Why is the movie Tetris Rated R?

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 1, 2023 (Last updated: March 13, 2024)
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Why is the movie Tetris Rated R? We discuss the age rating of the Apple TV+ movie and whether it is kid-friendly. 

Who remembers Tetris? It was at the forefront of video gaming addiction way back in the 1980s, with an incredibly catchy theme tune and brightly colored display.

I can’t imagine anyone out there who doesn’t know what Tetris is, mismatched falling Lego-like blocks falling relentlessly towards a base, with the player frantically rearranging their position so they fit together.

It made this game an international smash. Of course, they have made a movie about it. It looks at the background war that occurred over the intellectual rights to the game and the relationships that formed around it.

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Set against the backdrop of a cold war between Russia and America, the film almost feels like a thriller at points, but more surprisingly to some, the movie has received an R rating, and this article will answer why the Tetris movie has been rated R.

Why is the Tetris movie Rated R?

The film has been given the R Rating due to the language used in the script.

There is more bad language here than an Andrew Dice Clay stand-up, resulting in the controversial rating.

There are over 30 uses of the F word, making it unsuitable for family viewing and definitely not for children.

Why is the Tetris movie not kid-friendly?

The language and tone of the film make it not kid friendly.

It is pretty much the age rating and premise that makes it unsuitable, but to be honest, the political machinations of the characters and the actual story would probably not interest a younger audience anyway. Sonic The Hedgehog, this is not.

Is Tetris based on a true story?

Yes, the film is solidly based on real events surrounding the game. Directed by Jon S. Baird, Apple TV+’s Tetris follows Henk Rogers, a businessman based in Japan that owns Bullet Proof Software. Henk stumbles on the Russian game Tetris at a trade show in Vegas and buys the IP to release in Japan.

To further expand the game, he teams up with Nintendo, who are in the process of developing their “Game Boy,” Henk negotiates with them, offering the rights of the game for the handheld console. However, these things rarely run smoothly, and it is the twists and turns in the journey and the relationships that form because of the game that gives this film its hook.

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