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14A(14A) Violence, Not Recommended For Young Children


Dir: Guillermo Del Toro. Drama/Thriller. Based on the novel by William Lindsey Gresham. A down-on-his-luck carny (Bradley Cooper) becomes a successful mentalist who swindles the wealthy.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, some in a sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand, weapons, vehicular, and gun violence - blood and some gory detail; portrayal of a suicide - no detail; portrayal of violence against animals - blood and gory detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity - no nudity, little detail
  • Brief male frontal nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Frequent portrayals of tobacco use in a recreational context; infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context; infrequent references to illegal substance use

Thematic elements

  • Power and control
  • Greed
  • Hubris

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for violence

Classification date

November 25, 2021

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