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The Bourne Identity

On a storm-ravaged night, fishermen working on the Mediterranean haul in a bullet punctured body floating in the ocean. When their "catch" revives, he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Set ashore, the amnesia sufferer (Matt Damon) sets out to discover who he is. But someone out there already knows-- and they're out to net him dead or alive. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 13 Jun 2002
Video Release: 06 May 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Bourne Identity Rated PG-13?


Violence: D+

Body is seen floating in a turbulent ocean. Character operates on man to remove bullets, includes use of knife, some blood seen. Contains numerous scenes of character being attacked and graphic hand-to-hand combat including the use of objects. Characters exchange gunfire, innocent bystanders at risk. Soldiers storm building. Man kicked and knocked down stairs. Characters discuss assassination attempts. Man arms himself with a kitchen knife. Character breaks through windowpane, starts shooting with automatic weapon; fight ensues, with blood shown. Character graphically stabbed with letter opener. Character jumps to his death. A character that was shot in head is shown. Couple argues briefly. Car chase with crashes, reckless driving and property damage is shown. Characters identify body in morgue. Sniper kills man. Man roughly pushes woman. Character breaks into home. Gas tank is shot and blows up. Characters stalk and fire shots at one another; man dies (some blood). Dog is assumed killed and children are threatened. Character holds a gun to man’s head in front of his children. Characters push and punch one another. Gunfire in apartment building causes damage and leaves numerous agents dead. Character killed by own agents, shots are fired directly into body.

Sexual Content: B-

Brief scene shows a Couple kissing passionately: woman’s bare shoulders and man’s chest and back are seen. Woman is seen in bra. Couple embraces.

Language: C-

Includes one extreme sexual expletive, five moderate and 11 mild profanities and 16 uses of terms of Deity for expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C+

Characters smoke in several scenes. Customer drinks at a bar. Woman under stress comments on needing a drink; drinks directly from bottle.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Woman vomits and appears to suffer some form of shock following stressful encounter. Government officials are involved in cover-up scheme.

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