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Overall B+

An unlikely friendship develops between Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a Los Angeles reporter, and an exceptionally talented but homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Hoping to help the amazing musician (as well as his own career), the journalist writes a series of articles about the former Juilliard student. But the media attention has mixed results for both of them. The movie is based on a true story.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

Why is The Soloist rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: The Soloist is rated PG-13 for for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

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Dealing with the plight of homeless people, this film portrays street fights that occasionally result in bloody injuries and threatening behaviors, along with alcohol and illegal drug use. Police conduct a raid on the homeless after a man is beaten. A pool of blood is seen on the street. A man is nearly hit by a car. People are shown sleeping on the streets or in makeshift shelters. A man suffers facial lacerations after falling from his bike. A car is set on fire and the sounds of a riot are heard. One man attacks another, hitting and kicking him. Prescription drugs are discussed. Characters are seen smoking. A woman is depicted as being drunk. Characters drink on several occasions, often to relieve stress. A man slips in urine during a medical test. Later he spills animal urine on himself. Mental illness and paranoia are portrayed. The script includes two sexual expletives, numerous profanities and scatological slang terms.

The Soloist
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Disturbing Content, Coarse Language, Not Recommended for Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Disturbing Content.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Not Recommended for Young Children
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG