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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | 2019 | PG-13 | – 1.6.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sci-fi violence and action.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kissing scenes, and some scenes of flirtation; many scenes of flying vessels fighting with explosions and listing ships, many scenes of fighting with people using lightsabers and blaster fire with some ending in death and others with some bloody injuries, and discussions of the murder of parents and conscription of children during war; and a few mild obscenities. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


The events unfold sometime after the devastation of the rebel forces in 2017’s The Last Jedi: Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is not only not dead, but he has constructed an immense fleet of Star Destroyers and threatens the universe once again. While Rey (Daisy Ridley) is completing her Jedi training, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is killing his way toward more power and the rest of the rebels are regrouping for one last fight. Also with Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Billy Dee Williams, Joonas Suotamo and the voices of Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee and Dave Chapman. Directed by J.J. Abrams. [Running Time: 2:21]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and woman kiss. Two women kiss. Many people hug and kiss in a celebratory scene.
 A man asks a woman, “Can I kiss you?” and she pushes him away. A man gestures with his head (like asking for a kiss) and a woman shakes her head “No.” A man tells a woman to give another woman his love. It is implied that a man is in love with a woman.
 A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut outfit that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a tight-fitting outfit in a few scenes.


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A woman blocks a force field shot by a man and pushes the energy back toward him causing his face to melt and he explodes to bits; the woman collapses to the ground and appears dead. A fight sequence shows one man using a lightsaber fighting many others with blasters, shooting at him, and we see a few glowing slashes across bodies and one person is run through; we see many dead bodies on the ground after the fight ends. A guard wearing a helmet and mask is shot from off-screen and struck in the helmet with an arrow (he falls off-screen). A man is shot in the chest and thrown back dead (no blood is visible).
 A man and woman fight with lightsabers and the man is stabbed in the abdomen (we see a bloody wound and watch as the wound closes up). A man is shot in the leg and we see a bloody bandage later. A woman uses a force to hold a flying vessel still as it tries to fly away; she and another character struggle with opposing forces and the vessel (with a character being held onboard) explodes. Two men and a Chewbacca are restrained and held at gunpoint (preparing to be killed) and the guards are shot by someone else that frees the prisoners. A man falls back onto the ground and disappears (implying that he died). A man and woman are held in a force field by another man and they scream and collapse on the floor.
 A woman sees her father stabbed in the abdomen by a person as her mother screams (we see the stabbing with no blood shown). A woman sees flashbacks to people being killed and hears voices of people screaming and pleading (we do not see the action in a few of these scenes but we hear what is implied to be happening). We see the skeletal remains of someone in a cave and the person’s disabled vehicle. We see a charred and twisted mask that belonged to a man that is now dead.
 A woman with a lightsaber stands on the ground as a flying vessel speeds toward her; she jumps into the air slashing off one of its wings and it crashes and explodes in the distance (the person flying the vessel comes out of a cloud of smoke unharmed). People exchange fire with guards as they run away and one man is shot in the arm (he falls and we see some blood and smoldering on his arm and sleeve); the guards surround the three people and lead them away. Two women fight and one snarls at the other with pointed teeth (she’s like a hologram). Many people fight on the outside of a flying vessel. Several men beat a man and we see blood on his face.
 A character’s severed head is slammed onto a conference table where commanders are seated (we see a splatter of fluid on the table). A man is held around the throat by a force and slammed to the ceiling for questioning a directive in a meeting. A character is held in a metal clamp around his neck and cuffs around his hands as he is placed in a vehicle by guards.
 A giant serpent in a cave rises up behind a character and it bares its sharp fangs and hisses threateningly; we see that the serpent has a bloody wound (we see some blood and torn tissue) and a woman touches the wound to calm it and the creature slithers away to reveal an exit passage. A character with large teeth roars at a man that threatens him. Armed guards hold three people and lead them away forcibly. Armed guards march through streets and pound on doors as they call out, “You’re wanted for questioning,” and we see some people being held and led away.
 A vessel is shot with canon fire and it is rendered powerless as it tips and two people on the outside of the ship slide along its surface until they are picked up by another flying vessel and taken away to safety. Many flying vessels open fire on a small contingent of smaller vessels and a few are shot down. A flying vessels speeds into a small space and is chased by many smaller vessels that shoot at it; it races through narrow passages and a structure is shot at and when it falls, it crushes some of the chasing vessels. A man flies a vessel and he jumps through space by “light speed skipping”; we see the vessel appear in different settings and sometimes nearly crash into things including a giant creature with an open mouth. A man jumpstarts flying vehicles and several people speed away chased by others (some on vehicles and others flying individually) that fire at them; an explosive is launched into the air knocking a few of the chase vehicles out of the sky and another vehicle is slung into a rock formation where it blows up; the two first vehicles are struck and flip their riders through the air; they land in a patch of what behaves like quicksand (referred to as “death sand”) and they are drawn under the surface (they fall into a cave below and are unharmed). A woman rides a sailing vessel in raging waves and sails into a dark cave.
 A woman stands in a dark cave in front of a stone throne as many gather in bleachers behind her and they chant. A man is lowered into a cave where we see many large statues of people and a collection of remains in a vessel filled with liquid; a booming voice speaks to the man and the man threatens the person speaking as we see his shriveled fingers, and discolored flesh and eyes (there are exchanges about killing, death, “the force” and domination). A droid is shown with the back of its head removed and many wires pulled out and we later see it with red eyes. A woman is revived after seeming dead and she breathes.
 A woman runs through a training course wearing a blindfold and using a lightsaber to slash at blaster shots from a drone; she is tripped by the drone and then struck a few times with quick blaster shots (we do not see any injuries) until she pins the drone to a tree using a branch. People ride what resemble horses with long fur and tusks. A flying vessel is lifted out of a body of water and we see it dripping and with seaweed and sludge dangling from it. A man jumps across a deep hole and catches the wall on the other side.
 A woman holds a gun to a man’s head and yells at him; she says, “I wanna see your brains in the snow.” A man tells a woman, “We’ll kill him together.” A man says, “Kill her.” A man and a woman argue in several scenes about courses of action and inaction. A man tells another man to “kill the girl.” A man accuses a Chewbacca of cheating at chess and the creature roars. People talk about a “hidden world.” A man tells a woman that someone wants her to die. A man tells a woman that he will find her and turn her to the “dark side.” A woman talks about having been conscripted when she was a child. A man tells a woman that her parents sold her to protect her and we understand that they died (we see a child held by someone as she screams and watches her parents leave in a flying vessel).


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker LANGUAGE 2

 – 1 anatomical term, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (spy, difficult man, cult, conjurers, shifty, beast, scavenger, spice runner, madness, scum, dreadful), exclamations (oh boy, sad, uh oh, thank goodness, shut-up). | profanity glossary |


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker SUBSTANCE USE

 – A variety of creatures are shown in a bar and some are seen drinking.


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Galactic domination, family, friends, knowing who you are, war, patience, pain, hope, instinct, feelings, betrayal, fear, giving up, anger, pessimism, secrets, cloning, dark science, distraction.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker MESSAGE

 – You can fight against your own bloodline and resist the temptations of acquiring power by going over to the dark side.

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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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