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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive references

Sex & Nudity

  • You see a women undressing to get a dress on, only back of bra seen before a wall covers everything else, non-sexual
  • In the opening number, Daniela discusses how "He's in bed with Josè from the liquor store" and "she smelled sex and cheap perfume"
  • Occasional moderate strong crude and sexual lyrics include comedic references to 'condoms', a joke where a character asks 'Have you seen any horses lately then says, I heard you and Nina went for a row in the hay' and frequent innuendoes throughout.
  • Suggestive clothing throughout, no nudity but very strong sexual imagery in one very quick scene.
  • Comedic adult jokes that don't end up being dirty but are heavily referenced such as a character saying 'he's got a big...(pause)!'
  • There is a swimming pool scene in which girls wear bikinis and men wear swim trunks
  • Opening song sequence includes a montage that has condoms visible and is held by a minor.
  • During the club sequence, various characters say 'Let me interject some' which may go over young viewers head as it may be an implied sexual reference but it actually isn't.

Violence & Gore


  • 11 strong uses of "shit" as well as occasional uses of "damn" & "ass"
  • Strong impact language for a PG-13 film so don't expect it to be family friendly in terms of the sex and the language but on the themes side, yes. Just warned.
  • A use of "fawk" which could be an implied "fuck" to some viewers.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Infrequent scenes of drinking, characters are seen drunk with high facial expressions.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The blackout sequence may frighten viewers because people rush out of a club in total dark, pushing and trying to get out and find their friends.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • In "No Me Diga" Daniela mentions that Usnavi had sex with Yolanda, also this turns out to be a lie to get a reaction out of Vanessa
  • During "Carnival del Barrio" Daniela teases Benny about having sex with Nina (through an innuendo that'll pass over most kids heads) and they then taunt them with the k-I-s-s-i-n-g song like you would in kindergarten

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Nina discusses how she was racially profiled and searched as a burglarly suspect.
  • An elderly woman passes away from heat stroke complications due to lack of air conditioning during the blackout scenes.

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