If your teens are obsessed with podcasts or The Office, they are likely asking if they can see “The Temp” in his new movie. Is this one safe for kids? What is the age rating for Vengeance? This Parents Guide will help you decide if older teens in your household can watch this one.
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VENGEANCE, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (“The Office”), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.
With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron.
What Is The Age Rating For Vengeance? Parents Guide
Vengeance is being called a comedy thriller which gives decidedly mixed messages.
Written and directed by BJ Novak, you’ll recognize his style in the script and deadpan deliveries throughout the movie.
But its not a comedy; you’ll laugh at moments, especially if you are Texan born and bred, but by no means does this one leave you laughing.
So is Vengeance kid-friendly for older teens? Is this one safe?
This parents guide will help you decide what the true age rating for Vengeance is and if your kids would be allowed to see it.
Swears and concerning language in Vengeance is fairly frequent.
Your kids will hear:
- F-bombs (in a variety of forms and well over 6 that we counted)
- G-d d@mn, -it
- flipping the bird
- g-ds sake
Age Rating For Vengeance: Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
While there is no sex, romance, or nudity in the movie, there are some off-color discussions and jokes about hook-up culture.
Ben and his friend spend the first few minutes of the movie discussing “dating” and hooking up, both talking about women in vague terms based on how they list them in their phones.
Is Vengeance Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
The topic of the movie is a girl’s overdose and death.
As the movie goes on, more discussions of drugs, gangs, and seeking revenge are brought forward.
Characters are seen drinking and smoking and drugs are shown.
Violence and Gore: Is Vengeance Too Scary For Kids Under 17?
You’ll see a woman left for dead in the desert and some gun violence and death as well.
Since this is Texas, multiple jokes are made about gun culture, including a young child who holds one.
There is a little blood in a shooting scene and a fist fight, but overall, this is tame on the violence and gore scale.
Vengeance Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Vengeance is rated R for strong language and brief violence.
But does that mean your teens can’t see it? What ages would we really recommend for this one?
Is Vengeance Appropriate For Kids Under 17?
As always, you know your kids best.
Overall, there are much more violent and shocking movies that are rated PG-13 out there than what you’ll find in Vengeance.
Vengeance likely gets the R rating for the language concerns (they are very liberal with the F bombs).
If your family doesn’t have a big problem with curses and swears, the rest of the content should be ok for kids in high school.
We’d even consider it ok for kids as young as 13 in some cases.
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Patty Holliday is a parent movie reviewer, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews. As a lifelong fangirl and pop culture connoisseur, she’s been creating online since 2009. You can find her work at No-Guilt Disney.com, No-Guilt Fangirl.com, No-Guilt Life, and as host of the top-rated No-Guilt Disney Podcast.