Why is The Fifth Estate rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: The Fifth Estate is rated R for for language and some violence.
Violence: Brief explicit violence shows two men shot at point blank range (blood splatters and wounds are shown). News footage includes people being shot, harassed by officials, and civilian deaths in war zones. Characters fear their lives are in danger. Characters engage in illegal activities such as computer hacking and publicly posting classified information. A spy’s life is in peril when he faces exposure. Child abuse is alluded to.
Sexual Content: It is implied an unmarried couple are involved in a sexual relationship. A couple begins embracing, kissing and undressing—but are interrupted. Brief discussions about sex and sexual innuendo are included.
Language: At least six sexual expletives are heard, along with other profanities and terms of deity. Racial slurs are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink frequently, sometimes to relieve stress. Infrequent tobacco use is depicted.