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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic material

Sex & Nudity

  • A mother who is concerned that her daughter isn't dating asks her if she desires other girls. One woman thinks another woman won't be her friend because she is pregnant by the woman's former boyfriend and that she had sex with him before their breakup. This is brought up a couple times.
  • Shows a women's feet and legs in a sexual way. Shows two women undress and in their under garments.
  • Celia's husband sneaks up behind her and passionately kisses her, saying how "hungry" he is.

Violence & Gore

  • Minny is (implied) constantly assaulted by her husband, and we see Minny avoiding a plate being thrown against a wall. Aibileen is on the phone and hears the rest of the struggle (offscreen).


  • 4 uses of go***mn
  • 1 abuse of "Jesus," 7 instances of "sh--", 2 uses of "g--damn", 1 use of "a--hole". A dozen or more uses of "n----r".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Virtually everyone, Skeeter included, smokes. And in a self-conscious wink at people's attitudes toward smoking during that era, Skeeter's boss says, "I guarantee you one day they're going to figure out that cigarettes kill you."
  • Social drinking is almost as frequent as the smoking. Many scenes picture (white) people downing mixed drinks or martinis. A would-be-suitor for Skeeter is obviously drunk, and he keeps ordering shots. Celia is likewise inebriated at a socialite event, and is sick (off screen). Hilly drinks and drives in one scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie depicts how African Americans were treated in the Civil Rights era. This is upsetting and very offensive.
  • A scene where a woman spanks her child without good cause may be disturbing, though it is not actually shown on camera.
  • The scene where a maid is arrested for stealing may be very intense.
  • The final scene is very emotional and intense.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A woman is arrested for stealing a priceless ring from Hilly. She is dragged forcefully by cops, pushed onto the hood of the cop car, and beaten with a nightstick while Hilly and her young son watch. The camera cuts away just before the stick makes impact. We hear of a man shot and killed by the KKK, and we see Aibileen run for her life for fear of getting shot.
  • Celia has a miscarriage, and we see her on the bathroom floor, a brief image of (a lot) of blood between her legs, as she screams. She later buries the child in her front yard, with her other miscarriages. She has never told her husband.


  • Minny recalls how she put her own fecal matter in a pie, and fed it to another character and told her to "eat my shit.9

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman miscarries a child and blood is shown briefly. It is shown being buried. This may be upsetting for some viewers.
  • A scene where a woman eats a pie with human feces in it. However, it isn't known at the time, and is played for comedic effect.

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