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The Suicide Squad | 2021 | R | – 5.9.10

content-ratingsWhy is “The Suicide Squad” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.” The evaluation includes a kissing scene that leads to implied sex with partial nudity, male frontal nudity, partial nudity in the background of a scene, scantily clad women in a club scene, many scenes of bloody violence with people and creatures being dismembered, blown up, stabbed, pulled apart and shot with a lot of blood and matter shown, and over 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

A government agency sends two teams of obscure supervillains that include Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and Peacemaker (John Cena) to a South American island in order to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory responsible for an ongoing secretive experiment known as “Project Starfish.” Also with Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, Viola Davis, John Ostrander, Nathan Fillion, Jai Courtney, Flula Borg, Daniela Melchior, Mayling Ng, David Dastmalchian, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Sean Gunn and the voice of Sylvester Stallone. Directed by James Gunn. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:12]

The Suicide Squad SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A man wearing only a T-shirt (we see his genitals and bare legs to the hips) is killed (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Several partially dressed women are seen in a dressing room and bare breasts, abdomens, backs and legs to the hips are seen. Several women in a club wear skimpy outfits and dance (bare abdomens, cleavage, legs to the upper thighs are shown); outside the club, and standing on a balcony, are several topless women (bare breasts are seen from a distance). A man wears only jockey shorts and we see his bare chest, abdomen, legs to the hips and a bulge at his groin. A man steps out of a tub wearing skimpy trunks and a woman stares at him (we see his bare chest, abdomen and bare legs to the upper thighs). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A man’s bare legs, abdomen and partial buttocks are shown when he stands up to pull on his underwear. A woman wears a low-cut dress and her cleavage and breasts bounce as she walks.
 A woman tells a man, “You are so fricking hot,” and they kiss passionately while moving around a room kissing and knocking fragile items on the floor and breaking them; the man lays the woman back on a table and sex is implied (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man and a woman kiss in an alley. A woman hugs a man and he rubs her back with a gun.
 A man makes kissing sounds with his lips toward another man. A man dances surrounded by women in a club and he imagines that they all look like his mother.
 Many people with starfish on the faces are locked in cages and we hear some say that a man tortured them and one says that he had his way with her. We hear that a man can be found in a “gentlemen’s club.”

The Suicide Squad VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 – During an extended encounter between many armed soldiers and a team of armed people, a man is shot in the face and we see a large bloody hole left in his head, a boomerang slices the top of a man’s head off and another man’s throat with a lot of blood, an RPG is launched into a jungle setting blowing up many armed soldiers, a character jumps onto the landing gear of a helicopter and it spins out of control crashing into many people on the ground (we see people killed and impaled with a lot of blood), a man is shot in the chest and blood pours from the wound, and a man spits blood after being wounded.
 A shark/person hybrid picks up a man and tears him in half (a lot of blood sprays and we see the separated body). A woman spins around an open area shooting many armed guards that move toward her (we see a lot of blood spraying as they fall dead), she fights with several more armed people using punches and kicks and throws, she breaks a man’s arm (we see it bend), slams a man’s head against a metal door several times, stabs a couple of men and slits the throat of another man with a lot of blood pouring and shoots many more men as she moves through a hallway screaming, she retrieves a javelin and stabs and slashes several more (more blood) before leaving the building. Three men in handcuffs attack three guards on a transport and incapacitate them; one of the men shoots into the driver cabin and the driver is struck in the head spraying blood and matter, and the man then reaches through and beats the passenger slamming him into the roof of the cabin until the vehicle crashes into an oncoming truck, flips off the road and rolls down an embankment in flames (the three men exit the vehicle with some minor bloody wounds). Two men walk through a camp where they kill several people with an axe, guns, poison darts, a flamethrower and explosions (we see bloody wounds). A shark/person hybrid eats a man (we see blood gush from his head and he screams as the shark/person gobbles down his entire body). A shark/person hybrid eats a man and blood spurts. A woman presses a button and detonates an explosive in a man’s neck that blows his head off as he tries to swim (we see blood and matter splatter in ocean water).
 Explosives are detonated in a tall tower where people are inside and are trapped by falling rubble in a few scenes; a giant creature is freed from it holding tank and it grabs a man with its tentacles and rips him in half (we see blood and matter as he screams). Explosions break the glass on an aquarium and water floods out carrying small sea creatures from inside; we see them flashing rows of sharp teeth as they approach a shark/person hybrid and bite it (we see blood in the water and bite marks later); the shark/person flows out of the building and falls several floors to the ground where it lands hard and soldiers outside shoot it repeatedly until it revives and bites a soldier’s head off (we see the bloody severed head, with moving eyes, in the shark/person’s mouth).
 A woman shoots a man in the chest and he falls to the floor bleeding heavily; he pulls himself along the floor and falls dead as blood pools under him. A woman hanging from a ceiling by chains around her wrists wraps her legs around a man’s throat and squeezes until we hear his neck snap. Several soldiers are shot with small arrows (one in the eye) and others are shot and slashed with swords. Two men fight with one punching the other repeatedly, one hits the other with a heavy metal grate, then with a metal pipe and holds the pipe across his throat (he has a very bloody mouth) until he is stabbed in the chest with a shard of tile and falls dead with a lot of blood pouring out of the wound (we see an animation of the man’s heart being pierced). A man throws a handball that ricochets around four walls and squashes a small bird (we see a blood spot on the bird and the ball). Rats swarm out of a bag of coffee beans and onto a man opening the bag before he is killed when an axe is thrown into his chest (blood splatters).
 People in a laboratory are shown attached to machines and one person is missing its body from the waist down (we see intestines dangling from under the surgical gown). A man is shot and falls to the floor dead (we see bloody wounds). A man throws many glowing dots that hit armed soldiers and they seem to melt. A man throws many glowing dots at a giant starfish creature and it melts pieces of it; a woman stabs the creature with a javelin and falls inside its giant eye where many rats swim in the eye liquid and chew on its insides (its eye fills with blood and it falls over onto the ground). A giant starfish creature is shot at by soldiers and other people, the creature sprouts many smaller versions of itself and they float toward people and attach themselves to the people’s faces; the giant starfish steps on people and vehicles crushing them.
 While kissing (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) a man lays a woman back on a table, candles are knocked to the floor and the rug they land on catches fire. A shark/person hybrid holds a sleeping woman over its mouth ready to eat her (it is stopped). A man is injected in the back of the neck with what we hear is an explosive device. Rats swarm a shark/person hybrid. A shark/person hybrid spits out a bloody severed finger onto the ground. Many people are shown with small starfish stuck to their faces and they move in unison and yell together. A man and a young girl hug and lie on the ground where they are swarmed by rats to keep them warm. A rat attacks a soldier and he falls to the ground thrashing. A rat chews through CCTV cables cutting off a feed.
 A man’s arms separate from his torso and punch several armed soldiers (seemingly not causing any serious injuries). A bird lands on a headless body floating in the ocean and picks at the bloody matter. We see bodies with bloody wounds on the ground after a battle. A man has a metal shard in his abdomen and pulls it out (we see blood on his shirt). A man chases a woman and holds a gun on her threatening to kill her; she pleads for him not to and he and another man shoot at each other (one man is struck in the neck and falls to the ground bleeding). A shark/person hybrid bites pieces off a giant starfish (we see tissue tearing away).
 A woman is surrounded by armed guards and we see her hanging from a ceiling with chains around her wrists, as she is tasered repeatedly by a man (she has blood in her mouth and nose) until she falls unconscious. We hear that a family was hanged in a public execution and we see a photo of the people (including children) hanging with bags over their heads. Many rats swarm people and they fall to the ground. A woman is chased by a giant creature through tunnels. A woman threatens a man’s teenage daughter and the man holds a pen to the woman’s throat while others in the room hold guns on the man. A woman slaps a dead man in the face when he doesn’t finish something he was telling her before she died.
 A woman is shown tied with a rope and standing in a deep hole where she yells and is eventually freed. Many people with starfish on their faces are locked in cages and we hear some say that a man tortured them and one says that he had his way with her. Several people jump to of an airship and one character flails in the water unable to swim and we are told that it dies.
 Two men pour gasoline into a large birdcage and a man sets it on fire (we hear the birds screeching). Soldiers shove people to the ground, hold guns on them and demand their identification; one man is struck in the face with a gun butt. A woman hits another woman in the back of the head with a golf club knocking her out.
 A man threatens to remove a woman’s fingers in order to get information out of her. A team is instructed to terminate a man’s captors. A character says, “I don’t care how many men, women and children I have to kill.” A man describes his mother trying to turn him and his siblings into superheroes. We hear that a creature feeds on the consciousness of people and becomes larger after doing so. A teenager and her father argue via a visitation phone in a prison. A woman says that she was arrested for armed bank robbery. A man says that his father would lock him in a crate with starving rats when he was young for punishment. A man mocks another man about wearing what he describes as a “toilet seat” on his head. A woman says that she had to do “number two.”
 A character is a weasel/person hybrid with sharp teeth and bulging eyes and it snorts and snarls (we are told that it has killed 27 children), another character is a shark/person hybrid with sharp rows of teeth (referred to as a shark god and we hear that it has a taste for human meat), another character develops glowing boils on his face that he must expel (they burn or melt whatever they touch) or they will “eat his body,” another character has the ability to separate his limbs and operate them independently from a distance, and another can control rats (a rat sits on her shoulder in several scenes). A man is shown with glowing metal plugs on his head and darkened veins are seen on his scalp.
 A man uses a boomerang to scrape something brown and gooey from the bottom of his shoe. A man cleans urinals and floors in a prison (we see hair and other muck collected in a drain). A man sticks out his tongue. A weasel/person hybrid licks the glass window of a prison cell door (we see a smear), and spits out water and gags. An armored vehicle slams into a metal reinforced door a couple of times.

The Suicide Squad LANGUAGE 10

 – About 61 F-words (and its derivatives), 3 obscene hand gestures, 2 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (weird, weasel, werewolf, kid, dumb, Yankee Doodle dandies, squeamish, patronizing, mental defective, terrible, embarrassing, insane, devil, run-of-the-mill, child, funny business, hobbyists, Norman Bates, beautiful monster, silly, flamboyant, morons, crazy, little idiot, daddy issues, uncool, bastard, Charlie the Tuna, cataclysmic, polka dot man, millennials, sarcastic, frail young thing, pokey), exclamations (wow, ugh, wowza, okey-dokey, ow, fricking, fizzle sticks, what the heck, oh yeah, oh wow, oh), 13 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Jesus Christ, Good God, If God Existed, Shark God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

The Suicide Squad SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man injects himself in the arm with a drug. A man and woman drink from goblets with a meal, and people and a rat drink in a club. A man smokes a cigarette, two men light and smoke cigarettes (one says that he doesn’t smoke), and soldiers smoke while on guard.


 – Liberty, loyalty, power, corruption, democracy, oppression, anti-Americanism, government cover-ups, revenge, coups, Nazis, Nazi experiments, hope, sacrifice, human/animal hybrids, semi-super villains.

The Suicide Squad MESSAGE

 – There’s at least some good in everybody.


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