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Triangle of Sadness | 2022 | R | – 5.6.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Triangle of Sadness” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and some sexual content.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an interrupted sex scene, several implied sex scenes, several kissing scenes, a great deal of explicit vomiting, a couple of dead bodies after a yacht capsizes, two people dying from an explosive blast in the distance, several people stranded on an island negotiating for power and control of decisions for the group, a slow and painful death of a donkey off-screen, many arguments, and nearly 20 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A male model (Harris Dickinson) and a social media influencer (Charlbi Dean) manage to join a luxury cruise, and initially appreciate being surrounded by older, very rich and privileged people. However, when the yacht sinks, they find themselves on an island with a few survivors, and they have to figure out their relationship and how to influence an emerging leader in order to survive. Also with Woody Harrelson, Hanna Oldenburg, Alicia Eriksson, Vicki Berlin, Arvin Kananian, Oliver Ford Davies and Amanda Walker. Directed by Ruben Östlund. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:27]

Triangle of Sadness SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A young man and a woman (we see his bare chest and abdomen while the woman is wearing a bra that reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen) are shown in a rescue vessel and we hear them moaning and we see rhythmic movement as she says that she is going to climax; they are interrupted by the sound of waves banging on the vessel. A shirtless young man (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) enters a room where a young woman is seated on a bed and he pretends to be a pool boy; they flirt and play their roles as he climbs on top of her and they kiss (sex is implied). A woman sprays water onto a young man’s bare chest, licks his chest and moans.
 A young man and a young woman are seen sleeping in bed together; he is shirtless (his bare back, chest and abdomen are seen), she is covered with sheets and we see her bare shoulders. A young woman jealous of her partner’s relationship with another woman kisses another man in front of him.
 A young woman becomes jealous and angry when her partner is invited by a woman to join her in a rescue vessel each night and she tells him not to do anything sexual, and no kissing. A young woman dances in front of a man at a bar and asks him to dance while her partner watches and seems jealous (the man does not dance with the young woman). A man sits next to two women at a bar and asks them to take his picture; one of the women invites him to take his picture with the two of them and he agrees.
 A man asks a young man if his parents supported his wish to become a male model; he asks if even his father supported him and if he knew he’d be spending time with gay men. A man asks a woman if she ever used her appearance or slept with someone to get a job and she admits to having done so, once. A man instructs a young man to pose with his mouth slightly open to make himself look “more available.” A young woman tells a young man that if she falls pregnant she wants to be with someone that can take care of her because she would not be able to work as a model any longer; she says she wants to be someone’s “trophy wife.” A young man and a young woman argue about his being jealous in a few scenes. “Love Boat” is scratched onto the side of a rescue vessel.
 A fully nude man (we see his bare chest, abdomen, legs to the hips and partial buttocks) sits on a toilet and vomits and has diarrhea (we hear noises and splatters and we do see goo). A woman wearing a full corset (it is flesh toned and we see cleavage, bare legs and later her bare buttocks) clings to a toilet as she vomits and she slides across the floor a few times as the yacht rocks (we see a lot of goo). A dead woman’s body is shown on a beach and part of her bare breast and her legs to the hips are visible.
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare legs while walking on fashion show runways. Many young men are shown shirtless and some are seen wearing bikini briefs while being splattered with paint (we see bare chests, abdomens and upper thighs and hips). A crewmember on a yacht removes his shirt and wipes his chest and abdomen with a cloth while standing near a passenger, and she smiles and greets him. Many shirtless young men are shown while they audition for modeling jobs; they are instructed to smile, then not smile, then walk and pose in certain ways, while being evaluated by a group of people. A young woman wears a blouse that opens to reveal cleavage. A shirtless man wearing boxer briefs is shown in bed and his bare chest, abdomen and back are seen. Women on a yacht wear shorts skirts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman on a yacht is shown wearing bikinis in a few scenes and posing for photographs (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, legs to the hips and back). A young woman wears a crop top that reveals cleavage, her bare abdomen and back. Two women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a bar on a yacht. A young woman’s dress reveals cleavage and the sides of her bare breasts.

Triangle of Sadness VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A yacht lists and rocks in rough waters during high winds and we see people leaning to keep their balance, items are thrown around and things spill all over; as the movement becomes more intense, the passengers are served food in the dining room, many of them become ill and vomit: we see many people vomiting various amounts of food and liquid on tables, the floor, into a toilet, and hallways, toilets overflow with sewage and torrents of waste floods into hallways, people continue to vomit, a woman vomits into her husband’s hat, a man vomits into the lid of a serving dish, a woman vomits and some goo splatters on a man seated at the next table, goo splatters on a window of the yacht from someone on the deck above (we see goo and splatter and hear retching with each episode). A fully nude man (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) sits on a toilet where he vomits and has diarrhea (we hear noises and splatters and we see goo). A woman wearing a full corset (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) clings to a toilet as she vomits and she slides in goo across the floor a few times as the yacht rocks (we see goo splattering into the toilet, goo washes onto the floor and she is covered with goo). Crewmembers scrub floors in a yacht after the plumbing poured waste through the ship and many people vomited a lot.
 A man picks up a large stone and moves through a jungle toward an animal that’s making loud noises; he strikes it on the head and we see that it is a donkey, it continues to bray and cry and the man beats it several times with the stone until it stops making noise (the act is off screen, but his shirt is then covered with blood). Several armed men on a small boat approach a yacht and seem threatening; a woman onboard sees a grenade on the deck and picks it up as it explodes (we see the explosion from a long distance).
 People stranded on an island hear noises coming from a jungle at night and are frightened. People stranded on an island find a rescue vessel and a person inside helps them with water and food; men try to bribe a woman for a place in the vessel by offering a woman expensive watches. Two women climb a mountain looking for help on an island. A woman holding a large rock moves quietly behind a young woman, seeming to want to hit her with it (the scene ends).
 A crying man holds his dead wife’s body when it washes onto the shore of an island and he then removes her wedding ring and necklace that have large diamonds and gems on them. A man seems to be having an attack during a gale storm on a yacht and a woman says he’s having a stroke; the crew calls for a defibrillator and the man collapses on the floor (we do not see what happens to him). A man runs through thick brush and branches that cut his face (we see bloody cuts).
 A man announces over the yacht’s PA system that the ship is going under; we see people putting on life jackets and some people run in panic and we see a man struggling to get his wife into a wheelchair. Armed men are shown on the deck of a yacht.
 A young man becomes angry when a young woman stuffs a bill in his shirt and he yells and pounds on an elevator door as it repeatedly tries to close. A young woman becomes jealous and angry when her partner is invited by a woman to join her in a rescue vessel each night (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A young man and a young woman argue about paying a bill at a restaurant; they raise their voices and others in the restaurant seem alarmed, the woman’s credit card is declined, and they pay with cash; they continue to argue in the taxi when they leave later. A crewmember on a yacht removes his shirt and wipes his chest and abdomen with a cloth while standing near a passenger; the passenger smiles and greets him and her partner becomes upset and they argue. A man tells a young man that he will be a young woman’s “slave” unless they fight. A crewmember is escorted off a yacht and taken away on a smaller boat after being fired. Two men steal pretzels from a woman’s backpack and they are accused the next day of theft but deny it. A woman argues with a young man when she realizes that he has let a fire burn out. Two men debate about communism, socialism and capitalism; they also discuss the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. A man argues with people stranded on an island when they ask him who he is, and he says that he worked in the ship’s engine room (they suspect he’s a pirate); they don’t believe him and he accuses them of being racist.
 A passenger on a yacht argues with a crewmember for the crewmember to take time off and go for a swim; eventually she insists and many crewmembers are shown sliding down an inflated slide off the side of the ship and into the sea. Many young men are shown shirtless and some are seen wearing bikini briefs (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) while being splattered with paint. A staff manager instructs crew on a yacht how to behave with their wealthy clients and that if all goes well they will be rewarded at the end of the cruise; we see the cleaning crew below decks as they hear the upper deck crew cheering about getting money. A young woman poses for photos holding forks full of pasta, but does not eat it and later says that she is gluten intolerant. A man and a woman talk about their business products being weapons of war, like grenades and landmines.
 A man instructs young men to strike a pose like they are looking down on consumers when modeling for a high-end brand. People discuss the fact that male models are paid less than female models. A man instructs a young man to “relax your triangle of sadness” and points at the space between his forehead, eyebrows and nose.
 A young woman is shown with a long, unidentified abdominal scar. Flies buzz around people sunbathing on the deck of a yacht. A man says that he sells [scatological term deleted] and goes on to explain that his business is selling fertilizer. A woman identifies another woman as a “toilet manager.” A man shaves another man’s neck and we hear scratching flesh. A woman says that she needs to go to the bathroom and she squats behind a rock.

Triangle of Sadness LANGUAGE 6

 – About 19 F-words, 19 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (Arian Ubermensch, stone-cold, stuffy, disgusting, child, stupid, manipulative, crazy Russians, pretty boy, filthy capitalist, puppet dictators, Russian pig), exclamations (wow, shut-up, my oh my), 1 religious profanity (GD), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, oh Lord). | profanity glossary |

Triangle of Sadness SUBSTANCE USE

 – A wine glass is shown on a table in a restaurant, people drink champagne and wine in several scenes, people drink beer, cocktails, and champagne in a bar on a yacht, and a man drinks many shots of liquor while playing a guessing game with another man. A man smokes a cigar in a few scenes.

Triangle of Sadness DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fashion models, gender roles, cynicism, money, stereotypes, equality, trust, matriarchy, alpha males, dignity, survival, jealousy, love, social media influencers, boundaries, communism, socialism, capitalism, gossip, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy, Lenin.

Triangle of Sadness MESSAGE

 – Power and control can easily shift, depending on circumstances. The rich are arrogant, self-centered and useless.

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