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Contains mild sex and sex references


In the beginning there is a teen boy and a teen girl kissing. Hazel makes a comedic remark about this.

A teen girl kisses a teen boy on the cheek and they both say, "I love you" later.

Gus talks about how he's in a circle of virgins, which seemed like he was hinting to Hazel he wants to have sex.

Gus and Hazel kiss in a few scenes.

No nudity in this film.

Contains brief medical gore and archival Holocaust imagery


Gus calls Hazel at night from a gas station and begs for help; she drives there and finds him unable to move from his driver's seat and when he raises his shirt we see a large red infected area around a chemotherapy port; he cries and coughs up yellow and red phlegm as she calls 911 and EMTs load him into an ambulance with flashing lights (we do not see him as a patient, but when he comes home, he needs a wheelchair and the girl pushes him in it in a few scenes).

An 18-year old ex-basketball player is in remission from his osteosarcoma, but had lost one leg from the knee, down; we see the artificial limb several times and once the boy shows it to a man and says, "I didn't have this (leg) removed for the hell of it."

Video clips of WWII German wagons filled with dead bodies under tarps play in a display (we see some feet) in the Anne Frank House museum.

Gus and Hazel go to Gus's house where they meet his parents and descend some stairs that make her breathe heavily and on the wall is a sign with silhouettes of a cow and a car hitting head-on.

Issac throws a fit and is seen violently breaking trophies. This is more comical because it's in the background of Hazel and Gus having a normal conversation despite the rage in the background.

Contains one use of strong language

8 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, and 11 religious profanities (e.g. Oh my God, Oh God, God).

Name-calling (weird, crazy, loser, failure, monster, mean, evil, sick kids, drunk, douche-pants and stupid.)

Stereotypical references to physicians, teenagers, children with cancer, parents, support group leaders, Americans, Christians, temperamental authors, alcoholics, fickle girlfriends and virgins and exclamations (Oh gosh.)

Contains mild references to smoking, drug use and light alcohol consumption


Augustus buys cigarettes, and "doesn't smoke" them. He says it's a metaphor and that "you put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, and never give it the power to kill you." (So he "smokes" unlit cigarettes) He has one in his mouth on a plane and he is told to put it away.

Hazel and Gus drink champagne.

Hazel is seen taking multiple drugs for medical use.

It is heavily implied that Van Houten is an alcoholic.

There is a brief innocuous reference to illegal drug use.

Contains terminal illness theme and emotionally intense scenes


The overall theme of the film is a little heavy: disability, cancer, death, etc. But it is dealt with in such a way that it's suitable for young adults.

The scenes where Hazel and Gus are seen in pain from cancer can be intense.

[spoiler]When Augustus dies, it is a very emotional moment in the film.

While the film is a love story and has many happy, funny moments, the whole film keeps you on the edge of your seat, especially when people who haven't read the book get the suspicion that Gus or maybe even Hazel is going to die. When people find out that Gus dies, it's very intense the way it's presented, especially because it's presented unexpectedly.

Overall content: 20/50

It is PG13 but I would give it a 11+ unless they know someone with cancer, in which case this movie might be difficult for them to watch as a young person.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language

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