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Everything Everywhere All at Once | 2022 | R | – 7.7.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Everything Everywhere All at Once” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some violence, sexual material and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes scenes that involve rubber phalluses as weapons, men with awards inserted in their pixelated buttocks, a few kissing scenes between a man and a woman and two young women, a reference to S&M activity, discussions of a young woman’s relationship with another young woman, many scenes of fighting with martial arts moves and a variety of weapons usually ending with people unconscious and a few with bloody wounds and seemingly dead, unusual settings and human forms in a variety of universes, many arguments, and more than 10 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A middle-aged Chinese immigrant (Michelle Yeoh) is overwhelmed by life, trying to navigate her relationships with her husband (Ke Huy Quan), her daughter (Stephanie Hsu) and her father (James Hong), as well as deal with a hostile IRS agent (Jamie Lee Curtis) auditing her business records and threatening to close down her laundromat. That’s when a different version of her husband shows up and lets her know that she’s the last chance to save the multiverse. Also with Tallie Medel, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr. and Biff Wiff. Directed by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:19]

Everything Everywhere All at Once SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A man is shown masturbating in an area where other people are doing unusual things (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); another man is seen with his pants down and we see his underwear and partial bare thighs. A man without pants jumps through the air toward an award and lands on it inserting it in his anus (his genitals and upper thighs are diffused so no detail is visible). A man pulls down his pants (we see him wearing briefs) and hops around on top of a desk trying to insert an award into his anus (we see him later with the statue sticking out from between his clothed buttocks). A woman beats a man with two rubbery, bloody phalluses.
 Several scenes show people with long floppy fingers that are referred to as hot dog fingers and a few scenes show the fingers dispensing mustard and ketchup (sometimes suggestively and two women put floppy fingers in each other’s mouths). A woman wearing a tight-fitting leather outfit leads a man with a leash out of a room where we see S&M paraphernalia and the man tells another woman, “Clean up in there” while handing her some money. A woman puts a ball in a man’s mouth, holds him on a leash and spanks him on the clothed buttocks.
 Two young women kiss and a woman kisses a man. A woman kisses a man on the cheek and a young woman kisses another young woman on the cheek. A man moves to kiss a woman. A man and a woman hug. A man and a woman hold hands.
 Two women appear to be in a relationship in one universe but not in others. A woman tells her daughter that she should be grateful that she is fine with her “dating a girl, especially a white girl.” A young woman introduces another young woman as her girlfriend. A woman is told to tell another woman that she loves her, “…and mean it,” and she repeats, “I love you” several times to the woman.
 A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.

Everything Everywhere All at Once VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – Someone pounds on a janitor closet door and as a man inside stands in front of the door, two hands breaks through and grab the man by the head, twisting it sharply and we hear a crack; the person breaks through the door and hits a woman inside on the face with a pipe. We see flashes of a variety of scenes featuring a young woman and one of them shows her holding a bloody axe and many bloody bodies lie around her. A man is stabbed in the abdomen and we see blood. A woman stabs a man in the abdomen and we see a bloody shard. Armed security guards tell a man and woman to get on the floor after the woman punched another woman; the man bites off a piece of lip balm and chews it as he removes his fanny pack and uses it as a nunchaku-type weapon swinging it and hitting the guards while kicking and spinning around himself (we see some bloody noses); the man puts aquarium gravel in the pack and continues to fight with the guards until they all fall unconscious or incapacitated on the floor. A man holds a gun on a man, a woman and a young woman. A young woman magically breaks free from a pair of handcuffs and turns a police officer into confetti and he blows up into tiny paper pieces; she then dances with another officer and he is shot several times by another officer (we see bloody wounds), the officer with the gun shoots at the young woman and she beats him with two rubbery, bloody phalluses and threatens others with a golf club.
 A woman punches another woman in the nose and she falls to the floor yelling for security. A man tells a woman to kill a young woman and she moves toward her with a box cutter. The inside of a van is shown after having been in an accident of some sort and we see three people injured (two are unconscious and the third is shown with blood on his head and he dies). A woman fights with a man, she lifts him over her head and he grabs an exit sign off the ceiling; she slams the man down on her knee (others refer to this as a backbreaker) and then kicks him in the chest. Two women fight and one is thrown through a window and over some shelves (we see the woman with a bloody cut on her eyebrow). A woman jumps over a flight of stairs toward another woman, they fight and one kicks the other throwing her down the stairs and she slams head first into a wall where she is left motionless. A woman staples a piece of paper to her own forehead. A man tries to give himself paper cuts between his fingers and is unable initially, but then succeeds and winces with each cut. A man slaps a woman in the face. A woman is handcuffed and a man is tasered. A man in a wheelchair slams into a young woman and throws her through a wall. A woman fights several people using a police riot shield, spinning it around, knocking people down, and kicks a large wrench into an unconscious man’s head. A woman fights with a man and the man uses two metal pipes while she defends herself using office equipment. A woman uses a whip to wrap around a young woman’s ankle and pulls her down a flight of stairs.
 People are shown doing unusual things in a few scenes in order to transport to other universes: we see a man electrocuting himself by touching a light fixture, a young woman falls and pokes her own eyes out (we see some blood), and a man licks a column in an office area. A woman fights with two men and as they jump through the air, we see that each of the men have award statues protruding from their anuses and they crash into a wall. A woman fights using her two very strong pinky fingers; we see one pinky flexing like a bicep with a large muscle bulging and she throws people around using her pinkies. A woman punches a young woman in the face and she falls on a sofa complaining of pain. A young woman walks toward a vortex and a woman tries to stop her; they fight in a variety of settings.
 A man without pants jumps through the air toward an award and lands on it inserting it in his anus and a man pulls down his pants and hops around on top of a desk trying to insert an award into his anus (we see him later with the statue sticking out from between his clothed buttocks).
 A police officer holds a gun on a woman in an elevator. A giant floating bagel sucks people into it and we see the people stretching and becoming malformed. Several scenes show people with long floppy fingers that are referred to as hot dog fingers and a few scenes show the fingers dispensing mustard and ketchup. A man threatens a woman with scissors. A woman puts a ball in a man’s mouth, holds him on a leash and spanks him on the clothed buttocks.
 A woman wearing a large hat that partially covers her face and a mask while speaking with a distorted voice approaches another woman, touches her on the forehead and the woman gasps. A man picks up a woman and carries her away over his shoulders as she struggles and yells at him. A woman tapes a young woman into a chair, and then moves toward her with a box cutter and cuts her free. A woman swallows a stone frog. A woman spins a dog around by its leash, the dog ends up trapped in a refrigerator and the woman gets it out, spins it around on its leash and the leash is cut sending the dog sailing through the air (we do not see it injured). A man does tricks with a knife while preparing food for people at a restaurant. A woman reacts to occurrences in another universe while seated in a theater and startles the people around her; she rushes out of the theater and people look at her alarmed. A universe shows people as piñatas, another as crayon drawings and another as large stones.
 A man and a young woman argue in several scenes. A man and a woman argue in several scenes. A woman tells her daughter that she needs to eat better and says, “You’re getting fat.” A woman frantically moves through her days trying to keep her family and business organized while dismissing the efforts of her husband and daughter. A woman addresses a client as “big nose.” A woman says that the IRS is targeting Chinese business people with audits. A character says, “I’ll kill myself.” A man accuses his granddaughter of having “bad Chinese.” A man tells a woman that another universe is collapsing and that their institutions are crumbling because of an evil power. A man says that a young woman’s mind was fractured when she saw too much. A man tells a woman that he watched her die many times in different ways.
 A woman rides on a man’s shoulders and steers him by holding his hair; the woman does the same thing to the man and throws him a great distance to catch up with a truck. A woman pushes a button on an earpiece in a few scenes and she is transported to herself in other universes in different situations (this happens many times throughout the movie). A woman does push-ups resting on her pinkies in a few scenes. A woman and a young woman fall through a sofa’s cushions.
 Two men and a woman report to the IRS for an audit and we see piles of receipts on a desk as the agent reviews deductions (we see this scene several times); the agent accuses them of gross negligence and fraud.
 A woman vomits a lot of goo on the floor. A woman snorts a fly into her nostril. A man’s nose runs and a woman wipes it with her finger and puts her finger in his mouth (we hear squishing). We see a video of a child’s birth and a woman vomits while pregnant and we see goo in a sink. A woman is told to urinate on herself and we later see her pants stained with urine.

Everything Everywhere All at Once LANGUAGE 6

 – About 11 F-words, 13 scatological terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (fat, big nose, berserk, perverse, reckless, stupid, crazy, weak, punk, unlovable, awkward), exclamations (calm down, ah, whoa, oh hey hey buddy, my head will explode, shut-up, stop, shut it down, oh, oh no, relax, now, ugh, no), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. I swear to God, God rest her soul, oh my God, Holy [scatological term deleted], thank God, God). | profanity glossary |

Everything Everywhere All at Once SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink alcohol at a party. A woman smokes a cigarette, a woman vapes and coughs deeply, and a man smokes a cigarette.

Everything Everywhere All at Once DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Family, memories, disappointment, multi-verse, divorce, IRS audits, evil, fate, sacrifices, failure, chaos, distractions, decisions, life choices, mistakes, realizing your ultimate potential, rejection, tax liability, truth, pain, guilt, abandonment, feeling needed.

Everything Everywhere All at Once MESSAGE

 – Maternal love and acceptance, plus Kung-Fu, can save the multiverse.

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