Machete Kills

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top grindhouse sequel is full of bloody violence.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
There's no real attempt at a positive message amid the nonstop violence, sex, and sexual innuendo -- none of which has much in the way of consequences.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Machete is a powerful Hispanic character, and he tries to save the world, but his methods and actions are mostly destructive, with no consequences. Also some comic attempts at racial slurs by a bad guy ("beaner," "taco," etc.).
Very strong, frequent violence, all of it over-the-top and cartoonish, with geysers of blood and mountains of gore. Characters are frequently beheaded or split in half. One man is killed when the lead character slices into his stomach, grabs his intestines, and tosses them into the nearby whirling blades of a helicopter. In another scene, the lead character microwaves a packet of blood in a hospital, resulting in a huge blood spray. The movie is full of crazy weapons, and there are plenty of shootouts. Hand-to-hand and martial arts fighting are shown. A main character dies, a character's face is burned, and another loses an eye.
A Miss America competitor seduces Machete; as they start to have sex, the movie switches to a weird, distorted color scheme with the joke "put on your 3D glasses now" (the movie isn't in 3D). Sofia Vergara's character has a machine gun bra; she also has a smaller gun that fires, penis-like, from her crotch. One female character is seen wearing bottomless chaps, and all other female characters wear sexy or revealing outfits. There's a joke about fake breasts and other innuendo.
Language is very strong and constant, starting with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There is also "d--k," "goddamn," "bitch," "motherf----r," "p---y," "snatch," "pecker," "blowing wad," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "balls," and more.
A Pepsi machine is visible in one of Lady Gaga's scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Machete takes a shot of tequila with the president of the United States. Secondary characters smoke cigars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like Machete, Machete Kills attempts to re-create an intense, over-the-top "grindhouse" movie experience with gleefully excessive violence, sexuality, and language (though the energy seems to have flagged somewhat this time around). Violence includes tons of blood and gore, including a microwaved plasma bag that explodes and sprays all over a hospital room, plus multiple beheadings, slicings, guttings, and shootings, as well as fighting. Language is also very strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." There's very little nudity, but viewers do see one sex scene and a woman wearing bottomless chaps, and there's some sexual innuendo. Plus, all the women in the movie are viewed as objects, dressed in sexy, revealing clothing (one even has a machine gun bra).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byT M January 14, 2021


Cheap, hyper-sexual, brain dead, immorally corrupt movie that any parent should be embarrassed to watch. No adult, teen, child, should ever watch this garbage.
Adult Written byfonzieg April 3, 2015

Fun, but not as fun as the original!

Machete Kills, the sequel to the action-comedy masterpiece Machete! It still has the gore, the action, the quirkiness, and the humor of the first, but not as m... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 7, 2013


If you are a parent still do not watch this movie it is so bad! the actors and actresses were not that good either! It has so much curses sex and more and the p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 March 2, 2014

Over-the-top violent and hilarious movie that isn't for everyone

Know that this movie isn't made to be good, and in my opinion the movie was so bad it was good. It features may scenes of unrealistic but bloody violence t... Continue reading

What's the story?

After their earlier adventures, Machete (Danny Trejo) and Sartana (Jessica Alba) have teamed up to take on drug cartels -- but then tragedy strikes. Thirsting for vengeance, Machete gets a call from the president of the United States (Charlie Sheen, credited under his birth name, Carlos Estevez). He's given a new mission: Find a madman (Demian Bichir) hiding in Mexico, and stop him from using a rogue missile to start a war. After a meeting with a secret agent (Amber Heard), Machete is on his way. Unfortunately, after much fighting and chasing, Machete learns that there's an even more sinister presence higher on up the ladder, and he wants Machete for a terrible experiment.

Is it any good?

As happened with the El Mariachi and the Spy Kids franchises, this Robert Rodriguez sequel once again falls short of its predecessor. Machete was arguably Rodriguez's best movie, but MACHETE KILLS -- while still passable -- comes nowhere close. It doesn't really push the envelope; instead of taking gleeful joy in breaking the rules, it only bends the rules -- and doesn't seem too excited about it.
Perhaps the trouble is that Rodriguez seems more invested in making the audience care about its stoic hero. Or perhaps he's relying more on silly gimmicks, such as Sofia Vergara's machine gun bra or casting four well-known actors as the disguises of a mysterious bounty hunter known as "El Chameleon." The movie is overall less funny and less sexy than the original, although, in the lead role, Trejo is just as cool as ever, and there's at least one great grindhouse moment involving a man's intestines and the blades of a helicopter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Machete Kills' intentionally shocking material. Why would the extreme violence of this film be considered entertaining? Is it meant to be taken seriously? How can you tell?

  • Is Machete a heroic character? Is he meant to be seen as a role model? Do his actions have positive or negative effects?
  • Are the women in this movie strong female characters, or are they stereotypes?
  • Do you think films like this only appeal to a certain audience? Who is that audience, and why are they drawn to material like this? Are the vintage '60s and '70s exploitation movies that this one was inspired by still relevant today?

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