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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Constant war violence. Prisoners tortured, hung by wrists, electrodes strapped to genitals. Soldiers flying helicopters attack a village, firing machine guns and missiles at civilians. Explosions. Rambo shown tending to especially gory wound in his side, bloody, cauterizing wound with hot knife. Stabbings. Fistfights. Martial arts violence. Children and Afghan rebels hold machine guns and assault rifles.
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Infrequent profanity. "F--k" used once. "S--t," "son of a bitch," "damn," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Coca-Cola signs and a Coca-Cola truck prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and alcohol drinking in a bar. Cigarette smoking. Russian antagonist drinks vodka.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rambo III is a 1988 action movie in which Rambo goes into Afghanistan to rescue Colonel Trautman from a Soviet military installation. Expect plenty of war and action movie violence, including torture scenes in which prisoners are hung from their wrists and beaten, or shocked with electrodes strapped to their groin areas. In one graphic scene, Rambo is shown tending to a bloody wound in his side, removing an arrow, and then cauterizing the wound with a heated knife. Soviet helicopters attack an Afghan village, firing machine guns and missiles on civilians. Children and Afghan rebels hold machine guns and assault rifles. "F--k" is used once by Rambo for heightened dramatic effect. Other profanity includes "s--t," "son of a bitch," "damn," and "hell." Some drinking occurs in a bar, and there's cigarette smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Most third movies in a film franchise are mediocre at best, and this is no exception. While there are some attempts at being thoughtful, of showing the plight, culture, and fighting spirit of the Afghan people, with even a dedication to the Afghan people at the conclusion of Rambo III, all of this is overshadowed by ludicrous levels of action movie bombast and laughable clichés. For instance, when we first meet the evil Soviet colonel, he's sitting at a desk with both a bottle of vodka and a chessboard, because he's Russian. The third act devolves into Rambo and Trautman wisecracking their way through one ludicrous skirmish after another, to the point where any deeper meaning or message is completely forgotten.
It's a strange movie to watch decades after its release, when the Soviet Union is long gone and so much has transpired in Afghanistan. But even with that contemporary historical baggage, the ultimate problem with Rambo III is that it's just a typical action movie, losing the elements that made the first two Rambo movies stand out.
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