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Cinderella | 2021 | PG | – 3.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Cinderella” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “suggestive material and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kissing scene, a near kiss, a near arranged marriage, many cleavage revealing dresses, talk of love and marriage and responsibility, several suggestive dancing scenes, many arguments, animals transforming into humans and then back again, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A musical live-action new take on the classic tale of an orphaned young woman (Camila Cabello) oppressed by her stepmother and two step sisters, but dreaming of a different life. Her chance to make a change comes along at the same time as she falls in love with a prince (Nicholas Galitzine) that wants nothing to do with stepping into the role of king. Also with Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Tallulah Greive, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, James Corden, James Acaster, Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett, Ben Smith, Luke Latchman, Fra Fee, Jenet Le Lacheur and Mary Higgins Directed by Kay Cannon. [Running Time: 1:53]

Cinderella SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A young man and a young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman hug, he caresses her hair and they nearly kiss. A young man and a young woman dance and sing a love song and nearly kiss.
 A man comes to a house to visit a woman and her three daughters; he ogles them and one of the young women says that he makes her skin crawl while another says, “I’m into it.” A young woman proposes an alliance by marriage between herself and a young man (a prince) that would join two large kingdoms (she shows him landmasses on a map and says, “Our two blobs would join”) and the young man declines her offer. A woman says that she and a prince would only need to see each other to make an heir. A woman talks about a man as being a suitor for her daughters. A woman tells a young woman that she better “be a match for someone.” A woman talks about two young women washing out their underwear. A young woman makes a snide remark about a young man’s potential sexual dysfunction. A woman says, “Every girl is worth more when she smiles.” A man says that royalty and people with positions of power marry for power, not love. A woman tells a young woman that she is betrothed to an older man and the young woman protests (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A young woman says of a young man that he is “annoyingly handsome.” A husband sings a song to his wife and the lyrics include, “…we made babies.” A young woman is surprised when three mice are transformed into three men and she says that she always assumed that they were girls, and that rats are boys.
 A man flutters his eyelids at a young woman suggestively (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Men and women dance in streets in several scenes with gyrating and thrusting hips. Many young women dance suggestively in front of a young man and song lyrics include, “I want to have your baby.” Several young women dance around three young men, caressing their hair and singing.
 Young women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in many scenes throughout the movie. A young woman’s dress reveals her bare back and shoulders, and deep cleavage. A woman and two young women ogle a young man with his shirt partially open to reveal his bare chest.

Cinderella VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A woman tells a young woman that she is betrothed to an older man and the young woman protests; the first woman throws ink on the young woman’s dress and pinches her ear, while threatening her and the young woman cries. A young woman throws a shoe at a young man chasing her out of a palace. A carriage charges away from a palace and the horses change back into a medallion, the footmen change back into three mice (they scream and screech) and the carriage changes back into a box dropping a young woman and the mice onto the ground. A young woman jumps out of a moving horse-drawn carriage and tumbles down an embankment, and then runs through a field before tripping and rolling on the ground.
 A woman says that she took a crown from “the man whose blood I spilled.” A man yells at his son in several scenes and calls him names; he tells him that he is destroying his legacy. A man yells at his daughter and dismisses her ideas for solving dirty energy problems and poverty and he will not allow her to sit at a table where men are offering him suggestions about issues. A wife yells at her husband and complains about not being able to have a voice as a woman and a royal. A man yells at a young woman sitting on a statue of a king and says, “Get off my father.” A husband speaks dismissively to his wife and tells her not to speak. A man tells his son, “I don’t care if you don’t love each other.” A man says, “Kings yell.” We hear that a woman’s second husband died. A young woman threatens a young man and says that he will lose his hand if he does something. A woman slams her cup of tea onto a table and reprimands a young woman calling the tea “swill,” and saying that her future husband would be disappointed by her inability to make a good cup of tea. A young woman pinches another young woman’s cheeks repeatedly in order to make them rosy. A woman mocks a young woman about thinking that she can sell a dress that she made. Two young men argue and say that they each have “Bats in her belfry.” People say of a young man that he serves no purpose. A man mocks another man for cleaning his “phantom whiskers” (he is a transformed mouse). A young man says that he’d rather, “Take the old mud nap,” than spend his life without love. Townspeople mock a young woman for wanting to be a “businessman,” they say “women can’t own a shop,” and one woman suggests that the woman stole a dress she is trying to sell. A young woman asks a man if he needs a cane that he carries and he says no, but the “chicks” like it. A young woman teases a young man saying that he wrecks everything, and that his mother smacks him on the “tush-tush.” A mouse says that they had to leave a castle once when snakes got in. A man (a transformed mouse) says, “Humans are so loud.” A young woman sings about wanting to stand up and be counted. Many women sing about burying their dreams. A glittering dress forms on a young woman and glass shoes appear on her feet; she complains about how difficult they are to walk in. A man says that he just relieved himself and is amazed at how humans do so; another man comments about urinating through the “front tail.”
 People are shown working with power tools (sparks spray from spinning blades) and carrying large milk churns. Three young men throw food at each other and act childishly. A young woman feeds three little mice. A young woman says that she smells like a basement. A young woman vomits on the ground below the frame (we hear retching and splatter; we do not see goo). Several men pound on doors throughout a kingdom looking for a young woman.

Cinderella LANGUAGE 1

 – 2 sexual references, 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (cray, obnoxious, dingy, self-absorbed, Cinderella, beady-eyed, swill, jerk, mystery girl, twit, foolish, frivolous, stupid, I smell like a basement, orphan, sad, chicks, dense, audacity, pig-headed, numbskull, unreasonable, toothsome, poppin, gross, some farm boy, lifeless bunting, figment of my imagination, baby, mouthy, wildly uncomfortable, spoiled child, skull-splitting voice, dumb, naïve, blind, pirate, short peasants, street urchin, pathetic, commoner, ridiculous, dirty old boot, fool, idiot son, insane, dude), exclamations (Holy fudge, ew, oh good, oh now now, in your dreams, in your face, oh my, my my, huzzah, dang, oh please, ey, honestly, oh no, hush, bloody brilliant, bloody exhausting, gosh), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. What In God’s Name, Oh My God, God, Blasphemy, Good God, Holy [exclamation deleted], Holy [mild obscenity deleted], Lord). | profanity glossary |

Cinderella SUBSTANCE USE

 – People at a ball drink champagne, and a young woman says that she “drank the bubble drink.”

Cinderella DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Tradition, gender roles, alternate power sources, poverty, dreams, life choices, magic, fairy tales, reputation, respect, doubt, opportunity, bravery, reason, romance, love, fear, pity, clothing choices and gender identity, wanting to be something other than what is expected of you.

Cinderella MESSAGE

 – Love will save the day.

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