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Sam & Kate | 2022 | R | – 4.3.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Sam & Kate” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some drug use and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene with partial nudity, several flirting scenes, several discussions of death of loved ones to cancer, war and accidents, several arguments, evidence of hoarding, a few scenes of people smoking marijuana, and more than 5 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A struggling artist (Jake Hoffman) living with his cranky father (Dustin Hoffman) meets a woman (Schuyler Fisk) and is instantly smitten. Their relationship becomes complicated when her past and her mother’s (Sissy Spacek) hoarding lifestyle gets in the way. Also with Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, Dylan McNamara, Elizabeth Becka and Pat Dortch. Directed by Darren Le Gallo. [Running Time: 1:50]

Sam & Kate SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and woman kiss on her front porch and the door opens when they lean against it; we see them in bed later covered with sheets (sex is implied and we see his bare chest and shoulders and her bare shoulders); they kiss as the scene ends.
 A man and woman kiss outside her house. A man and woman kiss passionately outside a skating rink. A man and woman kiss tenderly in a park while fireworks light up in the sky.
 A woman dances to a song as a man watches her and says, “She’s something”; the woman invites the man to dance and he does so awkwardly until he stumbles and is led out of the house (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man and a woman dance closely in a restaurant lounge.
 A man asks his adult son, “Did you get lucky? Did you lay with her?” A man asks a woman, “How are you still single?” A man talks to a woman awkwardly and tells her that he Googled her; the woman seems uncomfortable and leaves. A woman tells another woman, “He’s into you.” A man watches a TV show and says, “She’s a beautiful woman”; we do not see the person onscreen. A man accuses his father of being cranky and tells him he needs to have sex (using crude terms). After inviting a woman on a date for New Year’s a man sings “I got a date.”
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man opens his robe and says, “I’m not wearing any pants,” and we see his bare legs to the upper thighs.

Sam & Kate VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A man comes home to find his father in a chair with a spilled bottle of beer on the floor; the man realizes that his father is dead and we see the body taken away on a stretcher and we see a funeral later.
 A driver slams on his brakes to avoid hitting a car that pulls in front of him; his passenger opens the car door to get out while the car is moving and yells at the other driver. A man riding a 4-wheel shopping cart in a store complains loudly about displays blocking the aisles and confronts an employee about it; he asks the staff person later, “What are you so angry at me about?” A man pulls a small item dangling off a rearview mirror and throws it in the backseat as his adult son reprimands him. A man stumbles and pushes his adult son’s hand away when he tries to help him. A man roller skates and stumbles falling onto the floor (no injuries are evident).
 A woman and her mother argue about the first woman donating items that she no longer uses or wants; the second woman goes back into the shop and retrieves a few items after the other woman leaves. Two men argue in several scenes. A man yells at his adult son and says, “You are not who I raised. You are no gentleman.” A preacher says, “Christmas can be a painful time of year.” A man says that he and his father are the only Jews in a Christian church. A man says of his son that he is an artist and maybe one day he’ll do something with it. A man yells at his adult son, “Get out of here.” After a doctor’s appointment a man describes being on “gravy time” and that he doesn’t have long to live. A woman locks herself in her bathroom and tells her adult daughter, “I’ll just die here alone.” We hear that a man and a child died in a car crash. We hear that a woman died from cancer after a long illness. A woman says that her husband left her when their daughter was very young. A woman looks at photographs and cries and we later see that they are of a man and a young boy. A man talks about his father being discharged from war after an injury and that none of his friends came home alive.
 People gather at a woman’s house to empty many, many things out after she was reported to the authorities for hoarding; the woman yells and tries to retrieve several things. Two men work sorting chocolates in a factory and one man eats several as he works; one man is told to tuck his hair into a net while working. A man stands up from a table, knocks a chair over, and spills a bottle of beer.

Sam & Kate LANGUAGE 5

 – About 6 F-words, 4 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (uncool, sneaky, nuts, idiot, schmuck, stupid, criminals, tough, vicious, bizarre, long-haired stallion, boss man, stoned, dumb [anatomical term deleted], self-loathing, dude), exclamations (shill out, shut up, bless your heart, awesome, shut the [F-word deleted] up, not cool, stop it, get out of here), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, dear God, the Lord, oh God, oh my God, Heavens no, a man recites a prayer over a meal). | profanity glossary |

Sam & Kate SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men smoke a marijuana cigarette outside a factory where they work (this happens in a few scenes), a man gives his father prescribed medications for a heart problem in several scenes, two men smoke marijuana outside a woman’s house and a woman asks to have some, a woman says that another woman is stoned, and a woman talks about smoking marijuana to help her sleep. A man in a store says that he has had a few drinks (we don’t see him drinking), a woman drinks a glass of wine, two men drink glasses of liquor in a bar, a man drinks a few beers at a dinner and a woman drinks wine, a man and a woman drink wine in a restaurant, a man and a woman drink wine while on a picnic, and a man stumbles while dancing and it is implied that he has had too much to drink. A man smokes a cigar outside a church and later in a car, a woman smokes a cigarette in her bathroom and her adult daughter reprimands her, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.

Sam & Kate DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Relationships, the death of loved ones, fatal car crashes, hoarding, cancer, love, astrology, moving on from tragedy.

Sam & Kate MESSAGE

 – Life and love are difficult and complicated but are worth the effort.

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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