Nope Parent Guide
Despite its original story, enigmatic undertones, and fascinating detail, this movie is too filled with profanity and violence for family audiences.
Parent Movie Review
The Haywood family has been involved in Hollywood for generations, primarily training horses for movies. When Otis Haywood Sr. (Keith David) is suddenly killed in a freak accident (struck in the head by a falling coin), management of the ranch falls to Otis Jr., better known as OJ (Daniel Kaluuya). His sister, Emerald (Keke Palmer) has always had bigger ambitions than stunt ranching, but after their father’s death, she and OJ try to find ways to work together.
This budding reconciliation fades in importance when OJ spots what he thinks is a UFO flying over the hills around their ranch. Then they notice that one cloud in those hills never, ever moves. Assuming they’ve found the aliens’ hiding spot, they set out to capture it on film…but soon more than coins are falling from the sky, and the siblings realize that they’ve got a rope on some big trouble.
Those familiar with Jordan Peele’s other films will certainly appreciate the director’s brilliant style, attention to detail, and enigmatic undertones, but no amount of familiarity will make it any easier to predict how this movie goes. Despite its frequent references to and ideas borrowed from other films, Nope is a film all its own, with exciting twists and turns that keep the audience guessing all the way ‘til credits roll. This is rarer than you might think. Most films are playing with the same handful of tired ideas, passing them back and forth like a bad game of Go Fish. Peele, on the other hand, seems more interested in taking everyone’s hand and building a house out of the cards - and then putting monsters in it.
Audiences looking for a nice, simple summer blockbuster won’t find what they’re looking for here. Apart from the film’s deliberate vagaries and subtexts, there are more than a few content concerns here. There’s a decent smattering (or should I say “splattering”?) of bloody violence, but the bigger issue is going to be the voluminous profanity. Once you’ve cleared fifty f-bombs, you’ve pretty much lost the family audiences. On the plus side, there’s no sexual content to speak of, but I doubt that’s going to make grandma any more interested in picking out a showtime.
My constant praise for Jordan Peele aside, I do think this film might have bitten off a little more than it can properly chew, but it gives it a good shot anyway. Besides, as an audience it can be a nice change to have to do a little thinking on your own from time to time. After all, who wants to live on a completely pre-chewed diet? Not every film needs to mama-bird all its ideas straight into your gaping maw.Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Brandon Perea. Running time: 135 minutes. Theatrical release July 22, 2022. Updated July 21, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Nope rated R? Nope is rated R by the MPAA for language throughout and some bloody violence/images
Violence: Sounds of violence are heard and a chimpanzee is seen covered with blood. It is later shown beating and biting people, mostly just out of frame. A man is struck in the face with a falling coin which badly cuts his face and eye, and ultimately kills him. A horse is injured by a falling key. An animal is shot and killed. Dozens of individuals are seen being hurt and eventually killed by a monster. A character is injured in a motorcycle accident. Gallons of blood are dumped on a home.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are 76 uses of sexual expletives, 53 scatological terms, and occasional uses of mild curses and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult individuals are briefly seen drinking and vaping. A character smokes marijuana.
Page last updated July 21, 2022
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Jordan Peele has cited as inspiration films like King Kong, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Signs, and The Wizard of Oz. Other alien movies include E.T., Arrival, The Vast of Night, Super 8, Men in Black, Independence Day, Cloverfield, Captive State, War of the Worlds, and of course, Alien. Peele recently lauded John Carpenter as the “best horror director of all time” on his Twitter, and if you’re looking to see why, try films like Halloween, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and my personal favourite, The Thing (NOT the 2011 remake, thank you very much). Jordan Peele’s other films are Get Out and Us. He also wrote and produced Candyman. The only other film to mix Western inspirations with aliens that I can think of is, unfortunately, Cowboys and Aliens.