In the Valley of Elah parents guide

In the Valley of Elah

Overall C-

When Mike Deerfield (Jonathan Tucker) mysteriously goes missing after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, his career officer father Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) and devoted mother (Susan Sarandon), become convinced something is seriously wrong. In order to find their son and uncover the truth, the worried parents enlist the help of local police detective Emily Sanders (Charlize Theron).

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

Why is In the Valley of Elah rated R? The MPAA rated In the Valley of Elah R for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity.

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In the Valley of Elah
Rating & Content Info

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Why is In the Valley of Elah rated R? In the Valley of Elah is rated R by the MPAA for violent and disturbing content, language and some sexuality/nudity.

This movie takes a serious and discomforting look at what can happen to a young person who is asked to serve his country on the front lines. While there isn’t a lot of on-screen violence, detailed discussions of children being killed, people being tortured, and a brutal murder are heard frequently. We do see burnt and dismembered body parts on a couple of occasions, and a body with lacerations around the neck. Other pictures show some combat situations, including the body of a child lying on the side of a road. Scenes within a strip bar show topless women who are participating in sexual situations with male military patrons. Later, one topless woman has an extended non-sexual conversation with a man. Language includes frequent sexual expletives along with other mild and moderate profanities. Heavy social drinking is depicted. The use of illegal drugs by military personnel is discussed and it’s implied that drugs are a common problem in the military.

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In the Valley of Elah
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated Coarse Language and Nudity.
Alberta Not Rated Coarse Language, Violence, Mature Theme.
Manitoba Not Rated Not Recommended For Children, Coarse Language.
Ontario Not Rated Coarse Language, Mature Theme, Nudity.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

News About "In the Valley of Elah"

Cast and Crew

In the Valley of Elah is directed by and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of In the Valley of Elah movie is February 19, 2008. Here are some details…

In the Valley of Elah releases in DVD and Blu-ray formats on February 19, 2008. A HD-DVD version will appear on shelves March 11, 2008.

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