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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace
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Sex & Nudity

  • The Joker asks the Mob, "Did your balls drop off?"
  • A Russian woman wearing a bikini invites Alfred to spread sun-tan lotion on her to which he reluctantly agrees.
  • The Joker teases Rachel calling her "Harvey's Squeeze."
  • A man at a bar hears someone enter and thinks its his bartender friend returning from the bathroom moments after entering. He says, "What, you need someone to shake it for ya?"
  • There are a handful of kissing scenes. One character walks in on a couple who's fully clothed, but you can tell from the way they're flustered they were clearly getting it on. Some female characters wear bikinis.
  • Rachel kisses Bruce in detail.
  • At a fund raising party a man runs in on two half dressed guests (no nudity), it is obvious to everyone that they had been engaging in sex/were about to have sex.
  • Harvey Dent is kissed by Rachel in passion.

Violence & Gore

  • There are extremely pervasive and frightening moments of menace, and threats, primarily by the main antagonist of the Joker, who wears horrific clown make-up to scare people and to hide the graphic scars on his cheeks.
  • It is implied that a man is burned to death on a pile of money.
  • It is implied that the Joker has the remaining mob boss killed and fed to his own dogs before taking his place.
  • The Joker sets his dogs after Batman. Batman throws them to their presumed deaths but then Joker attacks Batman and madly beats him with a crowbar before throwing him down and pinning him down with an iron beam.
  • Many characters within are shot either off screen or below frame.
  • Two-Face beats a girl unconscious when deciding not to kill her. However, it is implied that she died from her injuries in a single line said by Gordon after assessing the damage.
  • Batman beats down an entire SWAT team in the film's climax.
  • As Batman is fighting the Joker and his henchmen, the Joker has a hidden knife blade in the toe of his shoe witch he uses to kick Batman in the rib the scene. This then cuts to Batman shouting in pain before throwing the Joker to the floor.
  • Frequent and prolonged scenes of brutal violence throughout. To barely scratch the surface, there are multiple shootings, stabbings, fistfights, explosions, bombings, and burnings. A man's eye is impaled with a pencil; a man with a bomb sewn inside his stomach blows up; a hallucinogenic is used as a weapon; dogs bite multiple characters; a man is set on fire; cars crash; characters are trapped in rooms filled with bombs; live grenades are placed in the hands and mouth of hostages; two boats filled with passengers are threatened with bombings; suicide bombers are used as threats; knives and guns are common weapons. Several characters have giant smiles carved in their cheeks, and one man's face is partially burnt off.
  • The movie opens with a bank robbery. There are several scenes of men being shot, however it either cuts away, happens offscreen or there is no blood shown. A man has what looks like a grenade shoved into his mouth, but it then shown that it is a gas canister.
  • There is a scene where the Joker slams a mobster's head down on a pencil tip. The camera angle and the cut mean we don't see anything. But it is made clear what happens; there is a pencil impaled in the man's head.
  • There is a scene where it is implied that the Joker slashes the cheeks of another man in a Glasgow smile/Chelsea grin. We see nothing as the camera cuts away as it happens, but the actions are quite clear nonetheless.
  • A man is shown hanging from a noose in front of a window in a "jump" scene, and he is already dead when he is dropped.
  • There are several scenes of mild violence involving fist fighting and gun shots, also there are a few scenes in which attack dogs are used. A man is bitten and another is mauled by a dog, there is blood shown later during the first and the second doesn't show any at all.
  • A man suffers intense burns to one side of his face, later the muscle and bone are visible in areas and his eyelid is burned away to expose his whole eyeball.
  • A woman dies in a flaming explosion. The camera cuts to show the outside and the building blowing up so we see nothing of her death.
  • There is a scene in which a man is shown to have a bomb sewn under his skin. This is quite quite graphic, as when it later explodes although the camera cuts to show the explosion from another window, and the man can still be been seen blowing up into a blood red smoke cloud.
  • A man has his legs broken, after being dropped from a small height. The breaking is audible and you see his legs crumple under him.
  • Despite the nature of these scenes, there is no real gore and there is very, very little blood. However, the violence is discussed openly, and the Joker, who's the main perpetrator, often boasts or explains the violence graphically. He also declares that people will die and brutally murders several in quick succession.
  • Two-Face's face is very graphic.

Profanity

  • 1 (muffled) use of "fuck"
  • The words "ass", "hell", "damn", "goddamn", "balls", "son of a bitch", and "oh my God" can be heard in the dialogue.
  • 3 uses of the word "bitch".
  • 2 uses of the word "damn".
  • 2 uses of the word "Hell".
  • 2 uses of the word "shit".
  • 1 use of the word "goddamn".
  • 1 use of the word "ass".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is a scene where a man is about to drink, but is interrupted.
  • A man quickly drinks two shots of whiskey.
  • A drug dealer is displeased with the man who supplies his trade. The drugs are indicated to have been laced with a hallucinogenic and a man is shown suffering from intense hallucinations and calling out in terror on the floor. We see nothing but him thrashing and the drugs themselves are not shown, only mentioned.
  • We see a mobster constantly smoke a cigar. He is smoking in exactly every scene he appears in except for when he is in the court room, when he confronts Harvey Dent, and when Batman breaks his legs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie is very dark and intense for a PG-13 movie. In fact, it sometimes crosses the line of being rated R.
  • Big jump scare when a dead man hanging hits a window on a high rise building. It comes out of nowhere.
  • The character of the Joker is particularly chilling, especially for younger viewers. In fact, this is the scariest version of the Joker of all time, due to Heath Ledger's mesmerizing and haunting Oscar-winning performance, which can make it even more terrifying for some.
  • The Joker tells two upsetting stories of how he got his scars.
  • The image of the Joker wearing a nurse's uniform may disturb some people.
  • Two Face threatens to kill a 10 year old boy.
  • The iconic Joker interrogation scene can disturb viewers.
  • The Joker taunts Two-Face, ecouraging him to kill him.
  • Two-Face's descent into madness is chilling and may be difficult to watch for some viewers.
  • The appearances of the super-villains in the film can be disturbing. The Scarecrow's burlap mask is creepy, and Two-Face's scarred face is gruesome. Of course, the Joker's makeup and Glasgow smile are extremely scary, especially for younger viewers.
  • The Joker's bizarre, nihilistic personality is terrifying.
  • The rubber clown-masks of the Joker goons are mildly frightening.
  • The end can be very intense for a lot of viewers, due to the Joker's plan of turning Gotham City into a kingdom of mayhem, complete chaos and dispair becoming a huge success, and Batman is now left without hope and being chased by the police after killing Two-Face. This is a very emotional and intense ending, and is easily one of the most tragic movie endings of all time.
  • Batman and a cop race to rescue two hostages.

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Joker says he will blow up a hospital if a man is not dead in 60 minutes.
  • Two-Face threatens to kill a man's family at gunpoint.
  • The Joker posts a chilling video of himself with a hostage telling him (and his viewers) "how crazy Batman has made Gotham." He then laughs maniacally off camera, and the hostage's screaming is heard in the background. Later on, we see the hostage's now dead body hanging from a noose hit the window of a high rise building, with tense and scary music playing and also making a jumpscare. This is definitely the scariest moment in the film.
  • Near the end, there is a scene with two ferry boats with large-scale explosives in their cargo bays. They both have a detonator. The Joker states that they both have a detonator to the other boat. By midnight, if one of them isn't already blown up, he blows both of them up.

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