In the Heights is the latest summer must-see release from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon Chu. But is In the Heights safe for kids to watch? This parent movie review will help you decide if the PG-13 age rating works for your family and how kid-friendly and appropriate In the Heights is for kids. And be sure to check out these In The Heights Quotes!
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About In The Heights
The creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians” invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big… “In the Heights.”
Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.
“In the Heights” fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
“In the Heights” was filmed in New York, primarily on location in the dynamic community of Washington Heights.
Is In The Heights Safe For Kids? Parent Movie Review
If you have a “theater kid” or one who just loved the Hamilton soundtrack, then they want to see In The Heights.
But is In the Heights ok for kids?
The age rating is PG-13 for this movie and parents might have questions about what that means, exactly.
This parent movie guide of In the Heights will help you decide based on language, sex, violence, gore and adult subject matter how safe In the Heights is for your kids.
As always, every family is different and you know your kids best!
What Ages Can See In The Heights?
Because this show is similar in tone (in many ways) to Hamilton, we’ll repeat many of the same warnings we put into out Hamilton parent review.
This is one of those shows where your mileage may vary when it comes to how closely your child can follow the plot and the very quickly sung lyrics of certain songs.
The songs are rapid fire and fast, so it might be tough for younger kids to follow the lyrics.
In general, this is a show suitable for kids 13 and up, with close parental supervision for youngeer children. Our 10-year-old watched with us and didn’t catch many of the sexual references because she simply didn’t have that vocabulary or context yet.
I can’t say In The Heights is kid-friendly, but it’s appropriate for many ages of children.
Language: Is In The Heights Kid-Friendly?
Language is going to be the biggest concern for parents who are asking if In The Heights is ok for their kids.
There are plenty of swear words, and they start pretty much out of the gate. It’s not constant, but if language is a huge issue in your household, you will notice characters singing quite a few of them!
The biggie F bomb is not used, however.
Violence in In The Heights
There really isn’t any violence or gore in this movie.
Just a lot of dancing and singing!
Adult Themes In The Heights
There are plenty of mature subjects touched on with In the Heights including racisim and sexual content.
While no nudity or sex appears on screen, characters do make reference to people being caught in bed with each other or sleeping together.
Will your child pick up on these instances? Possibly. But if they don’t, they may ask you to explain what the size of a person’s “taxi” really means… so be prepared.
Is In the Heights ok for your kids?
It’s a spectacle of a movie with a story that will sit with them for a long time. We recommend this one for for any child that loves music, dancing, and singing and does ok with a few swear words here and there.
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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.