man presses his thumb against a glass plate (we see a spot of blood) that checks for security access. A man presses a cloth stained with blood against a glass plate that checks for security access. A man guts large fish on a table and places guns in the cavity to be smuggled. A man has a scar on his face. A man is introduced as being blind and we see his eyes with a gray shroud.

Snake Eyes LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word, 1 sexual reference, 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (snake eyes, fish boy, crude, creepy, disgraced, peachy, reckless, American, fairy-tale, drama, stray dog, liar, embarrassing, irrelevant, ghost, hard-on master), exclamations (uh-oh, shut-up, hey, easy, huh, let’s go), 1 religious exclamation (For God’s Sake). | profanity glossary |


 – A woman drinks a glass of whiskey, and people toast with a meal (it’s not clear if it is alcohol).


 – Death of a parent, murder, trust, family, Yakuza, blood debt, honor fate, clans, greed, violence, character, ego, anger, fear, purpose, loyalty, judgement, ego, destiny, adaptation, loyalty, vengeance, weakness, protocol, counterterrorism, terrorist cells, shadow organization, extortion, influencing elections.

Snake Eyes MESSAGE

 – We all make mistakes; it’s what we do next that matters.


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