The year 2021 has been a massive one for movie musicals, and Dear Evan Hansen is looking to be one of the best of them. This adaptation of the Broadway play is hoping to be as big a hit on the big screen as it was on stage, winning 6 of its 9 total Tony nominations, including Best Musical in 2017.
This film follows Evan Hansen – starring Ben Platt reprising his Tony winning role – who is an awkward, shy, and anxious teenager whose life starts to change after one of his assignments from his therapist is found with a classmate who recently committed suicide.
The film also stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandala Stenberg, and more. It will be directed by Perks of Being a Wallflower (streaming now on Showtime) director Stephen Chbosky, and written by Steven Levenson, who won the Tony for “Best Book of a Musical” for the Broadway version of this play.
The story of Dear Evan Hansen is created by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and is based on an event in Benj Pasek’s childhood.
What is the Dear Evan Hansen Age rating?
The movie version of Dear Evan Hansen has been given a MPAA rating of PG-13.
The film got its rating for brief strong language, suggestive material, and thematic material involving suicide.
It seems as though the movie has removed some of the stronger language that the play included in order to give the film its PG-13 rating. This was likely done in an attempt to make the film more suitable for younger audiences, potentially even families, and allow for a broader audience to be allowed admittance to the film.
The broadway musical, even though there is strong language, is one that is set in high school, and one that is performed in high schools all around the country. So, while there might be some stronger language and strong thematic elements, this should ultimately be a film that is safe for anyone high school aged and up.
Dear Evan Hansen is a musical that younger children might not understand but teenagers should, which is why I think the PG-13 rating is perfect. This is a film that attempts to pride itself on being a story for anyone who has ever dealt with depression, anxiety, and a feeling of loneliness. I think it is an important one for anyone who has felt isolated and alone, a feeling a lot of school aged teenagers deal with.
Dear Evan Hansen will be in theaters Sept. 23, 2021.