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The Cold Light of Day

A simple family vacation in Spain turns into a nightmare for Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) after his family is kidnapped. Nor is there anyone he can trust to help him once Will discovers his dad (Bruce Willis) is really a CIA operative. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 93
Theater Release: 07 Sep 2012
Video Release: 28 Jan 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Cold Light of Day Rated PG-13?


Violence: With the exception of the opening few minutes, scenes of violence permeate the runtime of this movie. Many characters are shot, often for no particular reason. Others are beaten, thrown and tortured. Much of this carnage, including a scene where a person attempts to control the bleeding of a gunshot wound with a hot utensil, includes blood effects. Car chases down narrow city streets result in damage to property and other vehicles while bystanders are forced to run for cover. Crashes result in more bloody injuries. Police are dishonest. A man beats a policeman with a car door. Characters fall from heights, and one is shown as he slams to the ground.

Sexual Content: A woman is seen in a bikini. A woman’s underwear is briefly seen when she falls from a motorcycle.

Language: Scatological slang and other profanities are heard, along with one sexual expletive.

Drugs/Alcohol: Characters drink wine over dinner. One character consumes alcohol as he speaks of a stressful event.

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