Picture from Blue Valentine

While there may have once been some real romance between Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), as the stresses of life wear away at their relationship, the future looks less and less rosy.

Why is Blue Valentine rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Blue Valentine is rated R for on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating. Appeal Overturned. Previously rated NC-17 in 2010.

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:


- Two scenes depicting hand-to-hand violence, one in a domestic context (some blood and detail shown).

- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with blood and details.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

- Frequent portrayals of simulated sexual activity with breast and buttock nudity shown.

- One portrayal of breast and buttock nudity in a non-sexual context.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Sexual references.

- Infrequent use of crude sexual language and slurs.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive in non-sexual contexts.

- Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, and vulgar expressions.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent tobacco use.

- Infrequent portrayals of alcohol consumption to excess.


- Detailed portrayal of a medical procedure (no nudity or blood shown).