Watchmen is one of the most violent superhero films made so far along with Marvel's Punisher movies. the plot involves Ozymandias, the former founder of a group of superheros called Watchmen which includes Nite Owl II, Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre II and Rorscach, carrying out a devious plan to involves killing the Comedian (another Watchmen hero), framing Rorscach and destroying cities worldwide to end the Cold War which President Richard Nixon is failing to do. The plot was intresting and rewarding enough, but the film was bogged down, mostly in the second half, but un-needed, gory violence, racous sex and strong profanity.
To start off with the violence, it was very strong and very bloody. Examples include a scene where a man has his arm fractured (the bone sticks out and blood spurts), gangsters are blown up (their blood and bones fly everywhere) and a man has his arms cut off by a buzzsaw (his bones are sticking out and blood pours from his former arms). Kids aged 15 and over could handle the graphic violence but may be disturbed by it.
The sex and nudity is un called for as well. Dr. Manhattan is almost always nude, and we see his big blue penis. Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II have sex in two scenes, where see his butt and (briefly) penis, and we see her nipples. Also, the Comedian almost rapes Silk Spectre I, but the only sexual thing we see is when he begins to unfasten his pants, and he is stopped. We also see a stripper's nipples, however, they are darkened. It is also implied that two couples are gay lovers. Kids under 16 or 17 should not watch the sex scenes.
The language is very strong. F*** is said nearly 20 times, and BS, AH and SoB are also said.
The role models are definitely not inspiring. These superheros are not heroic, they are vulgar, brutal and curse. The worst example is the Comedian, who uses guns as his weapons of choice, drinks and smokes frequently, almost always says the f-word, attempts to rape Silk Spectre I and shoots and kills a woman whom he had sex with. Basically, a strong theme of the film is that humans are vicious.
Overall, kids under 15 should never see this film. It is even iffy with ages 15-16 and is age appropriate for 17 and up. The plot and acting were very well done, but if you haven't read the comic book, you'll be almost completely lost.
As I said before, the gratuitous violence, sex and profanity bogg the film done. the storyling is also very dark and complex, and may disturb some. Overall, I give it three out of five.