Fifty Shades of Grey parents guide

Fifty Shades of Grey

His control issues extend from the board room to the bedroom...

Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) may be smart, but she is not very wise when she falls for the rich and handsome Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a man with dark secrets and even darker sexual desires.

Why is Fifty Shades of Grey rated R? The MPAA rated Fifty Shades of Grey R for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Rating & Content Info

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.

Why is Fifty Shades of Grey rated R? Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R by the MPAA for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have not seen nor reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey but we do have the content information below to assist you with making your decision. This information comes from public domain sources, mainly government film classification boards. Please beware that this movie is highly unlikely to be suitable for teen viewing, even though teens in the United States may be admitted if accompanied by someone 17 years of age or older. In Canada (expect Quebec) and the UK, teens are unable to be admitted. (In Quebec you must be 16 or over to see the film.)


We have also written a couple of posts about this film that help explain some of the concerns and details of how the US MPAA rating operates:
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This additional information about the movie's content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:

Violence:
- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.
- Depictions of slapping and whipping.
- Disturbing and offensive scenes.

Sexual Content:
- Several scenes of nudity, depicting breasts, buttocks and/or pubic region, in sexual contexts.
- Portrayals of BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Sadism/Masochism) with breast and buttock nudity, and some detail.
- Female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context.
- Nudity in a sexual situation.
- Simulated sexual activity.
- Implied sexual activity.
- Embracing and kissing.
- Fondling.
- Sexual references and innuendo.
- Crude content.

Language:
Approximately 19 instances of coarse and/or sexual language including:
- Infrequent use of the sexual expletive, sometime in a sexual context.
- Infrequent use of detailed sexual language and references.
- Limited use of slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
- Alcohol abuse.
- Substance abuse.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A Sexually Suggestive Scenes, Nudity.
Alberta 18A Sexual Content.
Manitoba 18A Sexual Content, Substance / Alcohol Abuse.
Ontario 18A Nudity, Sexual Content, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 16+ Eroticism
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 18A

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We do not have a full review for Fifty Shades of Grey because it is rated R in the US and we usually only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies. However we do have some information about the content you can expect to see in this movie in the Content Details section.

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Cast and Crew

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini.

This movie is based on an erotic novel by E.L. James. Parents should be aware that this story (both the book and movie) depicts a consensual sexual relationship that flirts with violence, including bondage sex.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie is May 8, 2015. Here are some details…

Fifty Shades Of Grey releases to home video on May 8, 2015.

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