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Sex & Nudity

  • Near the end of the film, a man and a woman begin to kiss. Sex is implied, but the screen goes dark before much of anything is shown.
  • Ellen Barkin's character wears a few revealing costumes (short skirts, low necklines), but there is no visible sex or nudity in this film.

Violence & Gore

  • There's a large final shootout and several aliens are killed.
  • Buckaroo kicks an alien in the leg and runs from it.
  • There's a brief fight where several aliens beat up a group of men.
  • A spaceship blows up in the end, and several aliens inside are killed.
  • There are numerous gunfights and fatalities, but no blood or gore is shown. One character is briefly (but fatally) choked, and one alien dies after hitting his head on a rock.


  • Non-pious of "God." Light cursing includes the 's' word, 'h' word, and 'd' word. One character makes an obscene gesture at another.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Ellen Barkin's character drinks alcohol and points a gun to her head in the nightclub scene. One alien smokes a pipe. There are no references to drug use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The character of Lord John Whorfin/Emilio Lizardo might be frightening to some children, given that he's a violent and cold-blooded alien possessing a mad scientist's body. His unkempt hair, demonic eyes and prominent teeth give off a Mr Hyde vibe.
  • A hysterical woman attempts to commit suicide while getting drunk. She points a handgun to her head and nearly succeeds until a waiter knocks her arm out of the way by accident, causing her to shoot the ceiling instead.
  • Buckaroo Banzai is tortured by means of electric shocks, but he escapes unscathed. Ellen Barkin's character is also bound and tortured.


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Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is bound with only her breast and crotch covered. Not much worse than a woman wearing a bikini.

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