The Post Parent Guide
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Rating & Content Info
Why is The Post rated PG-13? The Post is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language and brief war violence.Violence: Soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War are depicted in combat with gunfire and explosions. Men are shot, wounded and killed: some blood and corpses are shown. Characters talk about family members who are serving in the military, and mention some who have died. A man steals secret files from his office and turns copies of them over to the press. Derogatory comments are made about President Nixon and his administration. Characters narrowly miss being hit by a car. Protestors demonstrate against the war. Characters are threatened with court action and the possibility of prison time. Female characters are treated disrespectfully by males. Bullying and pressure from authority figures are depicted. Characters lie or misrepresent truth. A suicide is mentioned.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Profanity: Frequent use of mild and moderate profanity, scatological slang and terms of deity as expletives. Infrequent use of crude anatomical terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Cigarette and cigar smoking are shown frequently. Alcohol is consumed at dinners and social events.
Page last updated December 7, 2017
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News About "The Post"
The Post opens in limited release on December 22, 2017. It expands to more theaters on January 12, 2018.
This movie is based on the challenges faced when The New York Times and The Washington Post attempted to publish the Pentagon Papers, a leaked, top-secret document from the US Department of Defense about the county's political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.
The first problem was the government preferred not to have this information in the public eye. The second was, the fight to secure the right for freedom of the press fell to a woman: Katharine Graham. Taking over her late husband's position as The Post's publisher, Katharine persisted in breaking the news to the public despite pressure from the government and sexual discrimination. (Learn more in her autobiography, Personal History.)
Working at her side was executive editor Ben Bradlee. The pair would later work together to break the Watergate Scandal.
In this film, Meryl Streep plays Graham, and Tom Hanks stars as Bradlee. The movie opens to a public that is being inundated by claims of fake news and other rebuttals to the credibility of governments and modern journalism.
Cast and Crew
The Post is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.