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Competition for the lead role in a ballet production of Swan Lake is so fierce that Nina (Natalie Portman) fears she may be losing her mind trying to get the part. Adding to the pressure is the company's artistic director (Vincent Cassel), her mother's (Winona Ryder) expectations and a flirtatious rival (Mila Kunis).

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.

Why is The Black Swan rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Black Swan is rated R for for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.

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:


- Disturbing scenes and intense portrayals of nightmarish images.

- Detailed gory and grotesque images.

- Frequent and prolonged violent acts shown in a realistic manner, with blood and details.

- Frequent detailed and bloody portrayals of violence, stabbing and self-mutilation.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Infrequent use of detailed sexual language.

- Embracing, kissing and fondling.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Depictions of sexual relations between a man and woman, oral sex (involving two women), self pleasuring and fondling.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive, sometimes in a sexual context.

- Use of profanity, cursing and scatological slang.

- Limited use of slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Detailed portrayals of illegal drug use for recreational purposes.

- Tobacco use.

The Black Swan
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Sexually Suggestive Scenes, Violence.
Alberta 18A Sexual Content, Disturbing Content
Manitoba 18A Disturbing Content, Sexual Content.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A