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Men | 2022 | R | – 7.9.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Men” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “disturbing and violent content, graphic nudity, grisly images and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many scenes that include fully nude men with genitals visible, a man attempting to sexually assault a woman, an extended sequence of unnatural births with blood and gore, a suicide or accidental death by a fall from an upper story balcony with bloody results, a few arguments among a woman and men, a pedestrian struck by a car, a woman being stalked and menaced, and 33 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Seeking solitude in the English countryside after her husband’s death, a woman (Jessie Buckley) encounters unusual characters that create a distressing sense of dread. Also with Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu and Gayle Rankin. Directed by Alex Garland. [Running Time: 1:40]

Men SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A fully nude man walks toward a woman, his ankle snaps when he takes a step and he falls to the ground where his abdomen expands quickly; we see an opening (resembling a vagina) as a head passes through it and a fully grown man (also fully nude) flops out and onto the ground (he is blood-soaked and pulls himself along toward her); this man also has an expanding abdomen and he births another man through a vagina-like opening (we see a lot of blood and goo) and this man births another man through a vagina-like orifice in his back and he flops on the floor with a lot of blood and goo (each of these births shows the men fully nude with bare buttocks, chests, abdomens, legs and some partial genitals).
 A man kneels in front of a woman and pulls on her dress, she holds a knife to his throat and he wraps his hand around her throat (it is split in two and it wraps around her neck); he pushes her against a sink and seems to be thrusting (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman with her back to several full-length windows does not see as a fully nude man walks along the windows watching her movements (we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen, genitals and legs). A woman is frightened when she sees a fully nude man standing at the edge of a forest where she had just been as she takes a photo (we see the man’s bare chest, abdomen, genitals and legs from a distance). A woman sees movement at the end of a long tunnel after she has stood at the opening for some time; she sees that it is a man and that the man is fully nude (we see flesh tones from this distance).
 A vicar puts his hand on a woman’s clothed knee and leaves it there while they talk about her struggles to deal with the death of her husband. A man asks a woman when she lost her virginity and she becomes uncomfortable with the conversation, as he says that he has pictured her and that he expects that she is an “expert in carnality.”
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman sits in a bathtub and we see her bare shoulders and upper chest.

Men VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 – A woman is shown with a bloody nose as she walks to her balcony and closes the door; just as she closes the door, she sees a man falling from a floor above her toward the ground below (we understand the man fell to his death and later see the man with his hand impaled on a fence post, blood on his hand, arm and head, and his leg twisted unnaturally). A man punches a woman hard in the face and she falls on the floor against a cabinet (we see her bloody nose); she gets up, yells at and pushes the man out of the apartment. A man kneels in front of a woman and pulls on her dress, she holds a knife to his throat and he wraps his hand around her throat (it is split in two and it wraps around her neck), he pushes her against a sink and seems to be thrusting until she drives the blade into his abdomen and uses her foot to push him back onto the floor (we see the knife and his clothing with blood on them).
 A fully nude man walks toward a woman, his ankle snaps when he takes a step and he falls to the ground where his abdomen expands quickly; we see an opening (resembling a vagina) as a head passes through it and a fully grown man (also fully nude) flops out and onto the ground (he is blood-soaked and pulls himself along toward her); this man also has an expanding abdomen and he births another man through a vagina-like opening (we see a lot of blood and goo); this man births another man through a vagina-like orifice in his back and he flops on the floor with a lot of blood and goo, and this man births another man through his mouth, which stretches unnaturally.
 A woman stands outside her house as a fully nude man approaches her (we see bloody wounds on his body), he blows what appear to be seeds into her face and she seems to be overcome (as by a drug), she runs into the house and the man puts his hand through the mail slot and holds out his hand to grab hers; she stabs him in the hand and he pulls his hand trying to get it out but the knife is still in his hand and as he pulls the knife cuts through his arm and his hand and between his fingers before falling to the floor (we see a lot of blood and hear squishing). A woman speeds away in a car and slams into a man standing in the road; he flips over the hood and roof and lands on the ground, he gets up and opens the car’s door, pulls the woman out forcefully, throws her to the ground and speeds away in the car; he speeds back toward her, she runs away and he takes a sharp turn and slams into a stone planter. A woman hides in a kitchen holding a knife as we hear glass shattering, a thud and a chair falling over on the floor; the woman runs out of the room, someone pounds on the door and a man enters alarmed. A woman goes outside her house and a fully nude man chases her toward the house, she slams the door shut and locks it as the man reaches in through the mail slot and she calls the police. A woman sees a police officer outside her house, she speaks to him and the lights turn off, and when they illuminate again the officer is gone; the woman becomes frightened and runs inside as another man charges toward her. A woman runs in the dark and we see a man lurking nearby watching her. A woman sees movement at the end of a long tunnel after she has stood at the opening for some time; she sees that it is a man and that the man is fully nude and begins moving toward her so she runs away, she is stopped at a stone wall with a locked door in it and climbs a steep incline to get to a path (this is accompanied by a loud, repeating, screeching sound). A teen boy stands in a kitchen and puts a mask over a dead bird on a counter; we see that his hand is cut in two and that he has blood on his shirt as he tells a woman that she is “so mean”; he walks toward her menacingly and she holds a knife to his chest. A woman is frightened when she sees a fully nude man standing at the edge of a forest where she had just been (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man is shown with bloody cuts on his face, head and shoulders; he later has more cuts and we see him pulling a lap of skin back on his forehead and putting a leaf under it, and later still we see him with spikes poking out of bloody gashes on his shoulders and chest and more foliage on his face and head. A man finds a large bird on a floor with a broken wing after it crashed through a window; he picks it up and breaks its neck (we hear a crack).
 A woman flashes back to an argument with her husband a few times and he tells her that if she follows through with divorce proceedings he will kill himself, saying, “You will have to live with it.” A woman texts someone about being afraid of her husband when they are arguing about getting a divorce. A man grabs a woman’s phone out of her hands and they argue. A woman sits in a pew in an empty church and yells as she remembers her relationship with her deceased husband. A man asks a woman why she drove her husband to his death (accidental or suicide); she becomes angry and leaves. A man tells a woman, “Men hit women. It’s not nice but it’s true.” A woman tells men in a pub that another man was stalking her and they are dismissive and she leaves angrily. A woman exclaims that she will come to where her friend is and use an axe to cut off a man’s genitals. A man remembers that as a 7-years-old boy his father told him that he was a “failed military man.” A man tells a woman that an apple she ate from a tree in the garden is “forbidden fruit”; she becomes nervous and apologizes until he says that he is kidding. A vicar asks a woman if she is in torment and if she is haunted and she says that she is. A man advises a woman renting a property from him, “Watch what you flush,” and, “The septic tank can’t cope.”
 A woman is startled when she sees a teen boy seated on steps outside a church and he is wearing a mask (it resembles a woman’s face); the boy becomes belligerent when he asks the woman to play hide and seek and she declines. A woman walks through a forest and it starts to rain, she shelters under a tree until it stops and walks toward a long tunnel where she makes sounds and enjoys listening to the echo. A woman enters an empty church and walks toward the altar where there is a large stone basin with carvings of a face made of leaves and a form with what seem to be breasts and a vagina. A woman’s phone signal cuts out during a video chat and we see the woman’s face on the screen getting distorted and it looks like she’s screaming (this happens a couple of times). A woman receives a text that reads, “U stupid [mild obscenity deleted].”
 A man washes blood off his hand and we see that it has been cut in two to the wrist (we see blood and bone and tissue). We see a dead deer in various stages of decay with its tongue hanging out of its mouth, its eyes missing, bloody tissue around, and wriggling maggots on its matted fur. A woman spits while brushing her teeth (we do not see goo).

Men LANGUAGE 8

 – About 33 F-words and its derivatives, 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (dreadful, lame, typical, crazy, mean, threatening, weirdo, stupid, haunted, dreadful, bugger), exclamations (scrumpy), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. oh God). | profanity glossary |

Men SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink liquor in a pub.

Men DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Suicide, divorce, gender roles, anger, guilt, grief, blame, Agamemnon, Ulysses, power, control.

Men MESSAGE

 – Female and male relationships are very difficult and understanding between the sexes seems nearly impossible.

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