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Overall B-

Robert Redford plays Bill McKay, a California lawyer who is talked into standing as a Democratic candidate running against an aging Republican incumbent. Without the worry of winning, Bill is aggressively outspoken during the campaign. But when actually getting elected becomes a possibility, he finds his ethics being swayed by the results of opinion polls.

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

Why is The Candidate rated PG?

Official MPAA Rating: The Candidate is rated PG for

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Violence: A man speeds down a busy street. A character punches a man in the face. A married couple argues briefly. A man kicks a vending machine and yells at another character.

Sexual Content: Women expose their underwear to get a man’s attention. A scene suggests that a married man is involved in an extramarital affair. Women attempt to kiss a man. A man voices his support for abortions. A woman asks a man to sign her bra-covered chest. A man is seen without his shirt on.

Language: The script contains over two-dozen profanities including scatological slang, terms of Deity and a sexually suggestive expletive used in a non-sexual context.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent alcohol and cigarette use is seen, mostly among secondary characters in a historical setting. A politician shares a beer with young adults on the beach. Characters drink or smoke at home, at work and on the political trail.