Mental illness and suicide; family relationships and breakdown; drugs; sexual identity; financial hardship
Ricki and the Flash shows some heated arguments, particularly between family members.
Ricki and the Flash has some sexual references and innuendo. For example:
- Some of the songs that Ricki sings include sexual references.
- Many of the characters have had sexual affairs with other people.
- Ricki’s son Adam declares that he is gay and likes men.
- Ricki talks about her pubic hair going grey.
- Ricki asks Pete if he wants to touch her.
- One of the characters talks about having sex with a stripper.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Ricki and the Flash shows some use of substances. For example:
- The movie features frequent drinking. Ricki plays music in a bar where people are drinking. Julie drinks to cope with her divorce, and Ricki drinks to cope with her problems.
- Ricki, Julie and Pete smoke pot together and get high.
- Julie tries to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills.
- Julie’s therapist has given her drugs to take to help her get better.
Nudity and sexual activity
Ricki and the Flash shows some partial nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- Ricki and Greg are shown heavily kissing and taking off their clothes. The scene suggests they’re about to have sex. The next morning they’re shown in bed together.
- Ricki is shown in nothing but a towel.
The following products are displayed or used in Ricki and the Flash:
- Jet Blue airlines
- Gibson Guitars.
Ricki and the Flash has some coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Ricki and the Flash is an entertaining although clichéd movie about the difficulties of family life and relationships. Meryl Streep is wonderful as the unconventional rock star mother who learns that if you work hard you can go some way towards fixing your mistakes.
You might be concerned about references to drugs, suicide and sex. The movie’s coarse language also seems quite strong for a PG rating. For these reasons, we don’t recommend this movie for children aged under 12 years, and we do recommend parental guidance for children aged 12-15 years.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include forgiveness and acceptance.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about mental health and suicide, and the importance of seeking help if you’re struggling.