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Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) is a social worker with a heart. That is why she not only removes Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) from her physically abusive parents, but also brings the young girl into her own house until a foster family can be arranged. However, the case is even more serious than Emily realizes, and her emotional response is about to bring the real danger home.

MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror including disturbing images.

Why is Case 39 rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Case 39 is rated R for for violence and terror including disturbing images.

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:


- Frequent and/or prolonged portrayals of graphic violence.

- Depictions of fighting, stabbing and torture (some involving children).

- Detailed gory and grotesque images.

- Frequent portrayals of emotional and psychological suffering and peril to children.

- Upsetting or disturbing scenes that may cause an extreme adverse psychological impact.

Sexual Content:

- Mild sexual references.


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

- Infrequent use of cursing and scatological expressions.

Case 39
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Violence, Frightening Scenes
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Gory Scenes, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+ Horror.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 14A