Batman Returns

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Michael Keaton reprises his role as the caped crusader. The plot sets The Penguin (Danny DeVito) as an embittered half-human, half-penguin creature out to control Gotham and destroy Batman, with the help of Christopher Walken as a Gotham power broker and Michelle Pfeiffer as a leather-and-whips, man-hating machine dubbed the Catwoman.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - None, though the Penguin gets a bit descriptive about his base desires. Also, that's no barrel the Catwoman is wearing. At one instance the Catwoman licks Batman's face. Keaton and Pfeiffer roll on his couch, kissing passionately, but nothing else happens.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Lots of explosions, people are dropped out of high buildings as a matter of course, there are some razor slashes and shootings, comic book beatings. A severed hand. A charred corpse is quite visible.

PROFANITY 2 - A few relatively mild expletives. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - An argument could be made for the value of mental health counselling: All masked characters in the film are presented as emotionally dysfunctional.

MESSAGE - Crime does not pay.

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