18A(18A) Sexual Content


Romance/Drama. Based on the novel by E.L. James. An inexperienced college student (Dakota Johnson) becomes the object of desire for a mysterious billionaire (Jamie Dornan) who wants to take control of her life.

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of the sexual expletive, some in a sexual context; infrequent use of detailed sexual language and references
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity, most in a context of BDSM - breast and buttock nudity, some detail
  • Infrequent female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context

Thematic elements

  • Compromise in relationships
  • Power and the need for control
  • Naivety and experience

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for portrayals of sexual activity in a BDSM context, and for some detailed sexual language

Classification date

January 30, 2015