Horror


Us


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror
Runtime:
116 mins
Stars:
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
Director:
Jordan Peele
Producer:
Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
5
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
4
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a couple kiss; some suggestive talk; a man lies in bed in a sexually suggestive position.

Language


j/jc-4; h-1; a, and variations-3 b-s; s, and paired with other words-8; f-9; g/omg-7; gd-3; sucks; a kid says “kiss my an*s”; the title and song "f--- tha police" by n.w.a. is heard, as well as some of the song’s strong vocabulary (including the n word); a yacht’s name is a joke about the word b; wh*re

Violence


much graphic violence; home invasions; blood and the sound of it gurgling; fighting; stabbing; a character is dragged through shattered glass; a character is chopped up on a boat motor; a woman slices her face with scissors; a character is impaled; a character chokes and breaks another character’s neck; a flare gun is shot at someone; people talking about their individual “kill count,” meaning who’s killed more; talk of people eating rabbits, and characters are later seen eating rabbits.

Drugs


drinking, and talking/joking about drinking; a character talks about smoking, and a pack of cigarettes is seen; mention of a song being about drugs, and another character says that it isn’t, but that it’s a “dope song”

Nudity


swimsuits; a man is in his boxers and a sweatshirt; short shorts.

Other


dark and possibly disturbing elements/content; characters think a girl has been traumatized; arguing; some characters are mean or unpleasant; characters take a dead family’s car; a sign has a shaman, and later, a wizard; an image of a racial stereotype


Trailer



Synopsis

The Dove Take:

This violent doppelgänger horror is intriguing, thoughtful, and bloody.


Movie Message

The Synopsis:

A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.

The Review:

Us has craftsmanship. It is horrific, but it is made intentionally and thoughtfully. And it’s with confidence that the film has humor (though sometimes dark) that strengthens the impact of the experience. It progresses the interest—and unsettling intrigue—from the home invasion at night to the sun-filled streets. After all, if characters aren’t safe in their homes, where can they go?

There’s a nuance and complication to some of the morality and spirituality portrayed which also adds a layer of intrigue. Recall the shark in Jaws that is portrayed as the blatantly bad antagonist, so the audience roots for the heroes to defeat it without changing opinion. Similarly, Dracula may pretend to be a gentleman, but we cheer for Van Helsing to serve him a well-done stake with a side of garlic, sentiment sustaining. And while we might root and cheer for certain characters throughout Us, once we understand more during the film’s end, audiences may interpret, or reinterpret, what they just saw in various ways. It may not be as straightforward as one thinks.

Us has the potential to unsettle, upset and disturb, as well as intrigue, entertain and impress. Individuals will need to determine if they should get within reach of its sharp cinematic scissors.

There is graphic, brutal violence, blood, negativity, darkness, language and more. Us is not Dove-Approved.

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