Why is The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is rated R for for violence and pervasive language.
This action thriller features armed men who board a NYC subway train and take hostages, whom they hold for ransom. Constant peril and gun threats are followed by four graphic, on-screen shootings (blood and explicit detail are seen). Language includes approximately 60 sexual expletives and frequent use of various other profanities and scatological terms. The script also includes a few ethno-cultural slurs. Sexual content is limited to a brief image of a woman in a bra.