Spotlight parents guide


A news teams sheds light on a dark secret.

Overall B+

Based on a true story, this movie dramatizes the investigative reporting of a team of journalist (played by Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Brian d'Arcy James) at the Boston Globe that uncovered evidence of child molestation within a local Catholic Archdiocese.

Release date November 25, 2015

Violence B-
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Spotlight rated R? The MPAA rated Spotlight R for some language including sexual references.

Run Time: 128 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Spotlight rated R? Spotlight is rated R by the MPAA for some language including sexual references.

Violence: Characters discuss the sexual molestation of children by authority figures. Victims of abuse tell their stories to lawyers and journalists. The fate of some of the survivors is mentioned, which includes alcohol and drug addition, along with suicide attempts.

Sexual Content: Characters discuss child molestation, rape and homosexual activity. Some slang/crude words and anatomical terms are used to describe masturbation, oral sex and anal intercourse. Pornography and the game strip poker are mentioned.

Language: A strong sexual expletive is heard at least five times. Scatological slang and terms of deity are used frequently. Also included in the script is a smattering of moderate and mild profanities, along with crude slang words.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent smoking is shown. Characters drink at social settings and in bars. Drug abuse and alcoholism are mentioned. A character’s arms show multiple scars from injections.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Coarse Language, Theme of Sexual Abuse Involving Minors.
Alberta 14A Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba 14A Mature Theme, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Mature Theme.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Spotlight movie is February 23, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Spotlight
Release Date:  23 February 2016
Spotlight releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable
- Spotlight: A Look Inside
- The State of Journalism

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The credibility of another priest is questioned in the movie Doubt. Journalists tackle other hot topics in the films The Help, Frost/Nixon and Good Night and Good Luck.

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