The Shack

Meet your maker.

Overall A

Mack (Sam Worthington) is dealing with the loss of his daughter. Then the grieving father receives a mysterious invitation to return to the shack where she was murdered -- from someone claiming to be God! This movie is based on a Christian novel by William Paul Young.

Release date March 3, 2017

Violence C+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A
Substance Use C+

Why is The Shack rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Shack PG-13 for thematic material including some violence.

Run Time: 132 minutes

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The Shack
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Shack rated PG-13? The Shack is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic material including some violence.

Violence: A man physically abuses his wife and son; after his son speaks to a church leader about the problem the father whips him violently with a belt. Two teens are in a canoe that capsizes and one of them is trapped underneath: CPR is administered and the teen revives. A character is seen putting poison into a drink: it is implied this action has fatal consequences. A child goes missing and a long search uncovers a blood-stained sweater. It is later revealed that the child was murdered. Brief visuals of terrorism and other violent acts are seen in flashback. A character is mentally tortured over events that have taken place. A character is seen holding a gun. A large truck runs a stop sign and narrowly misses hitting someone. A character is struck by a vehicle and is later seen in hospital with some minor injuries. A character discovers the body of a child, we see a close-up of the legs and feet.

Sexual Content: It is vaguely implied that a child may have been sexually assaulted.

Profanity: None noted.

Drugs/Alcohol: Opening scenes depict an alcoholic who is abusive to his family. Poison is put in a drink.

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The Shack
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta PG
Manitoba PG
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

The Shack is directed by Stuart Hazeldine and stars Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer .

This movie is based on the novel The Shack by William Paul Young.

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