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Fourteen | 2019 | NR | – 4.3.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Fourteen” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few implied sex scenes, conversations about sex, and cleavage revealing outfits, several arguments, discussion of drug overdoses, a lack of mental health support and a death, and nearly 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Two women (Tallie Medel and Norma Kuhling), friends since middle school, navigate their lives together and apart as one spirals through self-destructive behavior that leads to unemployment and drug addiction. Also with Lorelei Romani, C. Mason Wells, Dylan McCormick, Kolyn Brown, Willy McGee, Scott Friend, Evan Davis and Ben Sloane. Directed by Dan Sallitt. [Running Time: 1:34]

Fourteen SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman pushes a man back on a bed and straddles him, she lifts her skirt toward him (we see her bare knee and mid-thigh) and he says, “No panties”; he lies down flat on the bed and asks her to move toward him and she giggles (oral sex is implied).
 A man and a woman kiss passionately. A man drops a woman off after a dinner date, he reaches to kiss her, and she hugs him instead and gets out of the car. A man rubs a woman’s shoulders in their apartment and he says that her shirt and bra are in the way; she drops her shirt over her shoulders and we see her bra straps as she offers to take everything off in front of another man and woman in the room (she does not take anything off); the conversation then shifts to lingerie. A shirtless man (we see his bare chest and abdomen) lies in bed and a woman wearing a robe comes out of a bathroom and lies next to him; they talk about a sexual fantasy he has involving himself with two women and the woman tries to figure out if she has any friends that she would feel comfortable having an encounter with; they kiss and we see her bare leg to the mid-thigh (sex is implied). A man and woman hug and kiss on the cheek.
 A woman talks on a phone telling a friend that she has a date. A woman talks on the telephone to a friend insisting that she is not getting back together with someone. A woman talks about being on Lexapro and that she wonders if she’ll “…ever get a sex life again.” A woman tells a friend about her boyfriend and that he is “amazing in bed.” A woman says that she is pregnant and another woman asks her if she should be drinking the beer she is holding. A woman talks about her roommate and says, “He has a girlfriend and I have a girlfriend,” and then talks about thinking about having sex with him
 A woman wears a short dress that reveals what looks like pubic hair when she lifts her legs to stand up. A woman wears low-cut tank tops and dresses that reveal cleavage and the outline of nipples through the fabric in several scenes throughout the movie. A woman is shown asleep in bed wearing a sleep shirt that reveals bare legs to the hips. A woman wears a short top that reveals part of her bare abdomen. A woman wears a T-shirt made of sheer fabric that reveals her bra underneath.


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Fourteen VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – We see people gathered at a funeral and we see the dead body in a coffin; a young girl looks at the body and becomes sad and the child’s mother cries feeling guilty for not being able to help. A woman talks about doctors always being wrong and that she can’t help but mess things up in her life; she punches a shelf and cries.
 Two women yell at each other and one says, “Stop it. I need you to be nice to me.” A man walks along a sidewalk looking frightened as he talks to a woman on the phone telling her that another woman held a knife on him and he is scared, not knowing what she might do. A woman yells at a man as he leaves an apartment and she tells another woman that they are having some problems. A woman gets a phone call that another woman died (we do not hear what happened). A man talks about his job in the financial industry and that he doesn’t really fit in with the people there. A woman talks about butting heads with her boss. We hear that a woman lost her job and that she was blindsided by it. A woman says that her landlady does not allow smoking in her apartment. A man describes a woman’s comments as “cutting.” A woman says of her adult daughter, “She does like to sleep.” A woman describes her boss as being insensitive to women. A woman on a phone call asks the caller, “Why are you crying? What’s wrong?” A man says about a woman, “She needs to see a doctor or something,” and a woman says, “She chews doctors up and spits them out.” A woman tells another woman, “You make me so angry.” A man says of a woman, “She seems like trouble.” We hear that a woman was in the hospital, presumably after a drug overdose. A woman accuses another woman of having “death struggles.” A woman talks about having seen doctors and that they never listen and that that something changed when she was a teenager that has caused her to be unstable. A woman talks about her cat having died and she cries. A woman says, “Everyone has to die.” A woman says that she is pregnant and another woman asks her if she should be drinking the beer she is holding. A woman talks about the supposed spiritual energy of pyramids. A woman tells another woman that she and her boyfriend broke up. A woman gets a call from her young daughter’s school that the child is sick and she leaves work to pick her up (we don’t hear what the problem was). A woman talks about her youth and what happened when she was picked on by bullies in school and another girl stood up to them; she pulled the chair out from under one of them and she fell on the floor and cried.


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Fourteen LANGUAGE 6

 – About 19 F-words (1 in a text message), 3 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (gal, trouble, bizarre, cool as a cucumber, odd couple, hurtful, crazy, eccentric, stupidly, uptight, cutting, big puppy, bad boy, dumb, silly, catastrophic, awkward, mushy, basket case, pinko democrat), exclamations (jeez, stop it, I’ll say whatever I want, oh no), 1 religious profanity (GD), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. Thank God, Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, God No, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Fourteen SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man talks about a woman wanting and taking drugs (“Oxys”) with alcohol, we hear that a woman was in the hospital after a drug overdose, a woman talks about being on Lexapro, a man talks about himself and that he has never done drugs. A man and a woman have glasses of wine with a meal in a restaurant, women drink beer from bottles in several scenes, three people drink wine with a meal, a man drinks a glass of whiskey and a woman asks him for a glass, a woman says that she is pregnant and another woman asks her if she should be drinking the beer she is holding, and people are shown drinking in a couple of bar scenes. A woman says that she’s going out for a smoke in several scenes and we see her standing on a rooftop or a sidewalk smoking in several additional scenes, a woman smokes in her apartment, and a man talks about having tried cigarettes and cigars.


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Fourteen DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Mental illness, friendship, honesty, job stress, structural family therapy, depression, unplanned pregnancy, disability, jealousy, monogamy.

Fourteen MESSAGE

 – Mental health issues can be difficult to navigate for loved ones.

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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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