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Ready or Not | 2019 | R | – 3.8.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Ready or Not” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, bloody images, language throughout, and some drug use.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, and references to sex and several cleavage revealing outfits; many scenes of murder and attempted murder using a variety of weapons that result in very bloody wounds and exposed gory matter; and over 60 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


When a young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) very wealthy and very eccentric family, she has no idea that her wedding night will involve a lethal game of hide and seek. Also with Adam Brody, Melanie Scrofano, Kristian Bruun, Nicky Guadagni and Elyse Levesque. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. [Running Time: 1:35]

Ready or Not SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man falls back on a bed and a woman climbs on top of him, they kiss and she unfasten his pants (no nudity is shown) and they are interrupted (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman sits on a man’s lap and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss on an altar after their wedding.
 A woman refers to her fiancé’s brother “hitting on” her. A woman employed by a man says, “He likes the way I dance.”
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Three women wear low-cut and short dresses that reveal cleavage and stocking covered legs to the upper thighs in several scenes.


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Ready or Not VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – A woman is shot in the head and she falls back on the floor gurgling and sputtering (we see a lot of blood and matter and the bullet hole in her head) until she dies and two people drag her body out of the room (we see a thick smear of blood on the floor). A woman is shot in the mouth with a crossbow and we hear slurping and squishing sounds coming from below the frame until another woman with an axe hacks at the wounded woman (below the frame) and the noise stops (we later see a headless body and a severed head both soaked with blood). A woman hiding in a dumbwaiter starts to climb out as the doors close and she is crushed in the doors (we hear crunching and snapping and she spits blood as she screams. A woman holds a gun on a man and shoots him in the neck (he lies on the floor bleeding heavily and gurgling blood from the mouth); another woman hits the first woman in the head with a gun knocking her out. A woman with an axe swings it toward another woman and she explodes to bloody bits; several other people in the room and a woman and two children running out of the room also explode to bloody bits with one spraying a woman with thick blood all over her face and in her mouth.
 Two young boys run through a dark house with a storm raging outside; one boy hides in a closet and the other witness a man being shot twice with arrows (blood is shown on his shirt at both sites) and dragged out of the room by people wearing ghoulish masks as a woman yells for them to stop. A woman shoots an arrow at another woman, misses and slams her against a wall strangling her; they struggle and end up on the floor where one woman head-butts the other woman, then slams her in the head with a box until we see her head soaked in blood and matter.
 A man raises a dagger over a woman tied to a table, stops and vomits blood; several other people around the table also vomit blood and a woman yells that they have been poisoned (we see lots of blood and they recover). A man raises a dagger over a woman tied to a table and she moves to avoid the blade when he brings it down (she is stabbed in the shoulder and we see a little blood); she holds the dagger and points it toward the man and others in the room.
 A woman in the backseat of a car kicks the driver several times in the head (we hear crunching), the driver swerves off the road and the car flips over (we see the driver immobilized, with blood on his head). A woman hides in a kitchen and when a man enters, she threatens him with a gun that does not discharge, she hits him in the face with a tea kettle filled with boiling water and he yells (we see his burned flesh later) as she runs out of the room. A woman hits a man twice in the head with a lantern and he falls unconscious as flames from the lantern spread in the room. A man breaks up a security console and sparks fly around as another man enters the room and they argue and strangle each other; one man loses consciousness and is carried out of the room by two other men. A man lunges toward a woman and tackles her; she struggles to get away and hits him in the face, strangles him with her belt and leaves him unconscious on the ground. A man breaks a car window and shoots the driver with a tranquilizer dart. A woman shoots at another woman in a hallway and three other people duck to avoid being struck (no one is struck). A man grabs a woman and pulls her into a room with his hand over her mouth and they hide. A man hits a woman in the face with a gun and two men carry her to a room where she is bound to a table and gagged. A woman jumps from a roof, lands on the ground and runs away from a house and hides in a barn, where a young boy finds her and shoots her in the hand (we see a bloody bullet wound in her hand); she punches the boy in the face and he falls back (we see him with a black eye later).
 A woman in a barn falls back into a collection bin where we see bones and human remains and the woman vomits (we see goo and hear her gag); she climbs out of the bin and grabs onto a wood plank with a nail in it piercing her already injured hand and she screams (we see blood and the nail sticking through her hand) and she pulls her hand free (we see a lot of blood, we hear a crunch and she screams). A man and a woman dispose of bodies and we see bloody wounds, a headless body and a severed head with an arrow sticking out of the mouth (all blood covered) and we hear thuds and splats when the bodies land in the bin. A woman pulls a piece of a metal gate off and tries to fit through the opening when a sharp piece of metal cuts her skin (we see a large bloody gash on her back); she gets through and runs into the road where a car swerves and the driver yells at her and speeds away.
 A man holds a woman’s head between his hands and presses; she tells him that he is hurting her and he holds her around the neck and with his hand over her mouth as she screams and thrashes. A woman sees another woman running outside and shoots at her with a crossbow (she misses). A woman hides in a dumbwaiter and closes the doors while others hunt for her. A woman hides in a room and hyperventilates when a man with a gun enters the room; they talk briefly, she pleads with him and she leaves.
 A man and woman argue and she hits him a few times. Several people argue in several scenes throughout the movie with a lot of yelling. A woman is startled and screams when she sees another woman standing in the shadows of her room. A woman stares at another woman in an unnerving manner. A woman says that her father-in-law to-be looks like he is at a funeral. A woman leaves a threatening phone message for someone. Two young boys wearing ghoulish masks run into a room yelling, “Kill, kill, kill.” A man tells a woman, “They think they have to kill you before sunrise.” A man accuses a woman of signing her soul away. A woman says, “I’d rather be dead than lose all of this.” People say, “We’re all gonna die,” in a few scenes. A man refers to, “Chanting and slicing the throat of a goat” when he was a boy. People chant and say, “Hail Satan.”
 A room is shown with the walls covered with assorted weapons and animal heads. A portrait is shown of a man holding a shotgun and standing over a dead tiger. A man talks about needing a pit stop and having a nervous stomach. When disposing of bodies a man gags like he might vomit and a woman says, “Don’t. If you barf, I’ll barf” (no one vomits).


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Ready or Not LANGUAGE 10

 – About 69 F-word and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 sexual reference, 37 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (gold-digging whore, useless, brown-haired niece, weird, creepy, girl, idiot, crazy psycho killer, pathetic, selfish, little blonde thing, pumpkin, sacrificial goat, dawg), exclamations (shut-up), 7 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (Richer Than God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Thank God, Oh God, Oh My God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy [F-word and scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Ready or Not SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman snorts cocaine and wipes away white powder from her lip, a woman takes an unidentified pill from a vial, and a woman has cocaine residue on her nose and wipes it away self-consciously. A man is referred to as an alcoholic and we see him drinking in several scenes, a man drinks a glass of whiskey, a man talks about people drinking a lot of rum on a ship, a man says that he’s drunk not blind, several people drink from a challis during a ritual (the content is not identified), and people drink champagne in several scenes. Women smoke cigarettes in several scenes, inside and outside a house.


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Ready or Not DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Success, business, selling one’s soul for success, initiation, satanic rituals, foster families, exotic antiquities, imagination, family lore, sacrifice.

Ready or Not MESSAGE

 – The rich really are very different.

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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