W. parents guide


Overall C+

Hitting theaters just as President George W. Bush prepares to leave the White House, the movie W. tells the story of the son of US President George H.W. Bush as he embarks upon his own political career. This dramatic film is not an authorized biography.

Release date October 17, 2008

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

Why is W. rated PG-13? The MPAA rated W. PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images.

Run Time: 130 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is W. rated PG-13? W. is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images.

This film about the life of George W. Bush frequently portrays its central character in states of extreme drunkenness resulting in aggressive behavior and reckless driving. A fraternity initiation ritual is depicted with men forced to sit naked in ice water and have liquor pored down their throats. Domestic disputes are portrayed between a father and son, and other verbal arguments are included. Men discuss an unwed pregnancy and an attempt to prevent it. Secondary characters drink and are seen smoking (especially during scenes set in the 60s and 70s). Frequent scatological profanities are heard, along with two sexual expletives, various milder profanities, and terms of deity. An obscene finger gesture is seen.

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

News About "W."

Cast and Crew

W. is directed by and stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of W. movie is February 10, 2009. Here are some details…

Oliver Stone’s W. is inaugurated on DVD (full frame or widescreen) and Blu-ray (full frame and widescreen), with the following bonus materials: deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Oliver Stone, the original theatrical trailer and featurettes (Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Presidency and No Stranger to Controversy: Oliver Stone’s George W. Bush). There is also a W. Research and Annotations Guide presented on DVD-ROM.


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