Picture from Syriana
Overall C

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, and Alexander Siddig star as intertwining characters in this movie, which tries to untangle the political and economical motivations behind the complex world of the oil industry.

Violence D
Sexual Content A-
Profanity D
Substance Use C-

Why is Syriana rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Syriana is rated R for for violence and language.

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Violence is sparse in this R-rated film, but what is included is intense. The most disturbing scene has a man tortured by having his fingernails pulled off (we see a quick glimpse and the bloody results). A small boy is accidentally electrocuted in a swimming pool, and a couple of other scenes show people being killed by explosions—including one initiated by a suicide bomber. Close to two-dozen sexual expletives are heard, half of these from one angry man, and a couple of others from a husband angry with his wife. Other incidental content includes some smoking and social drinking, and a man asking another if he has tried MDMA (Ecstasy). No sexual content was seen.