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Oppenheimer Parents Guide: Is it OK for Kids and Teens?

Is Oppenheimer OK for kids and teens? Oppenheimer is rated R and has a lot of mature content not recommended for kids. While the movie is fantastic, parents should be aware there are some graphic sex scenes. Here’s what parents need to know in this Oppenheimer Parents Guide.

Oppenheimer Parents Guide

Oppenheimer Parents Guide (2023)

During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. (Matt Damon) appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world’s first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history.

Age Rating: Why is Oppenheimer Rated R?

Oppenheimer is Rated R for nudity, sex scenes, language, and war-related imagery which means some content may not be appropriate for kids under 17.

Language in Oppenheimer

There is strong language in Oppenheimer including sh*t, f*ck, damn, and words of Deity like g-ddamn.

Mature Content: Is Oppenheimer Kid Friendly? 

Parents should be aware there is nudity in Oppenheimer. There are some  graphic sex scenes with a lot of boobs and butts shown. Bare breasts are also shown in a non-sexual context. Mature themes of affairs and infidelity are also prevalent.

The whole theme of the movie is dark and gloomy, and the film can get quite intense. A character has a vision of a holocaust with burnt bodies. A woman’s skin peels off. A character dies by suicide. There are mature discussions of the impact of an atomic bomb as well as feelings of regret and remorse.

Characters drink alcohol and are shown smoking. 

Oppenheimer Age Rating

Is Oppenheimer Appropriate for Kids Under 17?

Due to graphic nudity and dark themes, Oppenheimer is not recommended for kids under 16. The subject matter is heavy and mature. However, the violence could have been worse in showing the destruction of an atomic bomb. For teens who are Christopher Nolan fans, they may want to watch this one.

If parents are ok with the content, then mature teens will be fine. We recommend parents screen a film first if there are questions whether a movie is appropriate for their kids. 

This 3-hour biopic on a genius mind and the implications from creating a weapon of destruction is a daring move, and it works with some flaws. The film is too long at 3 hours and the pacing is off, but the overall themes and commentary of morality, choices, politics, and human nature make it a must-watch. 

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