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Overall A-

Based on a true story, Freedom Writers follows the efforts of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), an inexperienced high school teacher who is forced to change her lesson plan when faced with a classroom full of racial intolerance and gang violence.

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language

Why is Freedom Writers rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Freedom Writers is rated PG-13 for for violent content, some thematic material and language

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Living in gang-run neighborhoods, the students in Ms. Gruwell’s freshman English class (along with the viewers) are exposed to gunfire, drive-by shootings, and domestic abuse as well as the ruthless beatings and bloody murders of friends and family. Teens carry guns to school and fights break out in classrooms and on the grounds. Footage from the Rodney King riots and clippings of the Holocaust are also shown. Adults have alcohol with dinner and one couple drinks during an emotionally upsetting discussion. The script also contains profanities, ethno-cultural slurs and the use of one sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

Freedom Writers
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language. Violence.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children. Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video PG