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When east coast mobsters move west in the 1940s, the Los Angeles Police Department declares a private war, enlisting officers who are willing to go beyond the limits of the law. Based on a true story, this film features Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi and Josh Brolin.

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language.

Why is Gangster Squad rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Gangster Squad is rated R for for strong violence 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 non-graphic violence.

- Frequent explicit violence.

- Depictions of beating, shooting, stabbing, mutilation, burning and explosion.

- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with details, blood and tissue damage.

- Torture.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Embracing and kissing.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

- Frequent use of profanity, crude sexual expressions and vulgar expressions.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang.

- Frequent use of ethno-cultural slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent tobacco use (smoking).

Gangster Squad
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frequent Violence.
Alberta 18A Gory Brutal Violence.
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Graphic Violence, Tobacco Use.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
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