Why is Psycho rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: Psycho is rated R for
Violence: A characters steals a large amount of money. Arguments between a son and his mother are overheard several times. A woman is slashed with a knife while showering, although the audience never sees the knife make contact with the body. Blood runs down the drain and is later seen splattered in the shower and around the bathroom. A man washes blood from his hands after cleaning up the bathroom. Another character is stabbed in the face (blood shown), falls down the stairs and is repeatedly stabbed after collapsing on the floor. Several murders involving stabbing or poisoning are discussed. A character badgers another with questions and causes him to become angry. A man is hit over the head with an object. Characters, one holding a knife, struggle with one another. Several corpses are shown.
Sexual Content: A man flirts with a secretary. A woman is shown in her bra on several occasions. A couple redresses after an implied sexual encounter. They kiss and cuddle on the bed and discuss the future of their affair, dirty love letters and the next opportunity to be together. Through a peephole, a man watches a woman undress. Bare shoulders and stomach are seen in a shower scene along with very brief backside and partial breast nudity. A character is incorrectly referred to as a transvestite because there are no sexual desires involved in the cross-dressing.
Language: The script contains a term of Deity and adult oriented dialogue about murders, suicide and illicit sexual affairs.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character makes reference to a bottle in man’s work desk and later talks about going out for drinks. A character pulls out a package of cigarettes and smokes one.