R-rated

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R +‎ rated. The R-rating (short for restricted) is part of the rating scale used by the U.S. film rating authority.

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R-rated (not comparable)

  1. (US, film) Of a motion picture, suitable only for adults.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      In movie terms, it suggests Paul Verhoeven in Robocop/Starship Troopers mode, an R-rated bloodbath where the grim spectacle of children murdering each other on television is bread-and-circuses for the age of reality TV, enforced by a totalitarian regime to keep the masses at bay.
  2. (by extension) Suitable for adults, especially due to involving excessive sexual, violent, or rude content
    • 2017, Jennifer S. Holland, For These Monkeys, It’s a Fight for Survival., National Geographic (March 2017)[2]
      A day’s notes are routinely R-rated. “Usually tense relationships are moderated by ritualized greetings and a genital grab,” she said.

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