Do you like scary movies? Do your teens? They might be asking if they can see this one. The franchise and star power (Jenna Ortega is THE moment!) are there! But can they? What is the true age rating of Scream 6? Can your kids watch this one? We’re covering the 7 big things parents need to know about the age rating for Screan VI in this parents guide.
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About Scream VI (2023)
Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter.
In Scream VI, Melissa Barrera (“Sam Carpenter”), Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Mindy Meeks-Martin”), Mason Gooding (“Chad Meeks-Martin”), Jenna Ortega (“Tara Carpenter”), Hayden Panettiere (“Kirby Reed”) and Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) return to their roles in the franchise alongside Jack Champion, Henry Czerny, Liana Liberato, Dermot Mulroney, Devyn Nekoda, Tony Revolori, Josh Segarra, and Samara Weaving.
Age Rating of Scream 6: Parents Guide (7 Big Things)
Can your kids watch this one? What is the age rating of Scream 6?
This parent’s guide will help you decide if your family can handle the seven big issues with movies and shows: mature topics, gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Scream VI age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
Scream 6 doesn’t hold back when it comes to language, but if your kids have seen the other movies, this won’t be a huge surprise.
Your teens will hear:
- F-bombs (with variations like mother F-bomber)
- g-d d@mn
- crude anatomical expressions
… and more we might have missed. But you get the idea: they’re going to hear a lot of swears and concerning language as Ghostface rampages through NYC.
Age Rating of Scream 6: Is It Safe For Teens When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
There are some sexual moments, but there is no overt sex or nudity in Scream 6.
Characters kiss, there’s implied sex (with noises) coming from another room, and there are sexual jokes including hand gestures.
A character is made fun of for being a virgin.
But there’s nothing uncomfortable or blatant when it comes to nudity in this one.
Violence and Gore: Is Scream VI Too Scary For Kids Under 17?
This is being called the most brutal and violent of all the Scream films since the original in 1996.
And we have to agree.
Your kids will see lots of stabbings, bloody spurting wounds, head bashings, falls from heights, and dead bodies in this one. Weapons (guns, knives, etc) are also used in the attacks.
The pacing of the kills, however, almost goes too fast and doesn’t quite allow for enough suspense to build for the ultimate scary movie.
But there’s blood and brutal slayings- and lots of it in Scream 6.
Is Scream 6 Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
A man tries to take sexual advantage of a girl at a bar (but friends intervene). Date rape is also mentioned.
A college party shows lots of drinking and some minor drug use (marijuana smoking). Characters are seen drinking at a bar as well and taking shots.
Trauma and dealing with the aftereffects are discussed as well.
Scream 6 Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Scream 6 is rated R for intense, bloody violence and language throughout and brief drug use by the MPAA.
Parents Guide: Is Scream VI Appropriate For Kids Under 17?
As always, you know your kids best.
If you do decide to allow them to see Scream 6, they might want to go ahead and brush up on the previous Scream movies with a Scream movie marathon.
There are a ton of callbacks and references to these movies (plus returning characters) that will certainly help increase the entertainment value of the movie.
But is Scream 6 ok for teens? What ages can watch this one?
If they are horror fans and have been exposed to other horror movies like Halloween, Smile, etc, then we think they can handle Scream 6 as young as 15 and up. There are not any overt nudity or sex scenes which may make this one ok for teens younger than 17.
If your child hasn’t seen any scary movies yet, then this is NOT the one to start them on. Check out this list of scary- but not too scary- movies for tweens and teens to dip a toe in before watching any Ghostface films.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.