Wondering if The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix is ok for kids? Rated TV-MA for language, smoking, drug use, and sexual content, The Queen’s Gambit is not recommended for kids under 16. Here’s what parents need to know in The Queen’s Gambit Parents Guide.
The Queen’s Gambit Parents Guide
Not only is The Queen’s Gambit a movie about chess, it’s also about addiction, obsession, and really the journey into Beth Harmon’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) mind.
After the death of her mother, Elizabeth is sent to an orphanage, and there she is introduced to chess by a janitor and realizes she’s good. Beth is eventually adopted and begins to play chess tournaments to win money. Amidst personal tragedy and inner demons, she spirals into addiction and must figure out how she will becomes the World’s Chess Champion.
Here’s what parents need to know.
There is a lot of language in The Queen’s Gambit including many f-words, a–, a–hole, g-ddammit, damn, sh–, and c-cksucker all throughout the series.
The Queen’s Gambit is rated TV-MA for many reasons. While there isn’t explicit nudity, there are several sex scenes and implied sexual encounters. You see characters without clothes and bare backs or chests, perhaps a little side boob, but nothing full-on. There’s heavy breathing, thrusting, moaning, etc. You also see characters in bra and underwear.
Two characters are making out and one gropes the other under her shirt. An older girl describes to a younger girl the meaning of c-cksucker.
The series is also heavy on addiction and there are many scenes of alcohol and substance abuse. This could be hard for teens going through a similar situation or those with friends or family going through it. Children are given pills to tranquilize them.
There is a car accident that results in a death.
Is The Queen’s Gambit Appropriate for Kids Under 16?
Ultimately, The Queen’s Gambit can be very dark, and I would recommend it for adults. Anya Taylor-Joy is remarkable as Beth Harmon and her story is sad, yet fascinating. She is often overlooked as a woman in a man’s competitive chess world. Her struggles eventually make her stronger, but she is fueled by addiction.
Beth is honest, vulnerable, lonely, and witty. While this one may not be for kids, The Queen’s Gambit will have you rooting for Beth to get her life together and get the wins she needs.