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When David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden, Kate Bosworth) travel from L.A. to Amy's former hometown in the southern United States, the couple discovers some of the locals are anything but welcoming -- especially Amy's violently jealous ex-boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård).

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language.

Why is Straw Dogs rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Straw Dogs is rated R for for strong brutal violence including a sexual attack, menace, some sexual content, and pervasive language.

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:


- Frequent and prolonged portrayals of graphic violence.

- Violent acts shown in clear and realistic with detailed blood and tissue damage.

- Gory and grotesque images.

- Portrayals of suffering under duress.

- Depictions of fighting, beating, shooting, stabbing and mutilation.

- Scene depicting automobile accident.

- Portrayals of sexual assault with brief buttock nudity and some detail.

- Frequent disturbing scenes.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Brief buttock nudity is seen during portrayals of sexual assault.

- Implied sexual activity.

- Simulated sexual activity.

- Fondling.

- Embracing and kissing.

- Sexual references and innuendo.


- Pervasive use of the sexual expletive and variations in sexual and non-sexual contexts.

- Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity and cursing.

- Infrequent use of developmental slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Tobacco use

- Some substance abuse.

On September 27, 2011, The Ontario Film Review Board reconsidered the rating it had previously given Straw Dogs.

Previously rated: Rated 14A - Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Graphic Violence.

Classification Changed to: 18A - Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Graphic Violence.

Classifiers Noted:

- Occasional gory/grotesque images

- Coarse language

- Slurs

- Sexual references

- Scenes that may cause a child brief anxiety, or fear

- Embracing and kissing

- Mild sexual innuendo

- Fondling

- Implied sexual activity

- Tobacco use

- Violent acts shown in clear, unequivocal and realistic detail with blood and tissue damage

- Limited instances of brief, visually explicit portrayals of violence

Straw Dogs
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A Sexual Violence.
Alberta 18A Sexual Violence, Brutal Violence.
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence, Coarse Language.
Ontario 18A Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 16+ Violence.
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 18A