Role Play parent guide: Why is the Amazon movie rated R?

Role Play has an R rating, but why is that? Here's a breakdown of what to expect.

Role Play -- Courtesy of Amazon
Role Play -- Courtesy of Amazon /
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Before you put on a movie to watch, you need to know if it’s suitable for everyone watching. That’s especially the case if you have small kids around. Role Play isn’t suitable for children.

The new Amazon Original Movie is officially rated R. This means that it’s for those 18 and over, although there are times that 16- and 17-year-olds can watch it. This is going to depend on you as a parent and what you think is suitable for your children.

It’s important to understand the reason for the rating for Role Play. Sometimes, it’s due to the levels of violence and gore, while other times, it’s linked to the explicit scenes. What’s the case with this Kaley Cuoco movie?

Why is Role Play rated R?

As the movie hasn’t come out yet, it’s hard to pinpoint exact scenes to understand the rating. According to IMDb, the rating is given due to violence and language. That suggests that despite the premise of the movie being about a couple wanting to spice up their bedroom life, there isn’t that much in the way of nudity and sex.

The violence isn’t that surprising. After all, Cuoco plays an assassin for hire. At least, that’s what her husband is told. When a man turns up dead in a hotel room, Emma and David end up being wanted for murder. David learns then that his wife is an assassin. We’re going to see plenty of violence and gore as the storyline plays out when David joins Emma on the run.

What about language? Well, isn’t that a given with a movie like this? Of course there are going to be the odd swear words thrown in. This movie will likely have the F-bomb dropped but it probably won’t have the C-word dropped.

It is going to be one of those movies you watch yourself if you’re worried about it for your children. Don’t watch it around younger members of the family, but it could work for your teenagers if they were anything like me growing up!

Role Play is coming to Prime Video on Friday, Jan. 12.