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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout

Sex & Nudity

  • Cobb and Saito meet in a so-called love nest, where Saito meets his lover.
  • There are no sexual scenes shown in this movie. We see some people kiss, and Arthur shares an innocent kiss with Ariadne once. Nothing sexual at all.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is shot in the chest about halfway through the movie, where we see red seep through a man's shirt as he coughs up flecks of blood
  • Violence in Inception is tricky to tally. At times we see real men get hurt or killed. But much of the violence is perpetuated in dream worlds, where the people we see are not real, but manifestations of the subject's subconscious. As a result, the "real" body count is surprisingly low (at least for a film that wields this much intensity), while metaphysical fatalities run off the chart.
  • Merging both categories, people are punched, kicked, choked, shot (scores of times), stabbed, hit by cars (several times), blown up, attacked by rampaging mobs, almost buried by avalanches and nearly drowned. Somebody gets shot in the footjust to illustrate that, while dying in a dream state is difficult, pain is all too easy to come by.
  • The visceral feel of the violence is about what you'd expect for a PG-13 movie and, frankly, maybe a step back from a prime-time actioner on television. The mayhem is practically bloodless, and it's perpetrated with a certain, almost chilly, remove.
  • When someone wants to exit a dream, they simply "kill" themselves or have someone do it for them. Cobb, for instance, shoots one of his compadres in the head to wake him up. (We see a bloodless hole in his forehead briefly.)
  • Because the sensation of falling can jar someone awake, folks routinely engineer the end of their dreams by plummeting off bridges, jumping out of tall buildings or cutting loose elevator cables. One character throws another off a cliff.
  • A scene is shown several times where a man and woman are lying on a train track with the intention of committing suicide.


  • 1 brief use of 'fuck'. Not all of it is heard, 'fu' is heard in exclamation.
  • A man in a van "flips the bird" at another man while he drives the van backwards, but this is very hard to see because it is dark in the van.
  • 8 uses of hell, 4 uses of god damn it , 2 uses of Jesus Christ, 2 uses of asshole , 2 uses of damn, 2 uses of bloody,2 uses of for god's sake,2 uses of Jesus, 1 use of bastards, 1 use of god damn.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People drink wine and beer. Intravenous drug sedatives and other mysterious concoctions are required to put people into these dreamlike states.
  • A character has lost his ability to dream normally, and so he repeatedly hooks himself up to delve into his own haunting dream world.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film has an intense atmosphere throughout. The second half of the film is especially intense.
  • In a dream, people hold a woman while another woman walks up and stabs her. She wakes up before you can see any harm done. This scene is unexpected and can frighten some.
  • A woman shoots a man's leg to torture him.
  • A train unexpectedly crashes into a car with people in it.
  • A street starts exploding.(in a dream)
  • The action is intense at times. People die. (see violence/gore)
  • The concept of the dream-levels in the movie, and the fact that you might not be sure if the characters are dreaming or not, might frighten some viewers.
  • The suicide of a character because he/she thought he/she were in a dream may be disturbing to some viewers. This moment is rather intense, and although the aftermath is never seen, we see the observers reaction to the suicide. This can be upsetting to viewers given his/her reaction.

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