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Still shot from the movie: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, Sweeney Todd follows the revenge tactics of a demon barber (Johnny Depp), who desires to kill the judge (Alan Rickman) who unfairly sentenced him to prison and stole his wife. His murderous plan to give the man a close shave is aided by his neighbor (Helena Bonham Carter), a baker looking for an inexpensive way to get some filling for her meat pies. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: D-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 20 Dec 2007
Video Release: 31 Mar 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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Why Is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Rated R?


Receiving restrictive ratings in the US and Canada, this film delights in gory violent details as unwitting customers arrive at Todd’s barbershop, only to have their throats slit and their bodies butchered. This macabre feast features exaggerated blood-gushing images and scenes of human remains being used for food. In addition to this violence, other scenes include a woman being held captive by a judge who peers at her though a peephole (she is always clothed). Another man is beaten for asking if he can visit her. Language includes a few scatological terms. Sexual content is limited to some low cut dresses. A young boy is treated as a slave, and he drinks liberally from a bottle of hard liquor.

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