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The High Note | 2020 | PG-13 | – 4.2.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The High Note” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some strong language, and suggestive references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scenes, a couple of kissing scenes, and cleavage revealing outfits, many arguments some with a person being berated, discussions of fame and aging out of an industry, and 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A woman (Dakota Johnson) who is working as the assistant to a singer (Tracee Ellis Ross) whose celebrity could be nearing its end, decides she wants to try music producing and finds an undiscovered talent (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) at a local venue. Also with Bill Pullman, June Diane Raphael, Ice Cube and Eddie Izzard. Directed by Nisha Ganatra. [Running Time: 1:53]

The High Note SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and a woman kiss and they wake up in bed together (sex is implied and we see the man wearing underwear; his bare chest and abdomen are seen and the woman is wearing underwear that reveals her bare hip and back). A man and a woman kiss.
 A woman talks about another woman’s affairs. A woman talks about almost getting married, she says she was too young, and tells another woman to make sure “He’s with you for you.” A woman tells another woman to make sure the “sexicology” oil is upstairs in her bathroom before going on a date with a man.
 A woman wears swimsuits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs to the hips in many scenes throughout the movie. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in many scenes throughout the movie. A woman wears short-shorts that reveal her bare legs to the upper thighs. Women wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the hips on a stage during a performance. A woman wears a very short dress that reveals deep cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman’s dress reveals her bare side abdomen and cleavage. A man lies shirtless in bed (we see his bare chest and back).


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The High Note VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A man falls off a railing and hits his head (we see him holding an ice pack on his head later and we see a bruise and a scratch). We see a picture of an open-heart surgery (blood and tissue are seen). A woman appears drunk and she stumbles in her high heels.
 A man yells at a woman in many scenes and speaks to her disparagingly in several scenes. A man yells at a woman and tells her to get out of his seat. A woman yells at another woman about being late. A woman yells at another woman. A woman tells another woman to “lose the tone.” Two women argue about eating sugar. A woman throws headphones and earbuds at another woman in a couple of scenes when she makes noise with music and the other woman cannot sleep. A woman asks a man to “fight the urge to get really mad at me,” but he does get mad and storms away. A reference is made to a man almost dying of a stomach ulcer. A man talks about his mother leaving him with his father when he was young. A woman talks about only 5 women over 40 having had a hit record and that only one was black. A woman warns another woman about “blurring the lines.” A woman is asked, “Do you want it more than blood?”
 A woman pours ice into a bathtub on top of another woman. A woman drinks from a glass of champagne and spits it back into the glass when she sees that her boss is watching her. A woman talks about singing in places with “sticky floors.” A woman talks about giving another woman an enema (no more details are given); the other woman says, “You know what clams do to me.”
 A woman spills a drink on another woman’s shirt at a party; we see her trying to blow-dry the shirt later.


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The High Note LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words (1 mouthed), 20 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (bad girl, disgusting, crazy, Yankee doodle, little girl, sweetheart, demanding, arrogant, deeply sad, dumb, little lady, sellout, blowhards, bored, pathetic, mean, abrasive, insecure, rude, jealous, self-sabotaging, long con), exclamations (stoked, here we go, shut-up, I blew it), 4 religious profanities (GD), 21 religious exclamations (e.g. My God, Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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The High Note SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman asks if another woman would like an Ambien to help her sleep (she declines), and a reference is made to heroin. A woman drinks from a glass of champagne at a party where many other people are shown holding glasses, a woman drinks from a glass of champagne, men drink in a bar, and a woman appears drunk and she stumbles in her high heels.


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The High Note DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Music industry, the Stockholm Syndrome, aging out of an industry, trust, abandonment, having children young, commitment, estranged families, death of a parent, ambition, manipulation, racism.

The High Note MESSAGE

 – Honesty is usually a better way to get what you want.

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