Knight of Cups

2016 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD

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Knight of Cups

2016 R 1h 58m Blu-ray / DVD
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Drifting through life amid the hollowness of hedonistic Hollywood, an uninspired and unmoored screenwriter moves from one fleeting relationship to another as he seeks existential meaning.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Knight of Cups is a drama by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick. While some of his movies have caught on with critics and audiences, this esoteric, experimental film seems a bit more difficult. And there's plenty of mature content: A main character has several romantic/sexual partners, and there's lots of kissing, some female toplessness (plus naked bottoms), and brief but strong innuendo. A secondary character throws tantrums, smashes stuff, and picks fights; characters also argue. Language includes more than one use of "f--k," plus "a--hole" and "balls." Characters drink alcohol at social gatherings, with some playful images of drunkenness, and rugs are mentioned. Despite its all-star cast (Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and more), this movie is probably too offbeat and slow for most teens.

Sexual Content

The main character has several sexual partners, some implied, some former. Lots of kissing. Playful flirting on a bed. Topless women. Naked bottoms. Women shown in underwear and/or other revealing clothing. Strong innuendo. Scenes in a strip club.


Brothers fight; punches are thrown but don't connect. A man gets angry and attacks a chair with a machete. He later throws a tantrum, throwing and smashing stuff. Armed robbers, pointing guns, threatening. Some arguing. An earthquake. Brief image from Call of Duty video game. A man in the hospital has severely diseased legs; another has mangled limbs.


"F--k" is used more than once, plus "a--hole," "balls."

Social Behavior

There's the hope that finding true love will fill an empty void, but that true love requires much wandering and searching.


Brief image of a McDonald's cup.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Scenes of social drinking. Playful drunkenness. References to taking drugs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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