Waking Ned Devine (1998) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for nudity, language and thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman are about to kiss, but they stop and the woman runs away.
  • An older man is shirtless in a few scenes, and is only wearing underwear in one.
  • Towards the middle of the film, Michael and Jackie are seen nude on the beach. Nothing graphic, just a glimpse of their pasty backsides.
  • Michael races to Ned's house on his motorcycle without any clothes on. Much of his body is seen but his groin is obstructed.

Violence & Gore

  • An older man is found dead and shown on screen, but there is no blood or gore. Another person say he believes the intestines are on the floor, but he is mistaken.
  • A man says he thought about punching another man.


  • The Lord's name is taken in vain several times, including 'God' and 'Jesus'.
  • Some minor name calling.
  • 'P*ss off' is said once.
  • 'B*tch' is said twice, although difficult to hear.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Wine is served and drank at a small house party.
  • Several scenes take place in a pub where people buy and drink beer.
  • A woman says she is hungover after drinking champagne with her friend the night before.
  • Two men say they are drunk.
  • A man lights and smokes a cigarette briefly.
  • A man smokes a cigarette while playing music.
  • A young boy smokes a cigar in a bar.
  • A young boy is given a small amount of alcohol to drink.
  • There are a couple of scenes where some characters take shots of whisky. Many parts of the film involve drinking a beer, usually in celebration.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some very mild emotionally intense scenes.
  • The car accident may be intense for some viewers, but is meant to be somewhat humorous.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A woman is knocked over a cliff when the telephone booth she is in is hit by a car. The impact of the booth hitting the ground is shown, but no gore.

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