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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.

MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language

Why is The Counselor rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Counselor is rated R for for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content 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:


- 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.

The Counselor
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
Alberta 14A Sexual Content, Gory Violence, Not Recommended for Children.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Young Children, Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A