Fences parents guide


Fenced in, or fenced out?

Overall B-

An African America father (Denzel Washington) struggles to know what things to protect and what things to defend against in the changing world of 1950s America.

Release date December 25, 2016

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

Why is Fences rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Fences PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.

Run Time: 139 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Fences rated PG-13? Fences is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.

Characters complain about racial prejudice and unequal opportunities. Past domestic abuse is described. Tension between a father and son evolves into a physical altercation that threatens to end in serious injury or death. A man with mental illness is teased, bullied, taken advantage of and placed in a hospital. Characters confess to stealing, lying and doing time in prison. Death from childbirth is mentioned. Characters engage in verbal arguments. A mother smacks her child.

Sexual Content:
Characters engage in banter that includes sexual references and innuendo. Infidelity, adultery, minors having sex and sexual abuse are mentioned. Children born out of wedlock and families composed of step-siblings are also discussed. A married couple embraces, kisses and flirtatiously wrestles. Men are seen in underwear.

Frequent use of mild and moderate cursing. Infrequent use of scatological slang and crude expressions. Ethno-cultural slurs are heard pervasively.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Frequent portrayals of alcohol use, often to excess. Character’s smoke infrequently.

A character turns to religion to find peace during a difficult time.

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

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News About "Fences"

Cast and Crew

Fences is directed by Denzel Washington and stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson .

Fences is based on the 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Fences movie is March 14, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Fences
Release Date: 14 March 2017
Fences releases to home video (Blu-ray/Digital HD) with the following extras:
- Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
- The Company of Fences
- Building Fences: Denzel Washington
- Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
- August Wilson’s Hill District

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Denzel Washington stars in other films about racial prejudice, such as The Great Debaters and Remember the Titans.

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