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She Said | 2022 | R | – 5.4.7

content-ratingsWhy is “She Said” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and descriptions of sexual assault.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many descriptions of the sexual assault and rape of women by an infamous man, scenes of attempts to intimidate people from uncovering a man’s behavior, several arguments, and at least 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Docudrama about the two New York Times reporters, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor (Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan) that exposed the many cases of pervasive sexual assault by one of the most influential moviemakers of the time, Harvey Weinstein; their exposé contributed to the beginning of the #MeToo movement. Also with Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Angela Yeoh, Maren Heary, Sean Cullen, Anastasia Barzee, Keilly McQuail, Hilary Greer, Tina WongLu and Emma O’Connorh. Directed by Maria Schrader. [Running Time: 2:08]

She Said SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A woman describes a man greeting her while wearing a bathrobe, she says that he walked her down a hallway, pushed her inside a room, stripped her, and then he raped her. A woman says that she was told to go to a man’s room when she arrived for a meeting with him in a hotel; she says he was in his bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage, she declined and told him that she would perform oral sex on him if she won an Oscar for her performance in one of his movies and she left; she says that he punished her after that and blackballed her. A woman says that a man groped her. We hear a recording of a man telling a woman to go into his hotel room and the woman refusing and saying that he is making her feel uncomfortable; he tells her that it will only be five minutes and that she will never see him again if she does what he says and we hear him becoming more frustrated and her becoming more frightened; he says, “Don’t ruin your friendship with me for 5 minutes.” A woman describes being responsible for waking a man and that she would try to fend him off if he tried to pull her onto him in bed; she says that he was usually naked when she would wake him. A woman describes a man persuading her to do what he asked by telling her that it was the job and everyone did it and that she felt like if she didn’t comply, she was the problem; she says that he asked if she would give him a massage, he said he’d give her one to help her relax and told her to take off her shirt and her bra, and then her trousers; then he stood over her masturbating as he kept asking her for things, and that he left the bathroom and she locked the door, ran out and into the room, grabbed her clothes and ran away. A woman says that a man kept trying to touch her and that she wore two pairs of tights to try to protect herself, she says that he held her down and parted her legs saying, “Just one thrust and it’s all over.” A woman says that a man told her, “The only thing you’re good for is making babies.” A husband, trying to get his wife’s attention, says, “I’m having an affair,” and “She’s really hot.”
 People dance in a nightclub.
 A woman’s bare abdomen is shown during a sonogram and we see the fetus on a screen. A young woman wears shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. We see photos of women wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage. A man gets out of bed wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts that reveal his bare legs to the mid-thighs.

She Said VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A woman walks on a city sidewalk and is concerned about being followed as a car moves slowly behind her. A woman collapses crying in a hallway and another woman says that a man must have sexually assaulted her. A man approaches a woman in a bar and tries to convince her to say hello to his friend, she declines and tells him to leave her alone; he insists and she becomes enraged, pounds on the table and yells at him as he makes a sexual remark and then walks away calling her names and laughing.
 A woman runs in a street crying and clinging to her clothing after an assault that we do not see. A woman gets a phone call and the voice on the other end says, “I am going to rape you and murder you and throw your body in the river.” We hear that a woman disappeared; she later states that she had a business dispute with a man and that they agreed not to discuss it. A woman says that a man had a physical altercation with a man at a conference. A woman describes seeing two young women looking terrified and trembling while sitting in a meeting with a man and other people present. A woman tells a man that someone victimized his wife, he is alarmed and says that she must have confused her with someone else. A woman describes that if someone did not submit to a man, he would roar and spit and that he could destroy someone in minutes.
 A woman describes a man greeting her while wearing a bathrobe, she says that he walked her down a hallway, pushed her inside a room, stripped her, and then he raped her. A woman says that a man groped her. A woman says that a man kept trying to touch her and that she wore two pairs of tights to try to protect herself; she says that he held her down and parted her legs saying, “Just one thrust and it’s all over.” A woman says that a man told her, “The only thing you’re good for is making babies.”
 A woman is concerned about speaking out about being sexually assaulted by a man and asks, “What if he decides to sue?” Two women are told that a man will have spies watching and following them after he finds out that they are asking questions about him. Women talk about telling people about a man sexually assaulting them and that they did nothing. We hear about police reports about sexual assault and that they were dropped or dismissed. A woman says that it is important for people to know what a man has done to a woman to be able to determine if he is fit to be president (during the presidential campaign of Donald Trump). The voice of someone we are told is Donald Trump is heard declaring that the reports of his unwelcome sexual advances are all lies and he calls them, “Locker room talk.” A man yells on the telephone in a couple of scenes. We hear that a man is fired after women report sexual harassment. A woman questions a man about payouts from a company to women to buy their silence about a man sexually assaulting them. A woman asks a representative from the EEOC for details about which companies have the most complaints about sexual harassment and the rep says that that information cannot be made available to her. A woman says that a man didn’t like “Jewish or Asian women.” A woman says that she felt completely broken after signing a gag order. A woman asks another woman on the phone, “Can I have your assurance that you won’t talk to anyone?” and the woman hangs up the phone. A man says that another man is working on some issues. A man asks a woman, “You wanna get me killed?” when she asks him about his financial dealings with another man. A woman says that as a child, she knew that the tattoos on her grandmother’s arms meant something seismic. A man says that there have been so many recent occurrences. A woman says that one day she disappeared and that she wanted to be dead, and she says that she attempted suicide. A man says that everyone was worried about a man’s predatory behavior. We read that a man was sentenced to 23 years in prison. A man is concerned about a hurricane approaching Florida where his father is living.
 A woman cries and breathes heavily saying, “I don’t know if I can do this,” and she says she feels a constant sense of dread (it is implied that she is suffering from postpartum depression). Many people (presumably refugees) are shown sleeping on the floor in a large room. We see an embryo on a screen during a sonogram. We see X-ray images of a woman’s breasts and a doctor tells her that she will need a full mastectomy. A husband asks his wife, “Were you sick again?” (we understand that she is having morning sickness).
 A woman opens an envelope and we see it filled with feces as she gasps and recoils.

She Said LANGUAGE 7

 – About 20 F-words, 4 scatological terms, 8 sexual references, 1 mild obscenities, name-calling (liars, disgusting human being, nasty, disturbed, pathological liar, frigid, flirts, cockroach), exclamations (gosh), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God). | profanity glossary |

She Said SUBSTANCE USE

 – An open bottle of wine is shown on a table, people hold bottles of beer while dancing in a nightclub, a man and a woman drink wine in a couple of restaurant scenes, and two men are shown with bottles of beer in a bar and one appears inebriated.

She Said DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Rape, sexual harassment, sex scandals, powerful men taking advantage of women, misogyny, systemic sexism, enablers, Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, non-disclosure agreements, monetary settlements, fear, intimidation, attempted suicide, isolation, loneliness, ignoring behavior, exploitation, power, shame, errors of judgment, workplace reform, truth, damage limitation, toxic work environments, bullying, emotional abuse, breast cancer, postpartum depression.

She Said MESSAGE

 – Sexual harassment is both pervasive and very difficult to address.

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