The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

2009 R 2h 27m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

2009 R 2h 27m Blu-ray / DVD
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The third in the original trio of films inspired by author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," this thriller follows feisty computer hacker Lisbeth Salander as she finds herself hospitalized, suspected of murder and targeted for death by thugs.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
Swedish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
Swedish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
  • Michael Nyqvist
  • Noomi Rapace
  • Lena Endre
  • Annika Hallin
  • Jacob Ericksson
  • Sofia Ledarp
  • Anders Ahlbom
  • Micke Spreitz
  • Georgi Staykov
  • Mirja Turestedt
  • Hans Alfredson
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this subtitled Swedish thriller has lots of violent, disturbing images and frightening characters. Murderous rages, execution-style killing, and fights to the death occur with increasing frequency. Deaths (many close up) are caused by gunshot, machine gun fire, industrial equipment, an axe, and hand-to-hand combat. While some women are portrayed as almost superhuman and heroic, others are voiceless victims of sexual depravity and cruelty. Though there's less sexuality in this third movie based on author Steig Larsson's wildly popular trilogy than in the earlier two, sexual abuse and exploitation are still the basis for the film's primary story line, and flashbacks to the earlier films reveal a shadowy sexual attack. A young women is partially nude, seen from behind. Occasional coarse language includes "s--t" and "f--king."

Sexual Content

Though there's no overt sexual activity, major story points involve discussion of sexual violence and obsession. A young woman is partially nude, seen from behind.


Many intense, violent scenes. A hulking villain kills two police officers, breaking one's neck. A hospitalized man is shot in the head at point blank range; suicide by gun. A villain pushes a woman from a moving car; assassins spray machine gunfire into a cafe and are then killed by police. A stalk-and-chase scene ends with a gory capture. Also flashbacks to sequences from the earlier films in the trilogy that involve the initiation of a rape, a girl being shot in the head and dragged to a shallow grave, that same girl striking her assailant with an axe, and a man leaping from a car enveloped in flames. A brief view of a child pornography website is shown on a computer screen.


Occasional swearing and obscenities: "damn," "pissed off," "hell," "s--t," "bastard," "Christ," "f--king."

Social Behavior

As dark as the movie's content gets, it has a strong message about the idea that when people are willing to take great risks for the sake of justice, good can triumph over evil. And even when that evil is being perpetrated by the highest-ranking government officials, justice can be served. Also, you don't have to conform to society's standards to be a good and just person. Appearances are often deceiving; the most benign-seeming people can be capable of corruption and wickedness, while those whose appearances can be shocking may be virtuous and incorruptible.


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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Moderate alcohol consumption in social settings. In two scenes, characters smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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