This dramatized biography follows the rise of James Brown (played by Chadwick Boseman) from impoverished childhood to musical stardom and the title, the "Godfather of Soul."
Why Is Get On Up Rated PG-13?
Get On Up is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.
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Violence: Infrequent portrayals of domestic violence, some involving men verbally and physically abusing children and women. Young Black boys are blindfolded, provided with boxing gloves and placed in a ring where they fight each other for the entertainment of White onlookers. After one boy is punched we see him with blood on his face. A man with a rifle enters a building where a business meeting is being held, and asks who has used “his” toilet. He then shoots a hole in the ceiling. A man flees in a vehicle from police and shots are exchanged. A dead man is seen hanging from a tree. A man breaks into a vehicle and steals a jacket—he is later caught and sent to prison. A man hits his wife hard enough to knock her to the floor. A man threatens his wife with a gun and shoots to frighten her. During a concert White police officers are seen pushing Black audience members off the stage. A plane catches fire but eventually lands safely.
Sexual Content: A brief portrayal of sexual activity is shown, with no nudity and little detail. Sexual activity is also implied in other scenes. An obviously topless woman is shown with her arms are covering her breasts. A husband makes forceful sexual remarks toward a woman, telling his wife to remove her underwear. At first she looks fearful but then acquiesces and jumps into his arms.
Language: Approximately 16 instances of coarse language including one use of a sexual expletive in a non-sexual context, infrequent scatological slang, cursing, and vulgar expressions. Ethno-cultural slurs are heard in a historical context.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Tobacco use is frequently depicted in a historical context. Illegal drug use and alcohol abuse are also portrayed.
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