The Machine

NZ release: 25 May 2023

Graphic violence, drug use and offensive language Rated on: 19 April 2023

The Machine

What’s it about?

Bert and his estranged father, Albert, are kidnapped by a Russian mafia. The mafia want Bert to locate a watch he helped steal decades earlier while on student exchange.

Bert must embrace his alter-ego, a hard-drinking party guy, to survive the journey and get home to his family.

The facts

  • Based on Bert Kreischer’s stand-up comedy
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • English and Russian

Why did it get this rating?

Graphic violence

The violence is cartoonish, bordering on silly and includes elements of black comedy. Most of the action scenes have over-the-top choreographed violence involving machine guns, knives and hand-to-hand combat but there are some stronger scenes that show up close graphic injuries. We see the wounds which are bloody and include bone and flesh. There is a scene where a man’s head is decapitated and the wound bleeds onto another man’s face.

Drug use

The film contains a range of drug use, including snorting cocaine, speed and eating ‘pot brownie’. There are no negative consequences from using the drugs and the characters talk about how much they are enjoying the effects from the drugs.

Problem drinking is almost romanticised in the film. Bert is shown drinking vodka straight from the bottle in both flashbacks to his younger party days, and in the present day. His drinking helps him to make friends in Russia and to become a popular stand-up comic.

Offensive language

The film contains frequent offensive language, including “motherf****r”, “c**t”, “f**k”, “bitch”, “s**t” and “pussy”. The language is used for comic effect.

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