A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young professionals deserve opportunities to prove themselves at work. People treat you differently when you have wealth or success.
Positive Role Models
Ana exploits a misunderstanding for her own benefit, appreciating the professional and personal opportunities this grants her but not comfortable living a lie. Her boss is exceptionally talented. She treats her underlings dreadfully, but also supports Ana's potential. Will is a genuine person who coaches children's soccer and feels ready to move out from the shadow of his gregarious mother. The mom, in turn, is kind-hearted but also seems very focused on appearances, wealth, and partying.
The main character, Ana, is played by an actress of Brazilian ancestry, but that doesn't impact her story. In fact, when another character (a Black woman) cynically tries to connect with her as a fellow "woman of color," suggesting she is from Guatemala, Ana says only that she is "from Florida." The film is shot in New York and London. A Black woman working at an airport empathizes with Ana after she's mistreated by her superiors, and she gives her an upgrade.
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Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two young people fall for each other. When he invites himself up to her hotel room at the end of a second date, she says no. Eventually, she invites him into her private space and closes the door, but the film shows nothing more than kissing. There is some suggestive language and double entendres about "D," "willy," "suck a lot of," and "blow it." We see a nude painting of a woman.
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"F--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "suck," "pr--k," "Jesus," "Oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are very wealthy, which gives them special access and luxuries that others don't enjoy. Some actual organizations, like auction houses, hotel chains, airlines, and clothing brands, are viewed or discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol, sometimes getting drunk, on various social occasions and on airplanes. Someone makes a joke about people being on acid.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Upgraded is a romantic comedy starring Camila Mendes that has swearing, innuendo, drinking, and kissing. There's also a scene with a nude painting of a woman, which fits the story's setting in the art auctioning world. The main character, treated poorly at work and intent on owning her own gallery one day, gets caught in a web of lies that impacts the relationship she's starting with a man she meets on an airplane. The two kiss and a final scene suggests they'll have sex, but this isn't shown. Suggestive language includes double entendres about "D," "willy," "suck a lot of," and "blow it." Other swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "suck," "pr--k," "Jesus," and "Oh my God." Characters drink heavily in the film. Someone makes a joke about people being on acid. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Devil Wears Prada for the art world, this film is predictable but no less fun for it, and it features a confident central performance by Camila Mendes. Upgraded portrays a world of luxury, wealth, and professional snarkiness that feels familiar on film (but not necessarily in the real world). That's okay, and it's refreshing to see a young female protagonist not shying away from challenges (she's decidedly more focused on work than romance) or throwing in the towel (dare we say quiet quitting?) when things don't work out immediately. Then again, she basically reaches her life goals by the end of the movie, so she doesn't have to toil for long. Marisa Tomei (with an unexplained accent) and Archie Renaux put in engaging supporting performances, but Lena Olin and Ted Lasso's Anthony Head play annoying caricatures of upper-class art-world socialites.
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