Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of love and family are countered by repeated demonstrations of greed, power, betrayal.
Positive Role Models
While each character has admirable moments, they all make decisions or take actions that prevent them from being good role models.
Violence & Scariness
Assassination with a shooting death. A man handles his wife aggressively. Cruel insults.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple has passionate sex. A man's backside is completely exposed. Patrizia dresses in low-cut blouses and tight skirts. Bubble and mud baths barely cover breasts. Women seen in only bras and underwear, including a glimpse of a model in a see-through bra.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Strong language includes "bastards," "bitch," "butthole," "s--t," and several uses of "f--k."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Gucci name/label is the heart of this story. Through the eyes of a working-class character, viewers see her delight in coming into wealth and having expensive clothes, estates, cars, trips. The story is about the trap of greed, but the takeaway is still "more is more."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking throughout.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that director Ridley Scott's House of Gucci is a glamorous examination of greed. A real-life murder looms over the story: In 1998, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) was convicted of planning the assassination of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the former head of the Gucci fashion house. The film plays out like a real-world Dynasty; it's full of sex, betrayal, wealth, and all the excess of the 1980s. And while the film doesn't condone her actions, Patrizia is the main character, and her portrayal isn't unsympathetic. The clothes, the cars, the estates, the Italian locations, the makeup, the music -- everything here is dripping in style, and young viewers will eat it up. But that glamour extends to the way smoking is depicted: With every puff of a cigarette, you can practically hear the crackle of the burning tip and a silky whoosh with the exhale. There's also drinking throughout and strong, cruel language ("bitch," "f--k," etc.). Married characters have passionate sex, and there's partial nudity, including a man's bare bottom. Teens may well adore the haute couture aesthetic, the epic put-downs, and Gaga's hypnotic performance, but with the movie's two-and-a-half-hour running time, they may get antsy before its stunning conclusion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With this juicy, delicious drama, director Ridley Scott proves it's always in fashion to expose the ugliness in beautiful things. The Gucci story is a take on the Cinderella fairy tale: The handsome heir in a family of wealth, power, and influence defies his father to marry a loving but low-status girl. The story is told through the perspective of that girl, Patrizia, which helps viewers appreciate what it would be like to wake up one morning and have it all: a loving family, an exciting social calendar, a life ensconced in jaw-dropping luxury. It's gleefully fun, but there's no happily ever after. Gaga demonstrates again that's she's a mesmerizing acting phenom. As Patrizia, she's adorable, sexy, smart, and almost uncomfortably relatable. Driver balances her larger-than-life presence with an understated performance, allowing viewers to understand why reserved and socially awkward Maurizio is drawn to her. Patrizia is big, bold, and manipulative; Maurizio is quiet and intellectual and compartmentalizes his emotions. Scott deftly exposes that these two personality types were a toxic combination: It was inevitable that their romantic sparks would grow into a five-alarm fire, burning everything to the ground.
Nearly all of the actors in House of Gucci are American, putting on Italian accents -- Gaga and Driver pretty believably, but virtually unrecognizable co-star Jared Leto is more ridiculous. As Paolo Gucci, he's a caricature so off the wall that it sucks you out of the film. But he's also the comic relief and is likely to keep teen viewers engaged. And the dialogue crackles with quotable lines, particularly insults. All of that said, the revelry, excess, and sizzling slams only go so far; listening to men in suits talk shop is enough to make anyone's mind wander, and at two hours and 38 minutes, we feel the drag. And then it's like Scott picks up on our boredom and applies the gas to get to the shocking conclusion, rushing crucial character development. House of Gucci is enthralling when we're immersed in a moving, breathing issue of Vogue, but we needed it to end like Psychology Today; instead, we're tossed the dog-eared pages of a National Enquirer.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.