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Thirty years after a cataclysmic event, a survivor named Eli (Denzel Washington) has become the keeper of a precious book. Determined to protect it, this desperado will take down anyone who tries to lay a hand on the sacred text.

MPAA Rating: R for some brutal violence and language.

Why is Book of Eli rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Book of Eli is rated R for for some brutal violence and language.

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:


- Portrayals of graphic violence.

- Frequent gun and weapons violence (blood and detailed wounds shown).

- Occasional gory and grotesque images, disturbing scenes and the portrayals of corpses.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual violence is briefly implied.

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Implied sexual activity.


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

- Use of profanities and scatological slang.

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Some substance abuse.

Book of Eli
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Brutal Violence, Not Recommended for Children.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A