Why is The Descendants rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: The Descendants is rated R for for language including some sexual references.
Violence: A tragic accident is mentioned and a woman in a coma is depicted. Some blood is seen during medical procedures. Death, organ donations and removing life support are discussed. Characters argue loudly and make accusations and mild threats. A man punches a teen.
Sexual Content: Characters are frequently seen in bathing suits and string bikinis. Movie posters of scantily clad women are seen on a TV screen. A young girl claims she watched a porno movie at a friend’s house. Sexual language, slang anatomical terms, crude remarks and rude references to puberty are heard. A young girl models her older sisters underwear (bra and panties). Adultery is frequently discussed. A married man kisses a woman who is not his wife. A father questions the relationship between his daughter and her male friend.
Language: Language includes frequent use of a strong sexual expletive (once in a sexual context), a couple of crude hand gestures, scatological slang, terms of Deity and profanities. Disparaging remarks are made about the sick, elderly and mentally challenged.
Drugs and Alcohol: References are made to alcohol abuse and illegal drug use (sometimes involving minors). A drunken teen girl is seen. Adult characters drink in bars and social settings. Cigar smoking is briefly shown.