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Bones and All | 2022 | R | – 7.8.9

content-ratingsWhy is “Bones and All” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong, bloody and disturbing violent content, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes full female nudity including genitals on pornographic posters, an implied scene of a man masturbating another man, several kissing scenes and some partial nudity, several scenes of people eating the remains of dead and sometimes partially alive bloody bodies with a lot of blood on both the attacker and the victims, many discussions of violent attacks on people and eating parts of their bodies, a few arguments, and over 40 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After a shocking event leads a young woman’s (Taylor Russell) father (André Holland) to leave her on her own, she searches for her estranged mother with the help of a stranger (Timothée Chalamet) and finds disturbing truths about herself along the way. Also with Mark Rylance, Anna Cobb and Chloë Sevigny. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. [Running Time: 2:11]

Bones and All SEX/NUDITY 7

 – Pornographic posters of fully nude women are seen on the walls of a man’s house (bare breasts, buttocks, as well as an anus and a clitoris are seen).
 A young man meets a man in a dark cornfield, they kiss, they run and laugh: a teen girl follows sounds and moaning in the field and sees one man masturbating the other man as he moans (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); the man’s partially nude body is shown later with his bare chest and abdomen visible.
 A young man and a teen girl kiss while riding a Ferris wheel. A teen girl touches a young man’s hair and they hold hands; they then kiss tenderly. A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. A man grabs a teen girl and pushes her onto a bed while holding a knife to her face; he lies on top of her and presses his head against her chest while talking to her and he kisses her cheek (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 What could be an open condom wrapper is shown on a nightstand.
 A topless teen girl sits behind a shirtless young man also seated on the ground and holds him (we see her bare back and the partial side of her breast and his partial bare back). We see what appears to be two fully nude people jumping off a cliff into water (we see only flesh without clear details). A man is shown on his hands and knees and wearing a tank T-shirt and briefs as he feeds from a dead woman’s body (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); we see his legs to the upper thighs, shoulders and a bulge between his legs from the back and later from the front. A young man is shirtless in a few scenes and we see his bare chest, abdomen to the hips and back. A man wears overalls without a shirt underneath and we see his bare shoulders and partial sides. A teen girl wears a crop top that reveals her bare abdomen. A teen girl’s dress is sheer when lit from the back and reveals the outline of her legs to the hips. A teen girl wears a camisole that reveals cleavage and the outline of her breasts and nipples.

Bones and All VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – A young man meets a man in a dark cornfield (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); one slices the other’s throat with a knife and blood sprays, we see the injured man with blood on his neck and chest as he gurgles until he dies, and a young man chews on his body while he is still alive. We hear a body being dragged on a floor and then a thump; a teen girl sees a man on his hands and knees leaning over a dead woman’s body and eating her (he is covered with blood and we see bloody bites out of her chest and abdomen); the teen girl goes into the room and picks up the woman’s arm (we hear her snarling and chewing as the scene ends). Two teen girls lie on the floor talking, one moves close to the other and puts the girl’s finger in her mouth and then bites it; the second girl screams as the first girl is pulled away by the feet and runs out of the house with blood on her face and shirt and the attacked girl is shown with her hand and finger covered with blood (we see the bone).
 A man in a grocery store yells and makes a crude remarks to a woman as she walks by (the man seems drunk); a young man confronts him and they leave the store (presumably to fight outside), and a teen girl leaves the store too and later sees the young man shirtless and climbing out of the window of an outbuilding and we see that he has blood on his mouth and neck (it is implied that he killed the man, he spits on the ground and we see some goo). A man grabs a teen girl and pushes her onto a bed while holding a knife to her face, lies on top of her and presses his head against her chest while talking to her, and kisses her cheek; a young man wraps a plastic bag around the man’s head, he gasps for air as the teen girl bites his arm, he drops the knife and is stabbed in the chest a few times (we see the bloody wounds as he gags and gurgles); he is then dragged to a bathtub and he screams as the teen girl pokes her hand into an abdominal wound and pulls out what looks like an organ, which she presumably eats off-screen. A young man coughs and gags and we see a bloody wound on his chest, he falls to the floor and a teen girl tries to help him; he tells her that she needs to feed and we see her press her face into the wound on his chest. What seem like flashbacks or a dream show a sequence of attacks on people, and a man is struck with a tire iron and blood spurts.
 A teen girl walks through a house and describes what she smells; she says, “Not rotten but close,” and we see a woman lying on a bedroom floor breathing erratically and seemingly unable to move as she dies (we later hear her gagging and then become quiet). A woman in a psychiatric hospital is shown seated in a chair whimpering, she says that she thought about ending her life, and when she becomes agitated she yells and lunges toward a teen girl and a nurse intervenes. We hear screaming off-screen in a psychiatric hospital. A man yells at a teen girl and speeds away in a van. A man chases a young man and a teen girl as they drive away and then stops and yells.
 A teen girl sits alone at night outside a bus station and sees a man standing across the road; he approaches and tells her that he could smell her and asks when was the last time she fed. Two men approach a teen girl and a young man and talk about their common activities; one man is identified as a police officer. A man’s voice describes finding a babysitter dead and covered with blood on her neck and that her face was “chewed up”; he says, “You got her good,” and, “They never found where I put her.” A man tells a teen girl, “Never eat an eater.” A man says, “I don’t kill people.” A man tells a teen girl, “I ate my own granddad.” A teen girl asks a woman if another woman ever hurt anyone and the woman becomes upset. A teen girl talks about the night that her father beat her and her brother, and that the police were called; a young man says that the man, “Tried to rip me open with his teeth,” and that he bashed him on the head with an ashtray and then ate him. A teen girl wakes up in a run-down house and realizes that her father is gone; she listens to a cassette tape of her father telling her about why he left and he says, “I can’t do anything else for you.” A voice says that a boy went missing at a camp and that his tent was found in the woods covered with blood. A woman says that her husband died of throat cancer. A woman says that another woman is “No longer with us,” but explains that she is not dead. A woman explains that an infant was abandoned and that she took her in. A teen girl says that she doesn’t have any memories of her mother. A teen girl tells another teen girl to sneak away from home at night to come to her house. A man on a TV news show talks about a man trying to commit suicide. We hear a TV news report about lawmakers discussing gun control measures.
 A teen girl unscrews screws blocking her bedroom window from opening, climbs through the window and runs to a friend’s house. A teen girl sleeps holding a pocketknife. A teen girl goes to her bedroom at night and her father locks the door from the outside.
 A woman is shown missing the lower part of her arms from the elbows (we see non-bloody stumps). A man opens a cloth that is wrapped around a long collection of braided hair and he says that he has kept hair from each of the people he has eaten; he holds the strand and pulls on it to show a teen girl how strong it is. A young man has a scar on his face. A man and a teen girl are shown covered with blood after they have consumed a dead woman. A man prepares a Cornish hen: he cuts it and presses down on the bones to spatchcock (we hear the crunch and crack). A young man and a teen girl break into a slaughterhouse and sit on a ledge overlooking cows in pens; the young man says that the security guard is deaf in both ears. A teen girl sits on a toilet and we see her bare legs and side buttocks; we hear a trickle. A man urinates on the ground and we hear a trickle (we do not see flesh). In a dream, a man vomits a large amount of blood, which we see. A large puddle of blood is shown on a floor after a fight.

Bones and All LANGUAGE 9

 – About 43 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for gay people, name-calling (creepy, idiot, weird, stupid, normal, groupie, dumb [anatomical term deleted], hobo, junkie, monsters, nuts), exclamations (wow, seriously, how dare you make this harder, freaking you out), 3 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God, God in Heaven, Christ, oh Christ, Jesus Christ). | profanity glossary |

Bones and All SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man tells a young man that he has weed in his car and we see them smoking later. People hold and drink from cans of beer while seated around a campfire. A woman smokes a cigarette in a bus station office, and a young man smokes cigarettes in a few scenes.

Bones and All DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Cannibalism, murder, friendship, trust, Ronald Reagan, death of loved ones, loneliness.

Bones and All MESSAGE

 – Anyone can find love.

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