14A(14A) Disturbing Content, Coarse Language


Drama/Horror. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris. An FBI trainee (Jodie Foster) receives assistance from Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a serial killer (Ted Levine).

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive, some in a sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions; infrequent use of sexual references and language – little detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence – some blood and detail; frequent references to and portrayals of the aftermath of violence – corpses, blood, and disturbing detail
  • Brief portrayal of sexual activity -- buttock nudity, some detail
  • Infrequent male frontal and breast nudity in a non-sexual context

Thematic elements

  • Commitment and determination
  • Gender in the workplace
  • Power, control, and identity

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for disturbing violence, coarse language, and some sexual content

Classification date

August 19, 2019