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Overall B-

There is something different about Mr. Keatings (Robin Williams). Not only does he not see poetry like any other teacher they have ever had before, but he also won't let his students look at life the same way they have always done before.

Violence C
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: PG

Why is Dead Poets Society rated PG?

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Discipline and rigid rules are part of the atmosphere at the boarding school. Still the boys manage to smoke and occasionally drink in the dorms and the cave. Adult are also shown smoking on several occasions. Despite the “Boys Only” policy, they sneak a pair of girls to a club meeting. The boys briefly discuss sex and make some sexually suggestive comments. Teens drink and kiss passionately at an unsupervised house party. A couple of fist fights result in bloody noses and one student receives a beating with a wooden paddle after breaking school rules. Although the suicide is not shown, viewers hear the shot and see part of the dead body. Traditional values and teaching methods at the school are depicted as outdated and restrictive. Numerous profanities and some terms of Deity are also included in the script.

Dead Poets Society
Canadian Movie Ratings
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British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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