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When a Mexican drug cartel moves into their California town, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) find their lucrative grass-roots grow-op attracting undesirable attention. And to force the pair to either join their ranks or get out of the marijuana business, the drug lords (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro) kidnap the local boys' shared girlfriend (Blake Lively).

Why is Savages rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Savages is rated R for for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout.

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:


- Graphic portrayals of torture and brutality.

- Frequent, visually explicit portrayals of violence.

- Explicit depiction of shooting.

- Depictions of beating, stabbing, shooting, burning, whipping and explosion.

- Sexual violence.

- Detailed gory and grotesque images including blood and detailed wounds.

- Frequent upsetting and disturbing scenes.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Buttocks nudity seen in sexual situations.

- Breast nudity seen in a non-sexual context.

- Fondling.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Crude content.

- Embracing and kissing.


- Approximately 139 instances of coarse language.

- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual or aggressive contexts.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang.

- Ethno-cultural slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Detailed and graphic portrayals of alcohol and substance abuse.

- Ten scenes of drug use involving marijuana and cocaine.

- Tobacco use.