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Still shot from the movie: Awakenings.


Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) is a middle-aged man who has been in a coma since he contracted encephalitis lethargica as a child. When Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is made responsible for his care, the man of medicine begins experimenting with different options that may help to awaken Leonard (and others suffering from the same malady) from a decades long sleep. This movie is based on a true story. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 19 Dec 1993
Video Release: 28 Jan 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Awakenings Rated PG-13?

Violence: Patients occasionally  thrash, scream or yell out. While not intentionally violent, these depictions may be too intense for younger viewers. A man is pushed to the ground by an angry patient. A patient is confronted by several people and carried back upstairs while trying to leave a medical facility.

Sexual Content: A man’s eyes follow a girl wearing a short skirt.

Language: The script includes infrequent profanities, terms of Deity and one use of a strong sexual expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Some smoking and alcohol use are depicted. High doses of prescription medicine are given to patients during a drug therapy procedure.

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