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Overall B-

Newsies is a musical film about New York newspaper boys who, after having the cost of their papers raised by a tenth of a cent (the film is set in 1899), decide to organize and go on strike.

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

MPAA Rating: PG for mild violence.

Why is Newsies rated PG?

Official MPAA Rating: Newsies is rated PG for for mild violence.

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable for members of your family. We also encourage you to check our full review and our movie information page.

Because of the frequent musical numbers in this movie, violent depictions may seem less serious, even though there are a lot of them. Child laborers are at the mercy of their adult employers. Children are bullied, threatened verbally and attacked with physical force (adults pull out chains and clubs to beat boys). Boys retaliate with slingshots, punches and kicks. A boy is on the run from a prison warden who takes advantage of his position at the children’s penitentiary that he oversees. Some youth are incarcerated. Police turn a blind eye to injustices or are part of the crowd that tries to physically restrain the youth. Teens threaten and push around a girl and her younger brother. Teens fight and one boy uses iron knuckles as a weapon. An adult character tries to bribe a youth. A boy is held against his will. Characters steal and lie.

Sexual Content:
A vaudeville performer dresses provocatively and sings some sexually suggestive songs. A young woman is unsure if there are sexual intentions when two male assailants threaten her and push her around.

Infrequent use of mild profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Teen boys smoke cigarettes and cigars. A ten-year-old says he drank beer. Drinks, that might be alcoholic, are served at a restaurant.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A