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Bohemian Rhapsody | 2018 | PG-13 | – 4.3.5

Why is “Bohemian Rhapsody” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “thematic elements, suggestive material, drug content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several kisses and implications of sex, a few arguments, drug and alcohol use, and at least 1 F-word. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


content-ratingsThe story of the origins of Queen, the rock band with an unusual sound and an even more unusual lead singer, the flamboyant Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and its legendary appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Also with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers and Aaron McCusker. Directed by Bryan Singer. [Running Time: 2:14]

Bohemian Rhapsody SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman lies in a bed wearing a top that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen along with underwear/pedi-pants that reveal her bare legs to the hips and a man lies next to her wearing a robe; he rolls over and kisses her before she leaves for work. A shirtless man (bare chest, back and abdomen are seen) sits on a sofa next to a woman with a blanket wrapped around her (cleavage is seen) and proposes to her; they then kiss.
 A man kisses another man who turns him away and says he is not interested. Two men kiss. A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman hug in a few scenes. A man flirts with a younger woman and her father is unhappy. Two women lay across a man’s chest sleeping on a tour bus.
 The camera focuses on a man’s crotch in tight-fitting pants while singing on TV. A man wakes up in bed alone and we see his bare back from shoulders to waist. A man wears a tank T-shirt that reveals part of his bare back and chest. Men wear stage costumes that include skin-tight fitting outfits that accentuate their buttocks and crotch area as well as bare chests in open shirts and vests. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A man wearing only jockey shorts lies on a sofa and we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs. A man wears an open jacket that reveals his bare chest and abdomen. A man walks through a crowded party and smacks a scantily clad woman on the clothed buttock (we see her bare back with a bikini strap across the back and very short bottoms that reveal her bare leg to the hip). Four band members dress like women for a music video (one man has fake breasts). A man walks through a gay bar and we see other men shirtless and bare-chested dancing together, holding and caressing each other; one man is shown wearing a leather hood on his head and face and being led by another man holding a leash.
 A man touches another man’s thigh and the second man threatens to “thump” the man if he ever did that again. Two men exchange flirtatious glances as one enters a men’s room and the scene ends. A man winks at another man as he passes him in a hallway. A man looks at a woman with interest and remarks about her coat. A woman dresses a man in a shop fitting room and puts eyeliner on his eyes (there’s no nudity).
 A man tells his girlfriend to tell her father (he is hearing impaired) that she is “an epic shag,” not knowing that the man can read lips. A man tells a woman, “I think I’m bi-sexual” and she tells him, “I’ve known for a while.” A man talks on TV about another man’s sexuality and that he had many lovers. A man says he thinks another man is gay.


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Bohemian Rhapsody VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A man becomes angry with another man when he pitches an offer to him while in a car; the first man yells at him and says, "Get out or I'll kill you," the man tells the driver to stop the car and pushes the man out into the road (he is not harmed). A man throws a rock through the window of a man's office and it breaks (no one is harmed). Four men fall back against sound stage walls and the walls fall over (there are no injuries).
 Three men argue about lyrics for a song and one throws food at another. Men argue about a recording contract and one man puts a cigarette out on papers on another man's desk. Three men argue about their music and what they are going to do next in a few scenes. Members off the press quiz a man about his sexual relationships, rumors about his sexuality, whether he thinks he'll contract something having multiple partners and he becomes angry and disoriented; he then makes a snide and insulting remark to a woman. A man is shocked when his ex-fiancée introduces him to her new boyfriend. A woman tells a man that she is pregnant and he becomes upset. A man fires a man and tells him he wants him out of his life. A man says that he fired a man for his villainy. A man gives his son a hard time for not planning for his future. People tease a man for his large teeth and overbite; he explains that the extra teeth give him a broader singing range. A man complains about his name and tells his father that he has had it legally changed.
 A man touches another man's thigh and the second man threatens to "thump" the man if he ever did that again. A man tries to get a microphone out of a stand and he breaks half the stand.
 A man is tested for AIDS and is told that he tested positive. A man coughs up blood onto a tissue. A young man is shown with sores on his face and neck. We read that Freddy Mercury died in 1991 from AIDS induced pneumonia at the age of 45 and that he was cremated according to his family's Zoroastrian beliefs.


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Bohemian Rhapsody LANGUAGE 5

 - At least 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory term for Pakistani people, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (angry lizard, dull, misfits, clone, hysterical, hideous, conceited, fat bottom girls, crazy, vultures crotch, bloody nuisance, gayer, treacherous, puritans, pervert, queer Catholic boy, freak, bore, super freak, stupid), exclamations (shut-up, bloody), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh Christ, Christ, Oh God). | profanity glossary |


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Bohemian Rhapsody SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man takes a pill with a glass of alcohol (we don't know what it is), we see sprinkles of cocaine on a glass top table after a party, and a man talks about another man's drug use on TV. A briefcase is shown with a bottle of vodka along with a pack of cigarettes and a vial of pills (not identified), people drink and smoke at a party, a man opens a bottle of champagne, two men drink champagne, a man has a glass of whisky that we do not see him drink from, a man holds a snifter of brandy, a man drinks vodka in many scenes throughout the movie, a man drinks a beer, and we see several bottles of alcohol on tables in a bar. Two men drink beers and smoke cigarettes, two men smoke cigarettes in a room, men smoke cigarettes in a recording studio, a man smokes in an office, a man smokes a cigarette while playing the drums in a few scenes, a man smokes on stage in a few scenes, and men smoke cigarettes in an office.


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Bohemian Rhapsody DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - AIDS, Live Aid, Queen, Freddy Mercury, love, friendship, loneliness, good deeds, planning for one's future, depression, family, formulas, being different, mix-genre music, distraction, greed, sympathy, time, forgiveness.

Bohemian Rhapsody MESSAGE

 - Family can be made up of the most unlikely people.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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