Guide for parents: How the “Ambulance” earned its R rating

Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in “Ambulance”. (Andrew Cooper, Universal Pictures)

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AMBULANCE – Movies can be a great place to get away from reality for an hour or two. You grab your popcorn, frozen Jr. mints and the giant siphon and sit on your back in a dark theater ready to get lost in the story on the screen.

Say what you want about Michael Bay movies, but if you want to shut your brain for a while and see some things explode, you could do worse than a Bay movie.

His latest offer is “Ambulance” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez. The film follows two bank robbers while stealing an ambulance after a bad job. The problem is that there is an EMT and an injured policeman in the vehicle.

I’m not here to tell you whether or not you should check “Ambulance,” I’m here to let you know how it got an R rating, so you can decide for yourself if it’s the kind of movie you want to see. I try not to go into too much detail to avoid possible spoilers for those hoping to see the movie.


Sex, sexual innuendos, and nudity are not areas where “Ambulance” got an R rating. There is virtually nothing sexual in the film, except for a married couple kissing once or twice and a few harmless jokes and flirtations.

The biggest skin we get is a half-open man’s shirt and a woman’s T-shirt. If this is your hesitation, I should say that “Ambulance” is less sexual than some PG movies out there.


The “ambulance” has certainly earned its language rating. There are several cursing words scattered throughout the film, but the film’s favorite is the word F. It is said almost 80 times, and some go back and forth. I think almost every character in the movie has a chance to speak.

In addition, there are several racial insults in the film. The “ambulance” did not stop at the language department.

Violence / bleeding

There is a lot of violence in the “Ambulance”, including a few minutes of gunfire, in which many people are shot and hit by cars. But it’s not just that scene; there is violence, destruction and bleeding throughout the film.

Most of the violence can become quite explicit, including the consequences of a person being hit by a large van and gross ambulance surgery. There is a lot of blood and dozens of people are being killed due to gun violence, car chaos and explosions.

The graphic nature of violence is not present in every scene, but when it is there, it is very graphic.


The movie has an anxious tone throughout, and some of our main characters aren’t great people. The situation of the hostages could be disturbing for some of the public. Also, the surgery mentioned above can be very annoying for many people. The graphic nature and the script will be too much for some.


“Ambulance” seems a bit more real and graphic than some of Bay’s other action movies, such as “The Rock” and “Bad Boys.” They were violent and had a lot of bad language, but “Ambulance” seems a little more real sometimes and the blood is amplified from those movies. The film definitely earned an R rating.

“Ambulance” is rated R for intense violence, bloody images and language throughout.

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John grew up around movies and annoys his friends and family with his facts and knowledge about the movie. He also has a passion for sports and almost anything wonderful and so these are the three things he writes about.

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