A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kindness and compassion turn out to be virtues that win the day. There's also a message about lying; one character is incapable of lying without becoming physically ill.
Positive Role Models
Quite a few of the characters are shown to be selfish and/or greedy, but many are delightful and fun. Still, they're all so one-dimensional that no one is really role model material. But Marta is shown to be kind and compassionate, and Benoit Blanc is smart and persistent.
Violence & Scariness
Dead body with throat slit. Blood streaming. Fighting, slapping. Frequent arguing. Attack with knife. Violent content in spoken dialogue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character is said to have had an extramarital affair. Spoken sex references. Reference to masturbation.
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Language includes one "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "t-ts," "ass," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "hell," "goddamn." Possible middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of Scope mouthwash. Reference to Juul e-cigarettes. References to Twitter, Instagram, etc. Big Gulp cup shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at party. Pot-smoking, secret stash of joints. Prescription drugs and medications shown, injected. Cigar-smoking. Reference to a person being a morphine addict.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Knives Out is a delightful all-star murder-mystery comedy that's reminiscent of Agatha Christie stories. Violence includes a murder victim with a slit throat and a trickle of blood, fighting (punching and slapping), arguing, and harsh dialogue. Language includes one "f--k," plus "s--t," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and more. There's a bit of sex-related talk, and one character is said to have had an affair. People drink at a party, characters smoke cigars and pot (there's a secret stash of joints), prescription meds are injected, and there's dialogue about a morphine addict. Starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, and many more, this expertly crafted movie is both a satisfying mystery and a hilarious comedy with appealing characters, and it even touches on the state of the world today and sends the message that kindness and compassion are virtues that win the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful, hilarious, clever mystery-comedy is total entertainment, with expert, precision work at every level -- but also with an irresistible, gleeful sense of fun bursting from the screen. After taking Star Wars to a new level with The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson seems fully refreshed on Knives Out, keeping his feet on the ground and staying mostly in one beautiful location. From the ground up, he's crafted a solid moviegoing experience, starting with a sparkling gem of a screenplay. An Agatha Christie-inspired tale, the movie's mystery is airtight enough to puzzle most whodunit buffs.
But the movie is also beautifully balanced among its excellent cast, with each member feeling appealingly human and shining in individual moments. Visually, Knives Out is splendid, fluid in the way it moves around the nooks and crannies of the huge house and also when it lingers on its unforgettable "wheel of knives" centerpiece. The music by Nathan Johnson (Rian's cousin) is equally effective. Old-fashioned on the surface, the movie is nevertheless rooted in the modern-day, with several smart, sane references to current insanity. Finally, it's clearly designed for multiple viewings, not only to catch all the sly jokes but also the many concealed clues. If Knives Out has a flaw, it's that the movie is so effortless it might feel lightweight.
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