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Don’t Worry Darling | 2022 | R | – 7.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Don’t Worry Darling” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sexuality, violent content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several sex scenes with partial nudity, many kissing scenes, a striptease ending in partial nudity, an implied suicide by slitting a throat, a death by blunt force trauma, a car chase leading to the death of a person, the implied abduction or death of a child, electroshock therapy, several arguments, and about 7 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


All is fine with the world in Victory, an isolated 1950s town where the residents are strictly controlled by a man claiming to be changing the world. While the men report to work each morning, the women stay home and are supposed to support their husbands in every way, until one of the wives (Florence Pugh) questions what is going on in their utopian home, and doubt spreads among the denizens. Also with Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, KiKi Layne, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Sydney Chandler, Kate Berlant, Asif Ali, Douglas Smith, Timothy Simons and Ari’el Stachel. Directed by Olivia Wilde. [Running Time: 2:02]

Don’t Worry Darling SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A husband and his wife kiss in a room during a party with many people gathered outside; the man pulls down the woman’s underwear (we see her partial bare legs), he thrusts against her and they moan and climax while another man watches from the shadows. A wife greets her husband each night with a drink for him and they kiss passionately; in a one of these scenes, they continue kissing, the woman lies back on the dining table and the man performs oral sex on her; she moans and writhes and pushes objects off the table (her dress reveals cleavage and bare legs when it lifts up on the table).
 A husband and his wife kiss passionately in several scenes. Two men kiss (it does not appear romantic). A husband hugs and kisses a woman on the neck and she pushes him away saying that she has just worked a 30-hour shift and sewed up 12 people. Women wearing various nightclothes and dresses kiss their husbands and stand in their driveways as they leave each morning. A man and a woman hug in bed.
 A woman on a stage, dances to burlesque music and removes articles of clothing; we see her stocking-covered leg and a glittery garter belt and we eventually see her wearing only a small pair of underwear and pasties over her nipples as she sits in a giant champagne glass and men and women cheer. Men and women dance together at parties and a company dinner. While practicing ballet movements a woman touches another woman’s abdomen and chin to guide her posture. Several scenes show women dancing in unison while wearing costumes that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and legs to the hips as they kick.
 A woman wears a nightgown that reveals her bare breasts though the fabric. Women wear swimsuits around a swimming pool; one woman could be topless (we see her from the back and her bare back and legs to the hips are seen). A woman wears her husband’s dress shirt partially unbuttoned to reveal cleavage and her bra and we see her bare legs to the hips and part of her underwear under the shirttail. A woman wears a crop top that reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. A woman imagines herself sinking underwater and we see her nightgown clinging to her breasts and legs. A man wears his shirt unbuttoned and we see his bare chest and abdomen.
 A woman says that her husband is going to have sex with another man’s car. A husband tells his wife, “Let’s have a baby,” and she seems surprised.

Don’t Worry Darling VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A woman stands on the roof of her house, looks at another woman watching her and slashes her throat with a knife (this scene is repeated several times in flashbacks and we see varying amounts of detail and blood); we see a line of blood on her throat as she falls back to the ground and the other woman is grabbed by two men and taken away. A husband and his wife argue bitterly, he holds her around the waist and she complains that she cannot breathe; she struggles to get away from him and hits him in the head with a glass (we hear that he is dead and we see blood on her dress). A woman stabs a man in the abdomen; we hear a crunch and see blood as she twists the blade.
 A woman gets into a car and hits a man trying to stop her as she speeds away; she is chased by several men in cars and they ram her car from behind a couple of times, they try to sandwich her, and she causes three cars to crash together and burst into flames (we hear that one of the drivers is dead). A woman driving a car speeds up a narrow mountain road and crashes into the rock wall, and she gets out of the car and runs up the hill toward a structure as many men clamber up the hillside toward her.
 A woman wraps plastic wrap around her head and face and panics when she can’t breathe until she pulls the film away from her mouth and gasps. A woman walks toward a large mirror and sees another woman in the reflection; the other woman slams her head against the glass a few times until it shatters and the first woman screams and runs away while others look at her in dismay. A woman washes a large plate-glass window and while doing so, the wall behind her pins her against the glass; we see her face and chest pressed against the glass and hear a crack before things return to normal and she staggers and goes to answer the telephone. A woman imagines herself sinking underwater and sits up in a bathtub gasping. A man dances manically on a stage while others watch and another man instructs him to continue. A woman is shown being strapped to a medical table and electroshock therapy is applied: a mouth guard is put in her mouth and she writhes when the shock is administered twice. A woman is shown with an IV in her arm and clamps hold her eyes open as a light flashes in her eyes (she moans softly). We see a woman being dragged in a hallway and a smear of blood is left on the floor (we do not see what happened).
 A woman is grabbed and pulled out of a car by several men; she screams and pleads with her husband saying, “They’re hurting me.” A woman riding on a bus sees a plane flying overhead and thinks that it crashed on the other side of a mountain; she tries to convince the driver to go investigate, but he won’t go, and she gets off the bus and walks a great distance up a mountain road. A wife pleads with her husband to leave a party and rushes to the bathroom hyperventilating. A wife pleads with her husband to leave a place and he agrees. A woman yells and knocks a pan with a cooked chicken to the floor; she falls to her knees and moans.
 A woman touches the glass of a building and it glows red, she seems to have a seizure and falls unconscious; she wakes up in her bed at home. A woman has several nightmares and one shows people dancing with unnatural movements and wearing masks. A woman has flashes of occurrences that confuse and upset her; she hums a tune that she cannot identify. A woman holds an egg in her hand and cracks it to reveal an empty shell; she does this several times and becomes alarmed. A woman drinks a glass of liquor and burns documents in a fireplace.
 We hear that a woman led her child into a desert and that she was later found without the child (it is implied that the child died); one person says, “They took him to punish her.” A man says that a woman is very sick and that she is delusional. A woman tells another woman, “You’re acting like a child.” A woman sits in a room where she tells another woman, “They’re hiding me in here,” and her husband dismisses the remark. A woman argues with people at a dinner table and tells them that a man is lying to them; a woman reprimands her and leaves the table. A husband and his wife argue in a few scenes. Two women argue in a few scenes. A woman says of another woman, “They silenced her.” A woman sees another woman standing motionless with her eyes closed and clutching an object. A woman comes into a party and says, “What are we doing here? We shouldn’t be here,” she seems distraught and a man leads her away. A woman says, “If my husband got fired, I’d kill myself.” A woman talks about another woman making a scene at a party. A woman reprimands her children and tells them, “I’m calling Santa.” Women talk about another woman losing her mind and going crazy. A woman conjectures that the men in the town work making weapons and she is shushed by other women. A woman yells at a bus driver and asks, “What’s wrong with you?” A husband tells his wife, “Don’t get hysterical.” A woman says that another woman “cut herself open.” A woman says that she lost her children (implied that they are dead). A doctor examines a woman and says that she has suffered trauma causing her to have distorted memories of what happened. A woman asks a doctor how they “fixed” another woman that she saw fall from a roof after slitting her throat. A woman accuses another woman of spitting in the face of opportunity. A husband hugs and kisses a woman on the neck and she pushes him away saying that she has just worked a 30-hour shift and sewed up 12 people.
 The ground shakes in several scenes causing fragile items to rattle on shelves and comments are made about what is causing the rumbling. Several lights on poles in the yards of houses blow up, sending puffs of smoke into the air. A woman walks past a sign that reads, “Hazardous materials ahead.”
 A very inebriated couple speeds in a car and do donuts in a desert area; the man tells the woman to take the wheel and she does, he puts his hand over her eyes and she swerves, he takes the wheel again, and they kiss and drive away. Several women dance with glasses of alcohol perched on trays on their heads to see who can avoid spilling the drinks. A husband says that his wife is pregnant and should have another drink for the baby; we see her drinking liquor in several scenes. People talk about “living the life you desire” in several scenes. Remarks are made about wanting to “live the life you deserve.”

Don’t Worry Darling LANGUAGE 5

 – About 7 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (goober, barren, hard, dusty, worthless, normal, crazy, ridiculous, idiots, spoiled brat, pathetic ranting, selfish, pampered, like a good girl, hideously unattractive, hysterical, stupid, psychotic, miserable), exclamations (stop this, stop, shut-up, just get a hold of yourself, my goodness, uh-oh), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, my God, Christ, God knows what, Christ’s sake, Lord knows, my God). | profanity glossary |

Don’t Worry Darling SUBSTANCE USE

 – A doctor prescribes medication to help a woman relax and she does not take them. People drink alcohol at several parties and celebrations and frequently to inebriation, two women drink alcohol during the day and while watching the children of one of the women, several women dance with glasses of alcohol perched on trays on their heads to see who can avoid spilling the drinks, a man drinks while cooking, people drink liquor and smoke at a large gathering, and two children offer two women cocktails from trays. People smoke cigarettes in several scenes.

Don’t Worry Darling DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Utopia, grace, symmetry, devotion, disappointment, behavior modification, truth, consequences, delusions, entrapment, lying, loyalty, sacrifice, courage, potential, value, progress, chaos, order, changing the world, discretion, suicide, death of children, safety, gender roles, subservience.

Don’t Worry Darling MESSAGE

 – Living the life that you want can come with unwanted consequences.

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