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Tortured by internal demons and depression, Walter Black (Mel Gibson) watches his career and family crumble right before his eyes. Only the discovery of a discarded hand puppet gives him hope to fight back from the edge of despair.

Why is The Beaver rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The Beaver is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Infrequent portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Depictions of fighting, beating and self-mutilation.

- Portrayal of a suicide attempt.

- Some scenes may frighten young children.

- Frequent disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

- Mild sexual innuendo.

- Infrequent simulated sexual activity.


- One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang.

- Infrequent mild cursing and crude insults .

- Limited use of slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Substance abuse.