Before I begin, I'd like to mention that this movie is appropriate for anyone of any age, however I gave the 12 and up recommendation because I found viewers below this age to lose interest quickly in the movie. Although 1776 is by all means an entertaining movie, it is a bit slow moving and contains more witty humor than slapstick. The viewer will be required to know a background of the fight for American Independence as well as a good vocabulary. The actors speak in the late 1700s vernacular, so younger viewers will have a hard time deciphering what they are saying. Even if a younger viewer can miraculously make it through the entire movie, you should not need to worry about mature content. What's great about 1776 is how subtle the mature themes are. There are quite a few references to sex, such as a joke about an ox and bull, talk of STDs (called the French Disease), and Jefferson yearning to have sex while he is still young, but neither the word sex nor is sex described. Sexual overtones are very subtle and requires a lot of background knowledge to understand what these characters are talking about. There is one scene where sex is implied, but we are not certain of this. Jefferson meets his wife at his house after a long time being apart and they kiss each other in front of Ben Franklin and John Adams. Ben and John leave the house and come back the next day. Adams asks how her sleep was, although Franklin changes the question quickly to avoid potential embarrassment. Jeffersons wife then sings a song called "He Plays the Violin" about feeling "undone" when Jefferson plays the violin. Other than some of the minor sexual overtones, there was a small amount of language. A-- was used once, along with the word bas---- (but not as a vulgar term). I believe a couple d-mns were used (some with God), but it was very far and few between. Two uses of wh--e to describe a problem with the outbreak of STDs. A character drinks rum, but he never see him drunk. Overall, 1776 is very school appropriate and clean, but only older viewers will come to appreciate the film more. On for any age, recommended for at least 12 and up.