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Is Mortal Kombat Movie Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

Wondering if the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie is ok for kids? Mortal Kombat is rated R for extreme violence and language, and the director even said it borders on NC-17. Is Mortal Kombat kid friendly? No, not at all. If you’re a fan of the video game and have been waiting for a Mortal Kombat full of gratuitous violence, then this is the movie. Here’s what parents need to know in this 2021 Mortal Kombat Parents Guide. 

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In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, is unaware of his heritage or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark.

Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. Why is Mortal Kombat rated R? Because of the violence and f-words aplenty. Parents should know the violence in the Mortal Kombat movie is severe.


There is heavy language in Mortal Kombat including many, many, many uses of the f-word.

Mature Content

There are some references to sex as well as crude humor. One character kisses another.

However, the thing to worry about the most for kids is the graphic violence. It’s one thing to have a video game with pixelated violence, and then it’s a whole other level to see the blood, gore, and dismemberment of human bodies onscreen. 

If you take a look at some of the images from the film, that’s a tiny portion of the violence in the film. Bodies are sliced, heads are bashed, body count is high. You see bloody images, body organs, weapons used to kill and maim with no mercy. Frankly, it’s just gross. Some kids may be upset when a family is killed.

Is 2021 Mortal Kombat movie ok for kids?

Is Mortal Kombat Appropriate For Kids Under 16?

If you’re reading this Mortal Kombat Parents Guide, I’m assuming you are a parent who would like to know if their kids can watch Mortal Kombat (the answer is no), or you’re a kid who is praying their parents don’t read this lady’s review. I don’t think there’s anything redeeming about the Mortal Kombat movie for any age child – teens included. However, I’m also not a fan of the video game, so I’m definitely not the intended audience. 

Black Panther is my standard for a movie that has violence but is also trying to market to kids.

Are there some cool martial arts? Yes. Does the movie stay pretty true to the video game? Yes. So, I hear. There are tons of nods for the fans. Flawless victory? Well yes, you get one of those kills and Mortal Kombat video game Easter Eggs, too. 

This movie was made for the fans. The story is weak, but I don’t think that’s what audiences are coming for. They want the graphic violence. And that’s what you’ll get. For the fans who thought the 1995 Mortal Kombat was too soft, here’s the response. 

Mortal Kombat Parents Guide

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Jennifer Moore

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Have you played the new Mortal Kombat game? MK 11? It's definitely not "pixelated" violence. It's disgustingly violent and bloody.My kids still play it because it's still just not all that realistic to stab someone threw the head and jaw and have them get back up unbloodied and none the worse for wear.I'm going to assume the movie I over violent in that way as well. That being said it would be better if you stick to reviews of movie/video games that you actually know something about


Saturday 5th of June 2021

I have not played MK 11, but I have seen images. And yes, I would say the movie is more violent. You're right, I am not a Mortal Kombat or video game expert, nor do I claim to be. My review is based on my opinion if the Mortal Kombat movie is appropriate for kids, nothing more.

devils rejects

Monday 26th of April 2021

does it make sense that u are watching a rated r movie thats known for violence and gore and does not meet ur type of movie is it fair to critique it then


Monday 26th of April 2021

Sure, because a critique is essentially an opinion. That's why it is extremely rare that a film will receive 100% approval. There are plenty of films I've watched that may not be a genre I usually enjoy that have surprised me. A film can cater to its audience and still have redeeming qualities. Mortal Kombat could have had violence and gore and provided a more compelling story, but it didn't. It was a one-trick pony. And just because I didn't like it doesn't mean others won't or can't. This review is essentially for my audience who revisit this site, because they want to know my opinion.