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Dead Poets Society

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 01 Jun 1989
Video Release: 17 Jan 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Dead Poets Society Rated PG?

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 Traditional values and teaching methods at the school are depicted as outdated and restrictive.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.

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