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The Suicide Squad

also known as “Biệt Đội Cảm Tử,” “Brigada sinucigașilor: Misiune uciga,” “El Escuadrón Suicid,” “L'Escadron Suicide: La Missio,” “Legion Samobójców: The Suicide Squ,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Action Fantasy Comedy Sequel
Length:
2 hr. 12 min.
Year of Release:
2021
USA Release:
August 6, 2021 (and simultaneously on HBO Max)
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Featuring Margot RobbieHarley Quinn
Viola DavisAmanda Waller
Jai CourtneyCaptain Boomerang
Joel KinnamanColonel Rick Flag
Sylvester StalloneKing Shark (voice)
Idris ElbaBloodsport
John CenaPeacemaker
Taika WaititiRatcatcher
David DastmalchianPolka-Dot Man
Michael RookerSavant
Nathan FillionT.D.K.
Alice BragaSol Soria
Mikaela HooverCamila
Daniela MelchiorRatcatcher 2
Pete DavidsonBlackguard
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Director James Gunn
Producer Atlas Entertainment
DC Comics
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Distributor HBO Max
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.”

  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme— • f-words (approx. 70), including mother-f words • “p*ssy” • “t*ts” • “d*ck” (several), including eat “big bag of d*cks” • “pen*ses” • “b*llocks” • s-words (several) • “a**” • “b*tch” • “douchebags” • vulgar sexual comments • vulgar finger gesture (both hands) • vulgar sexual gesture • “Go number two” • “Just a Gigolo” lyrics • etc.
  • Nudity: Very Heavy to Extreme— • man’s privates seen (somewhat distant) • bare-breasted women • women in tiny swimsuits • cleavage • shirtless males
  • Profane language: Very Heavy— • Jesus Christ • G*d d*mn (9) • G*d (6) • h*ll (6)
  • Violence: Extreme— • people shot in the face and chest (bloody) • agressive gunfights with blood spray and splatter • holes blown through people’s torsoes (bloody) • throat sliced with boomerang • top of man’s head sliced off (graphic) • people’s bodies torn apart by flying objects • helicopter blades kill several people • rocket shot into people • people torn in half or in pieces (graphic and bloody) • torture (bloody) • evil lab experiments on people • breaking a man’s neck • killing many with hands, legs and feet, machine guns, spear, shards, etc. (bloody) • bird killed (bloody) • injection with big need to back of neck • person set on fire • people shot • head explodes (graphic) from remote controlled implanted explosive • bird eating flesh of man’s dead body • large boils on man’s skin • crash crashes • severed head • biting rats inside a body • etc.
  • Sex: • sexual activity (couple in a doorway + off-screen) • strong sexual comments
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    Neutral
    Neutral—Yes, it’s a “superhero” movie. No, it’s not that kind of superhero movie. If you’re looking for a “Guardians of the Galaxy” type James Gunn film, look elsewhere. This is Guardians of the Galaxy if it were filmed with the intent of getting an NC-17 rating. At times it is funny and entertaining, but only in that it appeals to the basest parts of human nature. Definitely not for young kids or anyone who is offended by strong language (lots of it), violence (and gore), or overt sexuality.
    My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
    Don, age 57 (USA)
    Negative
    Negative—This was one of the worst and most disgusting films I have seen. The over the top gore (often played for laughs and shock value) is bad enough but the sexual “humor” was even worse.

    There is both male and female nudity and a scene where one of the Squad is in his underwear. In that scene it is clear that he has a double penis (two separate bulges are shown in different directions), obviously played for laughs as well.

    Overall the film was truly terrible from both a moral perspective and a cinematic one. Gunn’s humor worked in “Guardians of the Galaxy” but with no constraint his humor largely consist of juvenile putrid shock and potty humor. Please avoid this movie at all cost.
    My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
    Dr. David, age 54 (USA)
    Secular Movie Critics
    …“The Suicide Squad” walks about as far up to the line of the indecent as is perhaps possible for a film of this size right now… merry nihilism… too busy giving all that pious worldbuilding the finger…
    Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
    …supergory, merrily heartless in its body count and its methods of slaughter. …
    Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    …an anti-Captain America romp… In Gunn’s hands, the America superhero is grotesque, brutal and ridiculous. …a chaotic, freewheeling inversion of much of what’s expected in a comic book movie. Here, heroes die (a lot of them). …
    Jake Coyle, Associated Press
    …The violence is the most consistently inventive part of the whole package, though it grows tiresome in its thudding repetition. Like the story’s superficial finger-wagging at American wrongs, the brutality is both decorative and ritualistic. …
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
    …goofier and bloodier than the original… The script…herks and jerks along with a sort of forced-festive glee, its mounting body count buffeted by goofball banter and pounding soundtrack cues. A good half of the jokes don't land… fully leans into midnight-movie camp. …[3/5]
    Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
    …Hardcore fans will rejoice in telling us it is not for children. It’s not really for adults either.…
    Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
    …so much rapid-fire irreverence that it’s sometimes hard to figure out if it’s even supposed to be a movie… With its incessant profanity, ridiculous body count, and trollish sense of humor, Gunn’s film often seems content to exist in a constant state of rug-pulling. Lots of fun but little forward momentum. …
    Bilge Ebiri, Vulture (New York Magazine)
    …more violent and less lighthearted than his “Guardians” movies…
    Pat Padua, The Washington Post

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