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The life of a boxer is hard, but thanks to the coaching of his brother (Christian Bale), "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) prepares to step into the ring. Based on a true story, The Fighter shows the greatest battles in this sport often take place outside the ropes.

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality.

Why is The Fighter rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Fighter is rated R for for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality.

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:


- Portrayal of hand-to-hand violence and injuries (some blood and details shown).

- Frequent and prolonged portrayals of graphic violence.

- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Occasional disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Embracing, kissing and fondling.

- Implied sexual activity, including a depiction of oral sex.

- Portrayals of prostitutes.


- Pervasive use of the sexual expletive.

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

- Slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Detailed portrayals of illegal drug use for recreational purposes.

- Frequent portrayals of tobacco use.

- Gritty depiction of addictions.

The Fighter
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language, Substance Abuse.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Substance Abuse.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A