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Although Oliver (Ewan McGregor) knows that some people have "skeletons in their closets," he isn't prepared when his father (Christopher Plummer) "outs" his secrets. The 75-year-old man reveals he is dying of cancer and that he is a homosexual with a much younger lover.

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Why is Beginners rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Beginners is rated R for for language and some sexual content

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:


- Occasional disturbing/offensive scenes.

- Some scene may frighten young children.

Sexual Content:

- Nudity seen in a non-sexual content.

- Brief portrayal of sexual illustration (little detail shown).

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Use of mild sexual language.

- Embracing and kissing


- Infrequent use of the sexual expletive, once in a sexual context.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang and profanity.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Tobacco use.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Mature Theme, Sexual Content.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A