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You Should Have Left | 2020 | R | – 5.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “You Should Have Left” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a sex scene in a car, sounds of sex on a movie set, a few kisses and discussions of infidelity and previous relationships; many scenes of dream and nightmare sequences with violent acts including stabbings and bludgeoning with bloody wounds shown, a few scenes with dead bodies including a child, many unusual and unexplained occurrences, several arguments, and at least 7 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Set in the Welsh countryside, a couple (Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried) and their young daughter (Avery Tiiu Essex) rent a house on a remote hill to get away from their busy lives for a while. Almost immediately, the house seems to have a mind of its own and its intentions do not seem to be benign. Also with Colin Blumenau. Directed by David Koepp. [Running Time: 1:33]

You Should Have Left SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A wife leans over to her husband in their car, asks, “You want to have me in the car?” and she is then shown straddling the man and thrusting as she moans and climaxes (we see her bare shoulder where her top has fallen off the shoulder). A man arrives at a movie set where his wife is filming a sex scene with a man; we hear his wife moaning as he becomes increasingly uncomfortable with what’s happening.
 A husband and wife kiss and flirt. A wife kisses her husband. A man and a woman hug. A photo of a husband and wife hugging is seen.
 A wife admits to having an affair with another man, her husband tells her to leave and they argue briefly about the custody of their young daughter. A woman refers to a man (a film director) wanting to “see her naked.” A woman makes a comment about her husband always falling asleep “immediately after sex.”
 A fully nude, dead woman attacks a man and we see her bare abdomen, side and side buttock (her breasts are covered by her arms and heavy shadows). A man takes off his shirt and pants and gets into bed (we see his bare chest, abdomen, legs and underwear). A woman takes off her pants (we see her wearing underwear and her bare legs to the lower buttocks are seen), she goes to the bathroom where we see her remove her bra (we see her bare back), we hear her climb into a bathtub and see flesh tones through opaque water; when she comes out of the bathroom later she is wrapped with a towel under her arms (we see cleavage and shoulders). A shirtless man is shown a couple of times with bare chest, abdomen and back seen. A woman wears a low-cut swimsuit that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the thighs. A woman wears short shorts that reveal bare legs to the lower buttock. A woman wears a sheer low-cut top that reveals cleavage and her bra through the fabric. A woman wears a clinging T-shirt that reveals her nipples through the fabric.


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You Should Have Left VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man attacks another man and strikes him with a cane repeatedly in the head (we see blood gush and spurt and the man spits out a bloody tooth) but doesn’t seem hurt. A man goes through a door and down a long flight of stairs and through a dark hallway (we see something shadowed move across the screen), he sees many photographs scattered on the floor, he finds a small stuffed toy and his young daughter is shown lying motionless with blue-tinged skin and she dribbles water from her mouth (implying she is dead); the man screams, cuts himself with a shard of glass (we see a bloody line open on his wrist), then stabs himself in the throat (blood spurts) and wakes up with a start. A man walks through dark hallways and comes upon a dead body in a bathtub; the body (a woman) attacks him, tackles him to the floor and vomits a stream of water onto his face. A woman slips under the water in a bathtub and we see her finger twitching as she drowns.
 A young girl wakes up from thumping sounds in her house; she leans over her bed and calls out and a shadowed figure in the distance moves behind a wall and out of view, the girl lies back in her bed and a man sits next to her causing her to gasp for breath and he speaks to her in a threatening manner and then lifts her in the air by the throat (this was a dream). A man and his young daughter leave a house and walk several miles in the cold and dark; as they leave they see a figure standing in a window of the house and they hear loud screeching as they walk along the road. A man has a nightmare where he sees a body in a bathtub and he wakes up in a start.
 A young girl goes inside a house to get her coat and when she comes out, she is in a different part of the house and her father panics trying to find her as she calls for him and she finds a bathtub with a dead woman in it (we see discolored flesh on the woman’s toes and fingers), the girl screams, a man appears in the room and speaks to her, she screams again, and her father finds her and consoles her. A man falls down a flight of stairs a few times (we do not see injuries).
 A young girl climbs along a fallen tree limb as her mother calls for her to come down and the child falls, landing on the woman and they both fall to the ground unharmed. A man and a woman argue about driving in Wales and on the opposite side of the road from in the US just before they nearly crash into a car coming toward them; they swerve and are unharmed. A young girl rides a scooter around a kitchen and accidentally knocks a glass on the floor after her father tells her to stop.
 A man walks through a house switching off lights at night and as he does, he sees more lights on in other rooms; after he leaves a room, the lights switch back on. A young girl makes shadow puppets on her bedroom wall and she sees a strange shadow and becomes frightened. A man investigates strange puddling on a floor in a kitchen and measures inside and outside walls determining that a house is not the same size inside and out.
 A man tells another man about a tower that he says was built by the devil to collect souls. A woman talks about another woman dying by drowning in a bathtub. A young girl asks her mother, “Why do people hate daddy so much?” A man refers to something feeling like a “knife in my brain.” A man talks about hating his wife. After being recognized from being on the news a woman tells her husband, “They think you are dangerous.” A man checks his wife’s electronic devices and scrolls through her emails, unbeknownst to her.


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You Should Have Left LANGUAGE 5

 – About 7 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, old man, perv, creepy, passive aggressive, village of the damned, crazy, weird, freaky), exclamations (bummer, darn it), 3 religious profanities (GD), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Oh My God, God, Oh Jesus, Jesus, a reference to Catholic school). | profanity glossary |


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You Should Have Left SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a prescription pill (presumably a sleep aid), and woman talks about a woman taking medicine that caused her to fall asleep in the bathtub.


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You Should Have Left DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Murder, jealousy, meditation, acting careers, infidelity, guilt, sin, suspicion, legends, nightmares, mistrust, emotional truth.

You Should Have Left MESSAGE

 – A guilty conscience doesn’t go away, and creepy Welsh houses don’t have to be old.

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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.

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