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Fatherhood | 2021 | PG-13 | – 3.3.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Fatherhood” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some strong language, and suggestive material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene with partial nudity, flirting, the death of a woman after childbirth, an accident that leads to a bloody head wound and stitches, discussions of single parenting, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a woman dies after the birth of her child, her husband (Kevin Hart) tries to find his way through the many obstacles of single parenting, dealing with grief and keeping his job. Also with Julian Casey, Teneisha Collins, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, DeWanda Wise, Rachel Mutombo, Lil Rel Howery and Bineyam Girma. Directed by Paul Weitz. [Running Time: 1:49]

Fatherhood SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and woman are shown sleeping in bed (sex is implied) and the man appears to be shirtless (we later see him with a towel around his waist and his bare chest and abdomen are shown).
 A man and woman kiss in a couple of scenes. A woman asks a man to come to her place after a date. A man seems to be flirting with two women and makes a comment about them being GILFs. A man flirts with a woman in a store. A man ogles women as they walk past him in a bar.
 A man talks about nuns being celibate and tells his daughter that she will be celibate. After childbirth, a woman says that her husband wants sex and that she wants him to die. A woman asks her son-in-law, “Do you remember when I caught you messin’ around in here,” (referring to him and her daughter). A young girl asks her father if a woman is going to sleep in his bed when she sleeps over and he dodges the question. A man and a woman talk about dating apps. A woman tells her adult son that his father had so many babies with so many different women. A woman describes her job as an animator for an adult cartoon that involves a man having a lot of sex; a man panics because he let his daughter watch the show not realizing what it was about.
 An animated show shows a silhouette of a woman as she undresses and we see the outline of her breasts and hips; she pulls the pants off a man and we see a line drawing of his genitals. A man wears a skirt to drop his daughter off at school, where the dress code requires her to wear a skirt (she is wearing pants). We see a woman’s pregnant abdomen being prepped for a C-section. A doctor holds a newborn infant as a man cuts the umbilical cord (we see the child’s bare legs, partial abdomen and chest). A woman wears a low-cut pajama top that reveals cleavage. A man is seen with his shirt partially open to hold his infant child against his bare chest while trying to soothe her. A woman wears a crop top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and bare abdomen. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder top that reveals her bare shoulder.

Fatherhood VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A woman collapses when she gets out of bed in a hospital and gasps for air; a nurse puts her back into bed and calls for emergency assistance as the woman’s husband is rushed out of the room (we hear that the woman died from a pulmonary embolism and the man cries and the woman’s mother moans and yells).
 A boy teases a girl for wearing “boys underwear,” and she tells him to stop as others join in and she jumps off a piece of playground equipment and lands hard on the ground (we see a bloody gash on her head). A boy teases a girl at school for wearing pants and asks her if she is a boy; the girl is then reprimanded for lashing out at the boy. A baby cries incessantly in several scenes and a man becomes frustrated with not being able to get her to calm down. A man accidentally leaves his infant child in a safety seat in a parking lot. A man panics when he cuts his infant child’s fingernails. A man tries to fix his young daughter’s hair and she complains about the result. A young girl is reprimanded several times for wearing pants to school since there is a dress code that requires all girls to wear skirts.
 A man tells another man, “I will punch you in the face.” A man yells in frustration and says, “I can’t do it.” Several people ask a man with a child, “Where’s mom?” and he makes up different answers including that she’s training to be an astronaut at NASA. After childbirth, a woman says that her husband wants sex and that she wants him to die. A man says, “I’m gonna kill somebody.” A man says that he remembers his mother-in-law chasing him with a hockey stick when she caught him and her daughter “messin’ around.” A man says, “I know what not to do because of my dad.” A young girl yells at her father for coming home later than he said he would be. A woman tells a man that she will take his child back to her home to raise her and tells him that he is incapable of taking care of her. A man and a woman argue about whether the man is ready to become a father. Men argue over installing a child safety seat in a car. A doctor tells a man and a woman that they should schedule a C-section to deliver their child as soon as possible because of a thinning placenta and that the fetus is in breach. A woman teases a man about having strapped a baby into his lap in a seatbelt and driving to a store. A man talks about never having seen a person die, but that he saw a squirrel die.
 Three men and a young girl play poker for cookies and the men talk about the girl’s poker face. A girl throws balls at her father and takes his car keys when he is working on a video chat; the people on the call seem confused. Many people scream on carnival rides that spin around very fast. A man punches a clown that jumps out at him in a haunted house at a carnival (no injury is shown). A man and his young daughter argue about where she is going to stay, why he broke up with a woman and why all the good things are taken away. People gather and grieve at a funeral and a gathering afterward.
 A young girl gets stitches in a head wound in the hospital and we see the needle and thread. People discuss swaddling an infant and we see the child tightly wrapped in a blanket. A doctor holds a newborn infant as a man cuts the umbilical cord (we see some goo on the infant). A woman in an operating room is prepped for a C-section and we see her pregnant abdomen being swabbed. A man teases another man about a time when he got poison ivy on his face and details the blisters and ooze. A man changes an infant’s diaper and he accidentally smears feces on his shirt. People discuss the consistency of infants’ feces in a few scenes. A man throws a diaper across a room toward a basketball hoop over a wastebasket and it smears feces on the wall. A man and a woman talk about “baby vomit.” A girl tells her father that he has a bugger on his shirt to distract him.

Fatherhood LANGUAGE 4

 – 4 sexual references, 16 scatological terms, 15 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane, weird, dumb, mother-fudger, cruel, bummer, witch, goofy, show-off, gross, idiot, sappy, smelly mess, hater, bonehead, unreal, stinkin’ rules, chump, crazy, selfish), exclamations (fudge, oh hey, oh please, booyah, zip it, yuck, ick, stop it, stop, oh my goodness, yeah, okay), religious profanities, 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Lord, Thank God, Oh My God, I Swear To God, God, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |

Fatherhood SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink beers at a gathering after a funeral, two men drink beer, a man drinks a beer in a bar and a bar scene shows people drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages, a woman drinks whiskey from a coffee cup and a woman drinks a martini while on a video call.

Fatherhood DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Single parenting, the death of loved ones, patience, mothering vs. fathering, childhood colic, breaking rules, dating apps, respect.

Fatherhood MESSAGE

 – We don’t have the power to make everything perfect, but we can get close with effort.

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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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