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The Good House | 2022 | R | – 6.4.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Good House” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “brief sexuality and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene with partial nudity, an attempted seduction, a few kissing scenes, discussions of divorce, a body found in water, a missing child, several scenes of a woman driving while drunk, a few scenes of a woman blacking out after drinking, an intervention over alcoholism, many arguments, and about 4 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a woman (Sigourney Weaver) from a small Massachusetts town is sent to rehab by her concerned family and friends, she struggles with feeling content after losing some of her successful real estate business. When she can’t seem to avoid drinking again, the threat of losing everything looms large. Also with Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Rebecca Henderson, Molly Brown, Kathryn Erbe, Kelly AuCoin and Georgia Lyman. Directed by Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky. [Running Time: 1:54]

The Good House SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A woman dances seductively after drinking wine with a man and she invites him to join her, she places his hands on her clothed hips and they kiss, they fall back on a sofa and we then see them in bed where they are covered by sheets (we see his shoulders and her shoulders and a partial bare breast) as the man thrusts on top of her and they kiss and moan (they are interrupted by a dog barking at them and then the woman’s adult daughter knocking at the door).
 An inebriated woman gets into a truck with a man when he stops to help her with a flat tire; she leans over in the seat and tries to seduce him, he refuses and pushes her away saying, “You’re married and hammered,” and she complains, “You used to be fun.” A woman sees a man and a woman (they are married to different spouses) kissing passionately. A man and a woman kiss at a family dinner (they’re exes).
 Two young women joke about one of their mothers being “too old” to have sex. A woman says that her husband left her for a man. A man says to a woman, “Looking good.” A man tells a woman that she is, “Cute as a button.” A woman reads another woman’s hand and tells her that she knows that she is involved with a married man and, “His marriage has been dead for years.” We understand that a married woman has started an affair with a married man that is also her therapist.
 A woman swims alone at night and is started when a man calls out to her; we see her wrapping herself with a towel and her bare shoulders, back and partial bare breast are seen. A woman wears a low-cut nightdress while tending to a flowerbed and the outline of her underwear, cleavage and bare shoulders are seen. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage at a party. A woman sits in a bathtub and we see her bare back and shoulders.

The Good House VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – Coast guard boats blow their sirens when a body is found in water and people fear that it is a young boy; it is a man and we later see a closed body bag.
 A man wakes a woman after she had been drinking the night before and asks, “What did you do?” and points at her car in the driveway, which has a dented hood and cracked windshield and tells her that a young boy is missing (she has no memory of what happened). An inebriated woman stands on the side of the road leaning against her car that has a flat tire late at night; a man arrives in a truck and tells her that he will take her home and then go back to fix her tire (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman drives at night after drinking a lot and swerves on the road; we later hear that she went to a woman’s house and tried to convince her to throw eggs at another woman’s house (the woman does not remember doing this). A woman drives at night after drinking and goes to a man’s house where he takes her keys and tells her he will drive her home; she becomes upset and says that she will walk home. A woman seems inebriated in several scenes; other people walk away from her at a party. A woman says she is “three drinks short of comfortable.” A woman drinks wine at night alone and she drives to her office; we see her drive up on the curb when she arrives at the office.
 A woman panics when her adult daughter comes home for the weekend and the woman has left a bottle of wine out (she is not supposed to be drinking); the next morning the daughter quizzes her mother about whether she is drinking. A woman imagines a man coming to see her and sharing a bottle of wine together; he says, “We all self-medicate.” A woman collapses to her knees and says, “Help me.”
 A young boy on a beach grabs another boy’s truck and they tussle over it, the second boy’s mother tries to take the truck back while suggesting they share and the first boy’s mother yells for her not to try to grab the toy and that her son is autistic; the second woman says she is sorry and, “He doesn’t look like…” and the boy’s mother cuts her off and becomes angry. A young boy yells and slams a chair on the floor repeatedly until a man enters the room to settle him down. A woman confronts a man for not listing his property with her and he sees this as a threat.
 Several people gather for an intervention: a woman is told that she should agree to go to rehab for alcoholism (she refers to it as “the ambush”), her adult daughter tells her that if she does not go, she will not allow her to spend time with her young granddaughter, and she later says, “I let them send me away.” We hear that a woman has a DUI and she implies that it was a “tap.” A woman says, “I like a drink, I don’t need a drink.” A man tells a woman, “Suicide runs in families.” We hear that a young boy has gone missing and the whole town is searching for him. A woman tells her mother that she is back in therapy for anxiety. A woman talks about the dangers of buying a house that is out of reach. A woman talks about an apartment being criminally overpriced. A woman complains to her mother that she is not maternal. A woman says that an ancestor of hers was the first woman accused of being a witch in Salem to be hanged. A woman says that her husband thinks she is a witch. A man is shocked and dismayed when a woman seems to read a childhood memory by holding her hand over his. A woman tells her mother that her young daughter has “hand, foot and mouth” and that she shouldn’t come over to babysit. A woman gets a call that she has missed payments on her car.
 A man talks to a woman about her mother committing suicide and we see a flashback of her has a young teen finding her mother lying motionless in a bed (lying on her stomach and facing away from the screen). After drinking a lot of wine at night, a woman swims alone (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man and a woman crack lobster shells and are squirted by juice a couple of times. Men on a fishing boat pull traps out of the water and a woman bands lobsters’ claws. A woman tries to open a bottle of wine and it falls on the floor shattering.

The Good House LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 scatological terms (1 implied), 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, bummer, embarrassing, wicked, fancy pants, imp, kiddo, rude, piece of meat, manipulative old drunk that feeds on gossip, he’s the garbage man, jazz cabbage, angry, lonely, scared, McMonster, weird, real estate queen, domestic discord, severe, jackpots, wicked drunk, wicked, little peanut, Dr. Peanut, inane, hopeless, brooding, stupid, rich lady with a hobby), exclamations (oh please, good grief, oh well, screw the truck, I don’t give a care, oh gosh, ew), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. thank God, oh my God, oh God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

The Good House SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man smokes a marijuana cigarette. People drink wine and liquor at a party, a woman drinks mugs of wine while home alone in several scenes, a woman pours two glasses of wine and two women drink (this happens in a couple of scenes), a man and a woman drink wine with a meal, a woman talks about “jackpots” being things that one might do while being “wicked drunk,” a woman sneaks vodka into her glass at a family dinner (repeatedly), several people toast and drink liquor and champagne at a bar and they appear inebriated, a woman tries to open a bottle of wine and it falls on the floor shattering, and a woman drinks wine from a bottle and wakes up on the floor of her basement.

The Good House DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Hereditary mental illness, depression, alcoholism, suicide, autism, divorce, fate, asking for help, rehab, self-destructive behavior, loneliness, fear, mistakes, parenting, secrets, fishing industry, denial, DUI, blacking out, Salem Witch Trials.

The Good House MESSAGE

 – Seeking and accepting help can turn around even the bleakest circumstances.

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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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