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Vanquish | 2021 | R | – 4.7.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Vanquish” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “bloody violence, language, some sexual material and drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes partial nudity in a video on a large screen, several violent encounters where people are shot and killed with blood shown, an unconscious man after a beating in a police interrogation room, a few car and motorcycle chases, and over 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a woman (Ruby Rose) is forced to undertake dangerous missions for a man (Morgan Freeman) that has kidnapped her young daughter, the lines between good and evil become blurred. Also with Patrick Muldoon, Nick Vallelonga, Julie Lott, Ekaterina Baker, Joel Michaely, Paul Sampson and Chris Mullinax. Directed by George Gallo. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in German and French with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:36]

Vanquish SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman on a large screen with her bare buttocks facing us is shown thrusting in close-up, as several men in a room watch. A woman identifies herself as a prostitute and we see her wearing a bra top and a very short skirt that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the upper thighs.
 A man describes the genitals of three men asleep on a sofa. A priest asks a man in a confessional if he has had impure thoughts (the man says no).

Vanquish VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A woman wearing two guns strapped to her back approaches two guards at the door of a club, she is taken into the club and speaks with a man in an office before shooting him and two others (we see blood spurt and spray). A woman enters a room and holds a gun on several men inside as they act threateningly and she says of one of the men, “I will have to kill him” (she uses him as a shield and leaves the room with what she came for). Three men hold guns on a woman, she throws an explosive that tosses the men through the air and she speeds away on a motorcycle chased by the men in cars, shooting at her, through streets and traffic and she speeds toward a semi-truck and skids under it to get away. A woman carrying a gun approaches a man in a cemetery and when she leaves she shoots three other men that appear threatening (we hear bullet strikes and squishing as the men fall to the ground dead). A woman is drugged and she revives (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and shoots three men with blood splattering and squirting and then shoots a fourth man; a flashback to the killing scenes is seen with blood splatter shown. A woman shoots three men and we see blood spurt, she speeds on a motorcycle around an arena while being shot at by others and exits the area as a car pulls into her path (she wakes up later with a bruise on her head). An armed man goes to another man’s house and sneaks toward him until the man shoots him and then a woman shoots him (we see blood spray as the man falls dead).
 The feet and legs of a body are shown on the floor next to a sculpture with an arrow that is dripping blood. A very bloody and unconscious man is shown in an interrogation room (we hear punches landing during a beating that takes place off-screen); one man pulls the man to the floor and searches his pants for a recording device. A man detonates an explosive that blows a house and several other men in it up in a large ball of flames. A man in a car chases a woman riding on a motorcycle and she speeds through narrow roads and quick turns as the man shoots at her. A man tells a woman to do something for him and she refuses, and she approaches him with a kitchen knife and threatens to cut out his heart when she realizes that he has taken her young daughter.
 We hear that a man killed a woman’s brother. A woman hears her daughter’s voice calling for her to help her. We hear that someone ran drugs for the Russians. A man describes a dead man as “The officer that bit it.” A man threatens to expose others for their crooked dealings. A man tells a woman “You killed more people than Quentin Tarantino.” A man talks to another man about “pickups” and refers to “a problem.” A man in a confessional tells a priest that he has “stepped off the righteous path.” We hear that a police officer was gunned down outside his home and is in critical condition; he is eventually released from the hospital but will remain in a wheelchair. Headlines accompany opening credits and we see several references to a police officer receiving commendations for service and bravery; we also see images of handguns and a coiling snake.
 A woman appears woozy after drinking from a drugged beverage and she collapses on a sofa; she ingests a large amount of cocaine to help revive her. A woman is seen with a tattoo behind her ear and several on her arm.

Vanquish LANGUAGE 7

 – About 23 F-words and its derivatives, 15 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (boy scout, crazy, creepy, baby, babe in the woods routine, crooked cop, infamous runner, snake, scumbags, tiger, cold feet), exclamations (shut-up, touché, wow, calm down), 1 religious profanity (GD), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. I Swear To God, God Is Just Punishing Me, God, a crucifix with a depiction of Jesus on it is shown). | profanity glossary |

Vanquish SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman drinks a glass of water that we understand is drugged (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and a woman snorts a large amount of cocaine off a glass top table (we see her with white powder on her face later). Two men drink whiskey at a bar, a man offers a woman a mint julep and she declines, and a woman drinks a glass of whiskey. A woman smokes a cigarette.

Vanquish DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Corruption, mistakes, illness, blackmail, kidnapping, personal wars.

Vanquish MESSAGE

 – Corruption can run deep.

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