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No Sudden Move | 2021 | R | – 2.6.10

content-ratingsWhy is “No Sudden Move” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout, some violence and sexual references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kisses and implications of infidelity, several shootings with bloody wounds shown, a couple of beatings with bloody wounds and bruises shown, two home invasions at gunpoint, people threatened by others with guns, several arguments, and over 50 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Set in 1954 Detroit: Three criminals (Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro and Kieran Culkin) are recruited to hold a family hostage in order to force the father (David Harbour) to retrieve a secret document kept in a car company’s safe. Shifting loyalties, betrayals and several convoluted schemes conclusively complicate their circumstances. Also with Brendan Fraser, Julia Fox, Amy Seimetz, Lucy Holt, Noah Jupe, Claudia Russell, Katherine Banks, Lauren Rys Martin, Frankie Shaw, Jon Hamm and Craig muMs Grant. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [Running Time: 1:55]

No Sudden Move SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and a woman are shown dressing in a bedroom and bathroom and we understand that they are having an extramarital affair. A woman argues with a man and is upset about having told her husband about the affair she and the man are having and that the man did not tell his wife. A woman wearing a full slip in a hotel room moves toward a man sitting on a bed and the man rests his head on her chest as he talks.
 A man tells another man that the first man’s wife probably gave the second man an STI. A woman invites another woman to go on a trip with her (it’s not clear if it is a romantic invitation).
 A woman wears a short tennis skirt that reveals legs to mid-thighs. A man in a bathroom wears a T-shirt and boxer shorts (we see his bare thighs). A woman wears a low-cut nightgown that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.

No Sudden Move VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man shoots another man in the head; we see him lying motionless on the floor with a bloody wound on the temple and blood pooling under his head and splattered on a cabinet. A man puts a gun in another man’s hand, and he helps him point and shoot it into an already dead man on the floor twice. Two men with guns sit at a table in a restaurant with two other men; they argue briefly and one man knocks over a glass causing a diversion and the two men and the other armed people in the room start shooting (we see one man struck and he falls to the floor) and other people run and scream. Two men follow a man onto a street where one confronts him and punches him in the face a few times, and the other man holds a gun on him and hits him with the gun before they push him into a car trunk (he complains of being claustrophobic and we see him later with a bruised face). A man is shot twice; one time the bullet is stopped by a flask in his pocket and the second time he is struck and pushed out of a car in a secluded area (presumably dead).
 Three men wearing masks and carrying guns enter a house and startle a woman (she trembles and screams); a teenage boy enters the room and the men hold guns on him (the boy moves in front of his mother to protect her), and a man and a young girl enter the room and they each are threatened by the men. Two gunmen escort a man into another man’s house and threaten a woman inside; one man goes to find the man and fights with him to get something (he punches him in the face several times and we see his bloody nose and mouth). A husband yells at his wife, and runs up the stairs toward her as she screams and runs away (we see her later with a badly bruised face, presumably from a beating). A man holds a gun to another man’s chest.
 Several men with guns push their way into a hotel room and lead a man out of the room; they push him into the trunk of a car and take him to an isolated area where they talk. Armed police surround a hotel. A man drives a car with a gunman in the backseat and they go to the first man’s office. A man asks another man for a gun, he cocks it and puts it in his belt before going to meet another man in a car. A man checks to make sure that his gun is loaded before answering the door. A man answers his door holding a gun. A man yells at a woman in an office, and he jumps across a desk to retrieve a combination to a safe (the woman tries to stop him). We see a body covered with a tarp on a stretcher being carried out of a house.
 Men argue in several scenes. A woman asks a man about his having knifed someone in prison on his first day. A man gives another man instructions and says, “No one gets hurt.” A man complains about having to sit in a car with an African-American man. A man makes a comment about a situation where a man pitted “The Blacks against the Italians.” A girl tells a man that her toy plane crashed. A man talks about prison overcrowding. A man tells his teen son, “I’m done with your lip.” A woman accuses a man of chickening out. People talk about bounties on other people’s heads and refer to whether they are for dead or alive. A police officer pulls a woman over on a road and takes a suitcase out of her car before leaving.
 We see a sink full of dirty dishes. A man spits a couple of times (we do not see anything). A man puts a blanket over a woman’s head in a house, saying that he needs to relax.

No Sudden Move LANGUAGE 10

 – About 56 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 17 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for African-American people, name-calling (sketchy, blind, mess, schemer, weird, stupid, sloppy, good boy, feisty, opportunist, greedy, bold, clown, underdog, ulterior motives), exclamations (oh my gosh, oh my goodness, kidding me, oh darn, relax, shut-up, no, wow, oh my), 6 religious profanities (GD), 17 religious exclamations (Oh God, Jesus Christ, Oh God, Oh My God, God’s Magnificent Universe, Oh For Christ’s Sake). | profanity glossary |

No Sudden Move SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks liquor in an apartment, a man opens a flask and pours liquor into a cup of coffee, a man drinks a glass of liquor in another man’s house, a man pours and drinks a glass of wine in a restaurant, a man pours and drinks from a glass of Scotch, a man pours liquor from a flask into a glass of juice and drinks from it, a woman drinks from a glass of liquor and smokes in her living room, and a man gives another man a bottle of liquor. A man smokes in many scenes throughout the movie in various indoor and outdoor settings, and a woman smokes in every scene that she is in throughout the movie.

No Sudden Move DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – The US auto industry, catalytic convertors, infidelity, betrayal, organized crime, growth, collusion, racial divides, money begets money, illusion of control, redlining, pollution levels in LA, progress, urban renewal, self-interest, racism.

No Sudden Move MESSAGE

 – The powerful, rich and unscrupulous will always win even as industrial secrets are difficult to keep hidden. US car companies are responsible for colluding to pollute the environment, without suffering any consequences.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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