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This R rated drama follows the intrigue and covert behavior of Edward Bell Wilson (played by Matt Damon), a Yale graduate and patriotic American who is recruited into the OSS (the Office of Strategic Services), which later becomes known as the CIA (the Central Intelligence Agency).

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

Why is The Good Shepherd rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Good Shepherd is rated R for for some violence, sexuality 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.

Content Information:

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Some upsetting or disturbing scenes.

- Depictions of torture, suicide and corpses (blood shown).

- Occasional weapons use and hand-to-hand violence (blood shown).

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

Breast and buttock nudity shown in a non-sexual context

- Implied sexual activity (no nudity shown).


- Use coarse language (including the sexual expletive) and racial slurs.

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Frequent depictions of smoking and tobacco use.

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The Good Shepherd
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended for Children, Violence. Tobacco Use/Promotion.-----
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Nudity, Violence.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
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