Suffragette parents guide


A female voice demands the vote.

Overall B+

When the women of England ask for the right to vote they meet with strong opposition and even brutality. This movie version of the historical fight stars Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter.

Release date October 23, 2015

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

Why is Suffragette rated PG? The MPAA rated Suffragette PG for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity

Run Time: 106 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Suffragette rated PG? Suffragette is rated PG by the MPAA for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity


Acts of civil disobedience are depicted including breaking windows, putting bombs in mailboxes and blowing up personal property. Panicked bystanders run for safety. Police attack peaceful female protesters, hitting and kicking them, and causing bloody injuries. Employees are threatened with being fired, and are let go, if they don’t comply with the boss’s wishes. The physical challenges faced by child laborers are mentioned. Other health hazards of the workplace are discussed. A woman, whose spouse if rumored to be violent, is shown with a bruised and battered face. Women are incarcerated on trumped up charges. Characters engage in hunger strikes. A female prisoner is force-fed through a feeding tube inserted in her nostril – the painful process is shown and her screams of pain and resistance are heard. A woman is thrown out of her home by her husband and loses the right to care for her child. Neighbors shun disgraced suffragettes. A character intentionally puts a hot iron on another’s hand. A woman is offered protection from the law if she will turn in her friends. An angry wife hits her husband. A husband locks up his wife to prevent her from participating in illegal activities. A demonstrator puts herself in harm’s way to bring attention to the cause -- she is killed and her body is briefly seen.

Sexual Content:

An employer is briefly shown fondling a twelve-year-old girl. The sexual coercion of another employee is discussed. A woman undresses and her underwear is shown. A young boy is seen shirtless. Female buttocks are exposed when prison matrons strip prisoners of their clothes.


One sexual expletive is used in a non-sexual context. Mild and moderate profanities are heard, along with slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A woman’s husband is described as a violent drunk.Male and female characters smoke cigarettes. Women pass around a flask of alcohol. Other drinking is alluded to. Medicine is prescribed and administered.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta PG Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Tobacco Use.
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Suffragette is directed by Sarah Gavron and stars Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter.

Learn more about the real suffragettes:
Emily Wilding Davison

Emmeline Pankhurst

Women’s Social and Political Union

From the Studio: A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. Written by Production

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Suffragette movie is February 2, 2016. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Suffragette
Release Date: 2 February 2016
Suffragette release to home video (Blu-ray/Digital HD or DVD) with the following extras:
- Inside Suffragette
- Suffragette: Looking Back, Looking Forward
- Making the VFX for Suffragette
- Feature Commentary with Director Sarah Gavron and Screenwriter Abi Morgan

Related home video titles:

The documentary, He Named Me Malala tells the contemporary story of another young woman and her fight for the right of her gender to get an education.

Look for these powerhouse actresses playing strong female protagonists in the following films:
Meryl Streep: Out of Africa, The Devil Wears Prada
Carey Mulligan, in Far From the Madding Crowd
Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech.

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