PG(Parental Guidance) Coarse Language


Drama. In the early 1970s, The Washington Post’s publisher (Meryl Streep) and editor (Tom Hanks) struggle with whether or not to print classified information found in the Pentagon Papers.

Content elements

  • One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang; infrequent use of cursing, profanity, and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent portrayals of gun and weapons violence in a war context - little blood, no detail
  • Frequent portrayals of smoking in recreational and historical contexts; infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Freedom of the press
  • Power and gender
  • Honesty, integrity, and responsibility

Classification rationale

Rated PG for coarse language and smoking

Classification date

December 14, 2017