Kids love Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. A lot. So you know they want to see Don’t Worry Darling. But can they? What is the true age rating of Don’t Worry Darling? Can your teens and tweens watch this one? We’re coving the 7 big things parents need to know about the age rating for Don’t Worry Darling in this parents guide.
About Don’t Worry Darling
Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families.
The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Pine)—equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach—anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia.
While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives—including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Chan)—get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community.
Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause.
But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why.
Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?
Age Rating For Don’t Worry Darling: Parents Guide (7 Things To Know)
The Harry Styles effect is real. And if your family loves him as ours does, this movie is probably high on your must-see list.
But can your teens or tweens watch this one? What is the age rating of Don’t Worry Darling?
This parent’s guide will help you decide if your family can handle the seven big issues with movies and shows: mature topics, gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give the Don’t Worry Darling age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
Age Rating For Don’t Worry Darling: Is It Safe For Teens When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
We’re starting off here because this is probably going to be the most sensitive issue for parents.
There is romance and sex in the movie, but there is no overt nudity in Don’t Worry Darling. A character wears a white nightgown that gets wet and you can see the outline of her breasts.
In another scene, a stripper is brought out to a company party.
She undresses down to pasties and panties and is seen in a fake champagne glass.
Alice and Jack are a couple who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other and are seen kissing passionately and having sex often.
Their romance feels true and they clearly have a deep love for each other.
Jack gives Alice oral sex in a graphic scene. While we don’t see anything other than his head between her legs, it leaves absolutely no doubt what is happening here. Another time Jack pulls off her panties and puts his hand between her legs until she’s satisfied.
There’s enough sex to make Don’t Worry Darling unsuitable for most teens and most tweens- unless you happen to be very permissive about viewing sexual acts. No judgment, but you may want to prescreen this one if you have any concerns.
Kids will here some swears, including quite a few F-bombs.
This parents guide for Don’t Worry Darling includes the swear words:
- Oh my g-d
- J@sus Chr!st
- flipping the bird
- son of a b!tch
Violence and Gore: Is Don’t Worry Darling Too Scary For Kids Under 17?
This is a weird and creepy story with some deaths and blood.
Kids will see a woman slit her own throat and the aftermath of her falling off a house. She’s bloody, but not terribly gory.
Other characters die and blood is shown; one is knifed and you see it get twisted into their chest.
This isn’t what we’d call a scary movie in the traditional sense. There are no jump scares or monsters.
But it does make you think and wonder if something like this could happen, which makes it scary.
From a scare factor, we would give a lower age rating for Don’t Worry Darling than we would as an overall movie.
Is Don’t Worry Darling Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
There’s sex, self-harm, gaslighting, and more in Don’t Worry Darling.
Characters are seen smoking and drinking a lot and drinking to drunkenness.
A pregnant woman is joked about that she needs to drink more to get a healthy baby (this is set in the 50s so that was not really that far off).
A child’s death is specifically discussed as are two more alluded to.
There are intense moments surrounding relationships that could be stressful to teens who want to watch Don’t Worry Darling.
Electroshock therapy is given to a woman in one scene.
Don’t Worry Darling Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Why is Don’t Worry Darling rated R?
Don’t Worry Darling is rated R for sex, language, and violence.
But how bad is it- and can your Harry Styles-loving teen watch this one?
Parents Guide: Is Don’t Worry Darling Appropriate For Kids Under 17?
If sexual experiences between married couples on screen are a hard no, then Don’t Worry Darling is not kid-friendly.
Outside of that, the next two issues are language and blood, both of which could keep your teens from watching this one. Again, it will depend on how your family views the F-bomb and phrases like Oh G-d. Both are repeated a few times.
In general, this movie is too mature for tweens. Sorry, but they should wait a few year.
As far as your teens, it might be ok for yours. We think parents should preview this one before giving permission to watch it. But we’d say stick to mature teens ages 15 and up.
We also don’t think it’s a bad film, so be wary of critics saying it’s terrible. Styles is good, Pugh is amazing, and the sets are gorgeous.
It’s interesting, especially in the last half of the movie. And there’s a twist- which is what makes this film different than what you think you know going in.
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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.