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The Revenant [2015] [R] - 5.10.6



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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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Editor's Note: The Drudge Report and other outlets have claimed that there's a scene in the film of a bear raping a man. There is no such scene. There is a bear attack scene and while the scene is explicit, realistic and gory, it is not a rape scene. The bear is a female and is protecting her cubs from a man that she thinks will harm them.

A man (Leonardo DiCaprio) living on the frontier with his son and working as a tracker is left for dead after a horrific bear attack. When he recovers he seeks vengeance against those who wronged him. Also with Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Lukas Haas, Brendan Fletcher, Javier Botet, Brad Carter and Kory Grim. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French and Native American languages with English subtitles; there are several lines of dialogue spoken by one character that are difficult to understand. [2:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man pushes a young woman and she struggles and falls to her knees, he forces her against a tree and rapes her (we see thrusting and grunting as she cries; please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A fully nude man falls dead after having been shot in the back with an arrow (we see his genitals, chest, abdomen, legs and buttocks). A nude, dead man is shown on a boat and we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and legs to the hip (his genitals are covered by ropes). A man strips nude before climbing inside a horse carcass (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and we see his bare back and buttocks.
 Men and woman dance in a bar and others are shown with their arms around each other.
 When negotiating a trade with a Native American man a French man tells him that he needs a woman with big breasts.

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - An extended bear attack scene shows a large female bear attacking a man three times: The bear charges the man and knocks him to the ground, the man punches and thrashes trying to get away as the bear bites and claws him, then picks him up by the back and thrashes him back and forth (the man is screaming and moaning throughout), and the bear is shown with blood on its mouth and claws and it stands on the man's head; the bear walks off and the man spits blood as he gets his gun and shoots the bear when it charges back toward him, the bear bites the man repeatedly and we see his torn and bloody flesh and blood on the bear's fur, the bear charges a third time and the man stabs it repeatedly in the neck and throat before they both roll down a short hill and the bear lands dead on top of the man, who lies motionless.
 An extended fight sequence shows a camp attacked by Native Americans and we see many men from both sides getting killed: A fully nude man walks toward the camp, then collapses dead (we see blood on his neck and down his abdomen and he has an arrow in his back and we see it when he falls); a man is shot through the neck by an arrow, and another man is shot by an arrow as several men draw their guns and begin shooting; there are many flaming arrows shot and we see them sailing through the air; one man runs into the open and is shot by an arrow, a man on horseback is shot off his horse (blood sprays); several men fight hand-to-hand and with knives, one man is held down with a bow across his throat until another man hits the attacker over the head (blood sprays on the man on the ground), a man is shot through the eye with an arrow (we see blood), a man is attacked by another man with a spear, a man shoots a horse and it falls to the ground dead, a man is shot in the leg and then in the back with arrows as he tries to run away, a man holds another man under water to drown him (another man intervenes), and several more men are shot in the back as they try to board a boat (blood spurts and they fall into the water screaming).
 A man shoots another man off his horse from a distance, he walks up to make sure the man is dead and is shot at by another man; the first man runs into woods and the other man chases him, they shoot at each other (one has a bloody shoulder wound), they slide down a short hill and they fight with a knife and a hatchet (one man is slashed on the face and we see blood), one man is stabbed through the hand (we see a lot of blood) and he pulls the knife out and uses it to stab the other man in the leg as he tries to crawl away; one man bites the other man's ear off and spits flesh and blood, they wrestle, one stabs the other in the stomach, one stabs the other in the leg and one man is pushed into a river where he floats away.
 A man sleeping in woods is awakened by Native Americans who attack him: he dodges arrows, shoots at them and rides away on a horse that is shot by an arrow and runs over a cliff throwing the man into a large tree; we see the dead horse with blood on its wounds and a badly broken leg and the man lying unconscious nearby (the man is still alive and is able to move later). A man stabs a young man in the stomach and he falls to his knees, coughing blood (we see the bloody wound).
 While raping a young woman, a man is grabbed from behind by another man who holds a gun to his head and covers his mouth; the attacker gives the young woman a knife, she says, "I will cut your balls off," and the first man rides away on a horse as we see the man who was raping the young woman with blood at his groin (it is implied that the young woman removed his genitals with the knife). A man attempts to smother a badly wounded and incapacitated man until a young man stops him by hitting him on the head. There are several flashback scenes to an attack on frontier dwellings and troops are shown setting fire to the dwellings as people run and scream and fall to the ground dead after being shot: One such scene shows a young boy in flames and he falls to his knees; we see the boy with charred skin on his face and later with burn scars on his face and neck; we see a woman running out of a dwelling and she is shot (blood spurts) and falls to the ground dead; we see the woman lying dead with a bloody bullet hole on her chest as a small bird flutters from the wound and flies away. A man hides from Native Americans on a river bank; they see him and open fire as he floats away through heavy rapids and over waterfalls; he eventually floats to the shore clinging to a tree trunk. Two men hold guns on each other and they both shoot; we later see one of the men lying dead on the ground with bloody wounds and he has been scalped (his scalp is shown to have been cut away). A badly wounded man floats down a river and it is implied that Native Americans on the river bank retrieve him and scalp him (this is not shown but we hear what sounds like cutting flesh); we later see the man floating dead and bloody through the river.
 A man drags a badly wounded man into a hole in the ground and covers him with dirt while telling a young man to shoot him (he does not) and they leave the man. A man pulls a gun away from another man, hits him in the stomach with the gun butt, presses the barrel to the fallen man's head and pulls the trigger but it does not discharge. A man hits a young man in the face with a gun butt, then kicks him several times in the stomach and orders him to be locked up. A man holds a gun on another man, then kicks him into a wall. Two men fight in a river and shove each other before other men intervene. A man holds a gun on a badly wounded man in a stretcher. A young man holds a gun on another man and demands the truth.
 A man is shown hanging from a tree with a sign that says something about savages in French (not translated). A man is found after he was attacked by a bear and two men pull the dead bear off the man, one man vomits (we see goo and hear gagging) as another man stitches up several gaping wounds on the man's back (we see the man's torn flesh covered with blood and blood spurts from a gash across his throat); the man passes out when another man snaps his ankle, presumably back into place. A man puts gun powder on an open wound on his throat, then puts a flame to it and it explodes; the man screams and passes out. A man is shown with what looks like his intestines in his lap and we see a lot of blood and tissue (he is dead). Two men find a camp where many dead people are shown lying on the ground; one pregnant women is seen, dead horses are seen and one woman still alive peeks out of a shelter as the men pass by. A nude, dead man is shown with an arrow through his chest and blood running from the wound. A dead man (we do not see his wounds) is thrown off a boat and into water as other man say a prayer. A man wheezes and moans in many scenes after having been mauled by a bear. A man's head is shown to have been partially scalped and we see a deep, healed over gash with no hair as he describes what happened. A man's hand is shown to be missing chunks of flesh after a bear attack. A young man is shown lying dead on the ground with blue-tinged lips and face and a bloody abdominal wound. A dead young man is shown partially covered with snow and his eye appears to be missing (red tissue is seen). A man drags himself to a river bank and drinks water (we see blood spurt from a wound in his neck/throat and he coughs and spits blood). A man sees a dead man under water and another man with very bloody hands in a dream sequence. A man lifts another man's shirt and we see horrible scars on his back; the first man tells him that his body is rotten and that he must heal. A man sees his dead son and they hug in a dream sequence; when he wakes up he is hugging a tree. A man sees his dead wife in several dream and stress induced sequences. After a fight between two men we see a large blood stain in the snow.
 A huge wind storm blows and a man falls off his horse; another man builds a fire and a shelter to cover the man where he has fallen, and then covers the man's wounds with leaves. Men carry a man on a stretcher a great distance on difficult terrain after he was mauled by a bear. Men trudge through heavy storms (rain and snow) in several scenes. A man tries to walk with a crutch made from a tree branch and he falls when trying to walk with it.
 A man cuts the abdomen of a dead horse open and removes its organs (we see a lot of blood and two large piles of organs), he cracks the rib cage and climbs inside for warmth and protection; when the man awakens later he must crack the carcass to get out. A man holds a very bloody piece of meat from a dead buffalo and his mouth and chin are covered with blood; another man begs him for some meat and is given some, but he gags and spits (we see a bit of blood and goo) when he takes his first bite. Men clean the meat and pelts off dead animals in a camp and we see the bloody meat and tissue piled in a few places throughout. A man breaks a bone from an animal carcass and tries to find a morsel of meat. We see a picked clean bird skeleton presumably after a man has eaten the meat. A man puts a blossom in a dead young man's mouth. We see an animal carcass and a chunk of meat on the end of a stick as a man holds it over a fire; he and a young man eat the meat. A man sees a large pile of animal skulls in a few dream sequences. A man catches a fish and eats it; we see him tearing at the flesh while he moans and grunts and there is some blood.
 A wild dog in flames runs and others are shown dead and burning. We hear, then see a stampede of buffalo as wild dogs surround, attack and take down one that has strayed from the group (we hear the animal moaning and screaming). Two men with guns wade through water hunting for animals to shoot and retrieve their meat and pelts; one man fires and we see a dead deer lying on its side as the man appears to be cutting it (no blood is shown).
 Men argue in many scenes about what to do with pelts that they cannot carry, about what to do with a wounded man, and about what direction to go. A Native American man tells a French man, "You have taken everything; our land, our animals and my daughter." A man talks about his father "finding God" and that it turned out to be a squirrel; the man then shot and ate the squirrel. A man says, "My men left me for dead and killed my son," and another man says, "The Sioux killed my people."

PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words, 13 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Native Americans, name-calling (half-breed), exclamations (shut-up, shut your mouth), 9 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Christ Almighty, Oh My God, Godforsaken, Jesus, Jesus Christ, God, Revenge is in God's Hands); there are several lines of dialogue spoken by one character that are difficult to understand and could contain additional language not listed here. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women drink alcohol in a bar and some appear inebriated. A man puts what might be chewing tobacco in his mouth, and a man smokes a pipe in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Survival in the 1800s frontier, trading, Native Americans, bear attacks, trappers, death of loved ones, murder of loved ones, greed, honor, rape, trading, prey.

MESSAGE - Survival in the American wilderness in the 1800s was difficult.

Special Keywords: S5 - V10 - P6 - MPAAR

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