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On the Rocks | 2020 | R | – 4.1.5

content-ratingsWhy is “On the Rocks” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some language/sexual references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene with some partial nudity, references to infidelity and the sexual behavior of males, a few arguments, a car chase ending with a warning issued by police, spying, and at least 3 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a young mother (Rashida Jones) begins to suspect that her husband’s (Marlon Wayans) frequent business travels are concealing an affair, her wealthy playboy father (Bill Murray) fuels her suspicions further, endangering her marriage. Together, father and daughter begin to follow her husband around New York City and beyond, trying to uncover his indiscretions. Also with Jenny Slate, Jessica Henwick, Barbara Bain, Nadia Dajani and Musto Pelinkovicci. Directed by Sofia Coppola. [Running Time: 1:36]

On the Rocks SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and a woman swim in a swimming pool alone during their wedding reception: the man is shown in the water (his bare chest and shoulders are seen) and the woman jumps into the water wearing her veil and pettipants (we see her bare back and legs to the hips and sex is implied). A husband and his wife lie in bed (he is shirtless and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) and he rolls over to kiss her until they are interrupted by a call from one of their children.
 A husband and his wife kiss tenderly in several scenes. A husband, returning from a trip, climbs on top of his wife in bed and they kiss; he stops abruptly and rolls over to fall asleep fully clothed. A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes. A husband kisses his wife on the forehead and a man kisses a woman’s hand at their wedding reception. A man grabs his adult daughter and pretends to be kissing her as a golf cart passes by so they won’t be recognized, and she says, “Gross!”
 A woman finds a woman’s toiletry bag in her husband’s luggage and becomes suspicious. A woman talks about suspecting that her husband is being unfaithful. A man talks about his ideas about gender roles in several scenes: he says things like, “Women were once men’s property,” and a “bangle bracelet was an indication of ownership,” he describes the “female haunches resembling breasts,” he says that “men fight to dominate and impregnate all females,” he says that infidelity is “nature,” and that it’s “hardwiring,” and he talks about Bonobos and that this is the only case where the “females dominate the males.”
 A man talks to women in a seductive manner in several scenes and we understand that he was unfaithful in his marriage. A man watches a woman walk away from his table in a restaurant and later asks her if she was in the ballet. A comedy routine talks about what happens to sex after marriage. A woman asks her father how women can maintain their effect on a man. A woman tells a younger woman about maintaining interest in a marriage and says, “Don’t forget costumes.” A woman talks about her relationship with a man in several scenes, and that she texts him all the time (“out of control”); eventually she says that she found out that he is married. A woman asks another woman if the second woman’s husband is still travelling with his new assistant (insinuating suspicion). A man’s voiceover tells his daughters “Don’t give your hearts to any boys. You’re mine. Until you get married. Then you’re still mine.”
 A man sits in a hot tub and we see his bare shoulders and chest. A woman wears an off-the-shoulder top that reveals her bare shoulders and back. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Two women wearing lingerie answer a hotel room door and we see cleavage and bare shoulders. A young girl is shown in a bathtub and we see her bare shoulders.


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On the Rocks VIOLENCE/GORE 1

 – A man speeds in a car through city streets following a taxi, he runs a red light and is pulled over by police and asked to get out of the car when the police see a bottle of alcohol in the car; he is let go with a warning.
 A man and woman watch a resort hotel room where a man is registered to be staying and they see a woman wearing a negligee in the window; the woman watching knocks on the door and the woman inside answers with another woman behind her (perhaps implying a relationship) and the first woman leaves. A man and a woman follow and spy on a man when he goes to a restaurant.
 A woman argues with her father and is frustrated by his behavior; he says, “What happened to you? You used to be fun.” A husband and his wife argue briefly. A man says, “I could strangle him,” about his son-in-law. A man says that he will have a man followed. A man says that he will tap another man’s phone. A man says that he likes his new assistant because she doesn’t talk, she just listens. A man says, “I’m going deaf… to women’s voices.” A woman says that she had a “peel” and we see that her face is reddened. A man orders his adult daughter a “belly buster” ice cream sundae in a restaurant. A woman says, “I’m gonna be sick” while a man speeds in a car (she does not get sick).


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On the Rocks LANGUAGE 5

 – About 3 F-words, 2 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (out of control, weird, crazy, handful, kiddo, such a baby, nerd, bastard, gross, boring, selfish, sick, shocking, stupid animal, dishonorable, jerk, stuck, full of it, funny, pathetic, the Corsican), exclamations (oh my gosh, uh, oh golly, wow, drop it, careful, brace yourself), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God). | profanity glossary |


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On the Rocks SUBSTANCE USE

 – People drink champagne at a party, a man and a woman drink whiskey and cocktails in restaurants in several scenes, a man and woman drink martinis in a club, people drink at a party, a man has a drink on the side of a hot tub, a man says that you can drink a lot more when on a ship in the open sea, and people drink in a bar scene. A man smokes a cigar in a hot tub.


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On the Rocks DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Marriage, committed relationships, patriarchal perceptions of gender roles and sexual behavior, communication, jealousy, parenting, regret, controlling one’s behavior, mistakes, misunderstandings, monogamy, property, infidelity, suspicion, pressure to succeed, writer’s block, confidence.

On the Rocks MESSAGE

 – If you have doubts about your marriage, talking should be the first thing you do instead of engaging in surveillance.

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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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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