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14A(14A) Violence, Disturbing Content

Synopsis

Dir: Paul Schrader. Drama/Thriller. A former soldier turned gambler (Oscar Isaac) takes a young man (Tye Sheridan) under his wing, hoping to discourage him from seeking revenge against the man (Willem Dafoe) he holds responsible for his father's death.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions
  • Frequent portrayals of weapon and hand-to-hand violence, most in a torture context - little blood, some disturbing detail
  • Infrequent buttock and male frontal nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity - no nudity
  • Frequent portrayals of alcohol and tobacco use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Reconciling the past
  • Coping with trauma

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for nudity and violence in a torture context

Classification date

August 23, 2021

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