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Save Yourselves! | 2020 | R | – 3.5.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Save Yourselves!” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “for language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes, an implied sex scene, an interrupted sex scene, a few kissing scenes, and some cleavage revealing outfits, several encounters with alien beings and attacks that end in the deaths of a few people with bloody wounds, an orphaned child, a hallucination scene from an unknown agent, several arguments, and at least 18 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A Brooklyn couple (Sunita Mani and John Reynolds), existing in their own technological and social media bubble, decides to unplug their devices and reconnect with each other by spending a week in an isolated cabin. Unconnected to news, and lacking any rustic skills, they don’t initially realize that the planet has been invaded by lethal alien creatures that look like furry poufs. Also with Ben Sinclair, John Early, Jo Firestone, Gary Richardson, Johanna Day, Zenobia Shroff and Amy Sedaris. Directed by Alex Huston Fischer & Eleanor Wilson. [Running Time: 1:33]

Save Yourselves! SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A woman climbs onto a man’s lap and they kiss, he picks her up and puts her on a table where they continue to kiss (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); we see them in bed later (sex is implied) and the man is shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen and the woman’s bare shoulders and back). A man kisses a woman’s neck, they lie back on a sofa and kiss as she wraps her legs around his waist; they are interrupted by text messages and do not continue kissing. A man and a woman snuggle in bed under covers. A man and a woman sit on a sofa looking at their phones and the woman has her feet in the man’s lap.
 A man says, “I plucked a gray nipple hair today.”
 A man and a woman shower together and we see their bare shoulders. A woman wears low-cut tops, camisoles and dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears a top that reveals her bare shoulders and cleavage and shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. A man wearing a T-shirt and boxers runs through a forest and seems frightened.


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Save Yourselves! VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – An oncoming car stops when it runs out of gas and the driver shoots an alien creature on the road; it seems like the alien shoots the bullets back at the woman and she is struck and falls dead (we see blood splatter); a man comes out of the vehicle and he is struck in the head by a long tendril from the alien that seems to hit him in the head, spraying blood and he drops to the ground dead. While a man and a woman in a cabin are becoming amorous, we see a man outside walking toward the place until he stops, falls to his knees and we see blood on his head when he falls over and a small creature is behind him.
 We hear gunshots in the distance a couple of times and hear what sounds like a scream. A woman with a gun shoots toward a man and another woman and steals their car. After regaining consciousness a man and a woman cannot find an infant and when they do an alien stands between them and the child; the alien shoots a tendril at a man and hits him in the chest knocking him down and the woman cuts the tendril loose (a bodily fluid sprays on the woman’s face) killing the creature.
 An alien moves toward a man and a woman in a car and the man throws a bottle of wine into the forest to distract the creature; they drive away but stop when they realize that there is a baby left alone in another vehicle and they then retrieve the child. A man and woman run out of a cabin when they see an alien in their cabin and toward a barn in the distance where they find a vehicle and drive it in reverse; they bump into something and we see later that it is a dead body on the ground (some blood is shown on his back). A man and woman see what they call a pouf on the floor and try to remember whether it was there before; the man picks up a fireplace tool and moves toward the pouf, and it shoots out a long tendril and pulls itself out of the cabin and out of sight. A man wearing a T-shirt and boxers runs through a forest and seems to be struck by something and he is thrown (we hear him yelp and do not see what happened to him).
 A man wraps a shirt around his head (to protect his ears) when he shoots a gun out a window; when he pulls the trigger, the gun hits the window and shatters the glass. Something flies by outside a cabin window startling a man and a woman inside (we do not see what it was). A man and a woman watch what they think are shooting stars and wonder whether it is a meteor shower; one glowing light seems to land on the ground in the distance. A man and woman time themselves to see how quickly they can gather emergency rations and get out of a cabin. A man and a woman hallucinate and fall to the ground; the woman uses two EpiPens and injects them each before collapsing unconscious. A woman walks toward a large structure in a forest, she touches it and as she and a man holding a child stand near it, and they are surrounded by a bubble that encases them and lifts them into the air and out of the atmosphere; we see many other similar bubbles lifting into the air around them as flames burst from the ground in the distance.
 A man and woman run outside to a car and try to start it but it is out of gas. A man wearing a T-shirt and boxers runs through a forest and seems frightened. A man and a woman in a canoe jump into water and swim to the shore of a lake.
 A woman listens to voice mail messages and reads emails about an invasion in the city and that people have been killed; we hear screaming in the background. A man yells and becomes upset when he sees that his sourdough starter is gone; a woman discovers that a bottle of bourbon has been emptied but doesn’t remember drinking it all. A man goes outside a cabin, picks up and axe and tries to cut logs; he is unable to do it and becomes frustrated. A woman knocks a cellphone out of a man’s hands and it falls on the floor. A man wakes in a start and yells for someone or something to “Get out” until a woman sleeping next to him calms him down and he falls back to sleep (he has night visions when he drinks and this happens a few times). A woman leaves a message for her boss that she is going to take a week off work and she receives a message saying that she is fired. A woman becomes upset when she discovers that a man has used her computer and all her browser tabs are gone; they argue, and then make up. A man and a woman argue about having a gun in the house and how dangerous guns are. A man and woman tell each other secrets about themselves and the man confesses that he doesn’t know how to be a “man” (i.e. lacking what are considered manly skills, such as catching fish, fixing plumbing, etc.). A woman says that she is afraid of her life with her partner becoming stagnant. A man talks about getting out of the rat race of investment banking and the “slow burning rage” he felt, to explore other things. A man talks about his “low-footprint” wedding and honeymoon. A man says, “I’m a bad listener,” and “I shut down,” and, “I hate the sound of my own voice.” A man talks about wanting to build a trap to catch a rabbit for food.
 A woman watches a line of ants picking up and carrying crumbs on a rock. A woman tells a man that she eats her contacts when she finishes wearing them. An alien floats in the air and seems to disperse a gas and a man and a woman react to the smell. A man and a woman change a baby’s diaper in the woods and the man throws the diaper in the distance.


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Save Yourselves! LANGUAGE 6

 – About 18 F-words, 18 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (cooky, hippie, bad listener, sneaky, selfish, idiots), exclamations (no, tubular, too bad, wow, relax, shut-up, oh no, chill), 4 religious profanities (GD), 26 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Jesus, My God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Save Yourselves! SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man and woman smoke a marijuana cigarette, and a man talks about having been high on acid. People drink alcohol at a party in a bar, a man drinks bourbon and a woman drinks wine in a couple of scenes, and there are discussion about ethanol.


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Save Yourselves! DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Technology, smartphones, social media, evolution, alien invasions, lies, secrets, basic survival skills.

Save Yourselves! MESSAGE

 – Smart devices keep us isolated and obsessing over them robs us of required life skills and real connections.

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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