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

Sex & Nudity

  • Arthur's journal contains photos of fully nude women that can be seen through the film. The photos are scribbled on, somewhat blurry, and briefly seen. It is very difficult to spot nipples or anything else, although nudity is obvious it's easy to miss
  • There are mentions of sexual roleplay in relationships by a comedian. However, the scene cuts away before the joke gets graphic.
  • 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, also easily missed.
  • There are no sex scenes in this film. The pornography images are shown briefly and not in any close-ups, some can be hard to notice on first viewing.
  • Arthur bathes his mother. Only her bare shoulders and back is shown.
  • Arthur comes to his neighbor's place and kisses her.

Violence & Gore

  • 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 violence including stabbings and shootings, with accompanying brief injury detail. While it's not excessively bloody and gory, it's extremely realistic and takes on a disturbing edge. It's in-your-face when it occurs, and it mostly happens for impact.
  • A man walks away from a room with bloody footprints, implying that he may have murdered a person in the room.
  • A man is shot in the head at close range, blood and brain matter sprays back.
  • A man chokes a man with his bare hands from outside a fence.
  • A man is shot by a police officer. No blood is shown.
  • Thomas Wayne punches Arthur in the face, no blood.
  • Arthur chokes Alfred Pennyworth but eventually lets him go.


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

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.
  • Three men are shown drunk in the subway and annoy a woman.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Joker develops a very sick and demented sense of humor towards the film's culmination, and as such, some of his actions and statements can be extremely off-putting for some viewers.
  • Some scenes of violence are unexpected and can be shocking.
  • Despite this essentially being a "comic book" film, it is incredibly violent, nauseating and disturbing.
  • The Joker's make-up can scare some viewers, especially those who suffer from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.
  • This film is incredibly hardcore and disturbingly violent, and it's not for the squeamish nor the faint of heart.
  • The film's tone is relentlessly dark and is designed to leave the viewer exhausted & in despair by its denouement.
  • There are scenes in this movie that are really intense and some viewers may find them scary.
  • Arthur rides on an elevator with a man on a stretcher who is jerking about violently under constraint and appears to have suffered from severe burns. This scene is very brief and the injury detail can easily be missed.


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

Sex & Nudity

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

Violence & Gore

  • A man is stabbed with a pair of scissors, once in the neck and once in the eye (on screen for 3-5 seconds), before having his head repeatedly bashed against a wall. He is still alive up to a certain part of his head being bashed, but he dies and the aftermath is gruesome. Very bloody and graphic.
  • A man falls on the floor and is kicked repeatedly by three men until he pulls out a handgun and shoots one man in the chest (we see blood and matter on the walls), another man in the head (blood sprays) and the third man in the leg (blood pours from the wound); the shooter follows the wounded man out of the train and shoots him two more times until he is dead.
  • A woman is smothered to death with a pillow (out of frame). Very shocking.
  • A man and a woman are shot dead in front of their child.
  • A man draws a smile on his face with his own blood.
  • Two officers are beaten by a mob of rioters on the subway.
  • 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..
  • Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne are shot in front of their son Bruce
  • Arthur kills 3 men on the subway. Moderate amount of blood.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 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.
  • Throughout the film, Arthur is constantly tormented by Gotham's society and as a result, he becomes more and more unhinged and chaotic until he becomes the titular character, the notorious homicidal supervillain known as the Joker. His descent into madness is chilling, and he starts killing people out of revenge for what they did to him. This is emotionally upsetting.

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