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Parental Guidance(Parental Guidance) Mature Subject Matter


Dir: Stephen Chbosky. Musical/Drama. Based on the musical stage play, the book by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A socially awkward teenager (Ben Platt) finds himself at the center of a tragedy, after a letter he has written to himself is mistaken for another student's (Colton Ryan) suicide note.

Content elements

  • One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context; infrequent use of scatological slang, cursing, and profanity
  • Infrequent references to suicide - little detail
  • Brief portrayal of hand-to-hand violence in a bullying context - no blood or detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of alcohol use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Social anxiety and depression
  • Appearances versus reality
  • Coping with grief and trauma

Classification rationale

Rated PG for coarse language and mature subject matter

Classification date

September 14, 2021

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