While Marvel Studios has started holding premiere events for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, first reactions and ratings for the movie have started surfacing. The film has already been rated PG-13 by the MPA for intense sequences of violence and action, strong language, suggestive/drug references and thematic elements.
The film has now been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, and infrequent strong language. You can read detailed descriptions of potentially upsetting scenes below:
Scenes of violence include laser gun fights, stabbings, slashings, characters being blasted by fantastical powers, and crunchy fistfights. There is occasional sight of blood – primarily from aliens – and a woman largely comprised of robotic parts contorting her broken limbs as she reforms. Another woman’s arm is broken during a fight.
Threat and horror
There are sustained scenes of threat during action sequences in which ships explode and people avoid falling debris. Sequences also include gun threat, and people being blasted or held by fantastical powers. There are occasional ‘jump scares’, including from monsters and aliens. Animals are transformed into humanoid creatures, and there are distressing scenes of animals being experimented and operated on, leaving them as robotic-animal hybrids.
There is infrequent strong language (‘f**k’) and milder terms including ‘asshole’, ‘ass’, ‘dick’, ‘dickhead’, ‘son of a bitch’, ‘shit’, ‘piss’, ‘douche’, ‘God’, ‘hell’, ‘frickin”, ‘freaking’, ‘screw’, damn’, ‘butt’ and ‘jerk’.
There are moments of innuendo around ‘touching’ someone, and oblique references to promiscuity.
Aliens are briefly seen dealing an unnamed drug. Later, a man refers to dealing ‘meth’ in a clearly condemnatory manner.
Characters sustain various injuries, including sight of blood, burn wounds and a man’s disfigured face after he has been mauled. A person is reduced to a charred corpse after being blasted by fantastical energy.
A man makes a comic reference to the shape of his defecation.
Alcohol and tobacco
A man appears drunk, and there are references to it being a pattern of behaviour.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 releases in theaters on May 5, 2023.