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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements including a brawl

Sex & Nudity

  • Some female characters in skimpy costumes.
  • The bearded lady has a large bust and cleavage that is on display a bit, sometimes while dancing-it is noticeable, but not sexual or gratuitous.
  • The trapeze woman wears daisy-dukes at one point and a few brief scenes show this off, but it is not sexual and isn't gratuitous.
  • A few kiss between a man and his wife.

Violence & Gore

  • Circus protesters and performers fight each other in a brief brawl.
  • A man is injured in a fire and does show some slight burn scars.
  • A man slaps young Barnum 's cheek.


  • A few uses of "damn" during the song "The Other Side"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Social drinking and smoking throughout.
  • One entire musical number is centered around excessive drinking. It is done in a comical style but may make some wince at the profusion of shots downed in a short period of time.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Many of the elements of the film, including mean-spirited protestors, the looks of the people in Barnum's show, and the unsettling atmosphere, can be slightly frightening, but the film is quite tame overall.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A married man finds himself in a newspaper scandal when a woman who is not his wife kisses him unexpectedly on stage. (She made advances on him before this, which he always rejected.)
  • A man gets into trouble with his wife after a woman that isn't his wife kisses him in public.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The circus theater catches fire and burns down.

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