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18A(18A) Brutal Violence


Action/Thriller. Based on the character created by David Morell. When human traffickers kidnap his niece (Yvette Monreal) in Mexico, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) uses his skills as an elite combat soldier to rescue her and get revenge.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, profanity, sexual slurs, and vulgar expressions - some in an aggressive context
  • Frequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence - much blood, gore, and wound detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use, some in a forced context - some detail

Thematic elements

  • Revenge
  • Coping with trauma
  • Family bonds

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for brutal and gory violence

Classification date

September 11, 2019