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Mary Poppins Returns | 2018 | PG | – 1.2.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Mary Poppins Returns” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some mild thematic elements and brief action.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few references to a romantic relationship, a couple of songs that refer to minor nudity and some scenes where people undertake somewhat perilous activities without negative outcomes. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) have grown up but not all is well with them and especially with Michael’s children and hence the magical nanny (Emily Blunt) returns to remind them that in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun; find the fun, and then the job’s a game. Also with Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and David Warner. Directed by Rob Marshall. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in “Leerie-speak” with English translation. [Running Time: 2:10]

Mary Poppins Returns SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and a woman flirt in a few scenes. A woman sits on a bicycle between a man’s arms and she grabs his arm when they start to peddle away. A man and a woman hold hands. A woman kisses an animated penguin on the cheek.
 A woman makes comments about a younger woman talking to a nice man and says that she told her, “That ship has sailed” and another woman says, “There are always other ships.” A woman sings a song about a barren tree and that someone came along and caused it to make flowers (pollination). A woman sings a song about a woman wearing hardly a stitch and that she wore only a smile, two feathers and something else to cover herself.
 A woman sings about loosening her girdle and pulls an elastic strap that slaps back against her abdomen. Three children are shown wearing underwear when preparing for a bath. Several animated flamingoes dance on a stage and flip their short skirts up to reveal their tail feathers.


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Mary Poppins Returns VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 - Several men climb the side of a tall clock tower trying to reach the clock face; one man nearly falls when he is startled by a pigeon and loses his grip, he then walks out on the end of a ladder and another jumps on the other end (like a seesaw) to throw him up to the face (no one is harmed). Two men chase three children through a bank after they overhear a man's plot to take their home away; one of the men threatens the children's father with losing his job and the father yells at the children and their nanny.
 Winds blow in a room where five people are gathered and they are transported into the scene painted on a bowl where they help a dog repair a broken carriage wheel, they watch a musical show and the youngest of the group chases a wolf that has stolen his stuffed animal; the boy is thrown in the back of a train car as it steams away, he calls for help and two other children jump into another carriage and chase him until they are thrown off the edge of the scene on the bowl and the children wake up in fright (as if they all dreamt the events). Three children and a woman get lost in fog at night and a man guides them back to their home by following the lamp lights.
 A kite is taken by the wind and a young boy chases it through a park; he catches the string and is pulled into the air until a man grabs his feet and pulls him back to the ground as we see a woman in the sky holding the kite and landing on the ground gently. Many people in a park float high into the sky while holding balloons (we see several of them landing safely later). A kitchen sink sprays water and the floor is covered, as well as a few people trying to stop the flow, and a woman yells for help. A cannon is fired every hour from the roof of a house and the blast causes things in a neighboring house to rattle and nearly fall to the floor (people catch them and put things back in their places). A man uses the handle of a cane to throw an animated penguin off a stage. Children fight over a fragile bowl and a piece breaks off it when it drops to the floor. A homeless person is shown asleep on stairs outside a building. A lamplighter cleans the soot off glass on a street lamp in a few scenes.
 Bank officials post a notice on the door of a house announcing pending repossession due to loan payments being in arrears. A man in a park yells at children in several scenes about walking on the grass. A man yells at his three children when they are noisy and excited about an adventure. A man and a woman argue in a few scenes. A woman inside a building calls out for a woman at the door to leave her alone. A man yells at his children when they are late getting home at night. A man becomes upset when he tells his children about the real possibility of losing their home. A man yells at two other men to keep a man from entering a bank. A man yells at another man and fires him from his job. A young girl talks about buying day old bread at the market for half price to save money. A man sings a song about missing his wife who died from an illness. A woman reprimands three children for having dirt on their clothes and faces. The handle of an umbrella is shaped like the head of a bird and it moves and speaks in a few scenes; it complains loudly when a woman uses it to knock on a door.
 A dolphin pops its head out of a bathtub when three children prepare for a bath; they each slide into the tub and a woman follows as they are taken to an undersea adventure where they play with dolphins and float in giant bubbles before sailing a boat into a swirling drain that leads them back to the bathroom. Three children, a woman and a man ride on a bicycle with two of the children and the woman balancing on a ladder laid across the back of the bike; they wobble a bit as they go. A room inside a building flips upside down causing the woman who lives there to become agitated because everything is "topsy-turvy." Lamplighters (Leeries) dance on lamp poles and jump on bicycles in a musical sequence; several carry lighting poles with flames at the ends.


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Mary Poppins Returns LANGUAGE 1

 - 1 mild anatomical term (topsy-bottomsy), name-calling (blundering blowfish, labor organizer, dust bins, simpleton, cod fish, tough nut, absurd, pea-brained, dirty rascal, crook, sad, loony, liar, thick-headed), exclamations (oh my goodness, nonsense, blimey, my goodness gracious glory me, pish posh, stuff and nonsense), 1 religious exclamation (Oh For The Love Of All That's Holy). | profanity glossary |


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Mary Poppins Returns SUBSTANCE USE

 - A woman sings a song and makes reference to "bath tub gin," and a reference is made to someone being "on the sauce."


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Mary Poppins Returns DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Magic, death of a loved one, rights of workers, greed, sabotage, bill collectors, confusion, logic, intellect, imagination, aging, change, judging a book by its cover, Leo Tolstoy, lies, joy and wonder.

Mary Poppins Returns MESSAGE

 - Grownups forget how to be children; don't forget what it's like to be a child.

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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