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Queenpins | 2021 | R | – 2.3.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Queenpins” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kissing scene and discussions of IVF, a woman that had a miscarriage, several arguments, the planning and execution of a coupon selling scam that defrauds corporations out of free merchandise, an armed raid and arrest, and over 35 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Two women (Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste) decide to launch a coupon selling scheme that will make them a lot of money and they need the help of a cyber-security hacker (Bebe Rexha) to make the scheme work without getting caught, while a keen grocery store loss prevention manager (Paul Walter Hauser) and a postal inspector (Vince Vaughn) are on their trail. Also with Lidia Porto, Joel McHale, Greta Oglesby, Eduardo Franco, Ben Sidell, Nneoma Nkuku and Dayo Okeniyi. Directed by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation. [Running Time: 1:50]

Queenpins SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman kiss in the back of a postal truck. A man looks at a woman romantically and then becomes embarrassed.
 A wife tells her husband, “You are very sexy right now.” A woman asks a man, “Have you not had sex?” People discuss IVF and the quality of donors’ sperm. A woman talks about getting pregnant but miscarrying. Two women talk about selling sperm at a discount. A woman decides to not use her husband’s sperm for insemination.
 A woman is seen on an exam table wearing a surgical gown and with her knees propped up preparing to be inseminated (we see her bare legs to the upper thighs). Two women wear tight-fitting dresses that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs and we see the outline of their hips and buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Two men wear tank T-shirts while on a stakeout in a car; one man later says that he is going to pull his pants back up (we do not see anything).

Queenpins VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Two women in a car follow a man and woman walking along a road: the man draws a weapon and tells the woman with him to run, and he yells and holds the gun on the two women in the car until they explain why they are following him; they go after the woman that ran away and she picks up a brick to threaten them until the man tells her that it’s OK, and she leans over and vomits (we see goo and hear retching). Two women are surrounded by many men in an isolated desert location when they try to sell a stockpile of guns (one woman fears that they are members of the KKK or the Aryan brotherhood); the men have names like Rattlesnake, Sandman and Captain Pain and they argue briefly before negotiating a deal.
 Officers in police vehicles arm themselves as they approach a house, break open a door and order a sleeping woman to raise her hands (she is startled and complies); in a later scene, we see this again and three women are put in handcuffs and led away by the armed officers. Two women are sentenced to jail terms and one’s term is made probationary. Two women buy a lot of guns at a gun show. Armed officers raid an airplane hangar that holds many cars and an airplane; they also raid two houses. A man throws a chair in an interrogation room and yells at another man that’s being questioned.
 A husband and his wife argue about spending money in several scenes. A woman and her adult daughter argue in several scenes and the mother is dismissive of the daughter’s job. A loss prevention officer tells a woman in a store that the coupon she is trying to use in a grocery store is a fake and she becomes upset. A man yells in frustration. A man yells at another man over the telephone. A woman moans and holds her abdomen and complains that her daughter causes her pain. A wife tells her husband that she is getting a divorce. We hear that a woman could be sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. A woman says that her husband travels more after she miscarried their baby. A woman talks about having her identity stolen. When describing a frightening event a woman says, “I almost wet the bed.” A woman describes herself as being an Olympic race walker. We see an overdue bill from a fertility clinic. A woman describes what she and another woman are doing as stealing, smuggling and selling illegally. A man describes a “coupon high” and that using coupons releases oxytocin in the brain.
 A man moans after having slept in a car and now needing to defecate; he and another man in the car argue about what he should do and that he should not go in the car, the man flatulates loudly and it is implied that he defecated in his pants (we do not see anything) and the other man complains about the smell. A man sits on a toilet with his pants down and we see his bare knees; he refers to being regular in several scenes and has an alarm set to initiate his bowel movements every day. A woman makes a face when eating a handful of cereal and determines that it is stale.

Queenpins LANGUAGE 8

 – About 36 F-words and its derivatives, 1 “What the F,” 4 sexual references, 35 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (White people, crazy, critters, giant [anatomical term deleted]), queenpins, weird, brat, dumb, boss, random, sketchy, square, pigs, bombshell, gal, overly cheerful, crazy coupon lady, alarmageddon, estupido, filthy, low-lifes, lowest rung on the ladder, bad boy, humble brag, long shot, bud, bub, dirty, stupidity, devil with a blue dress, pendejo), exclamations (dang, oh my gosh, oh lookie, ugh, jiff, darn, gives a hoot, oh boy, don’t boss me, whoop-whoop, oof, whoopsie daisy, heck, no, uh-huh, you nailed it, relax, eenie meanie miney mo, super-duper, okey-dokey, lock and load, are you for real dude, wow, shut the [F-word deleted] up, geez, what’s wrong with you, come on), 1 religious profanity (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], praise the Lord, hallelujah, thank God, oh my God, oh God, Jesus Christ, Jesus). | profanity glossary |

Queenpins SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks a beer with a meal, a man drinks a beer alone in his apartment, and two women drink champagne on an airplane. A man smokes a cigarette in a no smoking area in a couple of scenes.

Queenpins DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Coupon shopping, winning, luck, stockpiling, obsession, identity theft, pink-collar crime, cybersecurity, breaking rules, desperation, divorce, counterfeiting, laundering money, terrorism, extradition, corporations, scams, mail fraud, breaking rules, family.

Queenpins MESSAGE

 – Family is everything.

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