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Don't Worry Darling

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stylish Harry Styles thriller has erotic scenes, drinking.

Movie R 2022 122 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 13+
My teenager daughter and her friends begged me to go see this movie with them and I'm so glad I did! I've heard a lot of parents mention their concern about inappropriate scenes within the movie but I thought it was completely fine. There were some scenes that implied things, however nothing bad was was ever shown. I felt there was also some creative approaches to feminism and the cast had great diversity! I felt completely comfortable watching this film with all the girls and it kept me on the edge of my seat!!!

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Great messages
6 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Really Excellent movie…NOT for teens or kids.

Excellent movie…for adults. Not appropriate for teens. Very vivid and graphic sex scene (even though no nudity). As a parent of four teens who have seen many different types of movies, I would not want my teens to see the sex scenes here. It also had violence- suicide and attempted suicides which are disturbing. The movie is really well done, good story, and good acting. I liked it. But not for kids or teens. Trust me. The other reviews here saying they watched it with their teens are lying or paid reviewers or just bad parents.

This title has:

Too much sex
5 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (25 ):

Wistfully wonderful, Wilde's psychological thriller is mid-century marvelous -- so much so that it may work against its own purpose. Told from a female point of view, the film doesn't have a message so much as a driving question: What is the perfect life, and what would you sacrifice for it? When asked that, teens might have an instant reaction that's wrapped up in identity, independence, and a modern perspective. But Wilde's movie wraps up the patriarchal past inside a seductive package of pretty pencil dresses, poolside parties, and sisterly shopping sprees. Alice is enthusiastic about her life with Jack, and the wives of Victory embrace supporting their husbands through clean houses, delicious dinners, sexy morning goodbyes, and martinis after work. The allure of that lifestyle is necessary for the rest of the movie's plot to unwind, and while the idea of it isn't intact by the end, there may be more than a few younger viewers who are sold on the notion that being a housewife looks pretty great.

That aside, Don't Worry Darling is enthralling. Alice is a phenomenal character, and, as played by the talented Pugh, she has all the complexity of the female spirit. It doesn't seem coincidental that she shares her name with a famous literary character who's "curiouser and curiouser." When she sees a loose thread in the perfection of Victory, Alice just can't let it go. She knows she shouldn't pull on it, and she tries not to, knowing it may very well unravel everything she holds dear -- yet she must. Once she starts tugging, viewers fly into the spiral of confusion with her, and when her answers come, it's in the form of a shocker that will hold up in cinematic history. For parents focused on raising active, critical teen thinkers, this Alice is worth following into the rabbit hole.

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