Picture from The Hurt Locker

SSgt. William James (Jeremy Renner) has just been made the team leader of an elite group of soldiers whose job is to defuse bombs and explosives in the Iraq War. His fellow officers (Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty) are a bit afraid of this appointment, as the see James as risk taker willing to ignore the safety protocols of an already incredibly dangerous job.

MPAA Rating: R for war violence and language.

Why is The Hurt Locker rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Hurt Locker is rated R for for war 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 portrayals of graphic violence.

- Occasional gory images.

- Frequent scenes depicting explosions, shootings, and fighting;

- Portrayal of corpses (some blood and detail shown).

- Portrayal of a quasi autopsy (little detail shown).

- Disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Use of sexual references and vulgar expressions.


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

- Use of scatological slang and profanity.

- Infrequent use of racial slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Depictions of smoking.

The Hurt Locker
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Violence, Coarse Language
Manitoba 14A Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A