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MPAA Rated PG for violence, mild language and some thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • A comment is made that there are cameras in the showers, prompting one boy to worry about the female warden watching him. Another boy then jokes that they're cameras and microphones, not microscopes.
  • After seeing the schoolhouse in flames, a desperate Miss Katherine runs to Greenlake's sheriff, seeking his help and protection. Instead, she discovers that he is drunk. He grabs her and tries to force her to share a kiss with him.
  • There is a joke about not focusing on the dangers ahead, but to focus on how a girl would look in a bikini.

Violence & Gore

  • A stagecoach turns over; three dead men in open coffins are shown.
  • A woman abruptly shoots the town sheriff (off-screen), killing him.
  • In the act of a racial hate crime, a black man is shot in an extreme wide shot.
  • A boy cuts his hands on the edge of a shovel (some blood is shown).
  • Three boys get in a fight and one boy is choked but not killed.
  • A boy whacks a man with a shovel and the man is knocked out (some blood is shown).
  • A man tells a boy not to move and points a gun in his direction. He then shoots a lizard.


  • There are two uses of "damn", one use of "jackass", three uses of "hell", three uses of "crap", and seven religious exclamations.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • It is revealed that Mr. Sir has given up smoking and the Warden later says she liked him better when he smoked. He is later shown smoking a cigarette.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Boys are forced to dig holes; this may be intense for some viewers.
  • A boy is bit by a rattlesnake, this may be frightening for some viewers.
  • A woman commits suicide by putting a poisonous lizard to her arm and allowing it to bite her. This may be intense for some viewers.
  • There is a town riot; a black man is being persecuted to be hanged. The schoolhouse is set on fire and the man's mule is found dead. The man attempts to escape but is eventually shot in the back. This may be intense for some viewers.
  • A boy is trapped in a hole with poisonous lizards tries to escape. He is unable to escape. This may be intense for some viewers.

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