R(Restricted) Sexual Violence


Crime/Drama. Based on the play by Tracy Letts. In contemporary Dallas, a small-time drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) concocts a plan to cash in on an insurance policy by hiring a contract killer (Matthew McConaughey), but his choices soon affect his entire family.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, some in a sexual or aggressive context; frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, cursing, sexual language, and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, most in a brutal context – blood, detail, and impact
  • Portrayal of sexual assault – detailed injury and suffering, no nudity
  • Brief portrayal of sexual activity – female frontal nudity, some detail
  • Frequent breast, buttock, and female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Infrequent portrayals of and references to illegal drug use – some detail

Thematic elements

  • The attractions of crime
  • The limits of desperation
  • Family loyalties
  • Deception and betrayal

Classification rationale

Rated R for brutal and sexual violence

Classification date

July 31, 2012