Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving suicide, brief strong language and some suggestive reference

Sex & Nudity

  • Infrequent mild sexual innuendo about sex letters, rubbing nipples and moaning, getting hard and getting kinky.
  • All of the innuendo is featured in the songs.
  • A song lyric says 'I rub my nipples and start moaning with delight'
  • Song lyrics include mild sexual innuendo such as 'getting hard'
  • A character mimics another character saying "my sister is hot" although the character he is mimicking does not think this.
  • A character implies that two characters that are close aren't gay in a song.
  • A couple of shirtless teen guys with towels around their waists in a locker room.

Violence & Gore

  • No violence at all but there are several references to suicide.


  • 1 use of "fucking" in the context of a song and 4 uses of "shit"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One character does drugs before dying, and two of the songs mention this, as well as mentions of doing drugs and smoking pot.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Occasional verbal references to suicide although it is not seen visually.
  • A character attempts suicide by driving by a high speed and letting go of the wheel. She then decides that she doesn't want to by breaking at the red stop. (this could be interpreted by the director as only being in the characters head)
  • Several emotional intense scenes where characters are shown crying most notably during "Words Fail"
  • The discussion of suicide may be triggering or upsetting to viewers who have struggled with suicidal thoughts.


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

Violence & Gore

  • Can be triggering for children and adults. Several references to Suicide in a deeper way talking about their thoughts and plans. One scene shows an attempt at suicide jumping out of a tree.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Discussions about how Evan fell down a tree and fractured his arm.

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