The French Dispatch (2021) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman accidentally shows a full frontal nude image of herself on screen at a seminar.. Her bare breasts & nipples are clearly seen as well as her prominent bright orange pubic hair.
  • Explicit full frontal and rear female nudity.
  • A woman says that a man "inappropriately f*cked me against the wall"
  • A woman tells two teenagers to "go make love". Then there is a long scene of the boy & girl sitting in bed. Part of the scene includes his chest and torso and the her bare breasts during portion of scene. Camera cuts away prior to any contact.
  • A man wonders if a woman remembers "the taste of his tool on the tip of her tongue." Hookers and prostitutes are mentioned multiple times and are shown roaming the streets scantly clad.
  • A number of verbal sexual references, some stronger than others, but almost all in a comedic context.
  • A young female prostitute is shown talking to a boy for an extended period of time while only wearing stockings & a corset under an open robe. Her panties are also shown as well as her bare thighs & garter straps.
  • A male is seen in a bathtub. A woman asks to see something he has written so the male briefly comes out of the tub. There is a view of his side buttocks. Played for comedy.
  • There is a scene in a slum apartment where a group of people includes a naked woman laying on a bed in prone position. Her buttocks are visible from a distance, and there is no frontal nudity in this brief shot.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a scene whereby a character is beaten and dunked into water during an interrogation.
  • A character is briefly shocked on an electric chair, but is unharmed.
  • Guns are shot in more of a comedic way.
  • A man is implied to have "decapitated two men" and before he commits the act the camera cuts away showing minimal blood splatter on a mirror, but we do hear some brief noises. Very brief scene.


  • 7 uses of "fuck" (most by Adrien Brody in the first segement) and other uses of "shit", "cocksucker" and "asshole".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cigarettes and smoking is heavily featured throughout the film.
  • Characters are drugged by a drink. Dead bodies are then showed after.
  • Constant cigarette smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character in a play commits suicide in a non-graphic way.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • The film references a sexual relationship between a much older woman and a college aged man

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