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Red Dawn

When North Korea invades Spokane, Washington, a small number of survivors (Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas) form a resistance group and try to recapture their homeland. This movie is based on the 1984 film of the same name. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 20 Nov 2012
Video Release: 04 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Red Dawn Rated PG-13?


Violence: Newsreel footage includes scenes of battles, dictators and military threats. Brief on-field football action includes hard-hitting tackles. Planes drop bombs and paratroopers. Homes and businesses are destroyed. Numerous characters are imprisoned, shot, blown up or injured in car accidents. Cars crash during high-speed chases. A man is shot in the head (off-screen). Some bloody injuries are shown. A girl sutures a wound. A home is set on fire. A boy throws up after shooting his first human. He later drinks the blood of an animal he has killed. Frequent war violence is portrayed. Characters are put in peril because of the decisions of others.

Sexual Content: A teen couple kisses on several occasions.

Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive, a crude hand gesture, frequent scatological slang, terms of Deity, crude sexual language and other profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use: High school students go to a bar. Drinking is shown in social settings, a bar and at home. Some characters drink during times of stress. A drunk soldier makes advances on a female coworker.

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