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MPAA Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • An audio recording of a man and woman having sex is played from a telephone in one scene.

Violence & Gore

  • An explosion at a church is seen killing 5 young girls. Their bodies are seen laying in the rubble.
  • On the first March to Selma, 3 women 3 men are brutally beaten with clubs on-screen. A man is whipped by a cop. After the March various injuries are seen. There is a fair amount of blood on multiple people.
  • Violence is rough and very brutal for a PG-13 movie.
  • Violent scenes of people being brutally mistreated, stomped, kicked, whipped, beaten with police batons, exposed to tear gas, and even murdered. Faces brutally swelled up, crying in pain, bleeding, etc..


  • Two uses of "fuck"
  • "Nigger" and other racial slurs are used repeatedly.
  • Contains infrequent use of "Bitch", "Damn", "Hell", "Bastard", "Ass", "Shit", "Bullshit" and "Goddamn". "Asshole" is heard at least once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One instance of a character smoking a cigarette.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Multiple scenes that would be too frightening and intense for younger viewers not ready or mature enough to understand what was happening.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A peaceful protest is broken up by police and they start beating the protesters. Jimmie and his family escape into a diner. The 3 are beaten and Jimmie is shot and killed.
  • Two clergy men are beaten for protesting in Selma. The scene is dark and both men are beaten with pipes and crowbars. One of the men is beaten to death.

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