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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


A woman showers. No nudity is shown -- she is only visible from the shoulders up.

A man and woman are dressing in a cheap hotel room before getting back to work, obviously in the midst of an affair. Both are half-dressed -- the woman in her bra and the man shirtless.

A man watches a woman undress through a peephole, but no nudity is shown. We see her in old fashioned undergarments.

Violence & Gore


A woman gets stabbed to death with a butcher knife while showering. The scene itself, however, is only mildly brutal. The attacker delivers multiple blows to the victim, but no stab wounds are shown and the scene is very quick. Nudity is suggested, and special-effects blood (which was actually Hershey's chocolate syrup) can be seen running down the drain. The girl finally collapses onto the floor, her dying gaze fixated on the audience, and we witness the aftermath of the murder in real time.

Later on, a man is stabbed once reaching the top of a stair flight. We only see, however, special-effects blood on his face. He tumbles backward, landing on the floor, his assailant following to finish the act.

Later, during the film's climax, there is a brief struggle between two men in which one hits the other over the head with a vase in order to flee.

Near the end of the film, a dried corpse is found, but not fully shown.





Two men joke about drinking.

A man smokes.


Psycho is somewhat suspenseful and disturbing. It has an eerie feel to it during a few moments. The stabbing scenes, however, are not considered as scary today as they were in the film's original 1960 release. Also note it's in black-and-white.

Many critics and viewers have speculated that if the film was made today it would be a strong PG-13.


Suggested MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and terror, disturbing images, brief partial nudity, and mature thematic elements.

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