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MPAA Rated R for strong language including some sexual references

Sex & Nudity

  • No sex or nudity; some sexual references made by Fletcher and by various students.

Violence & Gore

  • A man plays the drums quickly and gets an open callus. Instead of stopping, he puts on a bandage and keeps playing. Blood seeps through the bandage, and the man puts on more bandages.
  • Fletcher throws objects, including a chair and a cymbal, and slaps Andrew in the practice sessions.
  • Fletcher is verbally abusive to his students.
  • Drumming involving bloodied hands. Drops of blood can also be clearly seen on drum sets. In one scene, Andrew dips his injured hand in a bucket of ice water and it becomes quite bloody.


  • Some religious profanities: "goddamn" and "Jesus Christ".
  • Much of the language is used by Fletcher, who frequently swears, though Andrew uses some, too.
  • 100 uses of "fuck". Constant uses of "shit", "damn" (along with adding God), and "God" or "Jesus".
  • 1 use of "cunt", 3 uses of "cocksucker"
  • Other uses include "shit", "prick", "faggot", "pussy", "dick", "pansy", "bitch", "ass", "damn", "hell", "tits", etc

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The only part in the movie with alcohol is Fletcher drinking a little bit in a jazz bar.
  • Some mild drinking involved.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some of the scenes in the film can be very intense and unexpected for sensitive viewers.
  • Although a music-themed film, the film is extremely intense throughout as well as emotional. In particular, Fletcher's treatment of his students is incredibly disturbing, to the point of outright cruelty, and will upset some viewers.


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

Violence & Gore

  • While rushing to get back to a competition, Andrew ends up in a car crash, leaving a mild bloody scar on his head and still bleeding from the crash.
  • The death of one of Fletcher's students is briefly described in two scenes: while Fletcher says he died in a car accident, a counselor at the conservatory says he hanged himself.
  • After Fletcher tells Andrew he's out of the band, Andrew tackles him.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The car crash may surprise viewers.

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