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Gigi & Nate | 2022 | PG-13 | – 2.3.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Gigi & Nate” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some thematic material and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, a couple of flirting scenes, an attempted suicide, a young man suffering seizures in a hospital, a jump from a cliff into water below without injury, a dog chasing a monkey through a house causing damage, a protest with containers of blood thrown, several arguments, and some harsh language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After becoming a quadriplegic, a young man (Charlie Rowe) struggles to find a reason to go on, and then he meets and befriends a Capuchin monkey named Gigi, who becomes his service animal and a part of his family. Also with Marcia Gay Harden, Jim Belushi, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Josephine Langford, Diane Ladd, Tara Summers, Brent Sexton, Hannah Riley, Mishel Prada and Welker White. Directed by Nick Hamm. [Running Time: 1:54]

Gigi & Nate SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. A young man flirts with a teenage girl and invites her to join him for a day on a boat. Young men and women dance at a party and one young woman sits on the lap of a young man with her arm around his shoulders; they move closely together, place their foreheads together and nearly kiss.
 A woman bathes a young man seated in a harness in a shower room; we see his bare chest, partial abdomen and legs to the knees. A woman wears shorts and a low-cut top that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A young man lies in a bed with a tube attached with tape at his waist (presumably a catheter); we see his bare chest and abdomen. A teen girl wears a cropped top that reveals her bare abdomen. A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A young man at a party is shown shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen).

Gigi & Nate VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A young man in a wheelchair tips himself into a Koi pond in an effort to drown himself; a man pulls him out and the young man gasps.
 A young man stands at the top of a tall cliff and dives into the water below as a friend stands on the shore below trying to talk him out of it; after the jump, the young man surfaces unharmed and yells with excitement.
 A dog growls, barks and charges toward a monkey that screeches, jumps around and into a house, where dishes and food are knocked to the floor and there is a lot of breakage before the two animals are restrained. We hear animal sounds and see a ramshackle, deserted petting zoo, where a woman is led into a dark shack by another woman to find a small Capuchin monkey; the animal lunges out toward the second woman and screeches as the other woman sends the woman away and calms the animal.
 A young man seems to feel dizzy and has trouble hearing in a few scenes and he complains of a headache in one scene, shakes uncontrollably while lying on a bathroom floor, leans over the toilet and retches (we do not see goo); a woman enters the room and puts her fingers in his mouth (presumably to keep him from choking), the young man is taken to a hospital, where we see him unconscious and being tested (we see brain scans that we are told show swelling around the brain), he is air lifted to another hospital where more tests are done and doctors suggest that he has meningitis and we hear that the illness has an 80% mortality rate. A young man in a hospital bed connected to monitors thrashes during seizures in a few scenes. A young man is lifted in a harness in and out of his bed, and is held in the air in an open shower room where he is bathed and placed in his wheelchair in a few scenes. A young man yells in pain during physical therapy, attempts to move his arms, and hands in several scenes and a monkey winces when hearing the sound. A woman turns a young man over in his bed in the middle of the night in a few scenes.
 Protestors gather around a house with signs, they chant, “shame, shame, shame,” and several of them throw containers of blood at a fence and toward people inside the property. A woman confronts a young man in a grocery store and tells him that he cannot be in the store with a monkey because it is a public health risk. A husband and his wife argue about making sacrifices for their son. A man yells in frustration while trying to rent a car after his flight has been diverted due to heavy storms. We are told that a monkey was not treated very well. A woman says that she is trying to figure out if a monkey is “cute or if she’s going to eat my soul.” A young man says that he doesn’t sleep. A young man tells a monkey, “It [mild obscenity deleted] to be in a cage.” A woman says, “I wanted to punch her right in her botoxed face.” A woman calls a young woman on the phone at work and tells her that there was a “jailbreak,” meaning that a young man snuck out of the house. A young woman accuses a young man of being drunk at a party. A monkey is taken away from a young man, and it reaches its hand through the transport crate toward the young man and cries when the van door is closed.
 A monkey picks up a handful of feces in its enclosure and throws it at a young woman’s face (we see the goo on her face).

Gigi & Nate LANGUAGE 3

 – 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (normal, funny, pathetic, crazy, cruel, monkey slave, dork, psycho, ridiculous, busy-body, immoral, complete mess, insane, selfish, self-centered, special needs), exclamations (freaking, stop it, get off me, oh my word), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], I swear to God, dear God, oh my God, my God, Jesus Christ, Amen, a few prayers). | profanity glossary |

Gigi & Nate SUBSTANCE USE

 – A doctor asks if the gaba (i.e. gabapentin) is helping a young man’s pain and he says that it is sometimes. A teen girl jokes, “I’ll stay here and day drink with Grandma” when her older siblings leave a family gathering, a man is introduced to a family and a man is described as liking beer, a woman drinks glasses of wine in a few scenes, people at a party drink shots of liquor, a man and a woman toast and drink at a restaurant, a young man drinks from a bottle of liquor and appears to be inebriated at a party, a monkey at a party plays a drinking game (we see the monkey licking some alcohol from its hands and the ping pong ball used to play the game), and a sleeping woman holds a glass of vodka.

Gigi & Nate DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Service animals, protection of wild animals, attempted suicide, meningitis, hope, quadriplegia, sacrifice, guilt, being a burden.

Gigi & Nate MESSAGE

 – Not all situations are the same and each should be considered individually.

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