Paul Verhoeven's violent sci-fi adventure follows construction worker Douglas Quaid, who discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination.
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- Paul Verhoeven
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1991 Academy Award®
- Best Sound Effects Editing nominee
- Best Sound nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
French, English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Total Recall is packed with heavy sci-fi violence that's treated with a dark humor. It includes women fighting and being shot, innocent bystanders used as shields, dead bodies, limbs ripped off, blood, fighting, and more. There are some sexual situations, including an alien woman with three naked breasts. Language is also very strong, including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There are also ads for Pepsi sprinkled throughout, as well as ads for beer. Most teen sci-fi fans will eventually want to see this.
- Sexual Content
- The main character's wife seduces him, kissing him and undoing her top (nothing shown). An alien woman shows her breasts -- all three of them. A flier for a sex show is shown. There's some innuendo, especially as the hero travels through Mars' "red light district."
- This movie is famous for its graphic sci-fi violence. Arnold smashes his space helmet on Mars and his face bulges and explodes (in a dream). The many fight scenes include shooting, punching, slicing, kicking, breaking bones, and spurting blood. Women fight each other and are shot and killed. The main character also punches a female, and uses an innocent bystander as a shield (the bystander is riddled with bullets and dies, and the scene is played for humor). Dead bodies are stepped on. Arms are ripped off, and characters are briefly tortured. Some of the visual effects are somewhat disturbing as well, such as the hero pulling a large tracking device from his nose.
- Very strong language throughout, with prevalent use of both "f--k" and "s--t." Also: "butt," "bitch," "porking," "ass," "asshole," "d--k," "bastard," "damn," "Christ," and "Jesus."
- Social Behavior
- The main plot has to do with evil corporate thugs controlling everything, while individuals could have the power to stand up to them, if only they find the courage. As such, the heroes face some very heavy odds, and solve some big problems, even if their methods are questionable.
- Pepsi cans are visible, and so is a Pepsi logo. A Lite beer (Miller?) logo is visible. There are several Mars Today newspaper racks, and the logo is similar to that of USA Today. Also a Jack in the Box sign.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some scenes take place in a saloon, and beer is advertised, but very little drinking is actually shown.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it