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(I) (2017)

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MPAA Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • A preteen boy kisses a teen girl and she kisses him back.
  • It is implied that one of the kids was abused by her father.
  • A young man grabs his crotch to taunt the Loser's Club
  • The kids throw away their schoolbooks and of them says it's the best feeling ever. One of the boys replies "Try tickling your pickle for the first time," which is a metaphor for masturbation
  • When they go swimming in a lake, they strip down to their underwear and splash around.
  • Elsewhere, a girl scrawls "loser" on someone's cast.

Violence & Gore

  • We see several sheep being killed with a bolt gun.
  • The monster is hit in the face by a poker. His face is distorted and somewhat grotesque. He then turns his face and hits a boy in the abdomen (this part is not really seen).
  • Pennywise is shown nibbling on and waving a child's arm. No blood is seen.
  • A 13 year old child's stomach is clawed showing some claw marks.
  • The characters open a door and see the upper half of a body hanging in a room. It is very graphic and pretty terrifying
  • A girl is in the bathroom when she hears a voice from the sink, seconds later blood shoots up out the sink getting everywhere
  • All in all, the violence is not as graphic as other R rated horror movies nowadays, with many violent scenes actually occurring offscreen, however blood is prevalent especially in the aftermath scenes.
  • Arguably, IT's most graphic moment takes place in the movie's opening minutes and involves poor, doomed Georgie.
  • When the boy reaches into a storm drain to retrieve his boat from the lurking Pennywise, the clown's rat-like teeth suddenly turn into rows and rows of fangs.
  • He bites into the boy's arm, and the next thing we see is the little lad-missing an arm-frantically trying to crawl away from the drain.
  • That's just the beginning of the grotesque horrors awaiting us.
  • A monstrous mouth clamps down on someone's face, leaving behind bloody tooth marks.
  • He doesn't make it: He's pulled in, leaving behind a roadway stained by blood and rain.
  • A man gets stabbed in the throat with a knife, and his blood coats his body and the chair he sits in.
  • Someone breaks an arm in a fall, with the arm wrenched into a sickening angle.
  • A friend painfully sets the arm later.
  • Henry literally carves the first letter of his name into someone's belly, and later he nearly plays target practice with a cat.
  • Mike, a member of the Losers' Club, works with his grandfather in a meat packing plant that apparently processes sheep.
  • We see one animal shot in the head with a bolt gun (a small spray of blood accompanies the act); other sheep are killed in the same way just off camera.
  • Dead people-either truly walking dead corpses or creations born of Pennywise's bag of tricks-shamble through the movie in all their stalking grotesquery.
  • One such manifestation looks like a leper, with parts of his face eaten away.
  • Other zombie-like beings haunt the sewers.
  • Blackened hands reach out from a door, as if trying to escape an inferno below.
  • We briefly see the top half of a body (apparently bisected) hanging from chains but still alive.
  • A headless boy chases someone.
  • An old photo shows a boy's severed head lodged in a tree.
  • People get thrown around.
  • Supernatural entities are hit and skewered repeatedly.
  • A child is apparently shot in the head with a bolt gun.
  • Beverly is attacked by her father.
  • Someone falls from a tremendous height, never to be seen again.
  • A man is hit in the groin and, later, coldcocked by the lid of a toilet tank.
  • He lies on the bathroom floor, either unconscious or dead, with blood pooling around his head.
  • People pelt each other with rocks, sometimes leaving bloody marks on their foreheads.
  • Members of the Losers' Club make a pact that involves cutting their palms with a piece of glass and holding each other's hands.
  • We learn that Derry has been the scene of unimaginable tragedies in the past, including an Easter-morning blast that killed 102 (including 88 children).
  • A 13 year old child is bullied by older children, who cut the letter 'H' into the kids stomach with a switchblade. (Out of focus)


  • A use of a religious but Mild profanity in the edited version.
  • Young boys use foul but, mild language in normal conversation.
  • 83 uses of the F-bomb
  • We hear plenty of bad language here. Worse news: Almost all of it comes from the mouths of children.
  • The f-word is used about 40 times.
  • The s-word is uttered nearly 25 times.
  • God's name is misused twice, Jesus' name three times.
  • We also hear "a--," "d--n," "h---," "t-ts" and "f-g."
  • We see at least one obscene gesture.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A Girl Or Even a Boy, assumed to be less than 13 or 1 steals cigarettes and later used. One Of The Kid Or One Of The Person is briefly Not showing Smoking Cigarettes.
  • While her friends swipe medical supplies from a drug store, Beverly makes off with a pack of cigarettes.
  • A bully smokes.
  • Beverly's father is shown drinking sometimes-a regular habit for him, the movie suggests.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Pennywise distorts himself and moves in unnatural ways. Some of this is quite comical, however.
  • The end of the climactic fight scene is very heartbreaking and bittersweet.
  • There Is A Scene Where Pennywise's mouth and hand is ripped open showing Mantis or Werewolf like skin
  • Bill's main priority throughout the movie is that he'll find Georgie alive and well, despite both his father and Richie telling him otherwise, many scenes involving this can be emotional.
  • In reality. There's only about 30 minutes of onscreen violence in the 135 minute run-time. Which isn't a whole lot. At the same time, the movie is a psychological horror. So if you're not afraid of any of the things that the characters are afraid of. You're not going to be very scared while you watch this if at all.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • It's implied that a father is molesting his daughter. He attacks her at one point, grabbing her by the ankles. She escapes.
  • Fours of the boys and Beverly stand in their underwear on a cliff to dive into water; the boys wear only briefs, Beverly wears a bra that shows cleavage, with underwear.
  • Richie makes a lot of inappropriate jokes about sex, heritage, and others in the group
  • Beverly, the only female member of the Losers' Club. For years, she's been the victim of vicious rumors at school, accusing the girl (all of 13 years old) of sleeping around.
  • But Beverly later tells Bill that the rumors aren't true: She's only kissed one boy.
  • While that may indeed be true, she also seems to hide an abusive secret: incest.
  • While the film never explicitly tells us that Beverly's father has sexually assaulted her, everything we see suggests as much.
  • Her dad repeatedly asks Beverly if she's still his "little girl," stroking her hair and shoulders.
  • She obviously fears him.
  • And Beverly's father also asks her whether she's doing "womanly things" with the boys she's hanging out with, then throws her to the ground as if attempting to rape her.
  • Beverly is an object of fascination for the other Club members as well.
  • And afterward, when Beverly lies sunning herself in a bra and panties, the boys stare at her-as much in wonder as lustfully-when she's not looking.
  • Both Bill and Ben have crushes on Beverly: Ben writes her a brief love poem, and both wind up kissing her. (She returns the kiss of one.)
  • It's worth noting that Pennywise capitalizes on what people fear the most. And the film may suggest that Beverly fears turning into a woman (perhaps because of her father?).
  • While her friends are chased by clowns or leprosy victims, Beverly is attacked by blood and hair shooting out of her bathroom sink drain (possibly representing the harbingers of adolescence).
  • When she confronts Pennywise itself, his mouth opens impossibly wide and turns into a massive, toothy slit-perhaps a visual echo of the myth of the vagina dentata.
  • Boys in the Losers' Club frequently make obscene, sexually charged jokes about masturbation, the size of their anatomies, their sexual experiences or prowess, and the supposed promiscuity of one another's mothers.
  • Beverly flirts with a very old, creepy pharmacist-distracting him while her friends make off with some needed medical supplies.

Violence & Gore

  • Georgie reaches into the sewer for his paper boat, Pennywise opens a slobbering mouth with five rows of sharp teeth, biting his arm off (No injury detail seen); the boy tries to crawl away, but is pulled into the sewer.
  • Beverly hides in her bathroom from her father who tried to rape her, and she hits him on the head with the toilet tank lid (he is seen lying in a large pool of blood later.)
  • Pennywise has a pole hit in his head; his face becomes disfigured. No blood
  • Henry receives a box in the mail containing his lost switchblade that he uses it to stab his sleeping father in the neck but it is a bit out of focus and no injury detail and little blood is shown
  • A man attacks his daughter, she hits him over the head with a vase, causing him to bleed mildly and possibly die. (not shown)
  • Georgie (Pennywise in disguise) is shot in the forehead with a bolt gun.
  • Henry is pushed down a well to his supposed "death" not shown.
  • A child is seen with a monster attached so his face, with blood pouring from both sides.
  • A bully is seen slitting his father's throat while he sleeps, there is some blood shown.
  • A girl is grabbed by a black string substance, she is pulled close to the sink, blood sprays out into her face and covers the whole bathroom. It is obvious the father can't see it and the girl is only seeing it, as it is not really there.
  • The gang killed Pennywise by throwing stones at him, at some point part of his brain was missing, so then he fell down for the grand exit.
  • On the opening scene, a 7 year-old boy gets his right arm ripped off my Pennywise after trying to get his boat back. He screams and yells in pain for help. He is dragged back to the sewers, to his death. The scene is frightening, scary and sad.
  • Bill and Richie enter to a dark room. Bill turns the switcher on, only to find a missing girl (Betty Ripson) hanging on her hands, with her legs ripped off.
  • As Pennywise tries to attack, and kill Bill & Richie, Beverly stabs his face with a pole, making him to change the appearance of his face, showing big sharp teeth and demonic eyes. The new appearance is distorted and so grotesque. He then scares the group and laughs like a maniac. Frightening and scary.
  • Henry murders his father by stabbing him in the neck with a knife.


  • In addition, A teen girl is called a ''Slut'' a couple times.
  • Lots of curse words, used by kids and adults alike. Including inappropriate hand gestures (putting up the middle finger).
  • Two middle finger But The Only One finger on the hand on a Finger Back gestures (one of the person)
  • A girl puts up a middle finger but it was cut In The Edited Version.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are many scary jumpscares. They usually happen at the least expected time.
  • In one scene after Pennywise gets stabbed In the eye he turns around with his mouth ripped open showing a little bit of IT and pairs of sharp teeth can be seen, then he rips his hand open with sharp spider like claws.
  • The Only Scene Is Projector About The Things Have Come. As Bill Turns To Get Scared That It Was Georgie. It Means Pennywise's Coming Out Of The Wall By The Projector.
  • IT changes its form according to the children's fears multiple times throughout the movie including dead Georgie, a deformed leper, a headless boy, werewolf claws, mummy, praying mantis arms, deformed flute lady from a painting and most importantly, Pennywise Projector.
  • Before being dragged to his death, Georgie is shown crawling on the road with his remaining arm, He cried for Help, Calling For Help, He Needs Help To Get Bill. This can be emotionally disturbing and upsetting to viewers.
  • Bill finds Georgie hiding behind a well. He walks over to Bill, lacking an arm and holding his paper boat, crying that he wants to go home. At the end of their conversation, Bill shoots Georgie in the forehead. It turns out afterwards that "Georgie" was merely a form of Pennywise's.
  • After defeating Pennywise, Bill finds Georgie's coat among the pile of missing children's belongings, confirming his death. He breaks down sobbing as he finally accepts Georgie's death, with his friends hugging him for comfort. This is a very emotional scene.
  • Georgie gets his arm attacked by Pennywise and starts crawling away screaming for help, Henry kills his dad when he's sleeping with a knife in the neck then blood goes everywhere
  • In The Edited Version There are some mild bloody images, It May Not Be scary to those who find clowns Not Creepy Enough.

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