Why is Silver Linings Playbook rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: Silver Linings Playbook is rated R for for language and some sexual content/nudity
Violence: After a man finds his wife in the shower with another man he punches her lover numerous times. A father and son get into a power struggle that escalates into a physical fight, with hitting and wrestling. When a man makes derogatory racial remarks to another man a fistfight begins between multiple characters. Many scenes include loud verbal arguing. A man looks for ways to violate a restraining order preventing him from communicating with his estranged wife.
Sexual Content: A man and woman are shown in a shower in a couple of flashback scenes; sexual activity is implied but few details are seen; we briefly see the woman’s breasts. A woman crudely asks a man if he wants to have sex with her. Other conversations have some sexual dialogue including a woman who admits to having sex with multiple people at work.
Language: Over three-dozen uses of a sexual expletive, as well as two in a sexual context. Other profanities are heard frequently, including scatological terms, crude anatomical terms and two terms of Christian deity used as expletives.
Drugs/Alcohol: A mentally ill character resists taking prescription medications, but eventually concedes. Alcohol use is depicted in various scenes. A character gambles a large portion of his assets and savings.