A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Showcases teamwork, inclusiveness, and problem-solving in an attempt to defeat impossible odds. Two major themes -- which are thought-provoking, if not precisely "positive" -- involve humans' efforts to tame and control other species, coupled with our tendency to film everything.
Positive Role Models
Characters tackle a world-shattering problem with one eye on making a profit and the other on actually saving the world. Either way, they continue to fight and refuse to give up, demonstrating strong teamwork in the process.
Excellent representation on-screen and behind the scenes, including Black lead characters, a major Asian character, and a Black writer-director.
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Violence & Scariness
An unstable chimp covered in blood bashes a child's face (off-screen); child's feet are seen as she lies unconscious. Kids in peril. Chimp shot with bullet from behind (blood spurt). Blood smears, spatters. Character's eye hit with projectile: blood spurts, gory wound. Lots of blood "raining" from sky above, running down windows of house. Person with mangled face. Motorcycle wreck. Scary noises. Scary stuff. Jump scares. Violent nature footage (animals killing one another) seen in film-editing bay.
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Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "motherf----r," "a--hole," "bitch," "ass," "goddamn," "damn," "d--k," "pissed off," "shut up," "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
A scene takes place at Fry's Electronics, and a Fry's van is used throughout. ICEE frozen treats sold at amusement park; logo seen several times. Sour Patch Kids mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character vapes. Brief pot smoking. Brief whiskey drinking. Characters drink from aluminum cans (possibly beer).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nope is a sci-fi/comedy horror movie from writer-director Jordan Peele about humans and their fraught relationships with other species. It may not live up to Peele's previous films Get Out or Us in terms of cultural impact, but it's a diverse, well made, spectacularly entertaining movie that's highly recommended for mature horror fans. Be ready for some shocking violence: A blood-covered chimp goes on a rampage, pummeling a young girl off-screen and threatening a young boy. A character is killed after a projectile hits him in the eye in a pretty gory way. There's lots of blood overall: smears, spurts, and raining on a house, pouring down the windows. You can also expect disturbing noises, scary stuff, and jump scares. Language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" and more. Characters vape, smoke pot, and drink. Alongside the horror elements are themes related to teamwork, inclusiveness, and problem-solving in the face of impossible odds. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jordan Peele's sci-fi/comedy horror movie doesn't quite have the cultural impact of his earlier films, but it's an expertly constructed, hugely entertaining ride. Each intricate puzzle piece is perfectly fitted. Nope doesn't have as much to say about America and where we are right now as Get Out and Us did, but that's about where any complaints might stop. This film seems to be concerned with themes of humans attempting to tame and control other species, up to and including filming them for entertainment and profit. A subplot about a chimp that snapped and went on a bloody rampage on the set of a 1990s TV sitcom doesn't quite seem to belong to the overall plot about UFOs, but, upon reflection, it helps put everything in context. It connects everything.
Peele's skill as a filmmaker keeps improving. His camera placement, cutting, and shocking use of sound design and music combine to create a truly surprising experience. We're frequently kept off-balance as bits of mystery are doled out sparingly, then slyly answered, only to be replaced by new mysteries. Details that may seem insignificant can become important, or vice versa. Best of all, Peele lets his comedy side flow here. While his last two films had funny moments, the tension was too strong to really allow for laughter. Here, the balance allows for more big laughs, more often. Kaluuya and Palmer are responsible for many of these, as well as for all of the movie's heart. Kaluuya's stoic, monosyllabic character and Palmer's chatty, free-spirited one are opposites, but also part of a whole. They make us say "Yep" to Nope.
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