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The Sleepover | 2020 | TV-PG | – 1.4.4

content-ratingsWhy is “The Sleepover” rated TV-PG? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of cleavage revealing outfits, a couple of scenes of robbery, several scenes that include threats with knives and guns and a few fistfights, a few chases in cars and a boat and other risky activities, bullying and arguments and some moderate language and name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


During a sleepover, a brother and sister (Maxwell Simkins and Sadie Stanley) discover that their overprotective mom (Malin Åkerman) was once a high-level thief and is now in the witness protection program. When she is abducted, along with their dad (Ken Marino), and forced to pull a last job, they are determined to save them. Also with Cree Cicchino, Lucas Jay, Karla Souza, Joe Manganiello, Enuka Okuma and Erik Griffin. Directed by Trish Sie. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in French without translation. [Running Time: 1:42]

The Sleepover SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man kisses a woman’s hand. A man hugs a woman. A preteen boy tries to look up the skirt of a teen girl, unsuccessfully.
 Two teen girls wear skin-tight mid-thigh length shorts and one of the girls wears a mid-thigh length miniskirt in another scene. Women wear strapless gowns that reveal bare shoulders and arms (no cleavage) in a few special event scenes. A woman wears a clingy off the shoulder gown (cleavage is visible) and is slit to the top of the thigh on one side (her bare thigh is visible); she later rips off the skirt above the knees.


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The Sleepover VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A man and a woman break into a home, threaten a woman and hold a knife to a man’s neck; the threatened woman hits the first man with framed pictures and throws things at him with a plate hitting him in the crotch and he grunts, and he injects a sedative drug into the woman’s neck, as well as into a dog’s neck, and both fall unconscious; the first couple then kidnaps the second couple.
 A man, a married couple, two teen girls and two preteen boys are seen in a penthouse apartment where the first man announces that he is a thieving syndicate leader and his girlfriend walks in pointing a pistol at the children until the married man tosses a giant spider into the face of the gun-toting woman, who gasps and a fistfight begins between the two women: one hits the other with a bowl of meatballs, a metal lamp, a rock, and the women punch and kick each other (there’s no blood), until one man shoots the chain from a chandelier that knocks the gun-toting woman unconscious and the first man rushes away with a priceless crown.
 Two men and a woman are handcuffed into chairs and one captive man kicks at the other captive man and slides him into a captor, knocking him down as the two chairs break apart; a slow motion fistfight occurs between the first man and the captor with a few punches and kicks but no blood, and one man is knocked out and the captives escape.
 A man and a woman argue on a path and another man runs out of a cabin, holding a ball bat as a woman points a pistol at the first couple and later tells the others that they will cooperate to poison a queen just enough to sicken her and steal her jeweled crown; they all argue and the gun-woman points her gun at the others to end the argument.
 A woman punches a man unconscious in a hallway, throws a second man to the floor, she pulls a flagpole from a flag, a man picks up the flag, and they each use the parts as weapons for striking and tripping several men, who fall down; a table and some chairs fall with loud crashing and we see a few kicks and body slams that cause loud thuds as men fall.
 A family of adults and children steal an SUV and a preteen boy inside fires a laser pen that breaks a side window and blows up three parked cars (no one is hurt); the SUV chases another car, screeching tires and speeding around turns in streets at night and a teen girl in the pursuit car says, “We’re all gonna die,” as both vehicles crash through a line of water-filled barrels and stop; one man limps away and another man runs after him, grabs his belt until the thief stops, and a woman kicks the man hard in the face.
 A man enters a home where he finds two teen girls and two preteen boys; one of the boys jumps at him with a toy sword that lights up and throws it at him and then hits and kicks him and we see the man tied into a chair with a string of Christmas lights and a garden hose and wearing a sleep mask over his eyes; the man later falls with the chair to a point off-screen and we hear a thud. A man carrying a stolen object is kicked and the object nearly falls into a river but is caught by a teen girl that is held by one of her legs so she will not fall into the water.
 Two teen girls and two preteen boys find a storage unit with two secret rooms inside; one room is full of cases of weapons that include handcuffs, staffs, spikes, pistols, ammunition, laser pens and laser rifles. A boy falls into a secret room and is raised on a platform on a very expensive car, he accidentally uses a laser pen to slash a red line into a wall and four teens get into the car with one teen girl driving without a license, but one of the boys presses a button called “Predator Mode,” the girl screams, and the car drives fast by itself. Four young people break into a building through an unlocked window, and find a secret room with dark stairs leading to a tunnel where a woman stops them, grabs one boy, slams him face-down into a tabletop (he is unharmed) and when she walks away, a teen girl handcuffs her to a pipe on the wall and the woman says to the girl, “I will find you and kill you.”
 Two teen girls and two preteen boys ride on a river at night with a teen boy driving a motorboat without a license; a Coast Guard officer shouts at them and the first four children jump into the water wearing life vests, swim to a dock, lie down and gasp for air; they go to a store where they steal dry clothing and a police officer shouts at them from a balcony, but they escape on a subway to a reception hall where a man inside stops them and they tell him that they are musicians, so he takes them to the stage, where he begins to call the police, but hangs up.
 In front of her son’s friend and another woman, a mother says that her preteen son still wets the bed and wears special nighttime pants fitted with an alarm; a man enters the room and says he still wets the bed sometimes.
 A man touches a poisoned patch on a woman’s hand and puts his hand to his mouth, whereupon he gags and retches several times until he vomits a lot of brown material over himself and the long skirts of two women and the tuxedo of a man nearby (we see goo); in the backseat of a car, the man burps loudly, flatulates for several seconds twice, and rolls down a window as he complains about a bad smell.
 A man rubs his rear end (clothed, in vomit-covered trousers) over the leather seat of a chair and sneers at a man who is mocking him (we don’t see vomit being transferred to the chair). A man is taken away by guards at an event and searched off-screen; when he returns, another man asks how the body cavity search went, and the searched man says “fine.” A preteen boy in a tunnel runs into a huge spider web and makes spitting noises, but we see no spit. Another preteen boy complains of being allergic to several things.
 Two teen boys follow a preteen boy into a hall, filming him on a smartphone and mocking him when a woman stops them and threatens the older boys with stalking their families at night and cutting their parents’ car brake lines; the bullies walk away quickly. A preteen boy becomes upset that a dog won’t awaken after it is injected with a sedative (later, the dog is fine). A teen girl hits her head on an open locker door. A man knocks a large vase off a stand at a reception and it crashes loudly and breaks.
 A small group of high school mean girls mocks another teen girl for being good at playing the cello. A teen girl mocks her pastry chef father for exercising his fingers. A teen girl argues with her mother a few times and argues with another teen girl several times. Two men argue sarcastically in a few scenes. A man and a woman argue briefly. A preteen boy and a teen girl argue in several scenes. Two teen boys mock a preteen boy for dancing in a school restroom, where we see four clean urinals and hear a toilet flush off-screen.
 Two preteen boys sleep out in a tent in a backyard where they start to tell a ghost story and scream when a teen girl pokes her head inside the tent. Two preteen boys play a video game and we see only a close-up of a ray gun being fired.


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The Sleepover LANGUAGE 4

 – 8 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities and exclamations, name-calling (crazy, cray, insane, weird, nerd meatball, tattletale, loser, perv, pathetic, sad, freak, gross, hobo’s butler, big fat lying smugglers, Frankie Fromage, Popeye, General, Strawberry Shortcake, Satan), exclamations (shut-ups, jeez, oh my gosh, whoa, whoo-hoo, eww, phew, uh-oh, arghhh), 31 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, My God, Oh Lord, Heaven Knows). | profanity glossary |


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The Sleepover SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman and a dog are both injected with a sedative, and a man asks another man if he smuggles drugs and the second man answers that he only smuggles jewels. Two teen girls at a party hold cans of beer but do not drink.


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The Sleepover DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Secrets, the federal witness protection program, crime rings, the black market, threats, kidnapping, greed, double-crossing, driving without a license, problem-solving, teamwork, cooperation, courage, helping others, honesty, trust, respect, family, love, relationships.

The Sleepover MESSAGE

 – Some people have unexpected secrets in their past.

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