Biography


Bohemian Rhapsody


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Biography
Runtime:
134 mins
Stars:
Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Director:
Bryan Singer
Producer:
Jim Beach, Graham King

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


some banter; a couple is shown in bed together; flirting and kissing scenes involving mercury and men/women; some scenes of a gay club/bar; talk of hiv/aids; sexual themes/implications among other things

Language


one use of “f,” uses of “s–t,” “bulls–t,” “pr–k,” “a–hole,” “dam*,” “h,” “pi*s,” “wanker,” “balls,” “twat,” “bollocks,” “nuts,” one use of “christ” ; also racial slurs (“paki”)

Violence


arguing; a rock is thrown through a window.

Drugs


prevalent drug usage; excessive drinking; smoking; pill usage; cocaine use is implied.

Nudity


revealing clothing on men and women

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.


Movie Message

Freddie Mercury was a performer—one of the best. Queen’s widespread fame and influence is a testament to his ability to capture audiences with his powerful songs and strutting stage persona. Despite his controversial lifestyle, everyone loved Freddie—or so it seemed. The film reveals that Freddie was so consumed by his performance that very few people actually knew him deeply, something that caused Mercury a great deal of pain. During the biopic, the audience is only offered a handful of glimpses past Mercury’s performance and into his heart. These glimpses show a man in a turmoil of doubt, loneliness, and self-hatred. Just like his self-chosen name implies, these moments only last for an instant before Mercury changes back into the performer and flashes a smile. The show must go on.

Though Mercury’s gay lifestyle is a central theme, Bohemian Rhapsody implies more than it actually shows. Mercury’s sexuality is shown as a powerful influence in his life, a strong current that swept him along, often causing him pain and confusion. This part of Mercury’s life is more of a statement in the film rather than a celebration, perhaps because it was something Mercury often tried to hide.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s best moments are found in Queen’s painstakingly reenacted concerts, when Mercury was at his best. Queen’s hit songs are exuberantly performed as Rami Malek plays his role as Mercury to the hilt, oversized front teeth and all.

Due to high levels of language and drug use, Bohemian Rhapsody is not Dove-Approved.

The Dove Take

Not as edgy as expected, Bohemian Rhapsody shows glimpses of the man behind the charismatic performer Freddie Mercury.

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