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Overall B-

Bernie (Jack Black) is a young Assistant Funeral Director who befriends a cranky old widow (Shirley MacLaine). When their relationship turns sour, so does the comedy in this script based on a true story.

Violence C
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language.

Why is Bernie rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Bernie is rated PG-13 for for some violent images and brief strong language.

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Violence: A scene details the cosmetic preparation of a body for a funeral. A character attempts to shoot a pesky animal. A man shoots a woman (the weapon is seen but not the impact). Later the victim’s dead body is shown (no blood or details are depicted). Characters discuss a body that has been frozen, and pictures of the corpse are shown in court. A mock car accident intended to keep students from drinking and driving includes very graphic bloody injuries.

Sexual Content: Characters debate about the gender preference of a man, as well as speculate about his relationship with an older woman. Mild sexual references are heard. Handholding and other forms of affection are seen.

Language: Frequent use of moderate profanities, mild cursing and scatological slang. One strong sexual expletive is heard. Infrequent ethno-cultural slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Infrequent portrayals of alcohol use and smoking. Medical prescriptions are mentioned.

Other: Frequent portrays of Christian worship services and gospel music singing, sometimes in a sarcastically negative light.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG Not Recommeded for Young Children.
Ontario PG Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG