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Holidate | 2020 | TV-MA | – 5.4.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Holidate” rated TV-MA? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene with partial nudity, several passionate kissing scenes, the implication of infidelity, discussions of heartbreak and casual dating relationships, many cleavage revealing outfits, an accident with fireworks ending with a bloody severed finger, a couple of falls with no permanent injuries, erratic driving, several arguments, and at least 36 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After a break up that has left her broken-hearted, a woman (Emma Roberts) decides that the only way to get through the holidays is with a casual date and without any expectations or commitments. However, while a man (Luke Bracey) she meets at the mall fits the bill initially, relationship circumstances tend to evolve and change. Also with Kristin Chenoweth, Frances Fisher, Jessica Capshaw, Mikaela Hoover, Jake Manley, Andrew Bachelor, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffat, Cynthy Wu and Billy Slaughter. Directed by John Whitesell. A couple of lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin without translation. [Running Time: 1:43]

Holidate SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A woman pushes a man onto a bed, opens his shirt (his bare chest and abdomen are shown), removes her shirt (we see cleavage and bra), she kisses him and moves down below the frame (oral sex is implied). A man and woman lie in bed together, they talk and kiss and he takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest and abdomen), they kiss, she straddles him, removes her shirt (we see her bare back) and sex is implied; they are later shown lying on the bed partially covered with sheets.
 A woman and a man kiss and she climbs on him wrapping her legs around his waist. Several men and women kiss in a club on New Year’s Eve at midnight. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A woman caresses a man’s hand and sucks on his finger suggestively. A man and a woman are shown in the front seat of a car and we see what looks like rhythmic movement implying manual stimulation, but no sex takes place. A man and a woman dance suggestively rubbing against each other while their dates watch and become upset. Men and women dance at clubs and parties in several scenes with some suggestive moves.
 A man and a woman are alarmed when elevator doors open and another man and a woman are struggling over her clothing and the woman yells, “Rip my pants off.” A woman grabs a man’s clothed buttock as they walk away from a table. A man and his daughter dance the father-daughter dance at the daughter’s wedding to a song titled “Sexy Time” and people gathered in the room become uncomfortable, saying that it is inappropriate.
 A woman confesses her romantic feelings to a man in front of a large crowd of people in a mall. A married woman confesses having kissed a man that’s not her husband at a party. A woman asks a man if he is going to sleep with his date. A woman talks about sex with her boyfriend to his ex-girlfriend, with some graphic detail. A woman tastes a lollipop and talks about the flavor in sexual terms. A man tells a woman that he’ll take her appreciation (by way of manual stimulation) in the car. A man makes a remark about sex with a woman that he has since separated from and a woman tries to get him to give her details but he does not. A woman says that some people are too hot to be trustworthy. A man describes a woman romantically. A woman says that she posed nude for a man for a sculpting class and that he sculpted a part of her anatomy perfectly. A woman introduces her adult daughter to a man over video chat and the daughter hangs up in frustration. A woman asks a man if he thinks she is a prostitute when he tries to give her money as a gift. A woman tells a young girl about being prepared to find her boyfriend with another person. A woman says that she had a thing for Urkel (from the TV show “Family Matters”). A woman says that she is going to “watch a little porn,” and other women with her say that she cannot do that. A man describes a woman as “Smokin’ hot.” A woman asks why men go for younger and hotter women when they leave a woman. A man says that women “attach and procreate.” A man and woman each talk about how they process heartbreak.
 A woman sits nude in a bathtub while a man washes her back (we see her bare shoulders, side, and knees). A woman wakes up on a floor wearing a bra and a man’s boxer briefs (we see her cleavage, bare abdomen and legs and a man sleeps on a sofa next to her covered with a blanket and we see his bare chest and abdomen; they then try to figure out whether they had sex after a night of heavy drinking. A woman wears a Playboy bunny costume to a children’s Easter party (we see bare shoulders and deep cleavage); a man throws something into her cleavage at one point. A woman runs across a dance floor toward a man that catches her and lifts her over his head; her dress tears and people on the dance floor call out that her breasts are exposed (we see her bare shoulders and cleavage). A woman lifts her shirt to show a tattoo of a TV personality on her bare abdomen. Women wear low-cut tops and blouses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders in a wedding scene. A woman’s very pregnant bare abdomen is shown. A picture of a man with his robe open reveals his bare chest.


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Holidate VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – We hear commotion and a man announces that another man blew off his finger with a firework; we see the man’s hand wrapped in a blood-soaked cloth and he has blood on his shirt as people search for the severed digit that we also see from a distance when a man holds it up and then places it in a bag of ice.
 A man has a heart attack and holds his chest (he survives). A woman runs across a dance floor toward a man that catches her and lifts her over his head; her dress tears (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and they both fall hard to the floor (we see them holding ice packs; there are no visible injuries). Several men shoot fireworks from a lakeside beach toward a man in a rowboat until the man falls into the water (no injuries are evident). A woman in a panic drives a car erratically; she speeds into the back of another car, swerves onto a road nearly colliding with an oncoming car and speeds away. Children run toward eggs on the ground during an egg hunt and several tumble and fall (no injuries are shown). A woman bites a man’s finger and he says that he can’t feel a thing (the finger was reattached after having been blown off by a firework). A woman falls on a dance floor and twists her ankle; a man carries her away to ice the ankle. A woman shoves several people on an escalator to get past them. A woman yells when another woman cinches the corset of a costume.
 A woman gives her adult daughter a hard time about not dating or being married and tells her, “How do you expect to meet anyone,” and, “No one wants to marry a smoker that lies.” A woman argues with several people about not having a significant other in her life. A man complains that “Chicks go mental on the holidays.” A woman complains of people looking at her with pity and sad glances because she goes to family gatherings without a date. A woman says that people should, “Mind their own business.” A woman tries to get another woman to say the F-word at a party and she eventually yells it. A man and woman argue in a grocery store and she yells, “You didn’t want to have sex with me.”
 A woman shows a man a photo of her daughter when she was young and tells him that she urinated while sitting on Santa Claus’s lap. A woman has a wine spill stain on her dress and she cries saying that it looks like blood. A woman says, “I’m gonna be sick,” and she runs toward a garbage can but does not get sick; a man has her take a drink from a green smoothie and she gags, but does not vomit. A woman’s’ stomach gurgles loudly and she yells for a man to help her get out of a corset costume before evacuating.


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Holidate LANGUAGE 8

 – About 38 F-words, 23 sexual references, 23 scatological terms (2 mild), 20 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (chicks, prostitute, Crocodile Dundee, cookie licker, ridiculous, sexy, repressed, silly costume, you girls, clingy, wanker, stupid, obsessive exes, crazy eyes, gross, cold, mess, dumbest, cockamamie, weird, pathetic, degenerates), exclamations (nonsense, oh my gosh, hey, seriously, wow, shut-up, ew, who cares, ick, freaking, nailed it, ugh, ouch, booyah, uh-oh, oh no, oh, no, calm down), 1 religious profanity (GD), 30 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, God, Oh God, Oh My God, My God, God Bless America, Jesus H. Christ, Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Holidate SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man smokes a marijuana cigarette in a car and shares it with the driver and another passenger, and a man and a woman smoke a marijuana cigarette in the emergency room of a hospital. A woman drinks several glasses of vodka at a family gathering, a man and a woman talk about “drunk mocking” people at parties, people drink champagne at a club, people guzzle beer in a bar, a man and woman drink heavily at a party and we see them each doing several shots and drinking from liquor bottles, several men drink beer while shooting off fireworks and a few appear inebriated, people in several photographs are shown drinking, and a man asks a woman if she’s drunk (she is not). A woman smokes a cigarette outside a house and stubs it out on the head of a Santa Claus statue, and a woman says that she quit smoking.


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Holidate DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Breaking up, heartbreak, infidelity, causal relationships, commitment, fate, parenting, feeling alone, rejection, gender roles in relationships.

Holidate MESSAGE

 – Finding the right person takes effort but it is worth it in the end.

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