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MPAA Rated R for some strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • An illustration of a breast is seen on a real movie poster, non-sexual. One character is said to be a transvestite and there is some brief mild sexual dialogue.
  • Ed Wood is seen wearing women's clothing.
  • A boy briefly grabs Vampira's breasts during a movie premiere.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman throws household items at her boyfriend including glass items and comically chases him around with a frying pan. Distraught partially from drug abuse, a man attempts suicide with a revolver, but he doesn't go through with it. The same character is seen with track marks on his arms from said drug abuse.
  • A giant rubber octopus prop falls from the ceiling and lands on a man, they think he is dead but then he gets up.
  • Mainly played for laughs.


  • Fairly strong language. 7 uses of the 'f' word, a few uses of "shit", "cocksucker" and "asshole" and several uses of "goddamn". Other mild profanities throughout the film.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes with a fake octopus may be scary to younger viewers. But's pathetically fake so it really isn't scary at all.
  • Overall okay for 15+ due to the adult themes.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating R: for Mature Thematic Material, Crude Suggestive Humor & Strong Substance Use


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Implied use of morphine, the needles are shown and the pain of it. A character is seen quitting morphine "cold turkey" in a padded cell, screaming in pain. . People are seen smoking (keep in mind this was before cigarettes had warning labels) and drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where Bela Lugosi holds a revolver to his head preparing to commit suicide and asking Ed Wood to come with him is extremely intense, but he doesn't go through with it.
  • The scene when Dolores throws stuff at Ed might be a little intense, but is meant to be funny.
  • A scene of Bela Lugosi in rehab after quitting morphine "cold turkey" screaming in pain might disturb viewers.
  • The entire movie is about a man who is a transvestite. The situations exploring that detail, such as him making a movie about transvestism , and doing a strip-act in drag might be a little uncomfortable for those who are sensitive to that subject.

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