The Bubble parents guide: Is the comedy okay for kids to watch?

The Bubble. (L to R) Leslie Mann as Lauren Van Chance, David Duchovny as Dustin Mulray in The Bubble. Cr. Laura Radford/Netflix © 2021
The Bubble. (L to R) Leslie Mann as Lauren Van Chance, David Duchovny as Dustin Mulray in The Bubble. Cr. Laura Radford/Netflix © 2021 /
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Judd Apatow’s newest movie, The Bubble, is releasing on Netflix tomorrow, April 1. I promise it’s not a joke, even though the film is very much a meta-comedy that often pokes fun at itself. Set during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bubble follows the cast and crew of the mega-successful dinosaur-themed blockbuster franchise known as Cliff Beasts.

You might have seen some of the Netflix social media accounts posting about Cliff Beasts 6 and wondered what on earth they were talking about or if it was all part of an April Fool’s Day prank. That’s not actually the case!

The movie takes place in England, with the cast and crew of Cliff Beasts 6 confined inside their own quarantine “bubble,” or a closed film set, where the studio is pressuring them to complete the movie to make money off of it.

If you plan to watch The Bubble with your family this weekend, make sure you keep reading to see what it is rated and our parents guide.

The Bubble age rating

The Bubble is rated R for language, sexual content, drug use and some violence. That means parents are advised to be cautious if planning to show the movie to children under the age of 17.

The Bubble parents guide

If you’ve seen Judd Apatow movies before (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, This Is 40, etc.), then you probably have an idea of what to expect from his latest feature. It’s not for kids. However, I will say that The Bubble is not as explicit as some of Apatow’s previous films. There is cussing and a couple of (really short) sex scenes, but it’s not overly graphic.

Depending on your kids and their maturity level, they might be able to handle watching this movie. You should be warned that there is some violence and bloodshed, so tread with caution if considering choosing this film for a family movie night. That said, it is an R-rated movie, so proceed with caution, but I would not label it a “hard” R, so to speak.

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