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G.I. Joe - The Rise of the Cobra

Based on a Hasbro product, this boy doll is no longer a child's toy. Instead, he's a lean, mean, elite military fighting machine. Staring Channing Tatum, this G.I Joe is out to disable Cobra, a mercenary organization headed by a Scottish arms dealer. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 07 Aug 2009
Video Release: 03 Nov 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is G.I. Joe - The Rise of the Cobra Rated PG-13?


Nearly non-stop violence permeates this film, which contains just a few scenes of dialogue to allow the thread of story to progress. Military characters shoot, blast, stab, impale, punch, throw and use many other western and eastern fighting methods to assault one another. For the most part, the violence is sanitized although a few sequences do show blood effects. Some of the more disturbing scenes include: Characters have multiple needles pushed into their skulls as part of a control mechanism. A red-hot mask is placed on a man’s face. A woman is stabbed through her abdomen. Characters are seen on fire. Two young boys fight until their faces are bloody. Two characters—wearing protective indestructible suits—are run over and hit by various cars, trains, buildings and other objects. Women are often physically dominated by males and wear low cut tops and tight fitting outfits. Men are seen topless at times. Men and women are seen kissing on a couple of occasions, and discussions of a man taking another man’s woman are heard. Language includes a couple of scatological terms, frequent terms of deity and several mild profanities.

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