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What parents need to know about 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'
Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) - photo by Paramount Pictures

SPYLAND — There have been a handful of movies this summer that I have been very impressed with, both with big and small budgets.

This week we get to add “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” to the big budget list. This latest take on the “Mission: Impossible” franchise will likely make more than a few fans happy as they are taken along for a ride with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the gang.

If you are at all familiar with the “Mission: Impossible” films you know by now they are action movies fueled by an adrenaline junkie's drug of choice.

Cruise takes on bigger stunts in this film than he has in any film before it. With great stunts comes great action, and with great action comes some considerable violence.

Here are few things to be aware of before you head off to theaters to watch stuff blow up with your kids.


When a villain is set on destroying the world in the most devastating way possible, it should go without saying that extreme measures must be taken to stop him. As is often the case in films like this, extreme measures are synonymous with violence.

The level of violence you can expect from “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” is right in line with the previous five “Mission: Impossible” films before it. There is a lot of fist fighting, gun fighting, car crashes and explosions, all of which stay pretty solidly in the realm of Hollywood fantasy. None of the fights show any gore and there is very little blood.

The violence in this film is limited primarily to good guys fighting bad guys and people getting what they deserve. A lot of people die in this film in various ways but the camera usually cuts away quickly and doesn’t linger on the scene.


These movies are designed to be intense and everything about their execution keeps ratcheting up that intensity throughout the film.

If you or your child are the type of person who doesn’t like intense scenes with a lot of peril you may not like a few instances where you will find yourself on the edge of your seat.

For those of you who do, there are plenty of times where you will be clenched with anticipation which is made even more palpable by the fact the stunts we are watching are almost all actually performed by the actors themselves.


The use of language in this film stays for the most part pretty tame, all but for one scene where we hear the F-word shouted by one character in a moment of anger.

There are, of course, other swear words but they fall into the stubbing your toe in front of the kids category. There is no obscene or lewd language used in this film.


This film contains no sexually charged scenes or dialogue in any real way. We do see feelings between two characters develop, but nothing reaches any sort of physical manifestation.


Aside from the obvious action and one major swear word, this film is fun and fast-paced with all of the explosions and fighting you would expect to see from a PG-13 film like this.

The PG-13 rating is definitely earned here, and I wouldn't suggest taking kids much younger, but if you do now you know what to expect.

"Mission: Impossible — Fallout" is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action, and for brief strong language.

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