Why is Flight rated R?
Official MPAA Rating: Flight is rated R for for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence.
Violence: A plane crash is shown in somewhat explicit detail, including a flight attendant who getting her foot caught in an overhead bin, hits her head, loses consciousness and is tossed around the cabin. Later people, both dead and alive, are seen with bloody injuries. Earlier a plane flies through intense turbulence causing a passenger to vomit and others to become very concerned. A woman’s landlord makes sexual suggestions toward her after he enters her apartment looking for overdue rent. Later her landlord threatens her with a baseball bat until aanother man appears and punches the landlord. Injured patients are seen in a hospital setting. Frequent verbal altercations occur.
Sexual Content: An unmarried man and woman are seen waking up in bed together, the woman gets up and while completely naked wanders about the room until eventually getting dressed. A man’s buttocks are exposed in his hospital gown. Men are seen naked from the rear during a scene that appears to be on the movie set of a pornography production. An unmarried couple live together. A man is provided with a stack of pornographic magazines from a friend and a comment alluding to masturbation is made.
Language: Dozens of sexual expletives, scatological terms, crude anatomical terms, religious expletives and derogatory names are heard throughout the film.
Alcohol/Drug Use: Alcohol use is depicted throughout the film, mainly by a character that denies he is an alcoholic. This same character and two other others are seen snorting cocaine. A woman prepares a needle and injects heroin. Addiction recovery meetings are shown, and one character begins the recovery process. Another character eventually admits to being an alcoholic. A secondary character with cancer gathers with others to smokes tobacco in a hospital stairwell; when a person provides him with a full pack of cigarettes he says he will pass them out in the cancer ward. Cigarette smoking is depicted in other scenes. While negative consequences for substance abuse are included, some scenes are shown in a somewhat comedic light, and other scenes may unintentionally encourage abuse.