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Red Rocket | 2021 | R | – 9.4.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Red Rocket” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many sex scenes between a man and a young woman and a woman with partial nudity, a fully nude man shown twice, a couple of strip club scenes with partial nudity, discussions of porn movies and the porn industry, a multi-car crash with reports of injuries, a few fights with shoving and punching and resulting bruises seen, many arguments, a threat with a gun, drug dealing in a small town, and nearly 220 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A self-centered, washed-up porn actor (Simon Rex) returns to his small Texas hometown and manages to charm his way back into his estranged wife’s (Bree Elrod) home and life. Also with Suzanna Son, Brenda Deiss, Sophie, Marlon Lambert, Judy Hill and Brittney Rodriguez. Directed by Sean Baker. [Running Time: 2:10]

Red Rocket SEX/NUDITY 9

 – A man and a young woman have sex in a bed, she thrusts on top of him (we see her bare breasts and legs and his bare chest and abdomen), they moan and pant and they video themselves and watch it later (we hear the moaning). A man asks a woman if she wants to “hook up,” she agrees and we see them having sex in a bed with the man thrusting on top of the woman (we see their bare buttocks, his bare side, partial chest and abdomen). A woman pulls her pants down and slaps her bare buttocks, inviting a man to join her in the bedroom for sex; we see the woman thrusting on top of the man (her bare back, hips and partial leg as well as his bare chest and abdomen are seen) and they moan loudly. A man and a woman have sex and he thrusts rapidly (we see his bare back, buttock and leg and her bare buttock). A young woman thrusts on top of a man seated in a car (we see her bare buttocks) and they both moan. A man and a young woman have sex in the back of a pickup truck (we see the man’s bare buttock and leg) and he trusts rapidly. A man and a young woman have sex on a beach and we see the man’s bare buttocks and legs as he thrusts and the young woman’s legs are raised in the air. A young woman performs oral sex on a man and he moans deeply.
 A fully nude man runs along a dark road after jumping out a window to get away from people in his home (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and his genitals are fully visible. A fully nude man walks out of his room and into another room where a woman is alarmed to see him (we see his bare chest, abdomen, genitals, legs, back and buttocks) and he runs away to get dressed. A young woman wearing a bikini poses suggestively at her front door as a man watches her from outside (cleavage, bare abdomen, back and legs to the hips are seen). A woman dances topless in a strip club (we see her bare breasts, buttocks, legs to the hips, abdomen and back) with men watching. A man sleeping on a sofa is awakened and gets up, and wraps himself with a sheet (we see his bare buttocks and partial genitals when he puts on jockey-type underwear, his bare back, chest and abdomen).
A man takes a young woman to a strip club where they watch dancers (bare breasts, buttocks, abdomens and legs are seen) and a dancer straddles the young woman’s lap; the young woman then reaches up to touch her breasts (we see the dancer’s bare buttocks). A woman wears a camisole and her nipples are visible through the fabric. A young woman wears a tank top that reveals her nipples through the fabric. A man wears a tank T-shirt that reveals his shoulders and chest in several scenes. We see a photo of a woman’s bare buttocks. A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A topless young woman wearing underwear (we see her bare breasts and abdomen and back) plays a keyboard and sings for a man lying in bed (we see his bare chest and abdomen).
 A woman in bed next to a man touches his clothed genitals and tries to entice him to have sex; he says that he is not interested. A young woman touches a man’s clothed crotch and squeezes. A young man and a young woman kiss over a counter in a donut shop and a man sees them from outside. A man and a woman lie in bed together after having sex (we see his bare side, back and partial chest and she is wrapped with a sheet that reveals cleavage).
 A man looks at a young woman with interest (she’s 17 years old). A man asks a young woman to go away with him and she says yes. A man describes that a young woman sucks on his fingers while they are having sex and that this tells him that she is interested in having sex with more than one partner at a time. A man tells a dog, “I had sex with your mom last night.” After having sex with a man, a young woman tells him, “You are blessed.” A young man tells a man that he remembers the man being caught having sex with his babysitter and jumping out the window naked when his parents came home. A man describes winning an award for “best oral.” A man describes porn movie scenes where women performed oral sex on him. A man and a young woman flirt in several scenes. A man describes a young woman as “smokin’ hot.” A woman asks a young man if he’s been working out and tells him that he looks good. A man talks about porn actors being the “most tested.”

Red Rocket VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A man punches another man in the stomach and he falls to the ground where the attacking man, a woman and a young man kick him (we see him with bruises on his body later).
 A woman cocks a shotgun and threatens a man if he shows up on her property again. A woman throws a glass coffee carafe at a wall over a man’s head and it shatters and splatters the wall with coffee; the two people argue and he grabs the woman aggressively. Two men and a woman barge into a man’s room where he is sleeping, they threaten him and take money he has hidden under the mattress, as well as drugs he has stashed elsewhere; the man jumps out the window, runs away (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) and pounds on the door of a woman that he thinks can help him.
 Two women and a man see police at the neighboring house and become upset about what’s happening as a young man is arrested. A man yells at a young man and runs into a house, hides in the bathroom and seems agitated. Two men argue with a man in a mall and accuse him of fraudulently pretending to have served in the military; they shove him and call out to other people around them that he is a liar and we later see him soaking wet from having been thrown in a fountain by the two men. A man yells at a young man and tells him that his girlfriend is with the man now and the young man becomes upset; the young woman yells, “No fighting” and she drives away with the man. Two men and a young woman argue about how they handled a situation and another woman intervenes. A man asleep on a bus is shown to have bruises on his arm and face.
 A young man swerves his car across lanes on a highway to be able to take an exit; we hear later that he caused a 22-car pileup when the semi-truck he cut off jackknifed. A woman threatens to call the police when a man won’t leave her property. A man and a woman (they’re estranged husband and wife) argue and yell at each other in several scenes. A man bikes frantically to a donut shop to see a young woman (the shop is closed when he gets there). We see refinery workers in several scenes and a young woman describes them as wanting to kill themselves when they get off their shifts. A man selling other men drugs offers to include synthetic urine to use for drug testing at their workplace. A man says that another man “sucker punched” him. A man points to a piece of land and says that that was the Texas “killing fields.” A young woman describes a body of water being full of pirate booty and that it was used during the slave trade. A man talks about a cat dying. We hear 2016 presidential campaign reports on TV in several scenes.
 A young man vomits on the ground and we see goo. A man puts raw beef on a bruise on his eye. People ride a roller coaster and scream and are jostled around.

Red Rocket LANGUAGE 10

 – About 218 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 21 sexual references, 99 scatological terms, 32 anatomical terms, 31 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-American people, name-calling (crazy, baby, beggars, big dog, retarded, stupid, trip, silly, scrawny Lonny, clingy, dog, fake and fraud, suitcase pimp, punk, lazy, sweetie, piece of work, felons, illegals, terrible, jerk, cutie pie, dead end, sexy drawl, dumb hick, mean boss, bummer, exhibitionist, slut, hookers, insane, rude, Mr. Moneybags, software dork, nasty), exclamations (oh my gosh, whoa, shut-up, zip it, go away, oh come on, whoo, jeez, stop), 7 religious profanities (GD), 38 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, oh God, God, God bless you, I swear to [F-word deleted] God, God no, Jesus, Lord, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted], you are blessed). | profanity glossary |

Red Rocket SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a blue pill that’s probably Viagra. A young woman smokes a marijuana cigarette in a few scenes, a young woman and a man share a marijuana cigarette and she blows smoke into his mouth, a man asks a woman if he can “move some weed” for her and she gives him a package of the drug, a man tucks a marijuana cigarette into the G-string of an exotic dancer and tells her to tell the other dancers that there is more where that came from, and a reference is made to “roxies.” People drink and smoke at a party, and a man drinks a beer. A man and a woman smoke cigarettes outside a house, two women smoke cigarettes in many scenes (both inside and outside), and a man smokes a cigarette while riding a bicycle.

Red Rocket DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Texas, petroleum business, politics, porn industry, stolen valor, astrology, destiny.

Red Rocket MESSAGE

 – People don’t change.

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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.

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