Road House (2024)

NZ release: 21 March 2024

Offensive language, violence, cruelty, sexual themes Rated on: 26 March 2024

Road House 2024 poster

What’s it about?

Ex-UFC fighter Dalton takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse, only to discover that this paradise is not all it seems.

The facts

  • Director: Doug Liman
  • English language
  • Runtime: 121 minutes
  • A remake of the 1989 classic starring Patrick Swayze

Why did it get this rating?

This film was self-rated by Amazon (Prime Video). You can find out more about self-rating by streaming providers here.

Offensive language

Strong language is used throughout the film by bad characters, especially in threatening ways. Comments like “I’m going to f*cking kill you” and “I don’t give a sh*t” are used during fights, and words such as “f*ck”, “a*rsehole” and “sh*t” are used as exclamations, sometimes in a funny way.

Violence

This movie pulls no punches when it comes to violence: this is an action film with a lot of guys fighting each other. Some of these characters get psychotic pleasure from inflicting pain on others. The majority of the fighting involves fist punches, some kickboxing and martial arts-style moves.

A character breaks wrists or fingers of his opponents more than once and we hear the sound rather than the action up close. A character uses a swift throat punch to maim his victim, leaving him struggling to breathe and then drown in water.

In some fights, knives are pulled to increase the tension and threat. We do see people stabbed, and we see characters with blades/blade handles sticking out of their torsos or legs. Many of the fights result in bloody faces, broken bones, and stab wounds.

A character is killed by a crocodile. We see a glimpse of the reptile thrashing in the water as the water turns red but we don’t see any body injury.

There is an explosion and we see a man trying to escape from the flames who is badly burned and on fire.

A boat crashes on shore and we see a body flung into the air.

Content that may disturb

We see a dead body on ice.

A character is kidnapped and revealed to be trapped in a room filling with water.

A character is knocked off their feet during an attempted hit and run. They survive by jumping into the moving vehicle which then crashes off a bridge and into the water below.

A character, clearly in a depressed state, parks his car across railway lines. We see the headlights and tooting of a train before the character then quickly changes his mind and tries to move his vehicle at the last moment. His car narrowly escapes the full impact of the train but is badly damaged. This scene may be upsetting for people impacted by suicide in their own lives.

Sexual themes

Unlike the original Road House (1989) sex doesn’t really feature, except for a passionate kiss between two characters. We do see some male nudity (bare bottoms) which is humorous in the scene.

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