Thank you, thankyouverymuch. Elvis is back in the building! At least for the newest biopic now playing in theaters. Is Elvis safe for teens and tweens to watch? What is the age rating for Elvis (2022)? This parents guide will help you decide if kids in your household can see Elvis in theaters.
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About Elvis (2022)
A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s (Austin Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
What Is The Age Rating For Elvis (2022)? Parents Guide
Elvis is and always will be The King.
And kids are likely going to be drawn to this one thanks to the star power of Austin Butler in the lead role.
But is Elvis safe for kids? Is it age-appropriate for teens and tweens to watch?
This parents guide for Elvis will help you decide if your family can handle the gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Elvis (2022) age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
Language In Elvis
Elvis has a fair amount of language in it that might not make it kid-friendly for your household.
Words and phrases used include:
- sons of b!tches
- and multiple (too many to count) uses of g-d d@mn or d@mnit, mostly by Elvis
Age Rating For The Elvis: Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
There is a romance, of course, between the teenage Priscilla and the soldier Elvis. Her age isn’t really dwelt upon, but as a reminder, she was 14 years old when they met.
Sex is limited to passionate kisses with strangers and one intimate bedroom scene.
A fan shows up at Elvis’ hotel room and you see her in lingerie as they are in bed together, but there isn’t any nudity or sexual acts shown in the movie.
And, of course, there are Elvis’ famous gyrating hips and thrusts. Sexual and shocking in the 50s, maybe not so much today. But it is mentioned and discussed (and legally questionable!) in the movie.
Is Elvis (2022) Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
Elvis lived a rough life, particularly in the early years.
His twin brother died at birth and his parents mention that throughout his life. His mother also dies in the movie, which has him dealing with deep grief and loss in a very public manner.
Poverty and crime played pivotal roles in shaping his future outlook on life.
Attention is also called to two assassinations that happen during the movie: Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Discussion of race is front and center throughout the film.
Elvis may not be safe for kids if drug use, racism, or anger issues could be sensitive for your family.
Violence and Gore: Is Elvis Too Scary For Kids Under 17?
There isn’t any gore to speak of in the movie, but there is some violence.
Fist fights and overwhelming crowds that are almost violent are the two main issues.
Elvis is seen wearing an ankle holster and a gun and even shoots his TV at one point.
Elvis Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Elvis is rated PG-13 for substance abuse, strong language, suggestive material, and smoking.
But is it appropriate for kids under the age of 12? What is the age rating for Elvis?
Is Elvis Appropriate For Kids Under 12?
Elvis is a long movie clocking in at over 2 hours and 45 minutes.
If your younger teens or tweens have an interest in Elvis’s career and life, they would likely be entertained by this compelling movie.
Austin Butler makes a gorgeous Elvis at any age.
As long as language isn’t a deal-breaker in your home, the age rating for Elvis could likely go as young as 10. But it would seem few kids that age would have an interest in sitting in the theater that long unless they are really big Elvis fans.
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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.