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All About Eve | 1950 | NR | – 1.1.1

content-ratingsWhy is “All About Eve” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several scenes where women’s dresses reveal cleavage, a few kisses, flirtation and references to infidelity, a face slap, and several arguments with many sharp but non-obscene insults and instances of name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Winner of 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture: Bette Davis stars as a celebrated star of the theater, struggling with middle age and her own insecurities, when a young fan (Anne Baxter) enters her life and soon becomes indispensable. Through cold-hearted manipulation but also genuine talent, the young ingénue soon eclipses the aging diva. Also with George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe and Thelma Ritter. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. [Running Time: 2:18]

All About Eve SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man and a woman kiss and embrace. A man and a woman kiss. A man and woman nearly kiss but they are interrupted by another woman. A man hugs a woman as she cries.
 A reference is made to a woman having an affair with the boss’ wife. A woman implies that she is having an affair with a married man and that he is going to leave his wife to marry her. A man and a woman in separate beds and clothed speak on the telephone and flirt. A woman asks another woman if she and another woman are lovers (in a sarcastic manner). A man tells a woman to go make another man smile and she walks away with a flirtatious grin.
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare backs at a formal affair. A woman’s costume is a deeply cut dress that reveals cleavage and shoulders. A woman is undressed after a theater performance and we see part of her bare back. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and a bare shoulder. A woman is seen wrapped in a towel that reveals her bare shoulders and cleavage.


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All About Eve VIOLENCE/GORE 1

 - A man slaps a woman in the face. A man and woman argue and the man holds the woman on a bed while yelling at her, and then he leaves and she cries. A man and a woman argue and the woman behaves in a jealous manner. Two women argue. A woman is startled when she finds a young woman asleep in her apartment. A woman yells at a man and cries.
 A woman talks about her husband being killed during his military service. A comment is made about someone shooting a woman's husband. A comment is made about "killing the people," in a theater setting. A woman reprimands another woman for being dismissive to another woman. A woman quizzes a man about whether she is going to lose him when he leaves. A woman seems annoyed and walks out of a room. A woman says that she is "slave labor." Two women talk about why one of them does not like another woman. A character says, "Keep your teeth sharp." A woman says, "I hate men." A comment is made about giving someone a "boot in the pants." A woman says something about wanting to "stuff that lost lamb down his throat." A woman says, "I'd like him to be dead." A character says, "Over my dead body." A woman says, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" A man says that a woman is "Being violently ill to her tummy" (we do not see or hear anything).
 A woman smears make-up removal cream on her face in her dressing room while talking to others. A car skids on an icy road but the driver corrects it. A car runs out of gas on a dark road.


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All About Eve LANGUAGE 1

 - Name-calling (golden girl, loyal little woman, beasts, autograph fiends, delinquents, mousy, 5th rate, dreary, junkyard, needy, just plain folks, idiotic, gnome, maudlin, she's loaded, honey, unhappy rabbits, MacBethish, sly puss, fool, medieval, contemptible worm, manure slinger, cockamamie play, piece of filth, witch, eager-beaver, Rasputin, little miss evil, louse, too short, improbable person, feverish little brain, dreadful, princess, the kid, poor little flower, heavy-handed, harpy, megalomaniac, stage struck kid, glamour-puss, childish, loose lamb, crazy, Svengali), exclamations (oh brother, golly). | profanity glossary |


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All About Eve SUBSTANCE USE

 - Bottles of liquor and wine are shown on tables at a formal event, a woman pours herself a glass of liquor and she declines to add a mixer, people drink cocktails and champagne at a party, a woman drinks several drinks quickly at a party and appears to be inebriated later, people in a restaurant drink a toast with champagne, and a man says that woman is "loaded." A man smokes cigarettes attached to holders in several scenes throughout the movie, a woman smokes in many scenes throughout the movie with clouds of smoke, a man smokes in an airport, men and women smoke in party scenes, a woman smokes in a car, and a man and a woman each smoke in bed.


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All About Eve DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Obsession, success, critics, criticism, theater, celebrity, fame, make believe, competition, Hollywood vs. the theater, labor unions, sacrifice, self-pity, careers, ego, fanatical idolatry, loyalty, compromise, infidelity.

All About Eve MESSAGE

 - Callously manipulating people may bring success but it is not the path to happiness and comeuppance is just around the corner.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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