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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • After underdressing each other, Gus and Hazel have sex. Although only Hazels bare back and their feet are shown.
  • In the beginning there is a teen boy and a teen girl kissing. Hazel makes a comedic remark about the boy reaching for the girl's breast
  • A teen girl kisses a teen boy on the cheek and they both say, "I love you" later.
  • Gus talks about how he's in a circle of virgins, which seemed like he was hinting to Hazel he wants to have sex.
  • Gus and Hazel kiss in a few scenes.

Violence & Gore

  • An 18-year old ex-basketball player is in remission from his osteosarcoma, but had lost one leg from the knee, down; we see the artificial limb several times and once the boy shows it to a man and says, "I didn't have this (leg) removed for the hell of it."
  • Video clips of WWII German wagons filled with dead bodies under tarps play in a display (we see some feet) in the Anne Frank House museum.
  • Gus and Hazel go to Gus's house where they meet his parents and descend some stairs that make her breathe heavily and on the wall is a sign with silhouettes of a cow and a car hitting head-on.
  • Issac throws a fit and is seen violently breaking trophies. This is more comical because it's in the background of Hazel and Gus having a normal conversation despite the rage in the background.


  • The F-bomb is, in separate scenes, uttered once and seen once (very briefly and you need to have a quick eye for it).
  • Gus and Hazel are seen watching the scene from "Alien" where Sigourney Weaver says, "Get away from her, you bitch!"
  • 8 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, and 11 religious profanities (e.g. Oh my God, Oh God, God).
  • Name-calling (weird, crazy, loser, failure, monster, mean, evil, sick kids, drunk, douche-pants and stupid.)
  • Stereotypical references to physicians, teenagers, children with cancer, parents, support group leaders, Americans, Christians, temperamental authors, alcoholics, fickle girlfriends and virgins and exclamations (Oh gosh.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Augustus buys cigarettes, and "doesn't smoke" them. He says it's a metaphor and that "you put the thing that does the killing right between your teeth, and never give it the power to kill you." (So he "smokes" unlit cigarettes) He has one in his mouth on a plane and he is told to put it away.
  • Hazel and Gus drink champagne.
  • Hazel is seen taking multiple drugs for medical use.
  • It is heavily implied that Van Houten is an alcoholic.
  • There is a brief innocuous reference to illegal drug use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The overall theme of the film is a little heavy: disability, cancer, death, etc. But it is dealt with in such a way that it's suitable for sensitive viewers.


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Sex & Nudity

  • There is 1 intimate scene on a bed where we see the boy's bare chest and the girl's back as she takes off her bra. Sex is very clearly implied, but not explicitly shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Gus calls Hazel at night from a gas station and begs for help; she drives there and finds him unable to move from his driver's seat and when he raises his shirt we see a large red infected area around a chemotherapy port; he cries and coughs up yellow and red phlegm as she calls 911 and EMTs load him into an ambulance with flashing lights (we do not see him as a patient, but when he comes home, he needs a wheelchair and the girl pushes him in it in a few scenes).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scenes where Hazel and Gus are seen in pain from cancer can be intense.
  • When Augustus dies, it is a very emotional moment in the film.

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