Search for a film

14A(14A) Coarse Language


Dir: Alexander Payne. Comedy/Drama. A cranky history teacher (Paul Giamatti) at a prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a student (Dominic Sessa) who has no family plans.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive, some in an aggressive context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent use of sexual language and references - no detail
  • infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand violence - no blood, little detail
  • Portrayal of an injury - no blood, detail
  • Brief breast nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Frequent portrayals of tobacco use in a recreational context; infrequent portrayals of alcohol and cannabis use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Unlikely friendships
  • Coping with loss
  • The families we make

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for coarse language and substance use

Classification date

September 21, 2023

Was this page helpful?

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.

Your submissions are monitored by our web team and are used to help improve the experience on