THE BOTTOM LINE: Point-blank shootings involve much blood and gore. Characters use cocaine and drink booze. Naked women wander through a high-roller’s house party. An incredibly graphic autopsy scene shows a victim’s entire thorax cut open. Bullets are pried out of wounds and the wounds sewn up. The script includes strong profanity.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This ill-conceived revenge fantasy, in which the adult Hansel and Gretel get even with witches, is too gory for most high-schoolers younger than 16. The script uses jarringly modern and strong profanity, and it brims with other anachronisms, such as Hansel injecting himself with a medieval-looking hypodermic for diabetes. Their guns and crossbows appear vaguely historic but shoot like modern assault weapons. Hansel explains that, after his and Gretel’s misadventure as children, they grew up on their own and became traveling witch hunters for hire.
The bottom line: One character is strung up and his body pulled apart, with gore flying. Other violence between witches and humans depicts hearts pierced or heads torn off, but the digital effects are so outlandish that none of it seems very real, so it feels less graphic. The film includes considerable strong profanity, back-view nudity and an implied sexual situation.
Movie 43. Not for anyone younger than 20, “Movie 43” is a collection of short, incredibly gross and sexually explicit comic films. They feature a surprising A-level roster of stars, including Dennis Quaid, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Uma Thurman, Kristen Bell and more. Charlie is a wannabe screenwriter who invades a studio executive’s office to make a story pitch. The rest of the film cuts between their meeting and scenes from Charlie’s script.
The bottom line: There is no way in a family newspaper to go into more detail about the gross lewdness in “Movie 43.” Suffice it to say that it weaves sexual situations with toilet humor, psychological torment and occasional violence, and all of it is laced with profanity.
Horwitz is a freelance writer.