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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extremely violent "grindhouse" actioner isn't for kids.

Movie R 2010 105 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

Tons of bloody mayhem and action to make this movie tons of fun!

As a spin off to the Spy Kids movies, i say this is one of the best spin off movies i have ever seen! Machete is actually much better than Spy Kids, also for grown ups, not kids! This is also one of the goriest action comedies in recent memory! It's hilarious, it's quirky, it's very unrealistic, but it's a great popcorn flick, and prepare yourself for a fast paced roller coaster ride of violence!
age 15+

Nudity, F-bombs, and Guts galore!

Despite what many people have said about this movie, it really isn't that sexual. There is much nudity, but none of which is has much to do with sex. The sexual content is pretty much at a PG-13 level. That being said.... This movie is violent. VERY. Intestines are ripped out of an attacker and are used to repel out of a window. A man shoots a pregnant woman, then shoots her stomach (to kill the baby). Limbs are sliced off, bodies are stabbed through, and people are brutally slaughtered. All of which are done with, yeah, you guessed it, a Machete. Not to mention much gun violence, which of course can end in bloody results. Language is average for a movie of this genre, with the "f--k" used casually, as well as other expletives. My rating- Rated R for: Strong, Bloody and Disturbing Violence Throughout, Pervasive Language and Some Graphic Nudity.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Springing dubiously from one of the fake trailers in Grindhouse (2007), MACHETE brings director Robert Rodriguez's career full circle and emerges as one of his very best films. He began in 1992 with the low-budget Spanish-language action movie El Mariachi; Machete continues in that vein, but with more resources, more enthusiasm, and more guts.

Rodriguez can sometimes get a bit too carried away with his films and can sometimes forget to invite the audience into his fun -- but Machete captures exactly the right tone; it's fun, shocking, and even has some righteous ideals. Under any conditions, Rodriguez is one of the finest action directors in Hollywood, and his set pieces here are explosive. The amazing, oddball actors are perfectly placed, especially the tough, pockmarked Trejo, who usually plays character parts. All of that said, like the other "Grindhouse" films, Machete is way too violent and sexed up for anyone under 17 -- willfully so.

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