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.
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.
- Brief buttock nudity is seen during portrayals of sexual assault.
- Implied sexual activity.
- Simulated sexual activity.
- 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.
- Occasional gory/grotesque images
- Coarse language
- Sexual references
- Scenes that may cause a child brief anxiety, or fear
- Embracing and kissing
- Mild sexual innuendo
- 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