Nerve (2016)

MPAA Rating:
96 mins
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Content at a Glance


passionate kissing; several sexual comments and innuendos, including one comment about peanut butter being put on a guy’s “junk” and licked off and another comment about genitalia being “big”; a comment about making out; the mention of prostitutes on a website; a guy passing next to a girl slaps her rear; a couple is making out on a bed, but then they are interrupted.


g/omg-21; s-7; bs-1; a-3; h-5; geez-1; wtf (letters)-1; a man wears a motorcycle helmet that says, “new york f***ing city”; butt-1; bi*ch-1; sucks-1; slang for male genitalia-1; “s*rew sydney” comment; douchebag-1


a girl falls on a ladder; blood shown on girl’s face; a man punches a young woman, knocking her out, and blood is visible on her face; a girl is shot and blood is shown on her, but not what is shown is not what it appears to be.


young adults drink a lot in several scenes, and many of them are high school seniors and underage; shots of alcohol; a “dark” website mentions prostitutes and drugs, like meth and cocaine.


rear female nudity; a video clip of a girl’s rear (wearing just a thong), being slapped; cleavage in several scenes; shirtless men; man in underwear and woman in bra and panties; girls in short skirts; sumo wrestlers wearing very little clothing.


a girl mentions her brother dying; comment that a young man died by playing the game; scene shows a girl getting a tattoo; tattoos on man, and tattoo parlor is shown; tension between characters.


A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

Movie Message

“Nerve” is a fast-paced movie with a compelling storyline. Young adults play the game called “Nerve,” which hands out a “dare” to the player, and if the player accepts and completes the dare in a certain time frame, he or she is rewarded with money and then given a new dare and can continue to play. However, the dares range from kissing a stranger for five seconds to walking across a great height on a ladder, which is strung out to reach from window to window of tall buildings. A young woman named Venus, called “Vee” by her friends, has always been in the shadow of her friend Sydney. Sydney is popular — she’s a cheerleader and owner of the leading points in the Nerve game. While on the field with her fellow cheerleaders and male athletes, she lifts her skirt to “moon” them all. When Vee takes a dare, she meets a young man named Ian by kissing him, and soon they are placed together to tackle other dares. They end up falling for each other.

Although it’s a tense-filled movie, it includes some comic relief, such as a scene in which money is being deposited in Vee’s account and her mother notices it on her phone and says out loud, in astonishment, “They’re putting money in the account!” A young black man replies, “That’s white people’s problems!” Vee begins to gain points quickly, and soon she is in competition with Sydney, which causes tension between the two. As with any intriguing story, things are not what they appear to be, and soon Vee and Ian have to make a fateful decision: they are told they will have to face each other with a gun, and only one of them can live.

Despite the intriguing plot and action, the film contains rear female nudity, strong language, and several sexual comments and innuendos. Therefore, we are prevented from awarding it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

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