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Overall D

Tyler Perry plays Alex Cross, a detective who is trying to stop a heinous killer that enjoys inflicting pain on his victims before he murders them.

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

Why is Alex Cross rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Alex Cross is rated PG-13 for for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

Violence: Characters are frequently shot, beaten, punched and threatened. During a cage fight a man’s arm is broken after a serious battle. A man injects a paralyzing drug in a woman’s neck. A man catches on fire from a stove. Bloody injuries are depicted along with numerous dead bodies. A man sets off several explosions in and outside of office buildings. A speeding vehicle rams a character’s car. Men are shot after taunting a character. A character cuts off the fingers of a woman and puts them in a bowl. Other depictions of tortured women are seen. A man cauterizes bloody wounds and exposes himself to other pain-inducing activities. Characters are hit with a golf club, kicked in the groin, stabbed, bashed with a club and taken captive by an angry mob.

Sexual Content: A woman wears a bikini at a cage-fighting event. A woman strips down to her underwear and a man ties her to the bed in a prelude to sexual activity. Sexual sounds are heard and a brief shot of a couple in bed is seen, along with clothes strewn across the floor. Derogatory sexual comments are made.

Language: The script includes infrequent profanities, scatological slang, mild curses and some innuendo, as well as a few slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A man injects a paralyzing drug into his victims. A woman appears to be high on drugs. References to illegal drugs, including bags of cocaine, are included. Characters drink in a bar or home setting.

This film includes references to drugs and drug induced activities. How can you tell if someone is on drugs and what might you do to help them?

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