Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie, the most successful of the movies featuring the Rambo character, has many moments of violent bloodshed (including the hero sewing his own gashed arm shut) and foul language. Rambo's incredible guerilla survival skills have special appeal for young fans, but there's lots of not-to-be imitated stuntwork.
Non-erotic, bare-butt shot of Rambo hosed down by police.
Rambo is tortured with knives in Vietnam flashbacks, brutalized by cops in modern-day America. Plenty of beat-downs, shootouts, spearings on Viet Cong-style death traps, and a memorable scene in which Rambo stitches up his own arm wound. One of Rambo's traps kills a bloodhound (off screen). Rambo never directly kills anyone here (except an animal he hunts for food), he just wounds and maims.
Plenty of "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "f--k."
Rambo was rewritten (for Stallone specifications) from the book's pitiless, murdering character to someone who never intentionally kills, but causalities and wounded still result from his actions. His commanding officer, Trautman, seems to be the voice of reason and the only person who understands Rambo, but the authority figures of the small-town sheriff and his men are irredeemable bullies who pretty much dictate the fatal flow of events.
A mention of Soldier of Fortune magazine.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Social saloon drinking and smoking.