Parents' Guide to

Midsommar

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unsettling, high-class horror movie is extremely violent.

Movie R 2019 140 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 75 parent reviews

age 18+

Very disturbing. This will stay with you.

This won't be a film you will be forgetting any time soon. The gore is very graphic, vivid, and detailed however that alone is not what puts this in X rated (nc17) territory. The sexual and violent exploitation on the main characters range from cruel to sickening, and their reactions to this exploitation comes off very real. Lengthy scenes showing the effects of the physical and psychological pain , coupled with the apathy and aloofness of those inflicting that pain make for a very unsettling watch. The way children of the cult are conditioned to systemically abide by some very savage cultural norms ( and not in an over the top campy way) is enough to say no to allowing kids or sensitive viewers watch
age 16+

This film is ruthlessly and atrociously disturbing, graphic and at times sexually explicit

Midsommar (2019) follows a girl and her toxic boyfriend, along with his friends, setting off to go to a Swedish Misommar festival when things take a dark turn. Expect exceptional, disgusting and horrific visuals of gore, along with a prolonged sex scene which displays full nudity throughout and barely avoids a pornographic level. VIOLENCE: SEVERE The disturbing images and violence in this film are EXTREMELY vivid and gory. Towards the beginning of the film, we see the aftermath of a murder suicide where a girl connected carbon monoxide tubes to her parents bedroom, gassing them to death and then sticking one of the tubes in her mouth and duct taping it. The aftermath of this is shown, not the event itself. During a bizarre and traumatizing ritual, two elderly people stand atop a cliff where both of their hands are sliced open. The woman drags her hands across a stone carving and then, after a long and suspenseful wait, jumps off the cliff slamming against a rock. Her entire face and half of her head is shown caved in or hacked off as she flies in the air. We see several closeups of her face which is half chopped off, we see brain, skull and eyeballs in the remnants of her head. Then, the elderly man jumps off the cliff, he falls and lands on his legs this time, however, he survives the fall and is shown on the ground struggling with one of his legs entirely snapped off shown in graphic detail. Then, several people approach him with a huge wooden hammer and then take turns smashing his face in. There are several shots of this shown, some from afar and some in extreme closeup showing his face and skull being shattered in, details like his jaw and inner skull being shown. People scream in terror as his face flatten. To make it worse, the scene is flashed back to a few times, showing once again an up-close shot of the man’s face being shattered and then forming back together. Both of their bodies are also shown being burnt and dragged around, we see the squashed faces again. A man is bashed over the back of the head with a hammer, his head is shown cracked open towards the back revealing skull. Then, it is revealed the killer is a man wearing the face of another man as we hear screams of agony, this is extremely sinister. Blood begins to pool around his head and he is dragged away revealing a bloody mess. A leg is shown sticking out of the ground. A nude man is shown hanging from the ceiling with his arms spread out. His back appears to be hollowed out and his lungs are shown pulled out of his back as he is still breathing, the lungs are shown inhaling and exhaling. This is extremely graphic. Several bodies filled with hay or a short of filling are shown being dragged into a building. Some are people previously killed onscreen. This is shown while a bear is shown cut open revealing its organs and intestines, they are cut out and a man is placed in the hollow near where he is placed in the building with the bodies and 2 living men when the building is lit on fire. The dead bodies are shown melting, the man in the bear is shown graphically burning to death and the living men are shown screaming as they are burnt while people outside scream in excitement as this is done ritualistically. LANGUAGE: MODERATE 35+ uses of “f*ck”, some are muffled and hard to hear. Some use of “sh*t”, “d*ck” and “p*ssy”, along with milder language. The language is easily the tamest aspect of the movie. SEXUAL CONTENT: SEVERE Sexual references towards the first half of the movie. There are many sexual drawings and images displayed all over the place where the film is set. We see (loose) drawings of men with erect penises, drawings of people having sex in various positions, detailed drawings of open vaginas menstruating into cups, drawings of fully nude women and more. Some of these can be observed in the background of scenes, some are focused on directly. Menstrual blood and pubic hairs are snuck into food and drink as a suggestive hint towards attraction to a man. A naked man is shown standing in a dimly lit room, his genitals are shown. An extremely graphic and prolonged sex scene towards the end shows a room full of over a dozen fully nude women revealing full frontal nudity graphically while a girl sits in the middle, opening her legs as a man enters the room naked revealing his genitals. He climbs on top of the girl and begins thrusting into her while the nude woman begin chanting moans, the sex is shown graphically in several different shots, some are so graphic that penetration is strategically removed using fade shots and editing. The scene goes on for several minutes fading in and out, towards the end the man and woman moan loudly while the other naked women chant as well, one woman pushes the man further into the woman during sex and the man orgasms. The mans penis is shown as he gets up and the girl says she tells the baby. The man runs out of the room in fear, fully revealing his genitals. He covers himself and runs for a prolonged period of time, he is shown fully nude during this sequence. He finds a body hanging from the ceiling fully nude revealing genitals as well. DRUG CONTENT: MODERATE Mushrooms and other unnamed drugs are consumed several times throughout the film giving the characters and the viewers hallucinogenic effects and causing the characters to act strangely. The drug use is frequent in a ritualistic manner and is prevalent throughout the film as a whole. OVERALL: 16+ for disturbingly graphic ritualistic violence and strong grisly images, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language and drug use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (75 ):
Kids say (138 ):

Set in broad daylight, during the time of Northern Europe's midnight sun, this horror movie isn't about getting the creeps so much as it is about the slow, methodical unmasking of horrors most human. With Midsommar, writer/director Ari Aster (Hereditary) proves himself an upper-crust genre filmmaker, like Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse). He goes beyond jump scares, hauntings, and moody atmospheres into something deeper and longer-reaching. The movie, which echoes The Wicker Man but travels in its own direction, is complex enough to consider that the ages-old Swedish rituals may actually have their own kind of logic, which might be superior to the self-serving, entitled attitudes of the Western visitors.

Yet Aster is smart enough and tricky enough that he lures viewers through Midsommar's 140 minutes with effortless grace; his characters are flawed, but they're human, and they have traits that make them endearing. Their trials and thought processes have intrinsic logic, yet the locals -- clad in their white, flower-edged gowns and crowns of leaves -- are also unfailingly logical. Aster matches logic with movement as he establishes his large, haunted space and moves through it as if deep in thought. (Some of the movie's huge, deliberate movements feel like the Stanley Kubrick of The Shining.) There's no place to hide here, no place to be alone. It would follow, then, that there's no place to be caught off guard. But such an idea is deceptive. In the end, like the best monster movies, Midsommar shows that monsters lurk within all of us.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 3, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: October 8, 2019
  • Cast: Florence Pugh , Will Poulter , Jack Reynor
  • Director: Ari Aster
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 140 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language
  • Last updated: December 23, 2023

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