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Water For Elephants


Apr 22, 2011

Latest Home Video

Nov 01, 2011

MPAA Rating



Francis Lawrence


Robert Pattinson
Reese Witherspoon
Christoph Waltz


2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Still shot from the movie: Water For Elephants.

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The big tent is up and the circus stars are ready to put on a show. But it is the behind-the-scenes drama that has tensions flying high when a young veterinary school dropout (Robert Pattinson) joins the circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife (Reese Witherspoon).

Content Details

Why Is Water For Elephants Rated PG-13?

Water For Elephants is rated PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Water For Elephants...

Violence: A young man must identify the dead bodies of his parents after a car accident. He vomits following the experience. Characters are attacked, beaten and knocked down on numerous occasions. Characters are seen with bloody facial injuries and one woman has a black eye. A lion bites a man’s hand without injuring him. A horse is shot in the head. (The shot is heard but the incident takes place off screen.) A man talks about feeding the dead horse to the lions. A man repeatedly inflicts bloody injuries on an elephant when he beats it with a metal tipped stick. He also threatens to throw a man off a moving train. Later there is discussion of men who have been tossed, as well as depictions of bloody corpses lying along side the tracks. Circus animals chase audience members. One man appears to be mauled by a bear. An elephant strikes a man. One character attempts to choke another to death.

Sexual Content: During a sideshow performance, a woman dances seductively and removes her top. (Only her bare back is seen) Characters wear skimpy outfits for circus performances. A man looks at a book of naked women with stars pasted on their breasts. Sexual activity is briefly discussed using slang references to male anatomy. A married woman kisses an unmarried man. Later they are involved in sexual activity. (Bare backs and shoulders are seen along with passionate kissing.)

Language: The script contains just over a dozen profanities, including some scatological slang and terms of Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Frequent alcohol, cigarette and cigar use is depicted in this period piece. Characters appear to be drunk in several scenes. One man’s anger and suspicions increase when he is drunk. Men give alcohol to animals several times. A man suffers partial paralysis from drinking a liquor substitute. Prohibition is discussed.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Violence.
AB PG Violence, Not Recommended For Young Children.
MB PG Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Disturbing Content, Tobacco Use/Promotion.
ON G Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend.
QC G Not Recommended for Young Children.

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Water For Elephants...

Home Video Release: Water For Elephants

Release Date: 1 November 2011

Water For Elephants releases to home video on November 1, 2011, in the following formats:

Water For Elephants on Blu-ray and Digital Copy

- Feature Film on Blu-ray

-Digital Copy

- Robert Pattinson Spotlight

- Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon

- The Traveling Show: From Page to Screen

- Working Without A Net   The Visual Effects of Water for Elephants

- The Star Attraction

- Raising the Tent

- Secrets of the Big Top

- Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Writer Richard LaGravenese

- Theatrical Trailer

Live Extras

-Exclusive: Stars of the Circus

-Blu-ray Highlight: The Traveling Show: From Page to Screen

-Theatrical Trailer

-Live Lookup

-Digital Copy


Water For Elephants on DVD

-Feature Film on DVD

- Robert Pattinson Spotlight

- Feature Performer Reese Witherspoon

-The Traveling Show: From Page to Screen

-Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Writer Richard LaGravenese

-Theatrical Trailer

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Egbok321 says: Apr. 22, 2011

I took my 15 and 13 year old daughters to see the film today with same age friends. Having read the book previously I knew the more sexual content in the book had to have been addressed to obtain the PG 13 rating.  I did caution the girls about the possibility of cruelty to animals being evident and reassured them that the elephant actor was just that—a happy actor.
The lighting, music, beautiful settings and costume detail is what caught and held our attention as well as the very well told story.  Everyone loved it. The girls were most happy to learn their favorite vampire from the Twilight franchise is an accomplished actor in this happy ending story of triumph over tragedy.  Sexual content and language was on a par with network television fare.

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