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Overall A-

Based on a true story, Flash of Genius recounts the experiences of Robert Kearns (played by Greg Kinnear), a college professor who invents an intermittent windshield wiper. Although he is unsuccessful at selling his patented technology, he soon discovers his work has been incorporated into new models of cars. Convinced he has been robbed of the credit and financial rewards of his work, he launches a lawsuit against the U.S. automotive industry.

Violence B+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity C-
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Why is Flash of Genius rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Flash of Genius is rated PG-13 for for brief strong language.

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This story of a frustrated inventor received a PG-13 rating from the US MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), likely because of its inclusion of one sexual expletive, repeated scatological and mild profanities, as well as repeated uses of terms of Deity as expletives. Other content is limited to some brief, mild sexual discussion between a husband and wife and a startling moment when the head from a cadaver is shown. A man steals a part from under the hood of a person’s car. Many secondary characters smoke cigarettes in this period film. Social drinking is also portrayed. A man suffers from a mental breakdown and is seen taking prescription medications.

Flash of Genius
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG