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3 Days To Kill

Many years ago, Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) chose his career over of his family. Now he has been given an opportunity to spend some time with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) -- but the life and death nature of his job continues to threaten his chances for a building personal relationship. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 21 Feb 2014
Video Release: 20 May 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is 3 Days To Kill Rated PG-13?

Violence: The movie features frequent portrayals of gun, weapon and hand-to-hand violence, with little detail and some blood shown. Most of the violence happens within a flippant or comedic context. For example: a character (who represents the CIA) shoots a man bound to a chair at point blank range, an Italian man (with stereotypical crime connections) is held captive and abused, another man of Middle Eastern origin is repeatedly beaten and placed in the trunk of a car, and a character flippantly shoots an innocent bystander in the foot when he bars his admittance to a club. Other possibly bothersome depictions include a woman who is killed after her head is forced into an open elevator shaft, then severed by a passing car (impact not seen) and a similar situation when a man is poised to have his head removed by a passing subway train (the event is interrupted). A man is thrown on a subway track and hit by a train. A massive shootout, explosions and brutal fistfights occur. A character attempts to put another’s head in a meat slicer and later a hand is placed in a panini press. A character’s foot is impaled with a knife. A character beats up a group of men he finds surrounding and touching a drugged girl (it is implied the situation is about to escalate into a gang rape). A character attaches a large pair of battery “booster” cables to another character’s ears and tortures him with electricity.

Sexual Content:

A woman in a strip bar is seen topless (brief blurred breast nudity). A naked woman is seen from the rear while being tattooed. Sex is implied when a married couple embraces in bed, the scene fades to black and we see them in bed the next morning. A woman wears revealing clothing; in one scene she is shown in a very short skirt while standing over a man.


At least three sexual expletives are included (one in subtitles) in non-sexual contexts. At least a half-dozen scatological terms are used, along with some Christian expletives and other terms of deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A teen girl is drugged at a rave, and later is shown in a restroom surrounded by men who are touching her. A stylish female character frequently smokes a cigarette. A man accepts an injection of a mysterious drug (shown close up with blood effects). A character drinks heavily to counteract the effects of another drug he has been injected with. Social drinking is seen.

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