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Parents Guide for
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Teenage boys look at a Playboy magazine centerfold of a nude woman. Her breasts are seen a few times.

There are several instances of innuendo and direct mentions of sex. Mention of masturbation.

One party scene of teen couples making out. They kiss passionately while sitting , and this continues when they are lying on top of each other on the floor (clothed and mostly off-screen).

At one point, a character is punched in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

A character shoots himself in the head, but it is not shown.

A boy is paddled on his bottom by the headmaster of his school in punishment for "speaking out of turn". Sensitive children might find that upsetting to see.

Six uses of "sh--", 2 "G-damn", a few "damn". One of the characters says "Puck you".

There are teenagers smoking throughout the film

There are several scenes involving underage drinking

There is a scene where a main character commits suicide with his father's gun. It is not shown, only implied, but the emotional tension during and after the scene is high.

The ending scene (Keating's farewell) is very emotional.

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material

Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Brazil:12 / Finland:S / Iceland:L / Japan:PG12 (2016) / Netherlands:AL / New Zealand:PG / Norway:11 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) / South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (1999) (theatrical re-rating) (2016) / South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1990) / South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) / Spain:13 / Sweden:11 / UK:PG / USA:PG (certificate #29797) / West Germany:12

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