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Certification

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality
Certification

Sex & Nudity

  • A man licks his nipple to try and seduce some Catholic schoolgirls.
  • Romeo enters Juliet's room on their wedding night and they kiss. She removes his shirt, and he hers (she isn't wearing a bra, but only her bare back is seen). They kiss passionately, though all we see is his upper body and her back and shoulders.
  • The scene ends there, but the next morning they wake up naked in bed together (her bare back is seen again). He stands (barely covered by sheets, you see his naked thigh and side of his butt for a second) and puts on some boxers, and is seen in them for the rest of the scene. He gets on top of her and kisses her momentarily wearing only boxers -- his arms blocking any views of her breasts. The scene ends there.

Violence & Gore

  • Fireballs, gang shootouts.
  • A man is shot and falls, and there is some blood on his torso and face.
  • A woman shoots herself and there is some splattered blood on her face.
  • A man has his abdomen sliced open with a piece of glass
  • A car crash with two people getting hurt and blood on the asphalt.
  • Threatening with guns, vicious beating with punches and kicks.
  • For an extended scene, a few people are quite bloody (face, torso, clothing).
  • Guns are held to peoples heads a few times.
  • There is a very graphic shooting scene which is shown twice, once as a flashback. It is predominent to the film's story.

Profanity

  • While this is set in the modern era, the language is still entirely that of Shakespeare, so it is not accurate to describe this film as having any profanity.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • When Romeo's parents seek him out, he is seen sitting near the ocean, smoking a cigarette.
  • Lady Capulet smokes when she is getting ready for the feast.
  • One brief though very disgusting scene of explicit drug use. This drug abuse is not only featured by actual glorified. Mercutio offers Romeo a small white pill is meant to be understood as ecstacy. It blurs Romeo's vision during the party and he must go to the bathroom and douse his head in water to shake off its effects. Obviously, this was not in Shakespeare's actual play, and it seems to be added for absolutely no reason other than to just be gratuitous and obscene.
  • As Tybalt watches the Montagues leave the feast/party, he smokes cigarette.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Suggested re-rating: rated R for graphic violence, vulgar sexual content, and an explicit depiction of glorified drug abuse
  • Completely inappropriate for family viewing and use in the classroom. The 1968 version is much more highly recommended

Spoilers

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

Violence & Gore

  • The film's famous final double-suicide may be seen as glamorizing teen suicide. The teen lovers kill themselves (he poisons himself, she shoots herself) onscreen amid much tears, then after they are dead, they are lying tranquilly in a room full of candles.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Tybalt smokes at the gas station, which ends up setting gasoline on the ground on fire.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The last scene when Juliet shoots herself may be disturbing to some viewers.
  • The scene where Romeo kills Juliet's cousin Tybalt may disturb some viewers.

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