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Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) may appear to be a Law Abiding Citizen, but he is determined to get revenge. His first targets are those who murdered his wife and daughter (Brooke Stacy Mills and Ksenia Hulayev), and then he wants justice for the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) who's plea-bargaining allowed the killers go free.

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.

Why is Law Abiding Citizen rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Law Abiding Citizen is rated R for for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.

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


- Frequent portrayals of non-graphic violence, including shootings, stabbings and explosions (blood and detail shown).

- Portrayals of graphic violence, including gruesome deaths(blood, gore, and detailed wounds shown).

- Portrayals of prolonged suffering and emotional distress.

- Prolonged portrayal of torture and execution.

- Frequent disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Implied sexual activity and sexual violence.

- Sexual references, crude language and sexual slurs.

- Buttock nudity shown in non-sexual contexts.


- Pervasive use of the sexual expletive and variations in non-sexual contexts.

- Frequent use of profanity, cursing, vulgar expressions, and scatological slang.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Depiction of substance abuse and drug use.

Law Abiding Citizen
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 18A Brutal Violence.
Manitoba 18A Disturbing Content, Violence.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 18A