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Language Lessons | 2021 | NR | – 2.2.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Language Lessons” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a discussion of the death of a man by car accident, discussions of death and grief, discussions of breast cancer, and at least 6 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


The relationship between a Spanish language teacher from Costa Rica (Natalie Morales) and a man from Oakland (Mark Duplass) via video chat develops over time and through difficult times. Also with Desean Terry. Directed by Natalie Morales. Many lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:31]

Language Lessons SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman hug. A man talks about having been married to a woman before meeting his husband and that he would have panic attacks when they had sex. A man talks to a woman on a video chat and says that another man is his husband. A man tells a woman, “You’re like an angel to me.” A man talks about being Catholic and that being gay was not OK.
 A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A man swims wearing trunks and a shirt that cling to his body when wet. A man is shown shirtless and lying in a sauna (we see his bare chest and shoulders).

Language Lessons VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A man lies in his bed while talking to a woman on a video chat and tells her that his husband died the previous night after being struck by a car while jogging. A man talks about dreaming about his husband after he died and that he wakes up every morning not realizing that he is dead and that he has to relive it every day; he describes smelling something rotting and seeing the person bleeding from the ear in the dream. A woman is seen with bruises and cuts on her face and she says that she fell off her bike; she later says that she got in a bar fight.
 A man and a woman argue over a video chat and the woman ends the chat abruptly. A man panics when he realizes that there are so many things that he needs to do after his husband died. A man jumps out and yells “surprise” to another man, who is startled and jumps back and off-screen; the startled man chases him and it is implied that he locks the other man outside as he says, “You’re dead.” A woman tells a man “I stalked your social media.” A woman says, “My mother died on her birthday.” A woman says, “I wished my husband died so many times.” A woman tells a man, “I found a lump and it’s getting bigger.”
 A man vomits off-screen (we hear retching and a splatter on the floor). A woman burps after drinking beer.

Language Lessons LANGUAGE 5

 – About 6 F-words and its derivatives, 11 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (drama queen, extreme, dummy, creature of habit, idiot, dumb, lost, out to sea, pushy, art snob, stupid, weak, horrible, ridiculous, vulgar, boring, terrible, camera ugly, potato, sad, unprofessional, criminal, suspect, cruel, white savior), exclamations (hey, ach, disregard me, how dare you), 3 religious exclamations (Jesus, Oh My God). | profanity glossary |

Language Lessons SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man talks about opening a bottle of wine at 4:00 PM, a man drinks from a glass of champagne, and a woman drinks from a bottle of beer and seems inebriated.

Language Lessons DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Death of a loved one, wealth, divorce, friendship, grief.

Language Lessons MESSAGE

 – Real friendship can be found in the most unexpected places.

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