Black or White parents guide

Black or White

Family isn't just black or white.

Overall B

Eloise (Jillian Estell) has been in the care of her grandfather (Kevin Costner) ever since the death of her mother. But when her grandmother pass away too, the other side of her family, namely Grandma Rowena (Octavia Spencer) petition for custody rights, exploiting their racial divide to help their case.

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

Why is Black or White rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Black or White PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight. Note: Originally rated R for "brief strong language"

Run Time: 121 minutes

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Why is Black or White rated PG-13? Black or White is rated PG-13 by the MPAA on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight. Note: Originally rated R for "brief strong language"

Violence: Characters discuss a man’s past jail time for criminal acts. Two men, one drunk and the other high on drugs, clumsily fight with one another. One character has a knife. Another character is hit over the head with an object and begins to bleed. A man falls into a swimming pool and begins to drown. A man is accused of bribery.

Sexual Content: A man comments about noticing women’s breasts. Unwed pregnancy and sexual relations between a minor and an adult are mentioned.

Language: The script contains one use of a strong expletive in a non-sexual context. Frequent uses of scatological slang, vulgar expressions, profanities and ethno-cultural slurs are also included, along with some crude dialogue and terms for anatomy.

Alcohol / Drug Use:A character repeatedly turns to alcohol to deal with grief. He is depicted as inebriated on several occasions, but does choose to hire a driver rather than get behind the wheel of his vehicle. Another character is shown smoking illegal drugs with a group of men. There are several discussions about his past drug use.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence, Drug Use.
Alberta PG Substance Abuse, Language My Offend.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Children. Coarse Language, Substance/Alcohol Abuse.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend, Tobacco Use.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Black or White"

Cast and Crew

Black or White is directed by Mike Binder and stars Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Black or White movie is May 5, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Black or White
Release Date: 5 May 2015
Black or White releases to home video (Blu-ray/Digital Copy) with the following extras:
- Shades of Gray: The Making of Black or White
- Theatrical Trailer
Exclusive HD Content
- Kevin Costner Featurette
- Family First Featurette

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Another family faces divisions when they assume the care of their mulatto niece, in Belle. Octavia Spencer also stars in The Help, a tale of racial prejudice faced by black domestics.

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