The First Purge

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Terrible prequel more about violence than social commentary.

R 2018 97 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 14+

Cheap prequel has some sex, bloody violence, cursing and drug themes

The First Purge is a prequel film about, well, the first Purge. It’s violent, it has sex, drugs and language. VIOLENCE: Frequent and intense scenes of shootings towards the end resulting in large sprays and splatters throughout, stabbings appear throughout with some closeups and some from medium distance with blood spray and splatter as well, at a certain point a “purger” is repeatedly stabbed in the neck brutally. Several scenes of necks being broken, the film sets a record for the amount of throats being slit with bloody detail and multiple scenes of hand to hand combat also appear. On security footage we see more disturbing violence with innocent people being executed and tortured. A man is strung up by his legs while being violently beaten with bats, a man is tied to the back of a motorcycle as it is driving, other people are shot dead and beaten with blunt objects. Explosions and disturbing behavior from a demented man. Although not the most severe violence in the purge franchise, it comes close. LANGUAGE: Constant (pretty pervasive) use of “f*ck” and “n*gga” along with “sh*t”, “p*ssy” and other language. SEXUAL CONTENT: 3 scenes of direct sexual nature. A man is given oral sex very briefly. The woman is shown moving down the screen before it cuts away and the woman is shown getting up. Mild, non-graphic and mostly implied. A woman has her legs spread and her crotch grabbed by a demented man before he is sprayed with mace and is stopped. A man and a woman are shown having sex against a car. They are both completely naked with the mans bare buttocks completely visible and the woman’s breast and vagina cleverly hidden. They are shown having sex from the side and then from the back as the man thrusts between the woman’s legs. The scene lasts around 8 seconds and is shown from medium distance. DRUG CONTENT: A man is a drug dealer, packaged cocaine is shown along with bags of cocaine. Cocaine is sniffed multiple times. OVERALL: 14+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Violent but good.

Around 55 minutes into the movie there's a couple having sex. Other than that it's just a lot of violence! Good movie.

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