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Overall A-

Even the man of steel can become old news if he stays away too long, or so Clark Kent (Brandon Routh) finds out when Superman Returns. While it appears Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has forgotten him and moved on with her life, there is at least one person who still remembers -- his former enemy Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey).

Violence C
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B
Substance Use B-

Why is Superman Returns rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Superman Returns is rated PG-13 for for some intense action violence.

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While the script includes infrequent mild profanities and terms of deity, there are numerous depictions of action violence. A burning plane falls from the sky, slamming the passengers around inside. Earthquake-like tremors cause massive power outages and building damage. During a bank robbery, police officers are gunned down with a huge, high-powered automatic machine gun. Slow motion shots show a man repeatedly hit in the chest and in the eye with bullets, while other depictions include numerous gunshots, beatings, backstabbing and holding a man’s head under water. An out-of-control car careens through the downtown, hitting people and damaging property. Many people, including a female character, are threatened verbally as well as having their lives put in peril from drowning, falling from heights, kidnappings, and explosions. Characters steal items from a public building. A dog is shown eating another animal. Characters are shown drinking and an unhappy man goes to the bar for a drink. Smoking is portrayed although the film does contain a strong anti-smoking theme. Script includes the discussion of an illegitimate child and some sexual comments and innuendo.

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