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All his life Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) has tried to be a serious man. Yet everything, from his personal to his professional life, seems to be going seriously wrong. And no one, from his wife to his Rabbi, seems to be willing to take his problems seriously.

MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence.

Why is A Serious Man rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: A Serious Man is rated R for for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence.

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:


- Infrequent portrayals of graphic violence.

- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Three scenes depicting shooting and stabbing.

Sexual Content:

- Portrayal of sexual activity and implied sexual activity.

- Breast nudity shown in a non-sexual context.

- Sexual references.


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

- Profanity and cursing.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Depictions of smoking.

- Three scenes depicting illegal drug use for recreational purposes.

A Serious Man
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Sexually Suggestive Scenes, Coarse Language, Violence.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language, Drug Use.
Manitoba 14A Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Substance Abuse.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A