Total Recall parents guide

Total Recall

Overall C

Bored with his life, Douglas Quaid (Colin Ferrell) decides to take a chemically induced virtual vacation. But before the serum is even injected, a surprise attack unexpectedly invokes the fighting reflexes of a super spy. Even though he cannot remember where he learned such deadly skills, he still finds himself on the run while trying to sort out reality from fantasy.

Release date August 2, 2012

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

Why is Total Recall rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Total Recall PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.

Run Time: 118 minutes

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Why is Total Recall rated PG-13? Total Recall is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.

Violence: Numerous characters are shown with bloody head injuries. A man is entrapped in a rope-like constraint. Characters fall or jump from heights. Buildings and transportation devices are blown up. Frequent and explicit violence often involves gunfire and weapon use. Characters are chased, threatened, beaten and some are shot at point blank range. Dead bodies are frequently portrayed. A man is choked and repeatedly punched during a fight with a woman. A man uses a piece of broken bottle to cut an object out of his hand. Characters are involved in a car chase that results in several accidents. A man is stabbed. Female characters engage in a brutal fistfight.

Sexual Content: A couple is shown in their underwear. Couples kiss. A prostitute reveals her enhanced bosom in a brief scene of full frontal nudity. Exotic dancers are shown in a bar. Some sexual references are included.

Language: A strong sexual expletive is used along with dozens of scatological slang terms. Other course language includes profanities, terms of Deity and vulgar anatomical terms.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters engage in a mind-altering activity. Men drink in a bar and one of them confesses to drinking too much.

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Total Recall
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language, Nudity.
Alberta 14A Violence.
Manitoba 14A Violence.
Ontario 14A Nudity, Language May Offend, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Total Recall is directed by Len Wiseman and stars Colin Ferrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Total Recall movie is December 17, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Total Recall

Release Date: 18 December 2012

Total Recall releases to home video in a combo package (Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy) that includes a rated (theatrical) and unrated (Extended Director’s Cut) version of the movie. Other extras are:

- Total Recall With Insight

- Commentary with Director Len Wiseman

- Gag Reel

- Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

- Designing The Fall

- Total Action

- Pre-Visualization Sequences

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