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Still shot from the movie: X-Men Origins-Wolverine.

X-Men Origins-Wolverine

If you have ever wondered how Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) came to be the angst-riddled, blade-wielding character portrayed in the X-men franchise -- then puzzle no more. This movie reveals his lupus origins, the reasons for his feud with Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) and how the government turned him into a living weapon. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 01 May 2009
Video Release: 15 Sep 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is X-Men Origins-Wolverine Rated PG-13?


Revealing Wolverine’s past provides an opportunity to uncover a lifetime of violent confrontations, from domestic disputes, to war violence, firing squads and duels between mutant characters. Death is delivered in just about every conceivable way, including bullets, explosions, swords, impaling, slashing and strangulation. These on screen depictions sometimes include blood. Battles between nearly immortal characters are detailed and extended, and feature bodies being tossed around, smashed and crushed, or thrown through walls and windows. Plenty of property is damaged, and innocent bystanders are killed. The military orders the death of civilians, along with other illegal or unethical activities. Frequent death threats are uttered. A character is decapitated (the severed head is seen, but no blood is shown). Surgical procedures are portrayed, such as exposed eyeballs, a stitched up mouth and injections with needles (some of these portrayals are gruesome). Torture is mentioned. A naked man is seen from the rear and side (details are obscure), and a male character’s bare chest is often shown. It is implied an unmarried couple have a sexual relationship (the woman is seen wrapped only in a blanket, and latter in scanty pajamas). A man forcibly carries off a woman. Some mild and moderate profanities are used, as well as terms of Christian deity. A main character chews on a cigar, and alcohol is occasionally consumed.

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