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Emma. | 2020 | PG | – 3.1.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Emma.” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “brief partial nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, discussions of marriage, love and relationships, a scene of male nudity from the back and female nudity from the side, and several scenes of women wearing cleavage-revealing dresses; an off-screen attack on a young woman leaves her with an unseen injury, several arguments, several rude comments about people’s merit and social status, and a nosebleed; and some name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Adaptation of the Jane Austen early 19th century novel about a wealthy young woman (Anya Taylor-Joy) who thinks she’s a brilliant matchmaker. Unfortunately, her matches do not work out well and at the same time, she seems oblivious of her own feelings. Also with Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Myra McFadyen, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner and Rupert Graves. Directed by Autumn de Wilde. [Running Time: 2:05]

Emma. SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man is undressed by a servant and we see the first man fully nude from the back (his bare back, buttocks and legs are visible). A woman lifts her long skirt to warm herself in front of a fire and we see her bare buttocks and leg from the knee to the buttock. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal deep cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A couple of paintings are shown with women wearing deeply cut dresses that reveal cleavage nearly to the nipples. A nude female statue is shown and we see a bare breast without much detail. A woman is undressed by a servant and we see her bare leg to the thigh. A pregnant woman is shown with a clothed rounded abdomen.
 A man and woman touch hands and kiss several times. A man and woman kiss tenderly. A husband kisses his wife’s hands. A man and a woman ride in a carriage together and when the carriage lurches, the man falls into the woman’s lap and she becomes alarmed; the man proposes marriage to her and she forcefully declines. A man and a woman dance close together and linger while looking at each other at a ball and he places his hand on her waist. A man and a woman touch hands in a couple of scenes.
 Men and women dance together at a ball. A man and a woman dance together in a village street without music accompaniment. Two women practice dancing together and they hug (in friendship). A woman places another woman in a pose for her to paint her portrait and a man stands very close to her to adjust her stance.
 A young woman seems smitten with different men in a few scenes. A young woman talks about being in love. A young woman receives a letter from a man with a marriage proposal.


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Emma. VIOLENCE/GORE 1

 – A woman’s nosebleeds and we see a stream of blood running down her lip, and then a smear of blood after she wipes it away with a handkerchief.
 A man carrying a young woman runs into a house exclaiming that the young woman had been “set upon by some gypsies”; the young woman screams from an apparent ankle injury but we see no evidence of a wound and she makes reference to having used scissors (presumably to scare away her attackers). A man reprimands at a woman for the way she spoke to another woman and the first woman cries as she rides away in a carriage. A man yells at a woman about her persuading another young woman not to accept a marriage proposal. A husband and his wife argue in a few scenes and their infant cries. A man yells and pounds on the roof of a carriage ordering the driver to stop after a woman, that’s also in the carriage, declines his marriage proposal. A woman swats a man’s hand when he reaches for a sweet on a table.
 An infant flatulates and several people in the room panic and the mother of the child calls for a nurse because she fears the child has a fever. A man says that it is likely to snow and several people panic rushing out of the house to get to their respective homes before the roads become impassible; a man says, “It snowed when your mother died.” A young woman lies in bed claiming to be ill. A man undresses to his shirt and pants and kicks the discarded clothing around the room angrily.
 A woman makes a rude and hurtful comment to another woman and the other woman cries. A woman talks about a young woman nearly dying at sea. A woman talks to a young woman about the “misfortune of her birth.” A man seems anxious in many scenes about drafts and the cold; he later refers to his wife dying from a chill. We hear that a young woman declined a marriage proposal and that the man was devastated. A woman talks about being “weary in spirit.” A woman becomes upset when she learns of a man’s engagement to another woman.
 A young woman puts her face in a plate of what looks like sugar to grab a coin in her teeth (we see her with sugar residue on her face later). A man nearly spills a glass of wine on a woman as they bumps into each other. A woman gives a man a basket with a dead duck in it.


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Emma. LANGUAGE 1

 – Name-calling (bore, trivial, without sense, simpleton, selfish, disheveled, poor, no consequence, trifling, silly fop, upstart, unfeeling, thoughtless, vain, arrogant, inconsiderate, indulged, cross, stupid, dull, vulgar), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. God Knows, Heaven Forbid, Good God, and a few songs with references to Jesus). | profanity glossary |


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Emma. SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink wine or champagne at a gathering.


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Emma. DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Privilege, status disparity, life changes, matchmaking, love, social graces, duty, regret, snobbery, merit, envy, jealousy, companionship, vanity, ignorance, hypochondria, gossip, sacrifice, boredom, being worthy of happiness and love.

Emma. MESSAGE

 – Trying to control other people’s love interests will not lead to success.

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