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Nocturne | 2020 | NR | – 6.5.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Nocturne” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene with partial nudity, a drawing of a sex act with partial nudity, a discussion of a sexual relationship between a teen girl and her teacher, a few kissing scenes, and cleavage revealing outfits, two suicides with one showing the dead person with bloody injuries, discussions of accidental deaths and injuries, a dream or hallucination scene showing bloody injuries of a dead person, several arguments with one ending with a slap in the face, and at least 18 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When twin sisters (Sydney Sweeney and Madison Iseman) vie to surpass each other in a highly competitive private school for the arts, one seems to have it all, until life-changing events take a hand in their destiny. Also with Jacques Colimon, Ivan Shaw, Julie Benz, Rodney To, JoNell Kennedy, John Rothman and Brandon Keener. Directed by Zu Quirke. [Running Time: 1:30]

Nocturne SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A teen girl hugs a teen boy and he hugs her; they kiss passionately, he takes off his shirt and they lie on the floor where the boy thrusts on top of the girl (we see his bare chest, abdomen, partial bare legs and buttock and the girl’s bare leg to the upper thigh); the teen girl moves to straddle the boy and thrusts until he climaxes, and he dresses and tells the girl, “This was a bad idea” as he leaves the room.
 A teen looks at a line drawing of a man and a woman seeming to be having sex several times (we see the woman’s bare breasts, abdomen, legs and pubic hair and the man’s bare chest, abdomen, pubic hair and legs). Teen girls wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A teen girl wears a sweater that reveals her bare back. A teen girl wears a low-cut, short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs in a couple of scenes.
 A teacher takes a teen girl to his home and gives her a glass of whiskey; they talk and sit on a sofa together and she kisses him; he becomes upset and she then accuses him of sleeping with her sister. A teen boy kisses a teen girl on the cheek. A teen boy wraps his arm around a teen girl’s shoulder and whispers in her ear.
 A teen boy and a teen girl hug and kiss and the girl’s father remarks about “young love.” A teen girl tells a teen boy that she has never been kissed, but that she’d like to be. A teen girl asks a man (he’s her teacher) what is the average age when people lose their virginity.
 A teen girl wakes up to bloodstained sheets and blood on her upper thigh (it’s menstrual blood).


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Nocturne VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A teen girl leaves a room, climbs onto a balcony and steps off below the frame killing herself (we do not see the result). A teen girl wakes up and sees a light in her closet; when she goes to investigate, she sees a girl that recently committed suicide by jumping from a balcony and we see the girl’s partially crushed head with blood on her face and in her teeth. Two teen girls shove each other and one yells at a teen boy assuming that he was unfaithful to her; one of the teen girls runs away and the other chases her and falls off a ledge (we see her unconscious on the ground with her arm twisted unnaturally under her), we hear that she has broken her arm and we see her wearing a cast. A teen girl hyperventilates at a piano before a performance, she leaves the stage crying, climbs a ladder to a rooftop and steps off the ledge landing on a sculpture below (we see her face and mouth and eyes dripping with blood).
 A teen girl finds several blood-soaked tampons in her mail cubby and walks through campus holding them (we see blood dripping down her arm) and throws them on the ground in front of another teen girl.
 A teen girl argues with a man (her teacher) and insults him; he slaps her in the face and we see him being suspended from his job. A teen girl dumps a cake on a man’s lap and pours a glass of champagne on him before storming away. A teen girl throws a man’s trophy into a fireplace and he panics trying to retrieve it. A teen girl plays piano for an audition and during the performance she passes out and imagines herself walking through a dark hallway; she revives and seems fine. A knife is shown on a table and patterns have been carved into a nearby painted wall. A teen girl looks at a book of drawings and some look like demons and depict recent events. A memorial service is held for a teen girl that committed suicide.
 A man tells a teen girl, “You’d make a pig’s ear of it,” speaking about a piano piece that she wants to play. Teens joke about one teen having pushed another in order to take her place in a performance. A teen girl says of her sister, “She’ll kill me.” A teen girl hyperventilates after she sees a sketch that she drew of someone stepping off a ledge and it scares her; she burns the sketchbook in a sink and we see it in ashes later. A teen girl gives another teen girl a drawing of an obscene hand gesture. A man tells a teen girl to “Manage your expectations.” We hear that a teen girl’s mother died from a fall off a ski lift and that her father burned their house down and died in the blaze. A teen girl plays a piano and hits her head on the keys when her stool breaks under her (she holds an ice pack on her head later). A man tells the story of someone making a deal with Satan. After drinking wine and champagne with a meal, a woman asks her husband if he is drunk. A teen girl talks to another teen girl about a time when she was to perform in front of an audience and she froze; the other girl becomes upset and cries and accuses the other girl of “messing with my head.”
 A teen girl wakes up to bloodstained sheets and blood on her upper thigh and another teen girl teases her about not having her period marked on a calendar. A teen girl plunges her hands into hot water before performing in a few scenes and in one scene we see her hands turn bright red as if the water was scalding. A teen girl vomits after taking a drug and we see goo.


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Nocturne LANGUAGE 6

 – About 18 F-words, 1 drawn obscene hand gesture, 2 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (wombie, orchedorks, Mad Moira, chick, failures, mediocre, crazy, martyr, freaky, weird, dumb, blood sport, footnote, deformed drunk, drunken), exclamations (woo-hoo, okay, hey, I swear, whoa, shhh, no, shut-up), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus Christ, Oh Jesus, Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Nocturne SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teen boy smokes a marijuana cigarette, a teen boy takes a pill and gives another one to a teen girl and she also takes it (we see her under the influence later when her vision is distorted), a teen boy gives another teen boy a bag of drugs (possibly marijuana), a teen girl takes prescription pills in many scenes and we hear that they are for anxiety, and a reference is made to underage drugs and drinking. People drink champagne and wine at a restaurant, and people at a house party drink wine and smoke cigarettes. A man and a woman light cigarettes from each other’s cigarette.


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Nocturne DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Classical music careers, career prospects, competition, success, jealousy, confidence, Satan, sacrifice.

Nocturne MESSAGE

 – Being the best doesn’t always turn out the way you imagine.

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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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