Picture from Oldboy

Like Rip Van Winkle, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) has been out of touch with the real world for twenty years. But when he is suddenly released from his lengthy stint in solitary confinement as inexplicitly as he was put there, he wants answers from his mysterious captor. And he'll use any means to get them.

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language.

Why is Oldboy rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Oldboy is rated R for for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and 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.

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


- Frequent explicit violence.

- Explicit depictions of stabbing and shooting.

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

- Graphic portrayals of torture and brutality.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Explicit gory and grotesque images.

- Frequent brutal gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, sometimes in the context of torture or suicide, with blood and wound detail.

- Bullying.

Sexual Content:

- Portrayals of sexual activity with breast and buttock nudity, along with some detail.

- Infrequent buttock nudity in a non-sexual context.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Sexual references, language and innuendo.

- Crude content

- Embracing and kissing.


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

- Infrequent use of scatological slang, profanity, cursing, vulgar expressions, and sexual slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

- Frequent tobacco use (smoking).

- Detailed alcohol and substance abuse.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A Explicit Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes.
Alberta 18A Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content.
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes, Sexual Content.
Ontario 18A Brutal Violence, Coarse Language, Sexual Content.
Quebec 16+ Violence, Vulgar Language.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 18A