Teens might be asking if they can see this one. The history and the star power is there! But can they? What is the true age rating of Oppenheimer? Can your kids watch this one? We’re covering the 7 big things parents need to know about the age rating for Oppenheimer in this parents guide.
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Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer is an IMAX®-shot epic thriller that thrusts audiences into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.
The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin.
Age Rating of Oppenheimer: Parents Guide (7 Big Things)
Can your kids watch this one? What is the age rating of Oppenheimer?
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 Oppenheimer age rating and age-appropriate recommendations.
There are F-bombs used in this movie about making the A-bomb.
If that’s something your family is opposed to, then this may not be the movie for your kids.
Your kids will also hear:
- screw you
- sh!tty, sh!t
- d@mn, d@mnnit
- chr!st, j@sus chr!st
- G-d d@mn
Age Rating of Oppenheimer: Is It Safe For Teens When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?
Oppenheimer has sex scenes with thrusting and some nudity. They aren’t overly explicit, but they do linger on the screen a bit.
A women’s breasts are shown multiple times as well as a scene where a man and a women have a discussion in the nude. Butts are also seen during sexual encounters.
While genitals are not shown, it is clear that both are sitting in full nude.
Robert Oppenheimer has multiple affairs and they are mentioned throughout the film.
Violence and Gore: Is Oppenheimer Too Scary For Kids Under 17?
There are some extremely powerful moments surrounding the creation of the A-Bomb and its effects.
Your kids will see the detonation of the bomb as part of the Trinity test.
While not incredibly gory, there is a scene with visions including a woman’s face falling away and turning to ash after an explosion. Radiation sickness and the after-effects of the bombing are touched upon as well.
Is Oppenheimer Ok For Kids: Mature Topics
This is an incredibly heavy movie that covers an important time period of our country’s history.
If your teens have an interest in World War Two from a historical context, this is a show they will want to see and learn from.
McCarthyism, the ethics of using science to create a weapon of mass destruction, politics, and political maneuvers are all focuses in the film.
There are scenes of infidelity and postpartum depression addressed.
Characters are shown smoking (sometimes in settings that we would not see in current culture, ie a classroom) and drinking to excess.
A death by suicide is indicated.
Oppenheimer is an extremely powerful film that is certainly heavy on the mature topics.
Oppenheimer Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?
Oppenheimer is rated R for sex, nudity, language, and violence.
Parents Guide: Is Oppenheimer Appropriate For Kids Under 17?
As always, you know your kids best.
A mature teen in high school could likely handle the content matter. If your family doesn’t have an issue with sex scenes and nudity, we think kids ages 15 and older should be able to watch Oppenheimer.
It’s not a feel-good 3 hours in the theater, however, so it may also not be something they are looking to do on a Friday night.
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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.