Malcolm & Marie (2021) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for pervasive language and sexual content

Sex & Nudity

  • A women sits on toilet. Peeing implied. She tells man she can't hear him, when he shouts to her. The girls erect nipples can be seen through her tank top
  • A woman straddles a man and they kiss. He carries her to bed. A woman unbuttons a man's pants.
  • A scene where Malcolm lifts Marie's skirt and begins passionately kissing her below the waist. Marie is wearing tights, so no direct nudity is shown.
  • Halfway through the film, Marie is shown in a white tank that displays the outline of her breasts. She is shown wearing the same clothing until the movie concludes.
  • Malcolm and Marie are shown passionately kissing multiple times throughout the film. These are often close-up shots{Marie(Zendaya)'s tongue visible} and last for a lengthy period of time.
  • A scene where Marie gets undressed and reveals her bare back. She is later seen in the bathtub for an extended period of time. No direct nudity is shown.
  • In one scene, the woman in the movie is shown removing her dress and stockings to prepare for a bath. She is naked, but her back is to the camera. No nudity.
  • There are several verbal sexual references throughout the movie.
  • Zendaya's character spends an extremely long time in only a tank top and panties. She is not wearing a bra and her erect nipples are prominently visible the whole time.

Violence & Gore


  • 3 uses of "cunt", 1 use of "cocksucking".
  • 289 uses of "fuck". Constant uses of "shit".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Woman smoking cigarettes several times, man smoking one time.
  • Malcolm is shown drinking throughout the course of the night.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The fight between Malcolm and Marie lasts throughout the course of the film. The monologues are very intense, emotional and sometimes disturbing.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Marie is revealed to have been a drug addict in her past and had relapsed at 20 years old. There is an extended argument between Malcolm and Marie that addresses this in graphic detail.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Marie is revealed to have attempted suicide with a pair of nail scissors. This is discussed extensively during two separate monologues.
  • A scene towards the end of the film where Marie threatens her life in front of Malcolm with a sharp kitchen knife. Incredibly intense and disturbing. This is later revealed to be an "improvisation" for Malcolm in response to him claiming she needed to work much harder.

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