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Cyrano | 2021 | PG-13 | – 3.5.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Cyrano” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some strong violence, thematic and suggestive material, and brief language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, a threat of rape, a few stabbings with swords, fights and deaths by gunshot in a battle scene, a death by starvation, several arguments, discussions of love and forced marriage, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Musical feature based on the stage play: Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) is convinced that the woman he loves (Haley Bennett) would never be able to love him because of his stature and appearance. Instead, he uses his facility with words to help a young man (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) woo her with love-filled letters. Also with Ben Mendelsohn, Monica Dolan, Bashir Salahuddin, Joshua James, Anjana Vasan and Ruth Sheen. Directed by Joe Wright. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 2:04]

Cyrano SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man collapses and twitches briefly as a woman holds his hands and kisses them; the woman lies next to him and sings to him of love, they kiss and the man dies. A husband and his wife kiss tenderly. A man climbs the drainpipe on the outside of a building and when he reaches a woman, they kiss. A man kisses a woman’s hand.
 A woman reads a letter from a man she loves and she moves suggestively on a bed and around a room. A woman says that she is madly in love and that it was love at first sight; the man she is confessing to briefly thinks that she is talking about him. A man sends a letter to a woman declaring that he will possess her, implying that he will rape her, and he says, “What I’m not given I will take.”
 A woman complains that a dress a man gave her was “too loose on the bust,” and when she tells another man that he should have worn it, he says that he tried it on. A man jokes about the size of his genitals. A woman worries that the man she loves might have “the mind of a rabbit.” A man says, “I’d kill the world to get back to you.” A man says that someone took a new lover. A remark is made about a woman loving tongue (the meat).
 Men in a bakery knead bread dough and it looks sensual as a man uses the process to inspire a love letter.
 Women wear very deeply cut dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. Several men are sown shirtless while working in a bakery and we see their bare chests, abdomens and backs. A woman undresses to her undergarments

Cyrano VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man fights many other men on a flight of stairs, he dispatches several with his sword (no blood is shown), other men carry torches that he uses them to set them on fire, he runs and a blade is held to his face, a noose is wrapped around his neck and he is lifted off the ground over a ledge; two men are thrown off by him, and dangles one over the ledge by the foot. A man runs to the top of a ridge and is shot in the chest; he falls to the ground (we see blood splatter) and dies. Many soldiers march toward an enemy army and they shoot back and forth; many men fall dead with blood spraying and spurting.
 Two men fight with swords on a stage: they lunge and slash at each other, one man’s wig is knocked off his head, and one man lunges toward the other man and falls on the second man’s sword (we see blood stain his shirt as he lays dead on the stage).
 A man fights and punches several other men after they shove and mock him. A man throws another man to the ground and holds his fist to his face (he does not hit him). A man challenges another man to a duel by striking him across the face with a glove. Guards practice with wooden swords. A man collapses on the ground and we see him with a scratch on his cheek. A man collapses and twitches briefly as a woman holds his hands and kisses them; the woman lies next to him and sings to him of love, they kiss and the man dies. A man threatens to rape a woman.
 A boy cuts the strap on a man’s backpack and runs away with the pack; the man chases him. A woman instructs a child how to pickpocket people in a crowd in a theater. A woman screams and slams a door on another woman when she wants privacy. A man runs through an enemy camp to send a letter and steals a handful of apples on the way; enemy soldiers shoot at him as he tops a ridge and gets back to his own camp.
 A military mission is described as a “suicide mission.” A man in a crowded theater heckles an actor on stage and urges him to retire; he refers to the actor’s dreadful wigs and lack of talent. A man tells a woman that she should end her friendship with a man after he kills his subordinate. Two men agree to deceive a woman by one man pursuing her in love by having the other man write his love letters for him. A man says that he does not like heights. A man says, “I’d kill the world to get back to you.” Men write letters to their loved ones before leaving on a dangerous mission and they prepare for death by saying, “Heaven is wherever I fall.” A nun is scolded for looking at her reflection. A woman talks to a nun about trying to convert a man.
 A woman treats a cut on a man’s hand and she tells him, “I’d be very angry with you if you died.” A wound on a man’s shoulder bleeds (we see blood on his hand after he touches the wound and smears blood on a letter). A comment is made about a “dog had to be given a very large enema.”

Cyrano LANGUAGE 3

 – 3 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (vulgar, lechery, rude, thief, great sausage, freak, antique, monster, mutant, disfigured body, midget, insane, savage, charade, madness, slut, cowards, stupid, patronizing, tyrant, useless, brutal, sublimation, not worthy, mysterious, madness, idiot, mind of a rabbit), exclamations (you lie, shhh, oh), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. God, oh my God, Lord, for Heaven’s sake, sinner, I’ll pray for your sins, Godforsaken, only God knows, we’ll let God decide, Heaven is wherever I fall). | profanity glossary |

Cyrano SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.

Cyrano DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – War, compromise, marrying for love not money, sacrifice, love, pride, fate, faith, melancholy, betrayal, deceit, moral obligation, truth, vertigo, disappointment.

Cyrano MESSAGE

 – Love transcends all obstacles.

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