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Parents Guide for
Matilda (1996) More at IMDbPro »

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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

Sex & Nudity: 2

Matilda's father refers to two men as "male strippers" and "bodybuilders". The former is very hard to hear, but most people will, and the latter is shouted. PG

Violence & Gore

Violence & Gore: 6

A girl is thrown by her pigtails; she just clears a spiked fence (and lands in a field of flowers). PG

A boy is thrown out a second-story window by the school principal. PG

The principal throws darts at pictures of students on a dartboard on the back of a door. A woman opens the door just as a dart hits the doorjamb near her face. PG

The principal uses some sort of stick in the movie and points at the children with it. PG

A mean woman often threatens children, chasing them, grabbing them. PG

Children throw food at the mean principal. G

The violence in this movie is bloodless but still quite mild for younger children.


Profanity: 4

1 use of "hell," and at least one minced oath. PG

Miss Trunchbull calls the children at the school a lot of horrible names, such as "piss-worm," "pig," "twit," and "squirming worm of vomit." PG/PG13

Mr. Wormwood and Matilda's brother also call names and insults at Matilda. PG

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 2

Harry and Zinnia are occasionally seen drinking beer. In one scene, their son, who looks to be about 11 or 12 years old, tosses Harry a beer from across the room. PG

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 6

The cruelty and verbal/physical abuse of Miss Trunchbull is very overexaggerated. Younger viewers may find the scenes where Trunchbull confronts, terrorizes and bullies the students as frightening and/or intense. She is a very lintimidating, large, loud, and often violent person.

Matilda is mistreated at home. Her parents and older brother clearly don't care about her. Her parents start leaving her home alone all day, starting when she is about three years old, forcing her to make her own meals and fend for herself.

In her office, Miss Trunchbull throws darts at a target that has children's pictures on it.

Miss Trunchbull locks children in "The Chokey," which kind of looks like a coffin and is tall enough to stand in. Nails are sticking out of it, and hot steam pours out of it.

When a child eats two M&M's in class, Miss Trunchbull forces him to spit them out, and then she literally throws him out the window. It is said that he lived, but he was injured.

Miss Trunchbull forces a heavy child to eat an entire chocolate cake in one sitting, while all the other children sit and watch in horror. The depiction of the heavy child, with chocolate all over his face, becoming sick as he gorges down an entire cake might make children sick to watch.

Miss Trunchbull is eventually revealed to be Miss Honey's evil aunt. When Miss Honey's mother died, her father asked Aunt Trunchbull to move in and help out. Aunt Trunchbull was sweet to Miss Honey when the father was around, but any other time, she was cruel to her. Later, Miss Honey's father was found dead, and the police ruled it out as a suicide. Things were pretty rough for Miss Honey when Aunt Trunchbull took over their beautiful house and continued to treat Miss Honey horribly, but once Miss Honey grew up, she became a teacher, got her own place, and was finally free from Aunt Trunchbull's evil reign. After Miss Honey tells Matilda this story, they both acknowledge that they don't believe the dad really killed himself, and it is heavily implied that Miss Trunchbull actually murdered him (although it is never said explicitly like that.) An event at the end of the movie suggests that Miss Trunchbull is guilty of the murder, but again, nobody comes out and says anything.[/spoiler.].

A very intense scene where Miss Trunchbull goes on a murderous rampage when she finds out Matilda and Miss Honey are in her house.The scene doesn't necessarily contain violence, but the actions of Miss Trunchbull may frighten younger viewers.

Miss Trunchbull is frightened by a black cat (she is superstitious) and kicks it into the air. The cat is shown to be okay, but it may still frighten younger viewers.

Total Explicit Content: 18/50 MPAA:Rated PG for elements of exaggerated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language

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Rated PG for elements of exaggeRated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language

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