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Family | 2018 | R | – 3.3.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Family” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language, some sexual content and drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a scene of teen petting and kissing, cleavage revealing outfits, several scenes of yelling and verbal confrontations, a couple of physical altercations with one leaving a woman on crutches, a bloody knife wound, karate practice sessions, and 30 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


An uptight executive (Taylor Schilling) is motivated solely by work success but is persuaded to care for her bullied teenage niece (Bryn Vale), who wants to run away and become a Juggalo. Initially their lives seem to spin into chaos, but together they learn to redefine what family really means. Also with Kate McKinnon, Brian Tyree Henry, Allison Tolman, Matt Walsh and Jessie Ennis. Directed by Laura Steinel. [Running Time: 1:25]

Family SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A teen boy and a teen girl kiss in a school hallway and the girl is seen rubbing the boy’s clothed crotch.
 A woman’s blouse pulls open at the buttons and her bra and cleavage are visible. Women in a large crowd at an outdoor concert are shown wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and backs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Women wear low-cut sweaters and tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman shows a teen girl her dating profile and we see photos of men; one man is shown wearing swim trunks (we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs) and another is shown shirtless. Several men are shown shirtless at a large concert (bare chests, abdomens and backs are shown). Several women walk across a stage in a Juggalette Pageant.
 A woman talks about having watched “The Crying Game” with friends at her house when they were very young and that the friends were not allowed to come over after that. A teen boy flirts with a teen girl in a convenience store.


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Family VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A man is shown at a large concert with a knife in his leg (we see blood on his pant leg). Two women argue at a children's party, one pulls the other woman out of a bouncy house and they shove each other until one woman runs to help her young son who is dangling from an open garage door and as she pulls him down the door slams closed on her, pinning her legs under the door (we see her in a neck brace and using crutches later).
 A teen girl kicks another teen girl in the back in a school hallway and knocks her to the floor; the attacker is suspended from school. A woman yells at a teen girl and grabs her arm to pull her toward their car as a teen boy smacks the woman with a recorder; they then argue and yell. A teen boy punches another teen boy in the face twice at a large concert. A woman throws a coffee maker on the floor in an office in frustration. A woman chases a teen girl across a field and they fall to the ground saying "Ow." A loud concert scene shows people dancing and yelling as a woman runs through the crowd and she is struck in the head by a 2-liter bottle of soda; she stumbles but we do not see any injuries. A teen girl practices karate in a class and kicks a boy (no injuries are seen). A teen girl and a woman play fight with sticks and the girl says jokingly, "I'm scared of you."
 A woman speeds away from a gas station where she has left her teenage niece; she then speeds back to get her. A woman leaves a teen girl at a school dance and the girl pleads with her not to make her go; the woman speeds away leaving the teen crying on the sidewalk. A teen girl pounds on a table in a restaurant and yells about something a woman said to her about a friend. A man and a woman practice karate and the woman asks, "What happens if somebody has a gun?" A woman wakes up on a table in a conference room where she had worked and slept all night.
 We hear that a woman's mother is dying and is being moved into hospice care. People talk about a group of people having beaten up kids with wrenches. A school official tells a woman that her teen niece physically harmed someone. A woman talks about her parents openly fighting when she and her brother were young and she says, "I don't even talk to my dad anymore." A woman yells at three business men who make disapproving faces when she arrives late for a meeting; she tells them that someone is dying and that is why she is late. A woman wakes up in a panic and yells for a teen girl to get ready to leave for school. A man and a woman argue over the phone. Two women argue in a few scenes and insult each other. A man reprimands a woman for feeding a teen girl Chicken Parmigiana every day. A teen girl yells at her mother in a store and insists on buying several dresses; another woman yells at the teen and tells her, "No one here likes you." A woman tells another woman that she has taken her off an important account because she is pregnant and probably won't return to work; the other woman becomes upset. A woman talks about another woman's pregnancy being "geriatric" and "high risk" and the other woman becomes upset. A woman says that a pregnant woman's career is over. A woman talks about a young boy having been found "hurting dogs" in the neighborhood. A woman tells a new staff member, "Don't get pregnant," and, "Use 2 condoms." When a woman is given a list of food sensitivities for a teen girl, she asks, "Does she die?" A woman tells a woman a few times that she cannot leave her garage door up because children can be injured by it, saying, "It's a death trap." A teen girl describes that when practicing cheerleading, the other girls make her be at the bottom of the pyramid and make moo sounds when they climb on her back. We hear that a woman's parents fought all the time when she was young and that her father is in rehab for drugs and alcohol. A woman says, "Karate is for boys." A woman makes a comment about a man's son having gotten in trouble and he becomes upset saying, "He is not a sex offender." A woman talks about another woman's brother moving in with her and says that he must be a serial killer; the other woman yells at her saying that he is a quadriplegic. A woman makes a remark about a boy "beating up dogs." A man talks about having gotten a DUI and being in rehab for drugs and alcohol addiction. A teen girl talks about being "confused and upset." A woman yells when a driver wakes her at her destination. A woman talks about raccoons carrying ticks and that there is no cure for Lyme disease. A woman says, "Thank God it rained to wash the vomit off," at a large concert.
 A teen girl vomits on the side of a road (we see white goo) and a doctor in a hospital describes her ailment as being an allergic reaction to something she ate. A woman gags and vomits (off-screen) and we hear her coughing. A woman finds a partially eaten pretzel and some other food debris on a window sill and gags. A woman is shown with food stains on her blouse and food wrappers around her on a table in an office conference room; other people enter and leave quickly. Teen boys and a teen girl spit and draw the saliva back into their mouths in a couple of scenes. A woman brushes her teeth in an office restroom. A woman smells a bedspread in a bedroom and recoils. A woman throws trash out her car window. A woman puts self-tanner on a teen girl's face and she looks orange later. A woman plucks a teen girl's eyebrow and the girl yells in pain. A woman and a teen girl have facial patches on their faces in a couple of scenes. A cat is shown missing an eye (it has a scar over the other eye). People pour a bottle of liquid over a woman's head. Many people are shown wearing heavy clown makeup in a few scenes. A woman spits fire at a large gathering. A teen boy is shown getting a tattoo on his buttock (we do not see flesh).


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Family LANGUAGE 8

 - About 30 F-words and its derivatives, 24 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (awkward, loser, Maddie Beef, meat stool, Baby Joker, freak, whale, dogs, lazy eye, crypt keeper, gross, mad, Fartasaurus, screw-up, notoriously impossible, hoarder, terrorists, normal, throat slasher, mess, stupid), exclamations (oh wow, oh no), 1 religious profanity (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank God, Oh God, God). | profanity glossary |


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Family SUBSTANCE USE

 - A teen boy asks a teen girl if she is "mad high" as she gathers snacks in a convenience store. Several men and a woman do shots of liquor at a business lunch and the woman is seen to be inebriated, a woman drinks wine during several meal scenes, a woman drinks a glass of wine while working at home, a man and a woman drink several cans of beer while practicing karate, a woman talks about scheduling a business lunch at a time that the guests would not feel judged for drinking, several people in a concert are shown holding and drinking beer, and a woman talks about enjoying a frisky Pinot Noir.


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Family DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse, family vs. career, divorce, end of life care, drug and alcohol addiction, animal cruelty, identity issues, social anxiety, responsibility, professionalism, middle school, estranged families, hospice, being different, not fitting in, bullying, body shaming.

Family MESSAGE

 - It is possible to strike a balance between family and career and to be happy. Everyone's a freak at the core.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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