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(I) (2019)

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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images

Sex & Nudity

  • Arthur is seen dancing around in his underwear in his bathroom in a nonsexual way.
  • A man and a woman kiss briefly and it is hinted they are about to have sex.
  • Arthurs journal contains photos of fully nude women that can be seen through the film.
  • Arthur bathes his mother. (Non-sexual)
  • There are mentions of sexual roleplay in relationships by a comedian. However, the scene cuts away before the joke gets graphic.
  • A billboard with an image of a woman posing suggestively can be briefly seen.
  • There is a pornography poster with a woman posing suggestively with the title "ace in a hole" (This is brief and very easy to miss)
  • In the scene where Arthur receives a call inviting him to be on Murray's show he is lying on his bed with his hand down his underwear implying masturbation. However, it is brief and in the background.
  • There are comedy jokes about sex.
  • Content Level: 3/10

Violence & Gore

  • A man is stabbed and killed with a pair of scissors, once in the neck and once in the eye (on screen, 3-5 seconds), before having his head repeatedly bashed against a wall off-screen. Very bloody and graphic, this is the most graphic scene of the movie.
  • A man is shot in the face at close range. Blood and brain matter splatter the wall behind him.
  • A man is hit in the face with a sign, thrown to the ground, and beaten by a group. No blood is seen.
  • This film has scenes of extreme graphic violence include stabbings and shootings, with accompanying bloody injury detail. While it's not excessively bloody and gory, it's incredibly realistic and takes on a highly disturbing edge. It's very in-your-face and unrelenting when it occurs, and it mostly happens for impact.
  • A woman is smothered to death with a pillow. Shocking.
  • A man walks away from a room with bloody footprints, implying that he may have murdered a person in the room.
  • People get shot in the face with guns, and blood spurts.
  • A man is hit by a taxi, but no injuries or blood are seen.
  • A man chokes a man with his bare hands from outside a fence. However, the man survives.
  • The violence in this film is extremely graphic, detailed and disturbing. It may not be frequent, but it gets stronger as the film progresses and when it happens, it is REALLY gruesome.
  • Content Level: 9/10


  • There are 25 uses of "fuck", as well as milder terms such as "prick", "asshole" and "shit".
  • Most of the profanity in the film is either spread out and infrequent. The profanity is mainly used in quick succession within emotional outburst or spoken under one's breath.
  • Content Level: 7/10

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of smoking and drinking in the film
  • Arthur Fleck is smoking in every other scene.
  • Arthur shows a reliance on medication to "fix" his condition. Many pill bottles are seen throughout the film, usually empty, already taken.
  • Content Level: 6/10

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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

Sex & Nudity

  • In a flashback it is revealed that Arthur Fleck was sexually abused as a child, as his mother would let men use him sexually and beat him physically while tied to a radiator. This information is just spoken but never shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Three men are shot to death on a train.
  • A man and a woman are shot dead in front of their child.
  • A man is shot in the head during a live show. Blood and part of his brains are shown splattering onto the wall behind him.
  • A man draws a smile on his face with his own blood.
  • Arthur shoots multiple people throughout the film and Blood is seen.
  • A man is shot by a police officer on a train. No blood is shown.
  • Two officers are brutally beaten by a mob of rioters on the subway
  • Arthur points a gun at his head at numerous points throughout the film. His first time "playing" with his gun, it accidentally goes off. Not violent but surprising.
  • Near the end of the film, another vehicle crashes into a police car Arthur is in. The crash happens quickly and no blood is shown while it happens, but when Arthur is taken out of the car, his nose is broken and bloody. He coughs out blood as he comes to..

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Scene of Arthur walking out of Sophie's apartment room while intense and uprising music is played indicating that Arthur may have just perhaps murdered Sophie. Ambiguous and intense.
  • The scene when Arthur kills his ex colleague in the apartment is unexpected and extremely shocking and upsetting. For more details look at the violence / gore section
  • Arthur smothers his mother after learning she abused and lied to him. This scene feels very lengthy and is extremely unsettling.
  • Near the end, Joker shoots Murray Franklin in the head on live TV. This Is extremely shocking and disturbing
  • While performing in a children's hospital, Arthur drops a gun in front of a group of sick children and hospital workers. This may be shocking and quite offensive to some viewers, although the tone of the scene is darkly comedic.
  • Arthur chases a man in a subway station and ends up shooting him multiple times. This scene is very disturbing.

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