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When Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene (Elizabeth Olsen) shows up on her sister's (Sarah Paulson) doorstep after a 2-year absences, she come carrying a lot of emotional baggage incurred while living in a sexually abusive cult.

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language.

Why is Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene is rated R for for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity 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.


- Brief non-explicit violence.

- Infrequent portrayals of violence, some in a coercive context (some blood shown).

- Explicit violence acts shown in a realistic manner with blood and detail.

- Portrayal of sexual assault (no nudity, but some detail shown).

- Disturbing scenes.

- Depictions of shooting, stabbing and slapping.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Three scenes of nudity, depicting breasts and buttocks, in non-sexual contexts.

- Portrayals of sexual activity with brief breast nudity and some detail.

- Sexual violence.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Embracing and kissing.

- One instance of sexual language.


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive, sometimes in a sexual context.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang, sexual references and cursing.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Tobacco use.

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
Alberta 14A Sexual Violence, Disturbing Content.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Sexual Content, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Nudity, Sexual Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A