Hereafter parents guide


Overall B

Death may be an inevitable destination for all, but how we deal with grief is an individual journey. In Hereafter, an American psychic (Matt Damon), a French journalist (Cécile De France) and a London schoolboy are each seeking a better understanding of life and loss. And their pathways are about to converge in an unexpected way.

Release date October 22, 2010

Violence C-
Sexual Content B
Profanity C
Substance Use C

Why is Hereafter rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Hereafter PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.

Run Time: 129 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Hereafter rated PG-13? Hereafter is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.

Violence: A scene of a tsunami barreling down on a resort location includes surprisingly realistic and unsettling depictions of characters being engulfed by waves, pulled underwater and struck by floating objects. Extensive property damage, explosions and covered corpses are also shown. Some bloody injuries are shown. A child is harassed and chased by older teens. When a truck hits a character, the boy’s body strikes and breaks a car’s windshield before falling lifeless and bloodied onto the street. A bomb, apparently set by terrorists, explodes on an underground subway car filled with people. (No details of dead bodies are shown.) A woman dies in front of her family.

Sexual Content: Scenes of a woman in the bathtub, and later a man showering, are depicted without explicit nudity. A woman’s underwear is shown as she dresses. Characters talk about their sexual relationship. Child molestation is briefly discussed. Couples embrace and kiss.

Language: A strong sexual expletive is used in a nonsexual setting. The script also includes a couple of scatological slang terms, some crude anatomical references and terms of Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A woman comes home high on drugs and downs part of a bottle of alcohol in front of her children. Marks made from drug use are seen on her arm. Teen boys smoke. Characters drink in social settings, at home, during a cooking class and in a bar.

Other: Characters attempt to hide their mother’s addiction problems. A young boy steals money from his foster parents. A child is taken away from his mother when she is committed to rehab.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme.
Ontario PG Mature Theme.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Hereafter is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cécile De France.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Hereafter movie is March 15, 2011. Here are some details…

Heareafter releases to DVD and Blu-ray on March 15, 2011.

Hereafter (DVD) offers:

- Focus Points (Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon lead a journey into Hereafter to explore the world of skeptics, psychics and mediums, and the possibility of life after death.)

- Tsunami! Recreating a Disaster

- Hereafter’s Locations - Casting the Silent Characters

Hereafter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) includes all of the above plus:

- More Focus Points:

- Is There Life After Death?

- Clint on Casting - Delving into the Hereafter

- Twin Bonding

- French Speaking French

- Why The White Light?

- The Eastwood Experience

- The Eastwood Factor (90 minute documentary in HD)

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Matt Damon may be best known for his role as CIA operative Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. He previously worked with Director Clint Eastwood and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the captain of the South African national rugby team in Invictus. The examination of near death experiences appears to be a departure from his regular subjects for this movie’s writer Peter Morgan, whose previous films include among others The Queen, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Damned United and Frost/Nixon.

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