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During a twelve-hour crime spree, sanctioned by the government, an innocent family (Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey) is forced to try to protect themselves.

MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing violence and some language.

Why is The Purge rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Purge is rated R for for strong disturbing violence and some 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 explicit violence, with acts shown in a realistic that includes detail, blood and tissue damage.

- Frequent portrayals of gun, hand-to-hand, and weapons violence, sometimes involving children.

- Depictions of beating, fighting, shooting, stabbing and mutilation, with blood and some detail.

- Several frightening scenes depicting threat, intensity and suspense.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Occasional gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

- Sexual references and innuendo.


- Infrequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang and profanity.

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Tobacco use.

The Purge
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Violence, Gory Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Frightening Scenes.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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