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When a mob-related high-stakes poker game gets held up, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) and his gun-for-hire are called in to settle the score.

MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use.

Why is Killing Them Softly rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Killing Them Softly is rated R for for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use.

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 explicit violence.

- Brutal violence.

- Frequent portrayals of hand-to-hand combat and weapons use, with some blood and detail shown.

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

- Occasional gory and grotesque images.

- Depictions of torture.

- Depictions of beating and shooting.

- Disturbing Scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Frequent use of coarse sexual language and references.

- Scene of nudity (depicting buttocks) in a sexual context.

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Crude content.


Approximately 240 instances of coarse language: including:

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

- Frequent use of scatological slang and profanity.

- Infrequent use of developmental, ethno-cultural, and sexual slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- References to and portrayals of drug use, including heroine use.

- Frequent tobacco use (smoking).

- Detailed alcohol abuse.

- Substance abuse.

Killing Them Softly
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frequent Coarse Language, Violence.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Not Recommended for Children
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence, Substance/Alcohol Abuse.
Ontario 18A Brutal Violence, Substance/Alcohol Abuse.
Quebec 13+ Violence, Vulgar Language.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A