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MPAA Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug material and language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Shots are fired at a party. People are running away in fear, but no blood is shown
  • After Starr's friend said that Khalil's hairbrush looked like a weapon in his hand, Starr became so angry that she attacked her friend with her friend's own hairbrush.
  • Multiple REAL images of victims of racial violence are shown as a character scrolls through her Tumblr blog. Very disturbing.


  • 2 uses of "fuck," 1 use of "holy shit," 12 uses each of "shit" and "ass," 6 uses of "bitch."
  • "Nigger/nigga" used by a rapper on end credits song.
  • When Starr and Khalil are driving together, there is a rap song playing on the car radio and the word "motherfuckers" is heard in the song.
  • 2 fully heard f bombs. There is another f bomb in a rap song. Also, at the end during the credits, 2-3 f bombs are bleeped.
  • Instead of saying the f word at some points, they use eff.Ex: The Hate U Give Little Infants Effs Everybody.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People are seen buying and selling drugs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie touches on very heavy topics, especially racism.
  • Police Officers are seen throwing people onto the ground and throwing tear gas at them during the riots. This is very upsetting
  • The disfigured face of Emmett Till may frighten some viewers.


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

Violence & Gore

  • However, within 20 minutes of this, Khalil is fatally shot by a cop. It is very sudden, there is blood, and he dies right in front of the main character, Starr.
  • In a flashback, the main character's other friend Natasha is killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her when they were 10. We never exactly see the impact but we see the bullets coming out of the gun.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A drug lord/gang leader beats up his girlfriend's son (Starr's half-brother Seven). The beating is off-screen but we see Seven with blood on his shirt and a bloody rag on his nose.
  • Khalil's death scene is very sudden, long, emotional, and hard to watch, not to mention that he dies right in front of his best friend Starr.
  • The climax can be intense. Armored cops blocking the road shoot peaceful protestors, including Starr and Seven, with teargas bombs and hit them with batons. Starr and Seven escape to Maverick's grocery store to get milk as a pain reliever for their eyes, but after they do, they get trapped inside by an arsonist.
  • After Starr and Seven escape the grocery store, a stand-off occurs between King (the drug lord/gang leader that had beaten Seven), two cops, and Starr and her family. Starr's 7-year-old brother holds the two cops at gunpoint, whereupon the two cops do the same. Starr steps in front of her brother. Everyone stands in silence for a moment before the guns are finally put down. The whole sequence is tense, though no one is hurt and King gets arrested.

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