St. Vincent

Everyone agrees this is not a film for the little ones, but within Canada and elsewhere there is mixed opinion about whether the parents need to be there.  Although Oliver is a child many can identify with, and despite the heavy handed Life Lessons delivered, it might be beneficial for a parent to explain why the solutions presented are not always the best – at least in the opinion of this parent. Fight Club is not an ideal model for conflict resolution, but at least it’s only in one of the two male bonding plots.

Rating concerns vary. Manitoba and Alberta are particularly concerned about alcohol and smoking, others are concerned about sex, and the MPAA is worried about everything. Like many films, St. Vincent entertains with pseudo rebellion and shock – the opening features a man having sex with a pregnant Russian prostitute – but keeps things milder than many other films, and still wraps up its multiple conventional plots and cliches with a reassuring conservative conclusion.

Area Classification Advisories
Maritimes pg  Language May Offend
Not Recommended for Young Children
Quebec general  Déconseillé aux jeunes enfants  
Ontario 14a Sexual Content
Language May Offend
Manitoba 14a Coarse Language
Substance/Alcohol Abuse
Tobacco Use/Promotion
Alberta pg  Coarse Language
Substance Abuse
Not Recommended For Young Children
British Columbia pg Coarse language
Sexually suggestive scene
MPAA (U.S.A.) PG-13 …for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language
BBFC 12A (under 12 requires adult accompaniment) …for infrequent strong language, moderate sex, sex references
Australia M (recommended for 15 and up) Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language

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