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Greta | 2019 | R | – 2.6.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Greta” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some violence and disturbing images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few scenes that show women’s cleavage, several scenes of violence that include gunshots as well as violent blows and drugging that result in death and bloody wounds (including a dead dog), social media mining, discussions of abusive parenting, several scenes of people being drugged, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag left on a New York City subway and returns it to its owner, a widowed French piano teacher (Isabelle Huppert). Having recently lost her mother, the younger woman forms a friendship with the lonely widow but when the widow’s eccentric behavior escalates to obsession, the young woman must find a way to end the toxic relationship and save her own life. Also with Maika Monroe, Zawe Ashton, Colm Feore and Stephen Rea. Directed by Neil Jordan. A few words are spoken in Hungarian without translation. [Running Time: 1:38]

Greta SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A woman in a bathtub is shackled by her wrists to the faucet, revealing partial abdomen and one thigh. Two women wear tights that hug thigh and hip curves. Two women wear low-cut tops that reveal significant cleavage. A woman wears a sports bra that reveals cleavage, abdomen, and later, she wears the same bra under a see-through sweater. A woman wears yoga pants twice that hug the curves of her hips, thighs and legs.
 A woman tells a man that she will dry hump him for a week and he leaves. A woman repeatedly holds the hand of a younger woman she has just, met implying obsession. A woman drugs another woman (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and lies next to her in a bed (both are clothed). A woman tells another woman that she was a lesbian partner with a now-deceased woman for six years and that they were both in AA.


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Greta VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 - A man shoots a handgun at a woman four times in succession and misses, all shots penetrating a wall and missing another woman that is gagged and shackled to a bed by the wrists and ankles in another room; the man collapses from being drugged (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and the first woman dances and takes the gun, shooting the man three times off-screen (we see a close-up of his head and face in a body bag as the woman sprinkles blue powder over him and then zips the bag).
 A woman picks up a rolling pin, slams it down on a cookie cutter to severe another woman's finger and then smashes her in the head off-screen with the rolling pin (blood splatters twice as the struck woman gasps loudly and we see blood on a hand and some cookie dough and later see the bloody hand without part of the little finger, covered in blood).
 A woman shackles another woman into a bathtub (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and then shackles her into a bed, gagging her as well. A woman gets another woman up to learn piano, but hits her hard on the knuckles with a ruler. A woman forces another woman to drink drugged milk (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A woman berates another woman while teaching her French.
 A woman drops and breaks a cup in close-up as we hear pounding and a shackled woman bounces on a bed to signal for help in a nearby room and the first woman collapses on the floor while a third woman searches for the room where she finds and unshackles the woman on the bed; the two women exit the room as they hear a loud record player and one of the women grabs a candlestick for a weapon (she does not use it), another woman grabs one of the women by the throat, collapses unconscious and the other two women place her into a toy chest, lock it and leave (we hear pounding from inside the box as the scene ends).
 A woman opens a chest where another woman has been locked inside and says, "This is a bed of lies" and leaves the lid open, but locks the second woman into the room and pushes a piano against the bolted door; the second woman pounds on windows and the door, breaks a wooden chair against the door and sits on the floor crying. A woman grabs another woman by the throat and we then see the second woman shackled into a bed and gagged. A woman drags a drugged woman on a rug and we see that the woman has put the victim into a toy chest and locked her inside. A woman runs hysterically into a basement, pounds on walls and windows, opens a body bag where a gagged woman is seen inside it, covered in blue powder and she arches her back and gasps.
 A woman follows another woman she has never met, takes photos of her and emails them to the other woman's roommate; the victim runs away at first, then confronts the stalker on a bus, shouting, and finally leaves and a cab almost hits her. A drugged dream sequence shows a woman collapsing after drinking drugged coffee (please see the Substance Use category for more details); another woman is seen in a blurred shot as she helps the other woman outside where a cab driver helps them both into his car and takes them to the second woman's house, where the drugged woman is laid over a couch and falls onto the floor.
 A bound and gagged woman bounces on a bed loudly and grunts in two scenes when she hears voices in the house. A woman wakes up on a couch in her apartment and speaks with her roommate, saying that she does not feel right; she rides down in an elevator that descends and the lights burst loudly, the woman screams and cries and the camera cuts to her inside a toy chest, crying and pounding to get out. A woman is shown tied down to a gurney and loaded into an ambulance as we see flashing lights and hear sirens off-screen.
 A woman argues with her father over the phone. A woman angrily throws her cell phone onto a floor. A woman argues with her roommate in a few scenes and argues loudly with another woman in several scenes, reports her to the police, and requests a restraining order. A woman stands outside another woman's workplace repeatedly, and meets her in her apartment corridor and spits chewing gum into her hair. A woman makes hundreds of phone calls and comes to the restaurant where another woman works, throws a glass of wine onto the floor to break it, and turns a table upside down; other patrons stare as she shouts and screams and charges toward the victim.
 We hear that a deranged widow lures twenty-something aged women to murder by leaving purses on subways with her name and address inside. We see a woman mining Facebook pages, searching for women to lure. A woman finds a closet full of returned purses, and she gasps in fear. A woman tries to leave a house, but finds the door locked from the inside. A woman panics when she cannot find a key and breaks a glass bowl, pieces scattering on the floor. We hear that a woman's mother died. An older woman tells a younger woman that her husband died, her adult daughter moved away, and her dog died. We hear that a woman's daughter committed suicide because of abuse and torture she suffered at the hands of her mother. We see a few scenes in which a woman pretends to talk to her deceased daughter on the telephone.
 A woman gives a dog a bowl of drugged milk (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and we later see the dog curled up on the floor, dead. A close-up in a restaurant shows a knife cutting through a dead fish's pink flesh, with a glass case of dead fish in the background. A woman scrubs a lot of blood from a wooden floor. Ominous loud, campy music accompanies many scenes.


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Greta LANGUAGE 4

 - 4 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, creepy, creepiest, pathetic, sucker, superficial, old lady, weird, Cruella), 3 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Thank God, Jesus, Bless Your Heart). | profanity glossary |


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Greta SUBSTANCE USE

 - We hear that a former nurse was fired for drug abuse and addiction, characters suffering from blurry vision from being drugged with an unidentified bottle of drops placed into food (including milk for a dog), a close-up shows drops of an unknown drug falling into a cup of coffee and we later hear that the drug is "Rufies," a woman drinks drugged coffee and becomes woozy before collapsing, a woman injects an unknown drug into the cut off stump of her finger (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), a woman stabs a man in the neck with a hypodermic needle and he collapses, a woman dumps out a purse and we see a blister pack of capsules, and a woman jokes and asks if she just snorted crystal meth (no drugs are seen). A woman carries a bottle of wine into a dining room where we see several large glasses containing wine on tables (no one drinks), a woman drops glasses of wine from a tray twice and we hear one glass break below the frame, a woman sips from glasses of wine, a man drinks from a highball glass at a table in shadows, a bar scene shows several highballs on a bar (no one drinks), men and women hold glasses of wine as they dance, a woman opens a wine bottle with a corkscrew and we hear a loud pop, and two glasses of wine are shown on a dinner table and a woman drinks from one glass.


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Greta DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Facebook predators, serial killers, mental illness, obsessions, traps, psychological games, widows, suicides, danger, fear, captivity, murder, hysteria, escape, survival, self-defense, protection.

Greta MESSAGE

 - Be careful of befriending strangers and sharing your personal information on social media.

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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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