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Jul 21, 2009

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Jackie Earle Haley

Patrick Wilson

Carla Gugino

Zack Snyder


2009 Warner Brothers Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Watchmen.

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Making the Grades

Because we only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.


Based on a comic book, Watchmen follows a group of superheroes that are brought together by their former colleague Rorshach (Jackie Earle Haley) after another of their members is murdered. The investigation into the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) uncovers not just a plan to eliminate them, but also a larger diabolical plot threatening to destroy the 1985 world in which they live.

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino

Content Information:

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Visually explicit portrayals of violence.

- Gory and grotesque mages, including dismemberment and mutilated corpses.

- Psychologically disturbing scenes and situations.

- Depictions of fighting, shootings and explosions.

- Bullying.

Sexual Content:

- Nudity in seen a non-sexual context (buttocks, genitalia and breasts are shown).

- Simulated sexual activity is depicted (partial or full nudity shown).

- Embracing and kissing.

- Sexual references are used.


- Frequent use of coarse language, including blasphemy, profanities and slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- References are made to the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

- Smoking is shown.

Of Special Note:

The animated movie The Incredibles also deals with a plot to destroy superheroes. Other movies about exceptionally gifted individuals include Spider-man, Superman, and Batman. Director Zack Snyder was the creative force behind the movie 300 as well.

Home Video Notes:

Watchmen is releasing to DVD and Blu-ray on July 21, 2009.

Canadian Movie Ratings

18A Explicit Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
AB 18A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes.
MB 18A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes.
ON 18A Brutal Violence, Coarse Language, Sexual Content.
QC 13+ Horror Violence.

Canadian Home Video Rating: 18A

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TNT says: Jul. 26, 2009

All I can say is praise the Lord we put the kids to bed first! My husband didn’t pay attention to the rating (and I didn’t bother to check) because we were thinking along the lines of Spiderman and such. Maybe it’s because we haven’t watched many R rated films for awhile but when did it become ok for full frontal male nudity? Apparently if your blue and glowing it’s ok. For pities sake, his only costume is a spedo did they not have enough money to rent it for the full movie or what? You could have taken out ALL of the objectionable sexual and language content and had a much better movie. Then they could have taken the saved time and money and created a phenomenal one.

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