'Not a family night out': What parents should know about 'The Lost City'

Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Channing Tatum in "The Lost City." Here's a look at how the film earned its PG-13 rating and whether it's OK for your kids.

Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Channing Tatum in "The Lost City." Here's a look at how the film earned its PG-13 rating and whether it's OK for your kids. (Kimberley French, Paramount Pictures)

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THE BOOK TOUR — It's the weekend, so it's time to figure out what you're doing for date night. For my money, I'd suggest catching "The Lost City" at the theaters for a fun night out.

You can read my full review of the film here and why I think it's a fun action, rom-com.

What I'm doing here is a little different. This is a guide to help you better understand what kind of content is in "The Lost City" and why I suggest it's a grown-up date night movie and not for a family night out.

As always, I am not telling you what is and is not appropriate for you or your kids — only you can make that decision, I'm just here to share my opinion and let you know what is in the film so you can make a more informed choice.

Here is what parents need to know about "The Lost City."


While "The Lost City" doesn't have any sex scenes, this is the how it most likely earned its PG-13 rating. There are multiple jokes and sexual innuendo laced throughout the film. I'm not sure they are incredibly vulgar like some comedies, but there are a fair amount of sexual jokes and conversations.

There is also a prolonged scene of nude male buttocks. This is played for laughs, but it lasts a couple of minutes with a few different close-up shots of the behind. The nudity isn't supposed to be "sexual" in the situation, but the jokes and conversation push it in that direction.

There are also shirtless men and women's outfits that show some cleavage. I understand why the film received a PG-13 for the sexuality, but some may argue it's closer to an R rating. The jokes don't reach the level of some other PG-13 comedies, like "Anchorman" or the "Austin Powers" movies. It's the one scene of rear nudity that pushes it to that edge.


There is some language in "The Lost City," but it was less than I was expecting for a film like this. It's your typical PG-13 fare, and possibly less than in some of its counterparts.

I didn't have a notepad making annotations of every curse word uttered while I watched; but I don't ever remember being shocked or surprised by any of the language, and I'm fairly sensitive to that when I am planning to write a parents review of a film. This isn't to say there is no language in the film, but it's more on par with a Marvel movie than other PG-13 comedies.



There is quite a bit of violence in "The Lost City," with multiple deaths and lots of mayhem, but most of it is played for laughs. Like many PG-13 movies, many people are shot and killed in this film, but most of it is done off screen.

There is one death, however, that is somewhat graphic. You don't see the actual wound, but there is a fair amount of blood and some brain matter that can be seen. Writing this, I feel like the words make it sound more graphic than it actually is, but it was a bit surprising when it happened.

There are a lot of fights, shootings and violence in the film but, as mentioned before, most are played for laughs and aren't overly graphic, sans that one scene.


"The Lost City" is an overall light-hearted film set against the backdrop of a much darker plot. The movie is very funny; but when you peel it back, you realize the film contains some dark subjects including murder, kidnapping, slavery, bribery and some other topics that don't seem so "light-hearted."

Still, the movie never takes itself too seriously, and these things happen within an absurd world with a tone that is light and fun, despite some of the themes.


For me "The Lost City" is a grown-up PG-13. Depending on the maturity level of your kids,13 may still be a little young for this one. I'd say older teens and above are best suited to see this movie.

With the sexual innuendo, nudity, violence and some disturbing themes, it's not a great kids movie or early teen movie. I don't think an R rating was necessary, but considering the Marvel movies are PG-13, that rating can be a little misleading for movies like "The Lost City."

"The Lost City" is officially rated PG-13 for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.

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John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about.


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