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  • 3.0

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  • 25

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Indisputably the most violent film of the year and disputably the worst.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    What's most remarkable about this big, dumb exploitation movie is how carefully anything approaching psychological texture appears to have been peeled away.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The movie wants it both ways: bloodthirsty revenge and some finger-wagging about the tactics.

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    For most of its running length, Sabotage is a gritty, compelling motion picture with twists to make a pretzel envious.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller isn’t some David Fincher-esque mood piece where all the clues come together at the end. It’s more like a modern-day, Georgia version of a spaghetti Western.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Extremely violent Schwarzenegger flick with drugs, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that action movie Sabotage stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and is arguably the most violent Schwarzenegger movie ever made. It has many shootings, killings, and an enormous amount of blood, gushing, spraying, and pooling, as well as guts and other body parts. It has very strong, constant sexual innuendo of all sorts in addition to some female toplessness, implied sex, and sex with more than one partner. Language is also very strong and quite constant with special attention given to the words "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." One of the major supporting characters is shown to have a drug problem, and most of the major characters are shown drinking, and sometimes drunk, throughout the movie. All this aside, it's a fairly intelligent, well-written, realistic movie with a good mystery story, but for adults only.

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. Why might the filmmakers have chosen to make it so intense and bloody? How do you think they want the audience to react?
  • Why do these characters drink so much? What would be the real-life consequences of the drinking and drug use depicted in the movie?
  • Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a good role model here? Has he been a good role model in his other films or in real life?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The main thrust of the entire plot is revenge. The central characters are a group of undercover DEA agents who claim to operate as a "family," but never seem to trust one another. They create an incredible wake of violence, and are prone to stealing, drinking, drugs, and generally poor behavior. However, there are consequences.

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    Role models: Though technically the good guys, the main characters of this movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger included, are not heroes to be emulated. They are violent, destructive, reckless, argumentative, and generally behave poorly.

What to watch for
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    Violence: This may be the most violent Schwarzenegger movie ever made, complete with guns and shooting, stabbings, several bloody, gory dead bodies, blood sprays, blood gurgles, and pools of blood. We also see a few minutes of footage wherein a woman is tied up, cut, and tortured while she cries out for help. (We learn through dialogue, that bits of her skin, and her face, were mailed back to her husband.) There are bloody auto crashes, with body parts and organs thrown around the crash scenes. Innocent bystanders are killed.

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    Sex: Very strong, very frequent sexual innuendo, with spoken references to people having sex with animals, people having sex with a "tranny," and many other references. A scene takes place in a strip club, with one topless woman shown, as well as several other sexy dancers. At a party, two women kiss on a bed, and a breast is shown. A man prepares to have sex with a woman; she produces a condom and he tosses it away, saying he wants her "raw." One of the major female characters is married and is said to have slept with another man. The main character has a kissing scene, with implied sex. A stripper (clothed) is hired for a party.

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    Language: "F--k" and "s--t" are used quite liberally and frequently throughout. Other words heard include "p---y," "ass," "hell," "bitch," "dick," "piss," and one use of "Jesus Christ."

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    Consumerism: A Netflix rental envelope is shown. An Apple computer, with logo, is shown. A bottle of Gnarly Head cabernet sauvignon wine is clearly displayed.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters are DEA agents. One of them appears to have a drug problem. She is shown snorting cocaine while undercover, and tasting some liquid meth found in a crime scene. She is also shown swallowing a pill with a gulp of vodka. Otherwise, the rest of the main characters drink a great deal; they are frequently seen with bottles of beer in hand, and drunk more than once. The main character drinks whisky in several scenes, and another cop drinks wine in several scenes. The main character also smokes cigars, and another smokes a cigarette in one scene.