The Circle parents guide

The Circle

Can too much sharing become a bad thing?

Overall C

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) thinks she is the luckiest person alive when she lands the job of her dreams at a high-tech company called the Circle. But as she moves into the immersive environment of the new workplace, she finds her life outside the campus and her privacy within beginning to disappear. Soon she is wondering if the communal philosophy may not be her worst nightmare instead

Release date April 28, 2017

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

Why is The Circle rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Circle PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use.

Run Time: 109 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Circle rated PG-13? The Circle is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use.

A character, without a life jacket, paddles a kayak and is tossed into the ocean when the boat capsizes. Characters break minor rules and trespass. Some mild teasing, public shaming and serious bullying are portrayed. Police tackle and handcuff a fugitive. Citizens harass a private individual. A car chase leads to an accident, and fatalities occur. Mob mentality and incitement are depicted. Personal privacy is violated. Characters are suspected of selfish and/or malicious motives.

Sexual Content:
A married couple engage in sexual activity, and are shown in bed together with the woman straddling the man. When images of this event are shown on the internet, some sexual discussion ensues. Other sexual references and innuendo are heard.

The sexual expletive is used once in a non-sexual context. The script includes infrequent use of scatological slang, mild and moderate profanity, crude words and terms of deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters often drink alcohol at social events and backyard gatherings. Some medical procedures are shown and medication is ingested.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse and Sexual Language, Sexual Content.
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
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Cast and Crew

The Circle is directed by James Ponsoldt and stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan.

The Circle is based on the novel by Dave Eggers.

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