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Molly Thomson
March 03, 2018 8:45 am

There’s a reason R-rated movies require viewers to be at least 17 years old (or to be in the presence of a parent or guardian). While PG-13 ratings can include mild nudity, profanity, or violence, R-ratings often take all three up a notch, featuring blood, excessive profanity, or sex scenes that might be upsetting to young teens. I, Tonya is no exception.

According to its IMDB page, the 2018 Oscar-nominated film is rated R for “pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity.” More specifically, as anyone who has seen the dark comedy knows, it has disturbing and graphic domestic violence scenes, a liberal use of the “F” word, and brief sex and strip club scenes.

I, Tonya shows topless women wearing tassels on their nipples, a sex scene, gunshot wounds, domestic violence including with a knife, and serious profanity (the F-word is said about 120 times). Still, it’s easiest to understand the film’s R-rating by reading an excerpt of this detailed New York Times review.

For some of us, it’s upsetting even to read a paragraph describing so much physical abuse, much less watch the film — so I, Tonya‘s R-rating seems entirely appropriate.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 4th on ABC at 5 p.m. PST.

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