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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III



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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

The Turtles go back in time to medieval Japan, where they help rebels against a local warlord and a European gun-runner.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - One big kiss (no turtles are involved).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Despite its kid appeal, this installment has a complex plot and is filmed in a dark and ominous tone. Some violent scenes are rather realistic; there's no blood or gore, however, one person is killed by plummeting into a raging sea, while the turtles make light of it; the camera follows his fall. There are lots of battle scenes with slashing swords, spears and guns. But the turtles defend themselves with their martial arts skills, so we don't see anyone actually getting sliced. One turtle goes into a burning building in order to save a youngster. There's a threat of torture, but nothing happens. We do see the inside of a dungeon though, complete with prisoners in cages and shackled to the walls.

PROFANITY 2 - No profanity, just some name calling and harsh language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superstition, torture, father against son, death.

MESSAGE - The explicit message is delivered by one turtle who admonishes a young boy "to play and not to fight, unless absolutely necessary." The implicit message, however, is that combat resolves problems more easily than play.

Special Keywords: S1 - V5 - P2 - MPAAPG

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