‘Deadpool’ gets ‘R’ rating for ‘strong violence, sexual content and graphic nudity’

Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed anti-hero hits cinemas on February 10

As was widely expected, next month’s Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds has been rated ‘R’ in the US.

R stands for “restricted”, meaning anyone under the age of 17 will only be admitted to a screening if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. It is roughly equivalent to an 18 rating in the UK.

Deadpool receives its ‘R’ rating from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) for “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity”, all of which had been hinted at in the various trailers.


The long-awaited film is set to arrive in cinemas on February 10. Ryan Reynolds is flanked by a supporting cast that includes Haywire‘s Gina Carano, former Homeland actress Morena Baccarin and Silicon Valley star TJ Miller.

Visual effects specialist Tim Miller, whose CV includes creating the opening sequence for 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, makes his directorial debut from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the creators of US hoax-based comedy series The Joe Schmo Show.

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The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”