Information for Parents 12 Monkeys Parents Need To Know Read Less Message A scientist releases the plague that nearly destroys civilization. Violence James beats several people to death. There are also several scenes with guns and knives, including a disturbing scene that takes place in WWI trenches. Sex Although relatively clear of sexual content, the film has quite a bit of non-sexual nudity. Language Some strong language. Consumerism Not applicable Drinking, Drugs & Smoking Characters drink and smoke, but more upsetting are scenes in which James is tranquilized in jail and the mental hospital.