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Mack & Rita | 2022 | PG-13 | – 3.3.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Mack & Rita” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some drug use, sexual references and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few hugs and kisses including between an older woman and a much younger man, a woman’s wig and a stage catching fire without injuries, a couple of scenes of a woman transforming into her older self and then back to her younger self, several arguments, people drinking mushroom tea and alcohol, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a 30-year-old woman (Elizabeth Lail) decides to visit a regression peddler, she doesn’t realize just how much her life will change until she exits the tent as a 70-year-old woman (Diane Keaton). Nevertheless, the transformation helps her figure out who she is, and who she really wants to be. Also with Taylour Paige, Loretta Devine, Dustin Milligan, Aimee Carrero, Addie Weyrich, Simon Rex, Lauren Beveridge, Wendie Malick, Lois Smith, Nicole Byer, Amy Hill and the voice of Martin Short. Directed by Katie Aselton. [Running Time: 1:35]

Mack & Rita SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A woman and a younger man move closer to each other and kiss; the woman backs away and seems uncomfortable. A man and a woman hug and kiss in a couple of scenes.
 A woman talks about having sex with her physical therapist. A woman talks about wanting to have sex with someone. Women refer to a man as a “hot dog sitter.” Several women goad another woman about a younger man and try to convince her to pursue him romantically. A woman makes a comment about a man’s anatomy. A woman says that she was kicked out of Scientology after she showed her breast to an actor. A woman tells another woman, “That was the sexiest thing, and I’ve seen porn.” A sign reads, “Periods Suck.”
 A woman grabs her clothed breasts and says, “I missed you,” after reverting to her younger self.
 Many women in a Pilates studio wear tight-fitting fitness outfits and stretch on Pilates equipment. Women wear tight-fitting outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and the outline of their buttocks and hips in several scenes. A woman wears a swimsuit that reveals cleavage, her bare abdomen and bare legs to the hips.

Mack & Rita VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – When a woman on a stage leans over a candle, her hair catches fire, and she pulls her flaming wig off and throws it onto other candles setting a stage decoration on fire and people run away from the area screaming (no injuries are seen).
 A 30-year-old woman walks into a tent where a man is performing “past life regressions”; the woman lies in what looks like a tanning bed, the man tells her to relax and talks her through thinking about who she is and who she wants to be, wind blows through the tent and lights flash and when the woman gets out of the bed she is seen to be a 70-year-old woman and she screams and panics. A 70-year-old woman yells at a man inside a tent where lights start to flash, he tries to make her leave, she climbs into a tanning bed yelling, wind blows through the tent and the woman climbs out of the tanning bed a much younger woman. A woman inside a house screams and threatens a woman outside with pepper spray. Two women climb on boxes outside a building to peek into a window and spy on a man inside.
 A woman tries to use a Pilates equipment and is pulled off the seat and hits her head on the frame yelping and moaning each time (no injuries are seen). A woman stumbles on very high heels in a few scenes and she clumsily walks through glass bottles and cans on a patio. A woman falls off a balance board and a man catches her. A woman stumbles on a patio and falls into a swimming pool. A woman tries different methods to try to become young again, including cryo-treatments, and she screams and complains of being cold. A man tries to flip a skateboard and is unsuccessful (he is not hurt). A woman drinks mushroom tea and we see her have a trip that includes rainbows in the air, dancing, giggling and a talking dog.
 A woman’s publisher is dismissive and insulting in several scenes telling her that nobody reads anymore so she can’t get her any money for a book she is writing. Women say that another woman is pre-judging someone. A woman on a stage calls out for people in an audience to “exorcise our demons.” A woman says that her ex-wife died. A woman tells her granddaughter that at her age she has “less flips to give.” People say that a woman “lost her filter.” A woman says that she was kicked out of Scientology after she showed her breast to an actor. A man tells a woman, “You are so fricking R-E-A-L.” A woman tells another woman, “I thought you were dead.” A woman says that she “projectile vomited” into a bowl (we do not see this happen).
 A dog urinates (we see the stream) on a man’s shoes and a woman panics when he says they are a limited edition. A woman burps loudly in a couple of scenes. A sign reads, “Periods Suck.”

Mack & Rita LANGUAGE 3

 – 2 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (chickens, old gal, sham, disgusting, wild, hot dog sitter, stupid, moon child, moon man, hermit, ghost, sweetheart, creepy, lame-o, dorky, mortifying, mean, raggedy [anatomical term deleted], weird), exclamations (darndest, oh dear, oh boy, where the freak are you, wow, oh wow, slay, shoot), 20 religious exclamations (e.g. God, oh my God, oh God). | profanity glossary |

Mack & Rita SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman drinks mushroom tea and we see her have a “trip.” Women drink champagne in several scenes, women in a club drink wine in every scene they are in and it is implied that they drink frequently, and people drink beer at a rooftop bar.

Mack & Rita DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fitting in, trying to figure out who you want to be, friendship, feeling alone, doing what you love, social media, influencers, branding, past life regression.

Mack & Rita MESSAGE

 – Life is fleeting and every second counts. Time is a construct.

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