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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | 2022 | PG-13 | – 4.5.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong language, some violence, sexual material and drug content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene, implied use of sex for persuasion, discussions of anti-feminism, isolation during a pandemic, a murder by gas inhalation, an implied murder by gunshot, a murder by exposing someone to something they are allergic to, many arguments, discussions of dangerous and untested power sources, and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Super sleuth Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), from 2019’s Knives Out, finds himself on a private Greek island with a group of people he has never met. The invitation that brings him there indicates that the weekend will include a murder mystery game but all too soon, the game becomes all too real. Also with Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Noah Segan, Jackie Hoffman, Dallas Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, Stephen Sondheim, Natasha Lyonne, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Serena Williams. Directed by Rian Johnson. [Running Time: 2:19]

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman wearing a bikini (we see her cleavage, bare abdomen and partial buttocks) straddles a man in a bed and they kiss (sex is implied); the woman’s boyfriend sees them from outside and angrily squeezes his hands into fists.
 A woman hugs and kisses a man. A man and a woman hug and linger in the embrace while the woman’s boyfriend looks on. A man touches a woman’s shoulder and she looks at him disapprovingly. Two women individually sit next to a man on a sofa and drape their legs over his leg.
 A man posts on social media about “breastification” and has his girlfriend appear in the frame saying that she likes her breasts and apologizing to the feminists in the audience. A man asks his girlfriend to do something for him and we understand that it is to have sex with another man in order to convince him to do something for the first man. A woman accuses a man of hawking an aphrodisiac to teen boys on his social media platform and that he was banned from the site for doing so. A man is identified as a “Men’s Rights YouTuber.” A woman refuses to give another woman her phone because she is afraid that she will post something inappropriate on social media, again.
 We see what looks like a sex aide in a suitcase. We see condom packages in a suitcase.
 A woman wears deeply cut dresses that reveal cleavage and her partial upper abdomen in several scenes. A woman wears a sports bra and we see her cleavage, bare abdomen and back. A man sits in a bathtub during a video chat with a few other people and we see his bare shoulders and chest. A man’s shirt hangs open and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A woman wears a crop top and short shorts that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs to the hips with her partial buttocks visible later. Women wear swimsuits while poolside and we see cleavage, bare abdomens, backs and legs to the hips with partial buttocks revealed. A man wears bikini swim trunks that reveal his bare chest, abdomen, legs to the hips and a bulge at the groin (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man flexes his pecs and they bounce up and down. A man stands in front of a nude statue and when he moves away, we see bare buttocks and upper thighs. We see a glass statue of a nude female form and a woman accidentally touches the buttocks and flinches. A portrait on a wall shows a shirtless man and we see his bare chest and abdomen.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man gasps, holds his chest and collapses onto a glass top table shattering it, he thrashes and gags before he dies, and a couple of women in the room scream and one lies across his body sobbing. A woman’s coffee appears to be drugged and she collapses on a table; we see her being placed in a running car in a garage and apparently left to die. Someone holding a gun points it at a man and a woman talking and the woman is shot (we see blood on her chest and she falls to the ground). A woman is shot and we see a bullet hole in her lapel and a diary that she had in her breast pocket (we see the shooting in a few more scenes).
 A woman points a spear gun at another woman and shoots (she is not struck). A woman slaps a man hard in the face (her adult son) after he yells at her. A man slaps another man hard in the face.
 A woman throws crystalized hydrogen into a flame and it causes a giant explosion; we see people on the floor of a room with char marks on their faces and a car crashes through the roof and onto the floor. A woman uses a hammer to break a wooden box to splinters. A woman throws a tablet and pulls a bookcase off the wall. A woman drops many glass sculptures onto the floor shattering them, and others in the room join in (we see the floor covered with shards of glass); the woman takes a mace and slams it onto a piano and other fragile items in the room, and then sets spilled alcohol on fire causing a large plume of flames to erupt. A woman runs into a room screaming and waving a spear gun around while other people try to calm her down. A man is shot in the chest with a fake arrow and fake blood spurts from the area (we see blood on his shirt and he removes the arrow later). A woman bumps into a man as she storms out of a room after arguing with people. Lights on an island go out and people gathered there panic. We hear that a woman committed suicide and that sleeping pills were found in her system. A priceless painting is exposed to flames and the paint melts off the canvas.
 A woman on the back of a man’s motorcycle shoots a gun into the air as they arrive on a dock where others are gathered. A man wears bikini swim trunks and a gun belt around his hips; when he gets out of the swimming pool, he fires the gun into the air (we see this scene a couple of times). We understand that a man’s gun is missing. We see that a kitchen knife has been taken from a rack. A man sets a napkin on fire and it falls to the floor. People at a party are shown throwing fire around and we later see someone rushing with a fire extinguisher as we hear that someone set something on fire.
 A man says that he was “almost pancaked” by a man in a fast car several times. A man details how a woman planned to kill a man and why. A woman says that an untested power source could “Blow up the world.” People argue about an untested power source and one man insists on putting it to use while the others call it reckless and a man says, “You’re going to get someone killed.” A man and a woman talk about hydrogen gas leaks. A man says that an untested power source will be put on a manned space mission. A man talks about a very dangerous idea of putting a volatile substance on a moon launch vessel. A note reads “AI in dogs = discourse.” A loud noise occurs every hour and a man says that it is the hourly “dong.” A man talks about breaking the system itself in several scenes. A woman described no one liking a man but that she convinced them to humor him. A woman pleads with a man not to make another woman sign a document taking responsibility for a business decision to use a sweatshop to manufacture a clothing line. A woman tells another woman that she is the elephant in the room. A man says, “Fake it ’til you make it.” Several people lie on the witness stand during a trial. A woman talks about not understanding why people got so upset about her (a white woman) paying tribute to Beyoncé by dressing up like her for Halloween. A woman says that a white woman compared herself to Harriet Tubman. People talk about a trial and that it was uncomfortable.
 A man lights a cigar outside and sirens blare as a voice repeats “This is a smoke-free garden,” and he throws the cigar in a nearby pond, with the sirens blare and the voice repeating, “Keep our water clean” (the man runs away). A woman vomits into a bucket and we hear splatter (we do not see goo). A woman is shown with sunburn on her arms and legs. A woman pours hot sauce on her blouse and lies on the ground to appear that she is bleeding. A woman stumbles on stairs after drinking a lot of hard Kombucha. A man dabs spicy hot sauce on his eyes to cause himself to cry. Hot sauce drips into a woman’s nose causing her to sneeze. A woman grips a railing fearfully while sailing on a boat.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery LANGUAGE 5

 – At least 2 F-words, 8 obscene hand gestures, 2 sexual references, 32 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Jewish people, name-calling (insanity, dimwitted, brainless, disaster, idiot, buffoon, vainglorious, fool, victim, dumb, terrible game, nuts, baby, child, ridiculous game, calm down, bald faced fabrication, rich person thing, oh not today, stand still, poor tortured billionaire, loser, “mandom,” feminist, rich people, sketchy, southern hokum, crazy, rich folks, stupid idea, rich [mild obscenity deleted], disruptors, bully, uncomfortable, confused, dumb, bitter), exclamations (look alive, well duh, here we go, oh my gosh, wow, oh my, keep the faith, what, yes, shut-up, oh fantastic, come on man, mocking me, heck, oh come on, oh no, fiddlesticks, legit, freaking), 4 religious profanities, 32 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, oh God, thank God, for God’s sakes, thank high Heaven, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man sprays something into people’s throats and tells them that they don’t need to wear masks any longer (he does not say what is in the spray), a man smokes what could be a marijuana cigarette, and a woman talks about Ayahuasca. Many people at a party drink alcohol, a man walks on a beach carrying a case of beer and drinks from one bottle, people drink cocktails at a gathering, a woman guzzles several bottles of hard Kombucha and appears inebriated, a man tells a woman that she should take up drinking, a man smokes and drinks a beer in his room, and people drink from bottles of liquor and seem to be getting drunk. A man smokes a cigar in a bathtub and we see a bottle of liquor or wine on the ledge behind him, a woman smokes an e-cigarette, and a man tries to smoke a cigar outside (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Science vs. publicity, renewable energy, ethnic slurs, pandemic lockdown, social media, speaking without thought vs. speaking the truth, aphrodisiacs, pushing boundaries, norms, conventions, NFTs, cryptocurrency, perjury, obsession, pity, revenge, isolation, malapropisms, the Mona Lisa, food allergies, Leonardo da Vinci, immortality, motivation, greed, Blood Diamonds, being fair, agendas, sweatshops.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery MESSAGE

 – Taking advantage of people for personal gain is a dangerous game that is not likely to end well.

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