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Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is wasting away in Puerto Rico. Originally a journalist, the American ex-pat fills his time writing for a local rag, drinking, womanizing, and trying to schmooze the elite crowd of this 1950s tropical paradise.

MPAA Rating: R for language, brief drug use and sexuality.

Why is The Rum Diary rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Rum Diary is rated R for for language, brief drug use and sexuality.

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:


- Occasional upsetting and disturbing scenes.

- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Brief portrayals of graphic violence.

- Depictions of fighting, weapons use, beating and burning.

- Suspenseful situations.

- Two portrayals of violence toward animals in a gambling context.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Breast nudity in a sexual situation.

- Simulated sexual activity (some detail).

- Crude content

- Embracing and kissing

- Implied sexual activity


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in sexual contexts

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

- Use of sexual and ethno-cultural slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent portrayals of illegal drug and excessive alcohol use for recreational purposes (some detail).

- Tobacco use.

The Rum Diary
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scene, Violence, Nudity.
Alberta 14A Substance Abuse, Coarse Language.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Coarse Language, Substance Abuse.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Substance Abuse,
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A