Lee Daniels’ The Butler parents guide

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Overall B+

If you where a fly on the wall in the White House, what interesting things might you see?  As a butler at the esteemed residence, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) witnesses plenty during his years of service from 1952 until 1986. Inspired by a true story, this movie presents a unique historical perspective.

Release date August 16, 2013

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

Why is Lee Daniels’ The Butler rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Lee Daniels’ The Butler PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Run Time: 132 minutes

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Why is Lee Daniels’ The Butler rated PG-13? Lee Daniels’ The Butler is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Violence: A woman is raped (off screen) and a man is shot in the head in front of his young child. Two dead men are seen hanging by the neck in the street. A character breaks into a bakery and steals food. Some bloody injuries are seen. Characters are shot, slapped, kicked, spit on and punched numerous times. Characters are injured and property is damaged when riots break out. Historical news footage of riots, war and protests are shown. A woman’s dress is covered in blood following the shooting of her husband. A white supremacy group surrounds and destroys a bus filled with protestors. Characters are beaten and jailed for civil disobedience. A married couple argues.

Sexual Content: Sounds of a rape are heard. A married man makes sexual passes at other women. A poster of a naked woman is seen. Crude sexual comments and innuendo are included. Couples kiss and embrace.

Language: The script contains frequent profanities, some sexual dialogue, scatological slang, terms of Deity and one strong sexual expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters smoke and drink throughout this film. One character is portrayed as inebriated on more than one occasion. Characters turn to alcohol to deal with their emotions.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba 14A Violence, Coarse Language May Offend.
Ontario 14A Language May Offend, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

News About "Lee Daniels’ The Butler"

Cast and Crew

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is directed by Lee Daniels and stars John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Lee Daniels’ The Butler movie is January 14, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Release Date: 14 January 2014

Lee Daniels’ The Butler releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following extras:

- Lee Daniels’ The Butler: An American Story

- The Original Freedom Riders

- “You And I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” Performed by Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz

- Deleted Scenes

- Gag Reel

Related home video titles:

Another butler is privy to a wealth of information in The Remains Of The Day. A man of service witnesses the racial revolution in Driving Miss Daisy. The black and white divide is also explored in Something the Lord Made.

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