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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald | 2018 | PG-13 | – 3.4.2

Why is “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some sequences of fantasy action.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several scenes showing cleavage, and several scenes with death caused by magic, on and off-screen, with little gore. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


content-ratingsSequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World series: magizoologist Newt Skamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his loyal companion (Dan Fogler) travel to Paris to prevent a dark wizard (Johnny Depp) from leading all the pureblooded wizards in an attempt to take over the world and rule over the non-magical people. Also with Zoë Kravitz, Jude Law, Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston, Callum Turner and Ezra Miller. Directed by David Yates. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in French with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:14]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a deeply cut dress that reveals cleavage, part of her breast and upper abdomen in a few scenes. A weathered statue of a woman is shown with cloth loosely draped across her shoulder (we see bare breasts and what looks like the outline of a nipple). A woman wears a dress with slits in the bodice that reveal part of her upper chest and cleavage. The fabric of a woman’s’ low-cut dress reveals the shape of her nipples.
 A man and a woman kiss.
 A man and a woman hug and talk about love and getting married in a few scenes. A man and a woman talk about not being allowed to date or marry (she is a wizard and he is a non-wizard). A man and a woman speak awkwardly about how they feel about each other romantically before they are interrupted. We hear that a woman started dating someone after it was reported that another man was engaged to another woman. A man is shown to be under a spell of romance and he fawns over a woman.
 We hear that a woman was seduced and abducted by a man and that she died in childbirth. When a man is “dis-enchanted,” we see a glowing, throbbing heart leave his body and float above his head before it pops like a balloon. A woman says that she is “deeply committed” to someone.


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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 - A man passes through a wall, grabs a woman on the other side and she transforms into a giant snake just as the man fires his wand into another room killing another woman (we see her motionless on the floor with gray-tinged skin). A woman draws her wand on a man who zaps and kills her (we see her lying motionless on the ground). A man creates a circle of flames around him and invites people in an audience to join him and when some try, they are disintegrated into flakes that float away and others in the audience run and the flames chase them and burn them up; one woman is shot with a burst from a wand and disintegrates. Giant flames burst out from a building and through the pathways of a cemetery (we see the flames developing horns like a demon as it swirls around chasing people) until a wall of flames surrounds the demon and destroys it.
 A woman transforms into a giant snake and lunges toward a man (presumably biting him) as small winged dragons flit through the air and we hear screaming. Large cat-like creatures chase three people, one shoots her wand at the cats and they multiply and lunge toward them, chasing them through a maze of filing cabinets until a giant creature appears and fights them off. A giant creature with horns and sharp teeth and a long tail flies through the air above a busy street as people run screaming and we see cars flipped over as the creature's tail slaps the ground; in another scene with similar action a man distracts the creature with a small toy and gets it to chase the toy into a suitcase, where it is locked inside. A giant creature plays with a man and we see the man kicked around, and then picked up in a sharp talon before he is wrapped in the creatures furry arm like a doll.
 Several horses with wings pull a carriage off a ledge and into the sky controlled by several drivers and guards; a man dangles from under the carriage and a man inside the carriage transforms into him, trading places as guards in the carriage try to avoid being incapacitated by zaps from a wand, and a creature crawls out of a box and onto one man's face as he yells (we see bite marks later); the man outside takes control of the horses pulling the carriage and dives into water filling the carriage, and then opens the door causing all the occupants to be pulled out into the sky and one falls but is able to create a force field before he crashes into the water.
 A woman is shown locked behind bars and a man yells at another man when he talks to her. A man locks two men and a woman in a cell in a sewer and collapses. An insect flits near a seated man in a cell and it burns up when it touches a force field surrounding the man (its wing floats to the floor, where a creature attached to a chain snaps it up on its tongue). A man is led out of a prison cell and he floats with his hands behind his back toward a carriage that he is locked into and surrounded by guards and held at wand point. A woman disappears in a flash of light. A teen girl uses a spell to seal another teen's mouth because she is talking about the girl in a mean-spirited way; the spell casting girl is chased by a teacher and other teens but she gets away. A man uses tweezers to remove a tendriled parasite from a man's eye and we hear that he is suffering from the effects of the creature's poison. A man drinks a potion that transforms him into another man. A man and a woman are chased by another man who fires his wand at them (he hits glass and some boxes) and the woman shoots her wand at the man tying him into a chair. We see flashes of green light in a house and then see two caskets being loaded into a carriage; we then see a flash of light in a room where there had been a young boy (we assume he was also killed).
 A street circus is shown with giant glittering dragons flying through the sky and a child bouncing in a large bubble as a caller moves people inside a tent to see creatures that he calls "freaks"; we see a giant creature with horns and fangs being fed, and another lizard-type creature sits up in a bathtub. A man blows a mist from his mouth that reveals the face of a man he is looking for. A woman transforms into a man still wearing the woman's clothing. We see people filling lifeboats as a ship they are on sinks and when one of the lifeboats capsizes we see an infant sink into the water.
 A man causes a building to blow up to splinters, and then reform as something spins in tendril-like swirls and forms into a man. Dark skies flash with lightning and rumble with thunder in opening sequences. A man causes a heavy wind gust to blow a man's hat off and push him back along a sidewalk. Giant draped fabric covers a building in a city and then flutters into the sky darkening the surroundings. A man waves his wand and causes a large glass window to blow out and a flash to strike a mountain in the distance and part of it crumbles.
 Many people gather in a stadium setting as a man speaks of a movement to gain control from the Muggles (non-magical people) and that they should not be considered lesser, they are just other, and that it is time to take their rightful place in the world; we see images of war with tanks driving through rubble followed by a mushroom cloud and the man talks about people being confined and tortured.
 A man jumps into water where a creature made of kelp (it looks like a dragon) swims past him; the man grabs on and rides the creature back to a dock where the creature is fed. A man grabs hold of a hovering glove and is transported to a rooftop where he and another man talk. Elfin-like characters are seen sitting on chairs that float near windows as they clean them. Two men jump into a bucket that makes them disappear in a flash (we hear one man screaming) and they appear in another country. A woman stumbles and sits on a sidewalk in the rain seeming out of sorts as she hears many voices. A teen boy transforms a desk with papers into a creature as a demonstration of dealing with one's fears. A man shakes a very old man's hand and it cracks and crunches (we do not see damage).
 A man is reprimanded for destroying a city and told that he will remain under a travel ban. We hear that a man's tongue has been removed. Two men talk about killing a man. Two men discuss whether the ends justifying the means. A man yells at another man and says, "Pull your head out of the sand." A man declines a request form another man, fearing he will end up in prison. A man and a woman argue about marrying and the man says, "They'll throw you in jail." A man says that a woman has eyes like a salamander a couple of times and his friend tells him that he should never tell the woman that. People talk about "Magical Law Enforcement" suppressing freedoms and being violent. A man is told that he is needed to fight another man. We hear that a woman's brother died and a man says that his sister died. A man says, "There will be death." We hear that when a man heard of his wife's death "it drove him insane." A woman confesses to having killed someone.
 Two young men make a blood pact and cut their hands and then press them together (we see blood and two drops are encased in a small vessel). We see that a man has a forked tongue. A woman has a bloody bandage on her finger apparently from a bite. A man puts an eye drop in his eye and we see a small tendril wiggling at the eyelid. We see jars filled with liquid that contain creatures and a teen boy cares for them.
 A woman cleans the teeth of a large creature with a huge mouth full of teeth. A small leafy creature dangles from a man's sleeve button and when it falls off the creature falls to the floor and chases it. Several small furry creatures (they look like small platypuses) move around a room knocking things down and one is thrown through the air with a champagne cork and hits a wall (it's unharmed). A man taps a wand to another man's face and he behaves as if he is drunk. A man licks a sidewalk trying to find clues to a person's whereabouts. We see piles of horse feces on roads.


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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald LANGUAGE 2

 - 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (soft, beast of burden, Muggle, coward, dame, crazy, Mr. Tentacles, freak, hypocrites, oddities, stupid, bad, wicked), exclamations (jeez). | profanity glossary |


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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald SUBSTANCE USE

 - A woman pours a beer for a man and he splashes it onto his face and it pours down his shirt, a man drinks a potion, and a man taps a wand to another man's face and he behaves as if he is drunk.


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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Wizards, pure bloods, revenge, freedom, siblings, admiration, family, love between wizards and non-wizards, regret, adoption, trying to find birth parents, rumors, alchemy, arrogance, power lust, barbarity, betrayal, doing what is right by virtue of it being right.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald MESSAGE

 - It is never too late to unburden yourself from regret and guilt.

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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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