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The Pink Cloud | 2021 | R | – 7.4.5

content-ratingsWhy is “The Pink Cloud” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “sexual content/nudity, some language and brief drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few sex scenes with partial nudity, a couple of masturbation scenes with a video chat companion and a neighbor in another building with partial nudity, discussions of rape and resulting teen pregnancy, a looming toxic cloud that kills people when they are exposed for more than 10 seconds, the effects of extended periods of isolation, a home childbirth, many arguments, reported death of several people, worsening dementia, and about 6 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When a killer pink cloud hovers over a city, everyone must remain indoors and figure out a way to survive until the cloud passes. A woman and a man (Renata de Lélis and Eduardo Mendonça) that have just met as a lockdown is instituted must also negotiate their burgeoning relationship. Also with Helena Becker, Girley Paes, Lívia Perrone Pires and Kaya Rodrigues. Directed by Iuli Gerbase. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:45]

The Pink Cloud SEX/NUDITY 7

 – A man and a woman seduce each other through a video chat: we see the man fully nude from the back (his bare back and buttocks are shown), the woman touches her breasts and we see her bare breasts very near the screen as the man leans over and kisses the screen and says, “I’m touching you” and the man masturbates (we see him moving rhythmically and hear some noises); another woman in a nearby room disconnects the Wi-Fi and the connection is lost. A woman and a man in neighboring apartment buildings play hangman on their respective windows; they remove their clothing and masturbate while watching each other (we see his bare chest and abdomen and his hand is in his briefs; the woman’s bare back and breasts are seen and she licks her window). A man and woman holds hands and kiss, and they have sex with her thrusting on him and then he’s on top of her (we see his bare chest and abdomen and her bare breasts); they then lie in bed together. A man and a woman have sex: they thrust, moan, and kiss passionately (we see their bare shoulders) and they wake up entwined in a hammock. A woman kisses a man and she straddles his lap and thrusts.
 A woman kisses a man on the cheeks and the lips, passionately.
 A teen girl talks about two of her friends throwing up all the time and says that they are both pregnant by a friend’s father and the woman she is talking to says that she will call child protective services. A woman says that she and a man are like an “Indian couple” that meets on the day they are married. A woman tells a man that she runs a sex shop a couple of times when they are role-playing. A woman goes into labor and delivers her infant while being instructed by a doctor on a video screen; the doctor instructs the man with the pregnant woman to check her dilation and to use his fingers (he does this off-screen).
 A woman breastfeeds her newborn and we see her bare breast; the nipple is partially covered by the baby. A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman is shown wearing a bra and lying in bed (cleavage and her bare abdomen are seen). A woman wears a dress that reveals her bare back. A woman wears a one-piece swimsuit that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the hips.

The Pink Cloud VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – Several large pink fluffy clouds move toward a city: a person with a dog stands on a pier and the person is engulfed, collapses and dies (the dog barks and we assume that it is OK). A man writes, “The cloud will not kill me” on his apartment window before opening the window and jumping to his death; a woman from a neighboring building watches in terror (we do not see the result).
 A man and woman see a large pink cloud moving toward them as sirens blare and an announcement is made to go indoors and lock all the windows and doors immediately. A woman locks herself in a room, goes out onto a balcony and looks into the sky as a pink cloud approaches her and she counts to 10 (the scene ends).
 A man and a woman argue bitterly in several scenes; in one scene, the woman tells the man that they should separate and live on different floors while sharing custody of their young son. A man and a woman argue about a woman’s belief in conspiracy theories and the man’s nonchalance about a situation. A woman tells her young son that she wishes his father would disappear and that she can’t stand the man anymore. A young boy throws a pair of VR goggles on the floor breaking them while his mother yells for him to stop. A man grabs a woman by the arms and pushes her away, locks her in a room and she yells, “I hate you.” An elderly man says that there is a dead man on the floor in his home (we do not see him). An elderly man talks about wanting to kill his nurse and says that he is annoying. A woman talks about another woman being poisoned by a cake that was delivered through her delivery tube. A woman describes feeling anxious when she used to walk alone along streets at night and that she misses that feeling. A woman goes into labor and delivers her infant while being instructed by a doctor on a video screen; she moans and pushes. A woman yells and accuses a man of raping teen girls when she finds out two of them are pregnant by him. An elderly man says that his gut hurts and he doesn’t recognize his son when he calls him on the phone. People talk about, listen to reports about a toxic gas cloud, and watch video footage of people dying when engulfed in a cloud. A woman talks about her partner getting locked in a bakery and that she is alone. A woman worries about what homeless people will do during the crisis. A teen girl complains of being hungry and not having enough food. We hear arguing in the background of a video call and the pre-teen girl on one end of the call hangs up. A man worries about his elderly father running out of his prescribed medications. A teen girl talks about two of her friends throwing up all the time and says that they are bother pregnant by a friend’s father and the woman she is talking to says that she will call child protective services. A teen girl talks about feeling sad that there are so many things that she will not get to experience.
 We hear a fetal heartbeat in the background of a scene. A man cracks a woman’s neck and back and massages her shoulders in a few scenes.
 A woman plays a video of people fighting in a store and we see them throwing things and tackling each other; we hear that one person died from their injuries. People watch videos about repairing household items as well as doing routine dental care during an extended lockdown and isolation. Thunder rumbles and lightning flashes in the sky scaring a young boy. A man bumps his head on a shelf (no injuries). A man, a woman and a young boy play a game where they pretend to be dead and flop on the floor, and then sit back up and are alive.
 We hear about the government planning to eradicate the cloud. A delivery system is developed and food and supplies are delivered through tubes that are attached to holes cut in window glass to keep them sealed against a cloud’s gas. A woman tells a man, “Don’t be sad.” A man tells a woman that a divan on a website looks like a coffin. A woman injects an infant with a hypodermic needle (presumably a vaccine) while being instructed by a doctor and the baby cries. A woman wears VR goggles and sees a jungle setting and a beach setting that she visits frequently; a man and their young son become upset at how much time she spends in the virtual worlds.

The Pink Cloud LANGUAGE 5

 – About 6 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (ungrateful, old man, nervous, pathetic, idiot, sissy, fake, apathetic, paranoid, ridiculous, crazy, naïve, pumpkin, liar, drama, naughty), exclamations (calm down, ouch, relax, hey, shut-up, wow, stay calm, stop, I feel sorry for him, oh please), 2 religious exclamations (oh my God, a man prays to a pink cloud in a few scenes). | profanity glossary |

The Pink Cloud SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man and a woman smoke marijuana outside an apartment, and a woman tells another woman that she should take anti-depressants. A man and a woman drink from bottles that could contain beer, and a man and woman drink beers while role-playing. A man smokes a cigarette.

The Pink Cloud DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Environmental crises, conspiracy theories, cultish behavior, pessimism, anxiety, dementia, the end of humanity, rape, being alone, depression, suicide, parenting, freedom, loneliness, dating apps.

The Pink Cloud MESSAGE

 – Be grateful for what you have.

CAVEATS

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.

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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