Machine Gun Preacher parents guide

Machine Gun Preacher

Overall C

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) leaves his past life of crime and substance abuse behind, in order to follow God. His new path takes him to Sudan, Africa where he uses some of his former skills to rescue and protect orphaned children who are being forced to become soldiers. This movie is based on a true story.

Release date October 14, 2011

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

Why is Machine Gun Preacher rated R? The MPAA rated Machine Gun Preacher R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality.

Run Time: 103 minutes

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Why is Machine Gun Preacher rated R? Machine Gun Preacher is rated R by the MPAA for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality.

Violence: Frequent depictions of violence with guns, knives, land mines and other weapons include some gory details. A child steps on a land mine and his corpse is seen with missing legs. A large group of burned and smoldering children’s corpses are piled in a heap. A man shoots an assassin who turns out to be a young child. Adult men are killed and wounded during battles. A fight and a severe stabbing incident occur after two men pick up a Native American hitchhiker. A man yells at his wife and child. 

Sexual Content: A married couple is viewed from a distance while having sex in a car—no nudity is seen. Later this same couple begins sexual activities in their home (kissing and passionate embracing are shown). A woman discusses her career as a stripper.

Language: Over two-dozen sexual expletives are used along with other profanity, scatological slang, and crude anatomical terms. Names of deity are used as expletives.

Drugs/Alcohol: Characters drink frequently, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. Injected drug use is portrayed in a few scenes, including one where a character is shown shooting up while driving a car. Later in the film, an addicted character is "rescued" and the effects of drug use are shown from a negative perspective.

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Machine Gun Preacher
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Disturbing Content, Gory Scenes.
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Substance Abuse, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Machine Gun Preacher is directed by Marc Forster and stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Machine Gun Preacher movie is June 5, 2012. Here are some details…

Machine Gun Preacher releases to home video on June 5, 2012.

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