Newsies parents guide


Extra! Extra! Paperboys sing and dance while on strike!

Overall B-

Newsies is a musical film about New York newspaper boys who, after having the cost of their papers raised by a tenth of a cent (the film is set in 1899), decide to organize and go on strike.

Release date April 10, 1992

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

Why is Newsies rated PG? The MPAA rated Newsies PG for mild violence.

Run Time: 121 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is Newsies rated PG? Newsies is rated PG by the MPAA for mild violence.

Because of the frequent musical numbers in this movie, violent depictions may seem less serious, even though there are a lot of them. Child laborers are at the mercy of their adult employers. Children are bullied, threatened verbally and attacked with physical force (adults pull out chains and clubs to beat boys). Boys retaliate with slingshots, punches and kicks. A boy is on the run from a prison warden who takes advantage of his position at the children’s penitentiary that he oversees. Some youth are incarcerated. Police turn a blind eye to injustices or are part of the crowd that tries to physically restrain the youth. Teens threaten and push around a girl and her younger brother. Teens fight and one boy uses iron knuckles as a weapon. An adult character tries to bribe a youth. A boy is held against his will. Characters steal and lie.

Sexual Content:
A vaudeville performer dresses provocatively and sings some sexually suggestive songs. A young woman is unsure if there are sexual intentions when two male assailants threaten her and push her around.

Infrequent use of mild profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
Teen boys smoke cigarettes and cigars. A ten-year-old says he drank beer. Drinks, that might be alcoholic, are served at a restaurant.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Newsies is directed by Kenny Ortega and stars Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Newsies movie is June 19, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Newsies - 20th Anniversary
Release Date: 19 June 2012
Newsies celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a Blu-ray release. Bonus extras include:
- Commentary with Filmmakers
- Newsies, Newsies, See All About It
- Newsies: The Inside Story
- The Strike! The True Story
- Storyboard to Scene Comparison Sequence with Commentary
- Sing-Along Feature

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