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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For



Heavy violence and nudity in over-the-top sequel.
  • Review Date: August 22, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie mostly consists of people looking for revenge or behaving in morally or legally questionable ways. Many of the lead characters are responsible for killing people -- or at least beating people up. Some of these people face consequences, and others don't. Women are shown either as sex objects or as using sex to manipulate men.

Positive role models

Characters are crooked politicians, gamblers, vindictive opportunists, brawlers, murderers, liars, and cheaters. Occasionally it occurs to a character to do the right thing, but this thought is often quickly forgotten.


The movie is a barrage of shooting (using everything from handguns to an uzi), punching, kicking, slicing with swords, piercing with arrows or shurikens, and even eye-gouging and head-severing. Characters are sometimes shot close-up, in the face. With the movie's stylized look, blood is almost always shown as pure white, but the splattering sounds are emphasized. Women are treated cruelly and are punched and shot almost as often as men. One innocent girl's hands and head are cut off. A man's fingers are broken by pliers; in a painful "doctor" scene, he gets them fixed. A bullet is graphically removed from a man's leg. A woman gets a man to slap her during rough sex.


Several rough sex scenes, with thrusting shown. Two of the men are said to be cheating on their wives. Some of the female characters are prostitutes. Eva Green's character is shown naked (breasts and bottom) for long moments in several scenes. Other female breasts and male bottoms are briefly shown. The opening titles contain some drawings of topless women. Strippers perform sexy, grinding dances on stage in a bar; they wear revealing outfits, but they never actually remove any clothes. (There's close up on one derriere.) Strong sexual innuendo. An older man acknowledges that a younger man is his offspring from a past encounter with a prostitute.


One use of "f--k" is saved until the end. "S--t" is used a few times, and terms like "a--hole," "bitch," "slut," "whore," "schmuck," and "ass" are used once or twice. The most frequently used words are "damn" and "hell," but language overall isn't frequent.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A woman frequently guzzles from a bottle of vodka, presumably drowning her sorrows over her dead lover and also working up the courage to kill her lover's murderer. But she never appears to be really drunk. Two characters share a bottle of vodka before going to kill some people. Several scenes take place in a bar with characters drinking in the background. A back-alley doctor ties off his arm and shoots something into his vein to "steady his hands" before he works on a patient. Many of the main characters smoke cigars and cigarettes. One character briefly takes some prescription pills.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the sequel to 2005's Sin City, and -- like that film -- it's insanely violent, with lots of rough sex and nudity. Though the movie is filmed in stylized black and white and the blood mostly appears as pure white, it's still accompanied by a sickly spattering sound as characters are shot or dismembered. Characters are wounded and killed by everything from hard punches and bullets to swords, arrows, and shurikens. Eyes are gouged out, limbs are chopped off, and people are shot in the face. Sex is usually shown as hard and angry, with lots of thrusting (and men are usually cheating on their wives). One female character is naked in several scenes (breasts and bottom), and there's other partial nudity. Language isn't quite as strong, but there is a use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." A minor character is shown doing drugs, and a major character is shown drinking excessively, while most of the characters smoke cigarettes or cigars.

What's the story?

In the grim, brutal black-and-white city, several stories unfold. Marv (Mickey Rourke) tangles with some homicidal trust-fund college kids but can't remember how it started. Stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) still grinds onstage at a sleazy bar but dreams of avenging the death of her true love (Bruce Willis, who appears briefly). Dwight (Josh Brolin, formerly played by Clive Owen), becomes entangled with a dangerous former lover, femme fatale Ava (Eva Green). And a newcomer to Sin City, gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), enters a high-stakes poker game with a powerful city official (Powers Boothe). Along the way, viewers also meet wayward husbands, back-alley doctors, ladies of the night, and other souls lost among the concrete and darkness.

Is it any good?


SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is just more of the same. Nine years after Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought audiences Sin City (2005) comes this sequel. Their hyper green screen presentation is no longer as unique as it once was, and it would have been difficult to top the original. It starts off enticingly hard-boiled, with actors narrating their sorry, desperate tales, and for a while it feels like those stories are actually building to something.

But instead of developing the characters and plots, the filmmakers simply turn from crime stories to hardcore action and violence, with the thundering bullets and punches and spraying blood forming a kind of monotonous cacophony; the endings of the stories are usually a burst of violence rather than a burst of cleverness. Moreover, the treatment of women hasn't changed and is no less disturbing. Women are either sex objects or flat-out untrustworthy and dangerous. It's often dazzling, but it's also dull.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's extreme violence. What effect does it have? How does it make you feel? How did the filmmakers achieve this effect?

  • How does the violence compare with other movies? With the previous Sin City? Why does this movie go so far over the top? How does the violence enhance or detract from the story?

  • How is sex portrayed in this movie? What role does it play in characters' relationships?

  • How do women come across in the movie? Are they defined by their bodies or by other qualities? Does their sexuality empower them or make them easier to objectify?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 22, 2014
DVD release date:November 18, 2014
Cast:Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directors:Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use

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Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy December 30, 2014

not for kids

The first Sin City I said iffy for 14 and under, but this one is way to inappropriate for kids. Tons of nudity and 3 sex scenes, 2 of them involving men cheating on their wives. A lot of adult content and mature themes, and of course, very violent. Definitely not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byStevie111 September 15, 2014

Good, but doesn't feel like a complete movie

This movie seems like just more stories about Sin City characters, not a complete movie. The action is good and the movie is pretty well made but it just isn't great.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bydarthsitkur August 22, 2014

bloodier, gorier, nastier, meaner, grittier, darker, rougher, more intense, more brutal, more violent, and more graphic than the first

this was so badass!!!!!, it was more intense than the first movie, it had more action, more blood, more gore, more deaths, and more eye candy for the guys :-), and trust me, this is strictly meant for the adult crowd, no kids allowed lol, the wait for this movie was totally worth it, this is my favorite graphic novel adaptation and one of the best action films out there


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