14A(14A) Sexual Content, Coarse Language


Drama. The publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, Howl is tried for distributing obscene material.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive, in sexual and non-sexual contexts; frequent use of scatological slang and vulgar expressions
  • Frequent use of coarse sexual language
  • One use of a sexual slur
  • Portrayals of sexual activity
  • Portrayal of birth—some detail
  • One portrayal of breast nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Infrequent portrayals and references of illegal drug use for recreational purposes
  • Frequent portrayals of tobacco use

Thematic elements

  • Challenging community standards
  • Defining and interpreting literature
  • Conformity versus free expression

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for sexual content, substance abuse and coarse language.

Classification date

December 21, 2010