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Still shot from the movie: Never Back Down.

Never Back Down

It seems too good to be true when a hot babe (Amber Heard) invites new kid Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) to a party --and it is. Instead of being a guest, it turns out he's only there to act as a punching bag for the girl's tough-guy boyfriend (Cam Gigandet). Determined to get even with the bully, Jake finds a mentor (Djimon Hounsou) and starts training in Mixed Martial Arts. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D-
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 13 Mar 2008
Video Release: 28 Jul 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Never Back Down Rated PG-13?


The violent portrayals of mixed martial arts in this teen film include kicking, repeated punches, pain-inflicting holds and choking. Bloody injuries and lacerations along with the indication of injured ribs are shown. Posting these brawls on the Internet for entertainment is also portrayed. While combat clubs enforce some discipline on their students, the street fights and displays of road rage are complete free-for-alls with victims being slammed against the ground, into car mirrors or viciously kicked in the head. While most adults are either absent or ineffective in this film, the sponsors of underground fight contests will likely benefit from the promotion of this teen violence. Barely-clad teen females become little more than set decoration or sexual diversions for the boys, as when two girls are shown passionately kissing in a hot tub at a weekend party. A brief homosexual comment is made and a heterosexual teen couple is seen kissing and rolling (clothed) on a bedroom floor. Teens drink at a house party and also in a club setting. Repeated moderate expletives and a term of Deity are used in the script. During training, two boys drink raw eggs.

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