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Hamilton | 2020 | PG-13 | – 3.4.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Hamilton” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and some suggestive material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and an implied sex scene, discussions of infidelity and unrequited love, cleavage revealing outfits, several deaths by gunshot, stabbing and in battle with no injuries shown, many arguments about government and control, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical hit, filmed in 2016, blends hip-hop, jazz and R&B to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, often referred to as the forgotten American founding father, who was largely responsible for establishing the new country’s economic and legal systems. Also with Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Phillipa Soo. Directed by Thomas Kail. [Running Time: 2:40]

Hamilton SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A married woman straddles a married man’s lap and puts his hand on her clothed breast. A married man and married woman kiss passionately and we hear that she invites him into her bed and that he accepts; we understand that this relationship goes on for a while. A man kisses a woman that is not his wife in a few scenes and sex is implied. A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes. A man kisses women on the hands a couple of times. A man and woman hug tenderly in a couple of scenes. A man throws a kiss to someone off-screen.
 A woman tells a man, “You’re a fox,” and he says, “How bout we strip down to our socks.” A woman talks about being in love with her sister’s husband. A man and a woman sing about falling in love with lyrics including, “I’m so into you.” A man tries to flirt with a woman and she continues walking. A woman tells her sister that she should form a harem and that she should share a man with her. A woman yells at a man about bringing another woman into their bed. A man says that a woman’s younger sister tried to take a bite out of him (in a joking manner).
 A man talks about having sex and thrusts his hips. A man dances and thrusts his hips a few times, and a few men do the same thing together in another sequence. A husband touches his wife’s pregnant abdomen.
 Female ensemble dancers wear tight-fitting pants that outline their legs and buttocks, and bodices that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders. Women wear dresses with low-cut bodices that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie.


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Hamilton VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – Two men argue and demand satisfaction in a duel and they meet and we hear about the rules of the encounter as they arm themselves with guns and count to ten, when one man fires up into the air and the other shoots him in the abdomen (we see no blood and we watch him die later with his mother and father grieving over him). Two men agree to a duel and we see them preparing their weapons, they count and one man is shot dead (the shooter says that he shot him between the ribs). A man is stabbed in the chest and laid on the floor by two other men (no weapon or blood are seen). Two men argue and arrange a duel where one man is shot in the leg (we do not see the wound and he limps away).
 Men and women dance and make the sounds of gunfire and cannon fire as they hold their hands as if they are shooting and jump as if they are being thrown when shot. A man imitates himself being hanged. A man says that he should have shot another man in the mouth instead of the leg. There are references to and a re-enactment of sorts of a battle that led to the surrender of one party.
 Three men threaten a married man with information about a sexual affair he is having with a woman. Two men argue and one yells at the other about calling him “son” and denying him a command. A man receives a letter indicating that another man was killed after a war ended and one party was retreating; the man becomes upset and leaves the room. Men argue about government control and politics. A woman approaches a man and tells him that her husband is treating her badly and that he beats her (we do not see injuries). A man asks another man for money and threatens to tell the second man’s wife about an affair he is having with the first man’s wife. A man writes a document that details a sexual affair he had with a woman and makes it public; his wife confronts him and another woman confronts him and they argue. A woman burns letters from her husband after he admits to having an affair with another woman and she says, “I hope you burn.”
 A man talks about his shame of having commanded over a massacre in battle. A man says that another man was shot in the neck during a battle (we do not see this). A man talks about his mother being dead and leaving him destitute. A man says that he shot another man. A man threatens violence by sending military troops toward people to “show his love” and he says, “I’ll kill your friends and family.” A man says that he punched another man. A man tells another man that if he keeps talking about revolution, he’ll end up dead. A man says that he’ll lay down his life if it “sets us free.” A man talks about the rich “slumming” with the poor. We hear that troops have landed in New York harbor. A reference is made to flying flags at half-mast. A man talks about stealing contraband. A man says, “All he had to do was die.” A man says, “Pride will be the death of us all.” A man talks about a hurricane hitting his town and that he didn’t drown.
 A man sings angrily, and drools and spits a few times. A man refers to “eating our horses.”


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Hamilton LANGUAGE 4

 – A man says, “fat mother fu…, a man says, “Who the F is this?”, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (bastard, whore, orphan, insane, immoral, disgrace, have-nots, crooked, divisive, indecisive, helpless, mad as a hatter, sinners, defeatist, despondent, abrasive, paranoid, immigrants, blue, weak, perplexed, scoundrel, arrogant, nasty schoolboy), exclamations (for shame, dang, awesome, wow, hate you), 3 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Thank God, My God, Oh My God, Pray To God, Sweet Jesus, In God We Trust, God Help Me, a reference to a fire and brimstone preacher). | profanity glossary |


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Hamilton SUBSTANCE USE

 – Men drink in a couple of bar scenes and talk about having one last drink together, and people drink a toast at a wedding.


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Hamilton DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – George III of England, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Payne, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, slavery, US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers, pride, dueling, compromise, independence, freedom, revolution, disadvantages, history, shame, partisanship, loyalty, ideals, trust, abolitionists, equal rights, Continental Congress, Yorktown, control, grief, forgiveness, obsession, legacy, honor, discipline, martyrdom, betrayal, love, injustice, death of a child, orphans, death of parents, poverty, infidelity, gender roles, blackmail.

Hamilton MESSAGE

 – The founding fathers of America were patriotic, but also decidedly flawed human beings.

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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