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The Counselor

Outward appearances prove deceiving after Laura (Penélope Cruz) becomes romantically involved with a legal counselor (Michael Fassbender), only to discover he is tangled up in the illegal world of drug trafficking. Get the movie review and more. »


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Sexual Content: --
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Drugs/Alcohol: --
Theater Release: 25 Oct 2013
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: R
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Why Is The Counselor Rated R?

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Frequent explicit violence.

- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with detail, blood and tissue damage.

- Depictions of decapitation, beating and shooting.

- Frequent portrayals of hand-to-hand, weapons and gun violence with much blood and detail.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Adverse psychological impact.

- Gory and grotesque images.

- Frequent detailed references to illegal drug trafficking.

Sexual Content:

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity with some detail and no nudity.

- Infrequent use of detailed sexual language and references.

- Infrequent references to sexual violence with some detail.

- Embracing and kissing.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive, sometimes in sexual or aggressive contexts.

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

- Slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

- Substance abuse.

- Scene of drug use involving marijuana.

- Tobacco use.

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