Based on a Broadway play, Jersey Boys follows the rise and fall of the 1960s musical group The Four Seasons. Look for John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi.
Why Is Jersey Boys Rated R?
Jersey Boys is rated R for language throughout.
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Jersey Boys...
Violence: A character appears to be shot in the head, blood effects are shown. Characters watch a scene from a movie that shows a woman slapped by a man. Men begin pushing and hit each other. Organized crime is depicted as a normal element within a community and one mob “boss” is portrayed as protective. Verbal threats are heard, including the possibility of violence if a loan is not repaid. A gang of young men (including at least one teen) is shown robbing a store. An out-of-control car crashes into a shop window. Perpetrators flee a crime scene but are later caught and appear in court. A character dies from a drug overdose.
Sexual Content: A character boasts of his many female sexual partners. Characters comment on a young man’s sexual inexperience and later hire a woman to sleep with the virgin male—only a brief moment of embracing is shown. It is implied other unmarried couples have sex, (one is later shown getting married). There are other brief moments of embracing and kissing. It is implied a character is a homosexual. Sexual innuendo and crude slang are heard. Girls are seen in short shorts.
Language: Over 30 sexual expletives are used in a non-sexual context, sometimes during arguments with aggressive intent. Other profanities are also heard including scatological terms, a crude term for sex and slang terms for male anatomy. Racial slurs and terms of deity are included in the script.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Smoking is seen throughout this period movie, along with frequent alcohol use. A female character is seen inebriated and it is implied she has an alcohol problem. A nun drinks secretly.
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