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MPAA Rated R for graphic bloody violence

Sex & Nudity

  • There are some suggestive paintings in Judge Turpin's room but they are all out of focus. In the same scene there is a mild reference to prostitution that no one under the age of 13 will pick up on.
  • No sex or nudity, just mild, scarce, and very implicit references.
  • Incredibly implicit reference to rape(the word "violated") is used.
  • There are a couple of mild references to sex that children would not understand.
  • Mrs. Lovett wears a few revealing dresses. Most of them show off notably cleavage.

Violence & Gore

  • The violence isn't very frightening considering how unrealistic and cartoony it is.(SEE: Frightening & Intense Scenes)
  • (mild violence): A man is pushed on the floor & hit in the back with a cane repeatedly. The result is a bloody mouth.
  • (mild violence): A boy is slapped in the face. Then, is hit a couple more times on off-camera.
  • A teapot is smashed into someone's face and blood comes out of his mouth.
  • People's throats are slit and computer generated blood comes out.
  • (graphic bloody violence): There is a series of people getting their throat slit. Sometimes, you can't see the whole slit because the camera angles vary; some are camera shots are from behind, others in front, etc.
  • (bloody violence): A man quickly slits another person's throat. Camera is not close-up.
  • A man is stabbed in the throat and right after his throat is slit.
  • A woman is pushed into a furnace but even this is unrealistic. She screams and turns to ash.
  • This movie is a musical, still it may scare younger audiences. The plot involves a strong theme of murder. Also, the blood is somewhat unrealistic.


  • Two uses of "shit".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • a boy is simply drinking a glass of gin talking to a woman with the bottle on the table. Later, she finds the boy curled up on the floor from drinking to much with the bottle in his hands (more for humor)
    • the woman pours a glass of gin for a man who drinks it slowly
    • another woman is seen drinking at a masquerade ball who gets a little drunk
    • a man passes a room filled with people who are smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There's a lot of blood and violence but all of it is very intentionally cartoonish and fake looking. Not quite as tame as the Broadway musical it's based on.
    • a bloody, unconscious victim is layed inside a chest. Soon after, part of their hand is sticking out while twitching a little bit.
    • the barber/murderer turns his ordinary barber chair into a mechanical chair that flips backward after the victims' throat is slit, sliding them down the chair, through the trapdoor, & at the bottom where they land on their head on the hard floor. Sometimes, they land on top of other victims.
    • the landlady makes meat pies as a business. Not making much money, she then uses the victims' meat as her pies. In the movie, it doesn't show her actually making the human pies. But in one scene, a boy is down in the cellar/bakehouse. He takes a bite of a pie & pulls a human finger out of his mouth. Then, he looks over & sees some skeletons of humans that were stripped for meat. Then, it shows the meat grinder filled with bloody humans, & the boys picks up an amputated hand with missing fingers. All of a suddenly, a body comes out of the trapdoor above landing on the floor.
    • a man is sent to an insane asylum. In the room, there are many people (mostly women) that are shaking, crying, moaning, etc. The owner is then attacked by all of them, while they all scream.
    • it is implied in a conversation that Judge Turpin "violated" Lucy
    • this is a very disturbing movie.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending is very intense and disturbing.

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