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MPAA Rated PG-13 for violent content and terror including disturbing images

Sex & Nudity

  • Other than a young child shown very briefly in a bathtub with no nudity, the movie is pretty much totally clean.

Violence & Gore

  • Cody gets punched
  • In some scenes of mild violence, the creature attacks people and absorbs them into its body. However, no details of injury and/or bloodshed are shown.


  • "Hell" is used quite frequently, but nothing more than that.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Main Antagonist, "The Canker Man", is quite frightening and may disturb and terrify some viewers, there are many appearances of him throughout the movie.
  • 'Before I Wake' is a horror film revolving around Cody, a young orphan whose dreams and nightmares manifest in reality as he sleeps. Terrified by his powers, his adoptive parents, Jessie and Mark, try to uncover the truth behind Cody's nightmares.
  • In the film, there are several scenes of horror where characters are attacked by a ghostly creature. The creature has a slightly disturbing appearance, with a skeletal figure and alien-like facial features.
  • Aside from this, there are other apparitions which appear occasionally throughout the film, with slightly ghastly features such as hollow eye sockets and cracked skin.
  • Overall, while there is some build-up of suspense and brief moments of violence, the depiction and portrayal of frightening scenes are not prolonged and/or overly detailed.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A little boy is shown drowning in a bathtub, this may disturb some viewers.
  • Tate gets killed by the canker man

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The Mom Drugs Cody So He Will Sleep.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The appearance of the family's dead son, Sean, can be frightening.
  • There is a pretty effective jump scare when Cody sits up after looking under his bed

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