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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga | 2020 | PG-13 | – 5.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “crude sexual material including full nude sculptures, some comic violent images, and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes nude male statues with extended penises, a few kissing scenes, a couple of possible sex scenes with none occurring, several sexually suggestive dance numbers and song lyrics, and cleavage revealing outfits, a boat explosion killing many onboard and throwing debris and body parts, a near strangling, a stabbing death, a few stage accidents leaving some bruises, an encounter with a ghost, many arguments, and at least 1 F-word and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A singing duo (Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams) finally gets its chance to represent the underdog Iceland in the notoriously popular Eurovision Song Contest, but the experience is not what they expected. Also with Dan Stevens, Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato. Directed by David Dobkin. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Icelandic with and without English subtitles, and a few lines are sung in French without translation. [Running Time: 2:00]

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga SEX/NUDITY 5

 – Two oversized male statues are nude and their non-erect penises are extended straight out.
 A man and a woman nearly kiss in two scenes, but do not do so: In the first scene, an explosion interrupts them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and in the second scene, the man changes his mind and pushes her face away. A man and a woman stand on a performance stage and kiss for several seconds. A man and woman kiss briefly on the lips. A man kisses another man on the cheek and they both giggle. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A woman kisses a man briefly at a tavern table.
 A man answers his hotel door and a woman at the door grabs his groin below the frame and he gasps; the next morning, another woman enters to find the first woman and man in bed (their bare shoulders and arms are visible), she gasps and runs out (we learn later that no sex occurred). A woman is shown clothed and under covers as a man wearing a robe and pants sits on a bed one morning and he tells her that she only slept and no sex occurred. A man and woman have a hotel room with twin beds, but we never see the man and the woman in the beds at the same time.
 Two extended stage numbers include sexual innuendo: Four shirtless men wearing sparkly tights dance, writhing and hip thrusting around a male singer as he pretends to use a whip on them (as the “lion of love”; we see this number twice). A woman’s number shows her wearing a tight sparkly cat suit after she rips off a spacesuit, and she lies between the legs of another woman wearing a sparkly cat suit and lying on her back, and the singer thrusts a few times, as she looks to the audience. Two performances of a song called “Ja ja Ding Dong” are suggestive of sex, with lyrics about love expanding wide and long to burst across the Milky Way.
 A man on a stage becomes angry and shouts for several seconds that he will have sex with every man and woman on a stage crew; a woman on the stage rips the skirt off her dress to leave a miniskirt ending at the upper thigh and stomps away angrily, shouting, “Go ahead and sleep with everyone!”
 A man wearing a bodysuit has the back zipper down to his lower back and he pulls the upper part of the suit off to reveal his bare chest and arms as he stuffs cloth into the groin to “make it look bigger”; he climbs through an audience later and his stuffed crotch touches gasping men and women in the face as he says, “Yes, it’s real.” A woman in a dressing room bunches up her long dark skirt as she says she will make a “camel toe” in her groin for an audience to look at, but the result is not clearly visible. Two dancers wear tight crop tops and tight biker shorts. Two male and two female dancers wear tight multi-color cat suits and writhe on the stage.
 A man says that he cannot admit to being gay because his Mother Russia is against it. A woman says it would be cool if she had a baby and in a later scene, a man and the woman stand on a stage and the man carries a small baby in a chest sling, suggesting he and the woman married and had the child. Many people ask a man and a woman if they are siblings; the man answers each time, “Probably not.” A man describes a television show by doing a pelvic thrust; another man tells him to go away. A man says that a young boy just got armpit hair.
 A man wears a jacket with the zipper open to expose his partial bare chest and chest hair; later, on a stage, two dancers pull off the hair (it’s fake). A woman wears a dress that is a one-piece swimsuit with a short flouncy skirt and cutouts across the shoulders and waist, also exposing cleavage as she dances and twists her hips. A few women wear strapless floor-length gowns that reveal bare shoulders and cleavage. Two women wear mini-dresses that bare the shoulders and legs up to the upper thighs (no cleavage is seen). One woman wears a long-sleeved floor length gown that is cut from the neck to below the waist and shows cleavage. A bearded man with very long hair wears a ball gown that reveals his bare abdomen and extends to the floor.


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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man and woman sit on a bench to look at a lighted party boat on a lake and the boat explodes throwing debris in the air and some hits the area around them; we see a severed arm that is burning at the wrist and shoulder and they gasp and we hear that many people on the boat died. A man uses a wire to strangle another man but falls on his face as the camera pans down to show a knife in the strangler’s back (no blood is shown) while the other man coughs and recovers; the victim thanks invisible Elves for saving him. A man tackles another man and slaps him in the chest several times, but the victim just lies on the floor and laughs.
 A man on a stage is lifted in a harness and a shoulder strap breaks causing him to fall somewhat and then falls all the way to the floor (he is unharmed). A woman’s long scarf gets caught in a large hamster wheel in which a man is running on stage and they both fall to the floor in front of an audience, uninjured, and they get up and sing while the audience is silent except for one man who is laughing; the man and the woman leave the stage and the woman returns to sit with other performers (we see her face dirty and her dress sleeves torn) and the man sits on stage in the dark later, crying.
 A man sees the ghost of a woman missing her right arm and there is a small fire burning on her cheek, hairline, shoulders and bodice; the ghost tells the man his life is in danger until the man tells her that the man who wants to kill him is already dead and the ghost disappears. A flashback shows men and women laughing at a young boy singing and he yells at them for several seconds. A man argues loudly with his father several times, as his father derides him and calls him an embarrassment. A few townspeople call a man stupid because he still likes to sing.
 A man sits in a chair with his hands cuffed behind his back as he argues with a police officer who finally releases him. A woman argues with a man loudly several times. A man shouts at a small group of people several times, saying he hates them. Two men and two women pick up a hitchhiker, screech their tires, and swerve on several roads at high speed and several of them scream several times.
 The members of a band dress in black masks and black clothing with long horns on their heads, shoulders, and edges of their long coats and with a red pentagram on a screen behind them.
 A man in a washroom holds back the long hair of a woman bending into a toilet as we hear her retching and vomiting (we see no vomit). An angry man chews up a parking ticket and spits it out, yelling. A man blows a raspberry at another man. An angry man walks outside a theater, smashes trash bins, and overturns porta-lets as another man inside one of them shouts and curses. A man says that the many fish we see dumped on a table on a fishing boat smell bad.


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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 1 F-word (and one implied), 1 obscene hand gesture, 9 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, crazy, sex-nuts, nuts, weird, idiot, fool, ridiculous, freaks, sex player, slick customer, small, ugly loser, selfish, dump, grump, joke), exclamations (shut-up, shut your mouth, eff-off, oh my goodness, wow, whoa, whoo-hooo, whooo, ergh, ugh), 3 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted). | profanity glossary |


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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man on a stage calls out to four people in an audience that he has some opiates he can give them and they laugh as they hold beer bottles but do not drink from them. A man passes around a case of beer bottles and men and women each take one (no one is seen drinking), two tavern scenes include glasses of beer on tables (no one drinks), a tavern scene shows a man sipping a glass of wine and another man takes one sip from a glass of beer, a small hotel refrigerator contain many small bottles of liquor along with cans and bottles of beer and a man and a woman remove them all and hide them under a bed, men and women sit in a small theater holding but not drinking glasses of champagne, a man and a woman take a sip from glasses of champagne, a man in a tavern drinks a small glass of whiskey and a woman at home chugs two rocks glasses of whiskey, a woman drinks two Tequila shots in a club, a man on a fishing boat says he is going to go drink himself to death, a woman puts a small bottle of whiskey in front of an elf’s small house and asks for help, and a man places a large bottle of whiskey at the same house.


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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – European cultures, beliefs, global dislike of Americans, singing contests, rivalries, money and power, winning and losing, determination, respect, acceptance, families, fathers and sons, love, relationships, pansexualism.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga MESSAGE

 – Dreams can come true if one is patient and steadfast.

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