The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking

Sex & Nudity

  • Benjamin is at a brothel. He goes upstairs with a woman. He then goes into a room and closes the door. Sex is implied but not shown. No nudity
  • Some conversations about sex.
  • It is stated that the main character has sexual relationships with several women at one period.
  • A woman dances with several men and kisses one. Zero nudity.
  • No nudity in the entire movie . Only sex references.
  • It is implied a man sleeps with an older woman. Nothing in shown on screen.
  • No on-screen sex. Only implied sex scenes that are not shown on-screen. No sounds are also heard. Only doors closing.
  • Benjamin begins an adulterous relationship with a married woman. They both go inside a room(sex implied). The scene stops here.
  • Men and women practice and perform ballet wearing revealing, tight costumes.
  • Only 2 implied sex scenes and sex references in the movie. Zero nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • Near the beginning of the film, a World War I battlefield is shown. Several soldiers are shot in the chest and head with blood splattering. The action is shown running in reverse and isn't too gory.
  • A woman is hit by a car but the impact is not shown. She is seen lying motionless in the street, and we see her bruised body in a hospital (she doesn't die).
  • A woman's bedsheets are bloody after delivering a child and she dies after a brief conversation.
  • Death is a common theme of the movie and it is implied that old people die regularly in an old age home.
  • A man talks about being struck by lightning 7 times several times. In a humorous way, we see each strike.


  • H*ll is said at least 5 times. *ss is used.
  • The Lord's name is taken in vain.
  • Two uses of "fuck" (one said by a child), five uses of "shit", and some lighter profanity (such as "dick"). There's also a slur aimed at people of Japanese descent.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People drink while celebrating in the streets.
  • A captain drinks on his boat.
  • Men smoke and drink in a bar in different scenes.
  • A man and woman drink from a bottle while walking down a street at night.
  • A woman smokes in a restaurant.
  • A woman smokes in a hospital and is told smoking is not allowed.
  • Various alcoholic references. Benjamin gets drunk and vomits all over the floor

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Death is a big part of the movie.
  • There is a brief war scene that is very intense and results with the death of many sailors.
  • One character is hit by a car.
  • Towards the end the hurricane gets really bad, may upset some viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and a woman undress each other (no nudity), kiss, and lower onto a bed. Sex is implied.

Violence & Gore

  • Captain Mike's tugboat comes under fire during WWII. We see dead bodies float in the water, and the tugboat violently crashes into the ship. We see Mike with several bloody bullet holes through his torso.
  • A woman falls down a flight of stairs while pregnant, and we see blood near her open legs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • At the end of the film, Benjamin Button dies as a baby (he simply closes his eyes). This can be very upsetting for viewers.

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