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The Kitchen | 2019 | R | – 5.7.10

content-ratingsWhy is “The Kitchen” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, language throughout and some sexual content.” The evaluation includes a sex scene, a few implied sex scenes and kissing scenes, and discussions of spousal abuse and the loss of a child after a beating; many murders by gunshot with bloody results shown, a few audible below-the-screen dismemberments with knives and body disposals, a near rape, and discussions of illegal activity; and over 70 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

When the mobster husbands of three women end up in jail in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, the three housewives (Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish) take over the Irish mafia and run the rackets themselves — as well as take out the competition. Also with Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Jeremy Bobb, Margo Martindale, Bill Camp, Common, E.J. Bonilla and Myk Watford. Directed by Andrea Berloff. [Running Time: 1:42]

The Kitchen SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A man and a married woman have sex in a bed with him thrusting from behind her and they kiss (we see their bare shoulders). A man is shown lying in a bed with a woman sitting in a chair nearby watching him (sex is implied). A man lies in bed and sits up to reveal his bare shoulders and chest as a woman looks at him and smiles (sex is implied). A husband and his wife lie in bed together and when the man gets up we see him wearing a T-shirt and boxers (sex is implied). A dead man and a dead woman are shown in a bed (sex is implied) and we see the man wearing a tank T-shirt and boxer shorts.
 A man and a married woman kiss passionately in a car. A man and married woman kiss tenderly in a few scenes. A husband and his wife kiss as he leaves the house. A husband and his wife kiss and hug. A man and woman kiss passionately on a sidewalk. Men and women dance together in a club.
 A woman remarks that a man and another woman are having sex and says, “I could smell it when I sat down.” A man tells three women that have cornered him in a bathroom that he has to leave or people will think they are having sex (using a crude term). A man tries to pick up a woman on the street and when she walks away he calls her names. A woman tells her children, “Looking pretty is a tool” for women to get what they want. A woman tells her husband how many times she faked orgasms.
 A woman is on a sidewalk in front of a shop with “Peep Show” on a sign; we see her wearing a low-cut top and shorts that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut robe that reveals cleavage. A man gestures the shape of breasts with his hands. A man is shown on a toilet and we see his boxer shorts at his knees. Two women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage.


 – A man grabs a woman in an alley, pulls up her skirt and holds her from behind until another man shoots him in the head (blood sprays on the woman and the wall); the man falls dead and the woman kicks the body repeatedly in anger. A woman waits for a man, follows him into a dark alley and shoots him; another man puts the body in the trunk of a car to dispose of it. A man chases another man on a sidewalk and shoots him in the back (we see blood pool on the sidewalk under him). A woman stands behind another woman at the top of a flight of stairs and shoves her; the woman falls and we see blood on her head after we hear a crunch. A man is shot dead while standing in a phone booth (we see a bloody bullet wound in his head). A man kicks a door open, confronts a woman inside the apartment and punches her in the stomach knocking her to the ground; he punches her again and she shoots him in the chest (we see blood on his shirt). A man is shot on a street (we see blood splatter on a wall and pool on the sidewalk); a man cleans the blood later with a mop. A man is shot while sitting on a toilet (we do not see the gunshot). An armed man enters a woman’s apartment at night and she shoots him (we see blood splatter on the wall behind him; she goes to see who it is and the man shoots her in the head (we see blood on the back of her head) and another man in the room shoots the first man several times (we see bloody bullet holes open in his face and abdomen). A man is killed behind a closed door (we hear a loud pop and a thud).
 Three men plan a robbery, they put on ski masks and arm themselves with shotguns, charge into a liquor store, hit the proprietor in the face with a gun and steal money; when they exit the store, they are held at gunpoint by two FBI agents that they punch and kick repeatedly until the police arrive and arrest the three robbers. Two men in a bar are pulled off their stool and beaten (below the frame) and kicked (we see them later with bloody noses and faces). A woman catches a man in an office and when she confronts him he hits her; we see her exiting an emergency room and hear that she had three stitches. A few scenes show body-guards beating people up (no blood is shown) and holding guns on people. A man holds a gun on two women and two other men hold guns on him (he backs down). Two people break into a store and steal jewelry and silver. A man and woman threaten another woman with a gun and the second woman is surrounded by men with guns and bats that threaten the first two (no shots are fired).
 A man instructs three women on how to dismember a body and prepare it to put in water: he uses several knives, talks about the process with the body in a bathtub and we hear crunching, squishing and bones braking (blood splatters on a toilet in one scene). A woman looks at a dead man in a tub (we see blood on his head) before she begins to dismember him (we hear a slice and crunch when she cuts his arm below the frame). A man lies dead with a bloody bullet hole in his head on a flight of stairs. A man takes body parts wrapped in a bag into a river and lets the bag go saying that the river will take the body to the ocean. A dead man is shown lying on the sidewalk as police investigate the crime scene. A woman is shown placing a dismembered body in a river (we only see part of the bag). We see a dead man and woman lying in a bed (the man has blood on his chest and we see blood on the wall and the woman has a bloody gunshot wound in the head).
 A woman is shown with a bloody cheek and when she puts an ice pack on it, her husband grabs the ice away and throws it accusing her of making a big deal out of the incident. Three women corner a man in a bathroom (we hear a flush) and convince him to help them. A man approaches a woman on a street and seems threatening when he tells her that someone wants to see her. A man approaches a woman on a sidewalk trying to solicit her or come on to her and she draws a gun on him. A woman sits alone in the dark holding a gun. A woman hears a noise outside her house and points a gun at a man standing guard outside.
 A husband berates his wife for not buying him the beer that he likes. A woman tells her adult daughter that she beat her when she was young so that she wouldn’t turn out to be “soft.” A man threatens three women in a bar and one woman calls him “weak.” Several men are shown talking in a room when two women enter and the men stop talking, and one man yells at them and tells them to leave. A woman belittles three women (including her daughter-in-law) and calls them names in a few scenes. A woman talks about fearing that her mother-in-law will have her killed. A woman tells another woman to “run.” A man tells three women that there is a contract out on each of them; one woman offers the man more money if he kills three men that she wants dead. A woman panics when she discovers that someone else picked up her children from school. An elderly man talks about having been robbed by kids with guns and that they took all his money. A woman says that she lost a baby when her husband beat her. Three women argue in a few scenes. A man and a woman argue bitterly. People talk about getting into the business of “loans.” A woman is shown at the unemployment office where she is told that employers don’t want mothers because they can’t be relied on. A man asks a woman if she “speaks Jewish” when she talks about expanding her business. A man tells three women, “I won’t bite,” when they sit down for a meeting. A woman talks about “no woman feeling safe.” A woman talks about Mary and Joseph and that Mary pushed a baby out in the dirt in a barn. Three men are sentenced to three years in prison for armed robbery and racketeering.
 A garbage truck dumps a large amount of bloody meat and bones on the ground in front of a shop and the proprietor gags and holds a handkerchief to his face. Slightly bloody pieces of meat hang in a butcher shop. A man urinates in a toilet and we hear the trickle (we do not see anything). A rat crawls among garbage in an alley.

The Kitchen LANGUAGE 10

 – About 74 F-words and its derivatives, 5 sexual references, 23 scatological terms, 14 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 2 derogatory term for the Irish, name-calling (numskulls, screw up, screw loose, fake, girls, idiots, soft, Irish dogs, trash, criminal, Queen of the [derogatory term for the Irish deleted], playing mobster, dodo, doodoo, uneducated immigrant, humiliating), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ’s Sake, Jesus, My God, Oh My God, God Knows). | profanity glossary |


 – A woman talks to her adult daughter about a teacher overdosing in the school bathroom and that they found him with a needle in his arm. Several people are shown in a bar where a few drink shots at a table while three women drink at the bar, a woman drinks coffee with whiskey in it at a diner, a man makes a derogatory remark about Irish people liking alcohol, three women count stacks of money and drink wine, a woman drinks a beer, people drink in several bar scenes, a woman drinks whiskey in several scenes, two women accept glasses of whiskey from a man, several people in a union hall drink beer, and two women drink from glasses of wine in a few scenes.


 – 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen, family, racism, anti-Irish sentiment, anti-Italian sentiment, anti-Jewish sentiment, racketeering, protection money, armed robbery, spousal abuse, infidelity, power, fear, betrayal, trust, inequality, gender roles, unemployment, murder, survival, loan sharking, interracial marriage, respect, being a victim.

The Kitchen MESSAGE

 – Taking charge of your own life is liberating.


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