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

Sex & Nudity

  • There are a few sexual references during a comedian's stage routine. Nothing graphic and meant to be funny.
  • Very briefly, in the background of one scene, a character is seen lying in bed with a hand down his pants. It's blink and you'll miss it, and no movement is shown either .
  • Arthur comes to his neighbor's place and passionately kisses her. Scene lasts about 5 seconds.
  • In Gotham (though actually New York) there are a few posters/ signs advertising strip clubs. However, they're only seen in the background of scenes set outdoors.
  • A woman is shown bathing. No nudity. There is no sexual intention in this scene.
  • A few drawings and pictures of naked woman are quickly shown when a notebook is being flipped through. Due to the fast movement of the flipping, the pictures are pretty blurred.
  • A picture of a naked woman is shown briefly. It shows full frontal nudity of the breasts but it's blink and you miss it
  • Arthur shown in underwear not sexual
  • Arthur and his neighbor have a relationship but only dating and kissing is shown. Arthur stalks her at the begining of the film and doesn't face consequences as the girl is fine with it which might be a dangerous idea to put into kids minds

Violence & Gore

  • At the beginning, Arther is jumped by some kids. He's knocked to the ground, and they kick him.
  • A few stabbings and shootings, with brief injury detail. While it's not excessively bloody and gory, it's in-your-face when it occurs, and is mostly used for impact.
  • The violence in this movie is pretty tame and there is really only one brief bloody scene.
  • A man and a woman are shot. We later see their bodies lying face down with no blood.
  • A man is shot by a police officer on the subway. No blood seen.
  • Joker draws a smile on his face with blood
  • Violence is a theme throughout most of this film, people are shot in the head on a few occasions, with blood splattering. It's not quite horror film levels, but some scenes are particularly shocking.


  • 25 uses of "fuck", and 15 uses of "shit", as well as milder terms such as "prick" and "asshole".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Arthur Fleck smokes frequently throughout the film.
  • Arthur takes medications that have been prescribed for his mental illness.
  • Three men are shown drunk in the subway.
  • The main character smokes a lot and takes medication. However, neither are used in violent or abusive ways.
  • Some very brief drinking in the backround at a stand up comedy performance. A bottle of alchohal is shown in a bag but isn't drunken on screen

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This is an incredibly dark, serious movie. It revolves around a man who is mentally ill and has a condition where he laughs uncontrollably, even in serious situations. Throughout the movie, he gains a sick twisted sense of humor that revolves around death and chaos.
  • Throughout the movie the main character is constantly tormented by society and mistreated by pretty much everyone he comes into contact with. He is punched in the face, kicked at while being helpless on the ground, and called names. All of this inspires him to dress up as a clown and become a criminal.
  • Joker looks malnourished throughout the movie


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

Sex & Nudity

  • It's implied joker's releastionship with shophie was a hallucination

Violence & Gore

  • Arthur stabs Randall twice then hits his head against a wall.
  • A man falls on the floor and is kicked repeatedly by three men until he pulls out a handgun and shoots one man twice in the chest (we see some blood spray on the walls), another man in the head, and the third man in the leg.
  • Arthur's mother is smothered with a pillow (out of frame).
  • A man walks away from a room with bloody footprints, implying that he may have murdered a person in the room.
  • Two officers are beaten by a mob of rioters on the subway.
  • Near the end of the film, another vehicle crashes into the police car Arthur is in. The crash happens quickly; when Arthur is taken out of the car, his nose is bloody. The two officers in the front seats aren't moving (it's unclear if they are dead or just unconscious).
  • Arthur shoots Murray twice during a live talk show, blood sprays onto a wall behind the victim; people scream and run.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Arthur learns that his mother suffered from delusions and that she allowed him to be physically abused by her boyfriends. It is mentioned briefly that one time as a child he was found tied to a radiator.

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