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Fatale | 2020 | R | – 6.7.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Fatale” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, sexual content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several sex scenes with partial nudity, a few flirting scenes, infidelity and cleavage revealing outfits, a few murders by gunshot with bloody wounds shown, a few fight scenes with bloody abrasions shown, a home invasion with a gun fired, discussions of child custody fights, and nearly 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a married and successful businessman (Michael Ealy) has a one-night stand with a mysterious woman (Hilary Swank), he doesn’t realize that the reckless indiscretion will unravel his seemingly perfect life. Feeling trapped, as secrets and dead bodies accumulate around him and he’s the main suspect, he tries to figure how to salvage both his business and his life. Also with Mike Colter, Kali Hawk, Danny Pino and Damaris Lewis. Directed by Deon Taylor. [Running Time: 1:42]

Fatale SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A man and a woman dance closely together in a club, and they caress each other and kiss; the scene shifts to a hotel room where the man and the woman kiss, remove their clothing (we see his bare back, chest and abdomen, and her bare leg to the hip, shoulders and cleavage) and lie on a bed where the man thrusts on top of the woman. A man and a woman kiss, he lifts her and puts her on a counter as she pulls down her pants and he removes his shirt (we see her bare hip and partial buttocks) and he thrusts as she holds onto a shelf knocking things down. A man and a woman are shown seated in bed (we see the man’s bare chest and abdomen when he gets out of the bed) with the woman straddling and thrusting on top of the man, as another man enters the room interrupting them (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A husband and his wife dance in their home and the scene shifts to them in bed with the woman thrusting on top of the man (we see her bare shoulders and back to the waist and his bare chest and abdomen); they kiss and are interrupted by sounds in the house (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman tells a man in a hotel room that she put his cellphone in a room safe and that she won’t give him the combination unless he comes back to bed with her; he is reluctant, and then lies on top of her (sex is implied). A husband watches from a distance as he sees his wife in a house with another man; the man picks the woman up and carries her into another room (sex is implied).
 Men and women dance closely together in a club. A man touches a woman on the back and speaks to her suggestively at a bar and she tells him to take his hands off her and leave her alone (the man walks away). A man spills a drink on a woman’s dress in a bar and uses a napkin to blot her cleavage. A man and a woman hold hands and hug while sitting on a sofa.
 A man takes another man’s wedding band off his finger and tells him to have a good time while they are at a bachelor party in Las Vegas.
 A woman wears a deeply cut dress that reveals cleavage and partial abdomen, as well as bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a two-piece swimsuit that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back, legs and partial buttocks. Women in a club wear tight-fitting and low-cut dresses that accentuate hips and buttocks and reveal cleavage. A bra and underwear are shown near a bed in a woman’s bedroom as a police detective investigates a home invasion. A woman showers and we see her bare shoulders.


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Fatale VIOLENCE/GORE 7

 – A man and a woman are shot in the head and we see blood splatter as they fall dead. A man and a woman hear noises in their house, the man investigates and is attacked by a man with a gun: they struggle and the gun is fired near the man’s head while he is being held on the floor; they continue fighting and the intruder fires the gun into the ceiling and the man hits him in the face with a golf club twice before the intruder runs away (we see the homeowner with bloody abrasions on his face later). A man with a gun confronts another man and they argue, one man punches the other man in the face a few times and they struggle until the gun discharges and one man falls dead with a bloody abdominal wound (the man coughs and spits blood). A man and a woman shoot at each other and they are each struck and left with bloody wounds; the man limps to an elevator and the woman attacks him with a knife stabbing him repeatedly until he shoots her in the abdomen and they both fall back (we see them both with multiple blood wounds). A dead man and a dead woman are seen in crime scene photos with bloody gunshot wounds on their heads. A man hits a woman in the back of the head and she falls to the floor (we see blood in her mouth), and another man grabs her by the hair and holds a gun to her head; she coughs violently and vomits in a toilet (we hear splatter but do not see goo), she hits one man in the head with a toilet cover, climbs on the toilet to retrieve a shotgun from the ceiling and shoots him in the chest (we see blood splatter on the wall behind him as he is thrown back by the blast); the woman is shot at by another man and she shoots him twice (we see bloody wounds as he falls dead).
 A woman is shown asleep on a bed with a partially filled bottle of vodka on her bedside table (we understand that she is inebriated); we see the woman’s young daughter pick up the woman’s pistol and hold it in her hand as the woman wakes up and reaches for her, screaming (we understand that the weapon discharged and the child was injured when we see the child in a wheelchair later). A man tackles a woman onto a chair and takes her handgun, threatening her with it; they argue briefly and he shoots twice (we do not see blood). A woman grabs a man and holds a gun to his abdomen threatening to shoot him. A man imagines someone grabbing him from behind and forcing him underwater in a swimming pool (seems like a bad dream).
 A man gives another man a gun. A man offers to take care of someone threatening another man, but he tells him that he doesn’t want him to go back to prison. After finding his wife in bed with another man, a husband confronts them and leaves. A woman drinks a partial glass of vodka and throws the glass against a wall in frustration. Police arrive at a man’s house to escort him to the police station. A man is surrounded by police officers as he is escorted out of a police station.
 A man tells a woman to get out of his way before he runs her over. A man tells a woman that she is not allowed to be at his home and that he has a restraining order against her. A man tells a police detective that he would have killed an intruder if he had to. A husband and his wife argue about careers and spending time together in a few scenes. A voiceover talks about the rules of the game. A man accuses his ex-wife of drunken negligence that led to their daughter being injured. A woman pleads with her ex-husband to allow her to have visitation rights with their daughter. We hear that a man had been arrested for auto theft, breaking and entering, and armed robbery when he was younger. A newscast includes a man talking about a murder case where, “An African-American man being hung and burned.”


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Fatale LANGUAGE 7

 – About 29 F-words and its derivatives, 9 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-American people, name-calling (crazy, nefarious characters, pathetic, psychopath, stupid, dirty, obsessed, out of your mind, short [anatomical term deleted], dog, punked, liar), exclamations (leave me alone), 1 religious profanity (GD), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God, Jesus Of Nazareth Hair). | profanity glossary |


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Fatale SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink champagne at a gathering, people drink in a club, a man drinks from a bottle of vodka (he seems inebriated), a woman talks about being sober for a period of time after a traumatic incident, and a woman drinks a partial glass of vodka.


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Fatale DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Truth, success, obsession, child custody, relationships, embezzlement, stress, betrayal, infidelity, murder, trust, marriage, family, police abuse.

Fatale MESSAGE

 – Better not to cheat. Recording conversations with psychopaths is better implemented as early as possible.

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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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