Picture from Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Overall B+

If you where a fly on the wall in the White House, what interesting things might you see?  As a butler at the esteemed residence, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) witnesses plenty during his years of service from 1952 until 1986. Inspired by a true story, this movie presents a unique historical perspective.

Violence C-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D+
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Why is Lee Daniels’ The Butler rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Lee Daniels’ The Butler is rated PG-13 for for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

Violence: A woman is raped (off screen) and a man is shot in the head in front of his young child. Two dead men are seen hanging by the neck in the street. A character breaks into a bakery and steals food. Some bloody injuries are seen. Characters are shot, slapped, kicked, spit on and punched numerous times. Characters are injured and property is damaged when riots break out. Historical news footage of riots, war and protests are shown. A woman’s dress is covered in blood following the shooting of her husband. A white supremacy group surrounds and destroys a bus filled with protestors. Characters are beaten and jailed for civil disobedience. A married couple argues.

Sexual Content: Sounds of a rape are heard. A married man makes sexual passes at other women. A poster of a naked woman is seen. Crude sexual comments and innuendo are included. Couples kiss and embrace.

Language: The script contains frequent profanities, some sexual dialogue, scatological slang, terms of Deity and one strong sexual expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters smoke and drink throughout this film. One character is portrayed as inebriated on more than one occasion. Characters turn to alcohol to deal with their emotions.

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