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Sharing the same director and star as the TV series The Sopranos, and borrowing the title from a Buddy Holly tune, this movie follows a group of 1960s kids hoping to find immortality by forming a rock band.

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

Why is Not Fade Away rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Not Fade Away is rated R for for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content.

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:


- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Depiction of fighting and vehicular violence, with little blood, some detail.

Sexual Content:

- Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity with breast nudity and some detail.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Fondling.

- Embracing and kissing.

- Crude content.

- Frequent use of crude and descriptive sexual language and references.

- Infrequent crude references to bodily functions.


Approximately 66 instances of coarse language including:

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

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

- Nine instances of sexual language.

- Frequent use of ethno-cultural and sexual slurs in a period context.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Portrayal of illegal drug use (marijuana) in a recreational context.

- Alcohol abuse.

- Tobacco use.

Not Fade Away
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scene, Nudity.
Alberta 14A Crude Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Substance Abuse.
Manitoba 14A Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Substance Abuse.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Substance Abuse.
Quebec G Not Recommended For Young Children.
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A