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The Father | 2020 | PG-13 | – 1.3.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Father” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some strong language, and thematic material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an imagined murder by strangulation, the death of a child (we do not see the accident), a man’s decline as he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and the effects on others around him, several arguments, disturbing images, and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A woman (Olivia Colman) struggles with her father’s (Anthony Hopkins) advancing Alzheimer’s symptoms and his intolerance of in-home caregivers. Also with Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots and Rufus Sewell. Directed by Florian Zeller. [Running Time: 1:37]

The Father SEX/NUDITY 1

 – We see the torso of a female statue with breasts and abdomen visible.

The Father VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A woman imagines strangling her father in his bed; we see feet moving under covers as she holds him around the throat. A man argues with another man and tells him, “You are ruining your daughter’s life,” before slapping him in the face three times.
 A man sees a woman in a hospital room with bruises on her face and in a neck brace after an accident. A woman drops a mug and it shatters.
 A man hears a noise in an apartment and goes to investigate holding a fork: he finds another man seated in a chair and asks him who he is and what he is doing there. A man quizzes another man about his watch when he suspects that he has stolen it. A man argues with his wife about needing to put her father in an institution; he says, “He’s ill.” A man does not recognize his daughter one day. A man becomes upset and tells a woman, “Don’t speak to me like I’m retarded.” A man yells, “I don’t want her.” A man cries and yells for his mother and says, “I’m losing all my leaves.” A man says, “I don’t know what’s happening.” A man is surprised when his adult daughter tells him that she has met someone and that she is moving away; he becomes upset and says, “You’re leaving me,” and “You’re abandoning me.” A woman confronts her father about his treatment of a caregiver, they argue and he insists that he doesn’t need anyone; she says that he threatened her physically, and he says that she was stealing from him. A man talks about his daughter and how much he loves her and we come to realize that she is dead. A man makes a gesture with his hand, implying “crazy.” A man says of his adult daughter, “She’s not very bright,” and “She’s cooking something up.” A man yells, “I am not leaving my flat.” A man tap-dances as if he is performing or showing off for a young woman. A man accuses a young woman of having an unbearable habit of laughing inanely. A man says, “I am going to outlive you.” A man says, “I detest coffee.”

The Father LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words, 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (raving mad, that girl, thief, worrier, idiot, stupid, confused, so sober, unsympathetic, unbearable, heartless, manipulative, one of those girls, stranger, retarded, unpleasant), exclamations (come on, easy now, pardon me for breathing, oopsy-daisy, nonsense, yeah), 1 religious exclamation (Oh God). | profanity glossary |

The Father SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a medication. A man drinks a glass of whiskey in one gulp.

The Father DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Alzheimer’s disease, caring for an aging parent, euthanasia, obsession.

The Father MESSAGE

 – Alzheimer’s disease is a very difficult disease for both the sufferer and the people in their lives.

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