The Rum Diary parents guide

The Rum Diary

Release date October 28, 2011

Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) is wasting away in Puerto Rico. Originally a journalist, the American ex-pat fills his time writing for a local rag, drinking, womanizing, and trying to schmooze the elite crowd of this 1950s tropical paradise.

Why is The Rum Diary rated R? The MPAA rated The Rum Diary R for language, brief drug use and sexuality.

The Rum Diary
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 The Rum Diary rated R? The Rum Diary is rated R by the MPAA for language, brief drug use and sexuality.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Occasional upsetting and disturbing scenes.

- Portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Brief portrayals of graphic violence.

- Depictions of fighting, weapons use, beating and burning.

- Suspenseful situations.

- Two portrayals of violence toward animals in a gambling context.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.

- Breast nudity in a sexual situation.

- Simulated sexual activity (some detail).

- Crude content

- Embracing and kissing

- Implied sexual activity


- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in sexual contexts

- Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, cursing, and vulgar expressions.

- Use of sexual and ethno-cultural slurs.

Drugs and Alcohol:

- Frequent portrayals of illegal drug and excessive alcohol use for recreational purposes (some detail).

- Tobacco use.

Page last updated

The Rum Diary
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Sexually Suggestive Scene, Violence, Nudity.
Alberta 14A Substance Abuse, Coarse Language.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Coarse Language, Substance Abuse.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Substance Abuse,
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

NEW: Listen to our Parent Previews Podcast and take control of media and technology in your family!

No Review

We do not have a full review for The Rum Diary 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.

News About "The Rum Diary"

Cast and Crew

The Rum Diary is directed by Bruce Robinson and stars Johnny Depp.

This movie is based on a book by Hunter S. Thompson.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Rum Diary movie is February 14, 2012. Here are some details…

The Rum Diary releases to home video on February 14, 2012.

Related home video titles:

Paradisiacal settings bring out reckless behavior in the characters of To Catch a Thief and Roman Holiday. Johnny Depp plays another scoundrel in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.