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Knives Out

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Expert, effortlessly entertaining all-star mystery-comedy.

Movie PG-13 2019 130 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 68 parent reviews

age 10+

Great fun murder-mystery!

Great plot, great actors, and mostly family friendly. Many bad words are used (F-bombs, Jesus, etc), and there are two scenes that can be scary/shocking for younger children, such as when the body is revealed (blood) and when the Maid is found (scary), but they are very short and not emphasized. If your kids are OK with bad language, this is OK for tweens, so 10+. If your kids are sensitive, I believe this sticks to a PG13. Don't miss it - a great murder-mystery.
age 10+

Solid Entertainment

This should be PG in my opinion. There's no nudity, sex, meaningful violence etc. You only really see blood from a man that has supposedly committed suicide, but it's not gruesome and it's the whole point of the movie. I think it shows a great message to kids about the negative aspects of greed, and entitlement. The story itself was very entertaining and fun to watch, and my daughter and I had fun discussing who committed the crime. There's some bad language, but not much, and there's a seen of two younger characters smoking pot, but they don't dwell on it. Nothing my child hasn't seen online and we've haven't talked about.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (68 ):
Kids say (175 ):

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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