The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior

Sex & Nudity

  • A photo is seen of a trucker kissing a woman.
  • A boy asks his mom about HIV/AIDS.
  • Some hand-holding, mild kissing and hugging.

Violence & Gore

  • A young boy shoots a rifle at a can tied to a cat's tail. The cat is unharmed.
  • A clip from an old western, in which a man is shot twice (no blood), is shown on a TV.
  • A goat is tangled in a barbed-wire fence, a lot of blood is shown.
  • A rattlesnake is shot with a rifle.
  • A man chases and grabs a boy, but he breaks free.
  • A woman slaps another woman. A man punches another man, giving him a bloody nose.
  • A snapshot is seen of a soldier pointing a machine gun at an Arab man's head.
  • A bruise is seen on a boy; his trucker friend tells him he needs to see a medic.
  • A security guard threatens a boy.
  • Mentioning of a boy accidentally shooting himself in the head.
  • Beetles are seen impaled on sticks.
  • A dog vomits up corn husks.
  • Taxidermy animals are seen.
  • A woman tells her son to call another girl "fat" and to bully her.
  • A teacher belittles a ten-year-old child in front of his peers to embarrass him.


  • Swear words - Rats Ass, Shittin, Shit, Oh Little Shit, Fuck (2x), Mother Fucker
  • Slang Word - Crap (2x)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man drinks whisky. A woman drinks wine and becomes very drunk and abusive.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A boy is threatened by a rattlesnake, shown in 3D closeup.
  • A boy displays extremely reckless behavior including getting into a truck with a PTSD-afflicted man, jumping from trains, climbing on moving farm machinery, hiding under trains, running away from home and breaking into private property.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie is centered around the tragic accidental death of a family member, which is described in a long emotional speech, but not shown.

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