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In this gritty look at the bootlegging industry during the Depression era, the Bondurant family (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke) tries to keep control of their Virginia based moonshine manufacturing business when the local authorities and big-time mobsters decide they want in on the action.

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.

Why is Lawless rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Lawless is rated R for for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.

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.

- Portrayals of torture.

- Upsetting and disturbing scenes that may have an adverse psychological impact.

- Occasional gory and grotesque images.

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

- Frequent depictions of beating, shooting, stabbing, throat-slitting and mutilation.

- Infrequent portrayals of corpses.

Sexual Content:

- Infrequent breast and female frontal nudity shown in a non-sexual context.

- Partial and full nudity shown in a sexual situation.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Embracing and kissing.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in an aggressive context.

- Frequent cursing.

- Infrequent use of ethno-cultural and sexual slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent tobacco use (smoking).

- Alcohol abuse.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Brutal Violence, Nudity, Coarse Language.
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A