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Evil Eye | 2020 | NR | – 3.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Evil Eye” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and implied sex scenes, several cleavage-revealing outfits, discussions of obsessive relationships, abuse, stalking and arranged marriages, several fights on a bridge that end with a drowning and a bloody head wound, a fight that ends with a stabbing, a near drowning and a bludgeoning with bloody wounds, several arguments, and at least 4 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A superstitious, protective mother (Sarita Choudhuy) is certain that her daughter’s (Sunita Mani) seemingly perfect fiancé (Omar Maskati), is none other than the reincarnated possessive boyfriend who tried to kill her 30 years earlier and has returned to torment her family again. Also with Bernard White and Anjali Bhimani. Directed by Elan Dassani & Rajeev Dassani. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Hindi with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:30]

Evil Eye SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman are shown in bed with the man fully dressed and the woman wearing underwear and an off-the-shoulder sweater that reveals bare legs to the hips, bare abdomen and bare shoulders; they talk, hug and kiss tenderly. A man touches a woman’s hand, moves toward her and she pulls away.
 A man asks a woman to move in with him and when she declines he offers to rent her a better apartment and suggests that she should quit her job. A woman gets a text with the sexually suggestive emoji of an eggplant. A woman says of a man in a café, “He’s hot.” A woman says that another woman is “smitten” with a man. A woman and a man meet and talk over coffee in a café. People dance at a party in a few scenes.
 A woman quizzes a man about his previous relationships (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman argues with her adult daughter in several scenes about her age (she’s 29) and that if she doesn’t hurry, she will never get married. A woman tells her adult daughter, “Don’t move in with him until you are married.” A man tells his adult daughter, “We didn’t raise a nun.”
 A woman wears a towel wrapped around her after bathing and we see bare shoulders and cleavage. A woman wears a wrap dress that reveals deep cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. Women wear low-cut tops, dresses and blouses that reveal deep cleavage in several scenes. We see a few photos of women wearing low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. Women wear Saris that reveal their bare abdomens and backs in several scenes. A woman wears a camisole and shorts that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a T-shirt that reveals cleavage and her legs to the lower buttocks. A woman’s dress reveals her bare back and legs to the upper thighs.


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Evil Eye VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man draws a kitchen knife and fights with a woman stabbing her in the abdomen (we see blood), and another woman attacks him and he hits her in the face knocking her down and holding her head in a sink of water as she struggles to breath; the first woman throws chili powder in his face, and he grabs her around the throat and holds her on the floor choking her, until the other woman hits him in the head and face with a heavy pot three times (blood sprays on the wall and we see his bloody head). A woman stands on a bridge and a man approaches her, they argue, he grabs her, she scratches his face (we see blood), he slams her head against the cement railing (blood splatters), they continue to wrestle, and the woman head-butts the man and he falls over the railing and into the water below (we see him sinking and understand that he drowned). A woman walks on a dark bridge alone and a man approaches her, they argue, he slams her head against the cement railing (blood splatters) and we see images of a man sinking in water, as well as a woman and a younger woman in hallucinations (this scene is repeated several times). A man presses a lit cigarette onto a woman’s arm burning her. A man follows a woman in several scenes and hides in shadows, as we hear that he was violent toward the woman. A woman cuts her finger with a knife while slicing vegetables in the kitchen and we see blood. A woman suffers from migraines in several scenes.
 A man is unable to find his wife and panics when he sees that she doesn’t have her phone (he finds her and she is OK). A man says that his ex-girlfriend tried to commit suicide when he broke up with her. We hear that a man was expelled from a school after a violent act. A man threatens a woman and asks, “Don’t you want [her] to stay alive?” A man says, “I will kill her immediately,” if a woman doesn’t do what he tells her to do.
 A man gives a woman an expensive gift and she does not accept it; he becomes upset. We hear that a woman doesn’t leave the house and she relies on superstitious beliefs. A man reads charts and horoscopes to tell a woman about a man in her daughter’s life. We hear a continuous beep from an EKG monitor in a hospital, indicating someone has died.
 A woman tells her adult daughter, “I order you to leave him.” A man tells his adult daughter about a violent relationship that ended in the death of the man who was stalking her mother before she was born, and he says, “She never really recovered after that.” A woman tells her mother, “Let me be,” and “I’m not cursed.” In several scenes leading to arguments, a woman tells her daughter that she is running out of time to get married and that she is cursed. A woman talks about her “failings as an Indian woman.” A woman says, “Brown dudes look alike.” A woman says, “Don’t trust white guys with a pressure cooker.” A woman tells her adult daughter, “Don’t move in with him until you are married.” A man tells a story about another man cooking something and “He burned half his eyebrows off.”


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Evil Eye LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (unscientific nonsense, superstitious nonsense, silly, crazy, weird, too much, irresponsible, terrible, klutz, failure, hypocrite, delusional, pathetic, dangerous, disgraceful, stupid), exclamations (uh-huh, shut your mouth, what’s up, hey, wow, no, bloody, please, drop it, mess that up), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Oh God, God, My God, Oh My God, Thank God). | profanity glossary |


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Evil Eye SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman talks about her doctor and says that “he prescribes everything.” A man and a woman drink shots of liquor while lying in bed together, and people drink wine at a house party. A woman smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette.


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Evil Eye DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The evil eye, curses, astrology, horoscopes, karma, reincarnation, superstition, mysticism, arranged marriages, trust, marriage, abusive relationships, attempted suicide, settling, fate, love, obsession, control, attempted suicide, independence, guilt.

Evil Eye MESSAGE

 – You should listen to your mother, even when her instructions seem utterly irrational.

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