You can trust him, or him, or him....

Overall C-

Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from split-personality disorder. His changing personas become increasingly dangerous and cause him to kidnap three teenaged girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula).

Release date January 20, 2017

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

Why is Split rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Split PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language.

Run Time: 106 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Split rated PG-13? Split is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language.

Violence: While this movie only includes a brief depiction of explicit violence, the theme centers on three teen girls who are in constant peril and under threat of the unknown intentions of a mentally unstable male captor. There are depictions of non-graphic violence including forced confinement involving pushing, restraining and threats. A character shoots a shotgun twice at close range at another character. A child aims a rifle at an adult. A teen girl is threatened with a knife which is pressed into her bare abdomen. Comments allude to cannibalism and a brief gory and graphic depiction of this activity is seen. Characters abusive pasts (as children) are depicted in flashback. A man invites a child to play a hide and seek game, he is dressed only in underwear and commands the young girl to remove her clothes. A young boy is seen hiding from his mother who is threatening physical consequences. In an unseen depiction, a man is physically subdued and his car is stolen. Teen girls are drugged by an aerosol spray. After being attacked by a male, a teen girl has a large wound on her leg. A male kills an elderly woman by holding her tightly until we hear the breaking of bones.

Sexual Content: A male captor orders teen girls to remove certain parts of their clothing; one girl is seen in a bra while the other is in tiny underpants. During a visit with a psychiatrist, this same male captor is identified as one who enjoys “watching teen girls dance naked.” Another discussion with a psychiatrist refers to a time when this male was sexually interfered with by other teen girls. An adult male is seen only in boxer shorts and attempts to lure a young girl into playing a naked hide and seek game. A teen girl briefly kisses an adult male.

Profanity: A partial use of the sexual expletive is heard. Other infrequent profanities include two scatological terms and a Christian expletive. A crude sexual term is used as a non-sexual expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A man uses an aerosol spray to render victims comatose. Brief alcohol use depicted.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba 14A Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Frightening Scenes, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "Split"

Cast and Crew

Split is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula.

Learn more about Dissociative Identity Disorder, the real name for of the mental illness that causes split personalities.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Split movie is April 18, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Split
Release Date: 18 April 2017
Split releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of Split- Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss what attracted them to the project and how they were able to bring such a unique premise to life.
- The Many Faces of James McAvoy- A look at how James McAvoy approached the challenge of playing so many different identities.
- The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan - Director and writer M. Night Shyamalan has a singular, big-picture vision of his projects. Producers, cast, and crew discuss how Night’s process gives them the freedom to execute their roles to the fullest.

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M. Night Shyamalan is also the creative force behind the movies The Sixth Sense and The Village. The movie 10 Cloverfield Lane offers a similar storyline, that is a little less disturbing.