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MPAA Rated PG for quirky situations, action and mild language

Sex & Nudity

  • Cleavage throughout movie, shows person in shower on television scene
  • A chocolate statue of a bare-breasted female is show close up for a few seconds a couple of times.
  • A New York model serves as a chocolate-clothed merchandise display and is seen in lingerie for a couple of seconds once divested of her chocolate dress.

Violence & Gore

  • We hear sounds of gunfire from Mike's video game.
  • A girl practicing martial arts punches and kicks two men several times knocking them both clean out as a result.
  • A large pack of squirrels surround a girl and attack her. Whilst holding her limbs down, they drag her towards a garbage chute. She shouts out for her father and can barely move; she then also scratches the floor as it is the only thing she can do. The squirrels throw her down the chute and later do the same thing to her dad.
  • Giant cannons shoot large pieces of candy which explode at targets


  • Name calling such as "nincompoop" ,"brat" and "jerk"
  • One "hell"
  • A child uses the word "retard" in one scene.
  • Some fat jokes are made, which doesn't really count as profanity, but some viewers may consider it offensive.
  • In addition, one of Charlie's grandfathers is assumed to be cussing during one scene, and Charlie's father covers his ears to ensure that he doesn't hear. The audience doesn't hear it either, because the audio is turned off on purpose while the grandfather is ranting. We can only see his lips move, so any negative language is just implied.
  • Willy Wonka calls one of his sweets a "little bugger".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Veruca Salt's mother is portrayed as being very "out of it". It is implied that she is a heavy drinker, and when her daughter is throwing a tantrum in one scene, the mother rolls her eyes and drinks a glass of Martini. However, the woman is not seen or mentioned at any other time in the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The whole premise of the film is very dark and frightening.
  • Willy Wonka has a couple of flashbacks throughout the film, the first and third one can be pretty frightening for younger children. In the first flashback, we see Willy Wonka when he was a kid, and he's wearing a scary dental mask, and when Wonka's father throws his Halloween candy in their fire place, the fire turns a different color. In the third one, Willy Wonka comes home on a stormy night and discover that his house has disappeared. These two of the three flashbacks can be really frightening for really young viewers.
  • The film as a whole is a lot darker than the 1971 original, which is no surprise as this film is directed by Tim Burton.
  • Generally speaking, the movie is unusual, and a lot of odd things happen that wouldn't necessarily occur in real life. It also has a generally dark, eerie look to it. Some children might be uncomfortable while watching it, even though it is only a fantasy.
  • Various old-fashioned mechanical toy figures of children (seen as part of an introductory bit to the factory) suddenly catch on fire. Some are engulfed in flames, and one of them even has its eyes fall out, which might be unsettling for younger kids. From a distance, we later see the puppet hospital and burn center. All of this is mainly for laughs, but it is creepy-looking and could be categorized as "dark humor".
  • Frightening things happen to four of the five children, because they behave poorly and fail to do what is asked of them. One of the kids falls into a chocolate river and is sucked up by a tube that is too small for him. Another child turns into a blueberry and blows up several times her size. The third child is attacked and dragged away by squirrels, who throw her down a garbage chute, and the fourth child is shrunk down to the size of an ant. This can be scary for children, along with the scenes where those children are leaving the factory and do not look like themselves. Especially when Mike Teavee comes out of the factory very long, flat and 3 times the height of his already tall dad.
  • In general, Willy Wonka tends to be very creepy and strange in both appearance and personality. Depending on the individual child, some younger audiences might be afraid of him. The Oompa Loompas can be frightening, too.

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