Picture from Grease
Overall D+

In the summer of 1978, Grease was indeed "the word."Yet fans from that bygone era--who now are parents and even grandparents-- may find they have forgotten just how much sexual innuendo and poor role modeling is contained in this film-adaptation of a popular Broadway musical.

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

Why is Grease rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Grease is rated PG-13 for for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language.

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Sexual innuendo is throughout the movie, including double-meanings, crude slang terms, phrases and names for body parts, along with rude and sensual body movements are shown. As well, teen characters constantly discuss their involvement in sexual activity and one shows off the "hickies" on her neck. A teen couple is shown French kissing, fondling and moaning in the back seat of a car (it is implied other teens are also engaged in similar behavior). A couple discusses birth control, but decides to have sex without using it. Later, a teen girl suspects she is pregnant, but lies about the identity of the possible father. Another high school aged girl is shown necking with a thirty-something man she has been hitting on. Male students expose their posteriors in public and in front of TV cameras. A prankster spikes the punch at a party, while another pulls off a girl’s skirt. Teenaged characters smoke and drink alcohol, and talk their reluctant peers into doing the same. Violence consists of an accidental smack on the head causing disorientation, sports injuries, hits to private body parts (played for laughs), a food fight and an at-home ear piercing (implied but not shown). Rival gangs verbally threaten one another and do damage to each other’s cars. Teens participate in and bet on illegal racing (and a teacher from their school comes along as a spectator). It is inferred the students steal auto parts. Disrespect is shown for authority figures, which are portrayed as silly and/or old-fashioned. Language includes rude slang words, a couple of mild and moderate profanities, plus a hand gesture connoting a sexual expletive. Terms of deity are also used.