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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 great deal of innuendo. Mainly sexual comments and song lyrics that adults will notice but will probably go right over a child's head (such as "the chicks will cream" and "gang-bang").

Three teenage boys moon a TV camera, and you see male butts briefly while some people watch the show.

Drive-in scene includes "making out" with lots of sensuality. At the drive-in, Danny (John Travolta) drapes his arm around the teenage girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and gradually lowers his hand until he grabs her breast. Then, he forces her into a horizontal position against her will. She struggles out from under him and storms out of the car. She slams the door on him with his crotch right behind it, and he gets a pained expression

A teenage couple have sex in the backseat of a car (no nudity is shown). They pause when his condom breaks but have sex anyway. Her suspected pregnancy is mentioned many times throughout the film.

In the dances, characters refer to making out, making thrusting movements. Lots of skirt lifting, too.

In a song, one girl makes fun of another girl's virginity. ("Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, lousy with virginity/Won't go to bed till I'm legally wed..."). Later in the same scene, the girls open their legs, revealing panties (no nudity). The girls also shake their behinds but in a fun non-sexual or romantic way.

In the bonfire/pep rally scene, a boy grabs a girl's butt.

Violence & Gore


Despite attempts and warnings to cause a riot, none on screen.

Danny tries to fight other guys whenever he fails at sports tryouts.



There is one F-word (it is spoken in Italian - pronounced "Fongool"), in the song "Sandra Dee."

"Pussy wagon", "shit", and "tit" were used in the song "Greased Lightnin'".

A man tells a woman to "bite the weenie."

A woman asks a man if he's going to "flog your log." (slang for "masturbate")

A few other vague sexual terms and comments.


Teenagers smoke and occasionally drink.

At a slumber party, four teenage girls drink champagne from the bottle.


Two young men race with cars. One attempts to hurt the others chances of winning using dangerous mechanical objects coming off the car. Not very frightening, but something to mention. However, Danny definitely wins the race, as the movie, just makes him the protagonist and everything fun in black and white.


When Grease was first released, the PG-13 rating did not exist and, not deserving of an R rating, the MPAA gave it a PG. In 2010, an edited version was released with lyrics and onscreen decorations; this release was given a PG-13.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language (sing-a-long version)
Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Belgium:KT / Brazil:12 (re-rating) (2014) / Brazil:Livre (1991) / Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) / East Germany:(Banned) / Finland:K-16 (original rating) (1978) / Finland:K-12 (re-rating) (1978) / France:U / Iceland:L / Ireland:PG / Ireland:PG (sing-a-long version) / Netherlands:AL / Norway:7 / Norway:12 (1978) / Peru:14 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (tv rating) / UK:PG (Sing-A-Long version) (2010) / UK:PG (Blu Ray rating) (2009) / UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1998) (2008) / UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (1998) (2003) / USA:PG (No. 25098) / USA:PG-13 (certificate #46185) (sing-a-long version) / West Germany:12

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