Why is Hereafter rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Hereafter is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.
Violence: A scene of a tsunami barreling down on a resort location includes surprisingly realistic and unsettling depictions of characters being engulfed by waves, pulled underwater and struck by floating objects. Extensive property damage, explosions and covered corpses are also shown. Some bloody injuries are shown. A child is harassed and chased by older teens. When a truck hits a character, the boy’s body strikes and breaks a car’s windshield before falling lifeless and bloodied onto the street. A bomb, apparently set by terrorists, explodes on an underground subway car filled with people. (No details of dead bodies are shown.) A woman dies in front of her family.
Sexual Content: Scenes of a woman in the bathtub, and later a man showering, are depicted without explicit nudity. A woman’s underwear is shown as she dresses. Characters talk about their sexual relationship. Child molestation is briefly discussed. Couples embrace and kiss.
Language: A strong sexual expletive is used in a nonsexual setting. The script also includes a couple of scatological slang terms, some crude anatomical references and terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A woman comes home high on drugs and downs part of a bottle of alcohol in front of her children. Marks made from drug use are seen on her arm. Teen boys smoke. Characters drink in social settings, at home, during a cooking class and in a bar.
Other: Characters attempt to hide their mother’s addiction problems. A young boy steals money from his foster parents. A child is taken away from his mother when she is committed to rehab.