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18A(18A) Sexual Content, Substance Abuse


Drama/Biography. Based on the book by Jordan Belfort. A Wall Street stock broker (Leonardo DiCaprio) recounts his life of criminality and excess.

Content elements

  • Pervasive use of the sexual expletive and variations, some in a sexual or aggressive context; frequent use of scatological slang, sexual and ethno-cultural slurs, and vulgar expressions, many in an aggressive context
  • Frequent use of crude and descriptive sexual language and references
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand violence, some in a domestic context – little detail
  • Frequent, detailed portrayals of sexual activity – breast and buttock nudity
  • Frequent breast, buttock, and male and female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Pervasive and detailed portrayals of illegal drug use for recreational purposes

Thematic elements

  • Living to excess
  • The thrill of conquest.
  • The lure of easy wealth

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for pervasive drug use and frequent portrayals of sexual activity

Classification date

December 11, 2013

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