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Nope | 2022 | R | – 1.6.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Nope” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout and some violence/bloody images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several scenes of objects, animals and humans being lifted off the ground and into a flying vessel leading to death with some blood seen, an attack on humans by a chimpanzee with blood shown, and over 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After the death of their father in what seems like a freak accident, a man and a woman (Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) struggle to maintain the horse ranch he spent his life running. However, after several strange occurrences, they think they may finally have a way to keep the ranch solvent. Also with Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David and Otis Haywood Sr. Directed by Jordan Peele. [Running Time: 2:10]

Nope SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A woman talks about having sex with a therapist. A woman tells another woman in a store, “Hi. You look pretty.”
 A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a low-cut tank with shorts that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs. A horse statue is shown in a rearing position and we see its genitals.

Nope VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man sits on a horse in a training ring and another man hears sounds like gunshots hitting the ground (we see puffs of dust on the ground), the horse walks out of the ring and the man falls off having been struck by something (we see him bleeding and in a car being taken to a hospital and see him dead on a stretcher with an eye wound and blood on his face); the horse is later seen with a key stuck in its hind quarters and a trickle of blood is shown.
 We hear banging and see a TV production set splattered with blood; a body lies motionless on the floor (we see the feet), a chimpanzee enters the area with its arms and face covered with blood, and the person on the floor wheezes and seems to try to move until the chimpanzee jumps on her, beats her in the head and seems to bite her off-screen (we hear squishing sounds); the ape then approaches a young boy hiding under a table (it does not attack the boy). We hear an attack on people by a chimpanzee that includes screaming and pounding and screeching (we do not see the attack); a man runs through the room and tries to get away and we hear pounding behind a door. A chimpanzee is shot by someone off-screen and blood splatters on a tablecloth (we hear a squish when it is struck).
 A man describes a strange event that people in a crowd are about to witness: a loud noise and vibration comes from the sky and a vessel moves toward the arena where people scream and it seems as though the people are being pulled into the vessel; we hear them screaming and see them being surrounded by throbbing tissue (like a gullet). A man stands on a hilltop and is pulled into a giant vessel; we see from his perspective his feet lift off the ground and he screams. A man wrapped up with a tarp and razor wire is sucked into a vessel and thrown back out onto the ground and tumbles down a hill (we do not see injuries); the vessel seems to have been damaged in the process. An injured man lying on the ground is picked up by a vessel that swoops out of the sky; we hear him scream and a lot of dust is thrown around. A woman runs from a vessel and a cloud of dust swirling around; she is lifted off the ground and thrown (she moans but we don’t see any wounds). A man walks through a horse barn and turns off lights, the lights come back on as he leaves, and when he turns around we see dark shapes that make strange noises; he tries to film them with his phone and when he passes the open door of a stall, one dangles down from the door frame and he punches it in the face (it is a young person wearing an alien mask).
 A large disc shaped vessel moves through the sky, dodges in and out of clouds and swoops down to the ground in several scenes; it sucks objects up into it and spits other things out. A man runs into a house telling a woman that they are in trouble and he grabs a knife and hides under a table; we hear noises overhead like a lot of screaming and screeching. Objects fall from the sky and pound down on and around a house where a man and a woman hide; blood dribbles and then pours down the windows of the house and we see the siding bloodstained later. A giant balloon with a trail of flags is released into the sky and a giant vessel swoops toward it and absorbs it; the balloon explodes and damages the vessel.
 A man describes 6 minutes and 13 seconds of havoc when a chimpanzee attacked people on a TV studio. We hear a news report about 40 missing people. A man describes what unidentified aliens might be and refers to one group as “world killers” and “planetary destroyers.” People talk about a cloud in the sky that seems to not be moving and conjecture about weather phenomena.
 A man driving a truck with a horse in the trailer behind stops when the vehicle’s power dies and a horse statue crashes through the windshield (the driver is not injured but we see blood and tissue on the statue). A man speeds on an electric motorcycle and is thrown when the vehicle stops short; he moans and screams in pain. Horses in a barn become agitated when power goes out, dust is kicked up and loud noises come from a large cloud over the area. A horse startles when a loud noise comes from the sky and dust is kicked up by something; the horse charges away from a man holding a lead and the man falls on the ground. A horse jumps the fence around a pen and runs away; a man speeds on a vehicle trying to find it and sees lights and hears noises in the distance. A horse rears and kicks when people move around him on a TV set; it kicks a bag of something being held by a person and throws dust in the air (no one seems injured). The power fluctuates in a house and surrounding area in several scenes. A woman startles when a praying mantis appears on security camera footage. We see video footage of a giant snake attacking and killing a tiger.
 An X-ray of a man’s head shows a coin embedded in his skull. A man’s name is OJ (Otis Jr.). A horse’s name is “Ghost.” We see a pile of horse feces on the ground.

Nope LANGUAGE 10

 – About 62 F-words and its derivatives, 49 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-American people, name-calling (liability, hardheaded, shady, creepy, stupid, craziness, crazy, bad miracle, dumb [anatomical term deleted], cryptic), exclamations (shut-up, boom, [mild obscenity deleted] no), 4 religious profanities (GD), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh my God, Holy [scatological term deleted], the film opens with a line from Nahum 3:6 that reads “I will pelt you with filth, I will treat you with contempt and make you a spectacle.”). | profanity glossary |

Nope SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man smokes what looks like a marijuana cigarette. A man and woman drink glasses of whiskey, and people are shown at a dining table with cans that we assume are beer in front of them. A woman smokes an e-cig in several scenes.

Nope DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Death of a parent, survival, alien encounters, UFO vs. UAP.

Nope MESSAGE

 – Clever humans can survive alien encounters.

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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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