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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

(Theatrical version) Rated PG for Violence, Some Language, and Frequent Smoking


Dally asks Cherry if the same "beautiful" red hair she has is the same on her, then stops, and then after a second says eyebrows, which may be a sexual reference, but the joke is semi-hard to get so she doesn't answer.

At the beginning of the film, ponyboy and his friends go to see a "beach movie" where onscreen characters are frequently visible in bikinis and other swimsuits. This was considered "eye candy" at the time the story was taking place.

Boys are shown twice in their underwear.

The back of a woman's skirt is pulled up by a greaser to reveal her underwear. The shot of the underwear lasts about a second.

Several women are referred to as fine or beautiful

Violence & Gore


(PG-13 version, which is called "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel")

There is a big fight at the end where people are shown punching each other in the face, throwing opponents on the ground and kicking them, and slamming each others faces into mud.

A boy pulls out a switchblade and the screen fades to red, then you see a dead boy with blood around him.

3 boys go into a burning church to save some kids and when one is hit with a falling piece of wood and is knocked out, but saved. Later in the movie you can see him with 3rd degree burns in a few scenes.

A boy is shot multiple times by police and is killed.

A boy is jumped and threatened with a switchblade by a gang, and they poke the blade into his neck. You can see mild blood on his neck.

Two drunk boys hold another boys head into a fountain and try to drown him. He survives.

A boy dies after being burned.

A boy threatens another boy with a broken bottle and a switch blade.

A boy is yelled at and hit by his brother.



sh*t and son of a b*tch said once each, a few bastards and damns, a good amount of hells and rare uses of wiseass, 3 times Jesus Christ. In one scene a boy sticks out his middle finger but it is hard to spot if you aren't looking for it.


Teenagers, some as young as 14, smoke constantly and occasionally drink beer. Teenagers are shown drunk. Lots of references to drinking/being drunk. Cigarettes are called "cancer sticks" by a teen on one occasion.


Two intense/sad deaths of major characters. The movie's overall tone, however, is fairly idealistic.

The murder of someone in a rival gang plays a large roll, please note the death looks fake.

Overall content estimation-25/50

Appropriate for kids 12 and up.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, teen drinking and smoking, and some sexual reference (edited version)
Australia:M / Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 / France:U / Iceland:16 / Norway:16 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:PG / UK:12 (director's cut) / USA:PG (#26736) / USA:PG-13 (edited version) / USA:PG (theatrical rating) / West Germany:12

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