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Sex & Nudity

  • Some references.
  • Sensual dancing at a college dance.
  • Bull and Lillian begin to have sex but stop (nothing is seen except kissing).

Violence & Gore

  • Some violence, but with little or no blood.
  • Boys foul each other on purpose at a basketball game -SPOILERS- and one of them eventually gets a broken arm.
  • A man grabs another man's head and holds it under a cart, threatening to start the cart and tear his head off if the man moves (he doesn't).
  • A man teases another man, then smashes some of that man's property.
  • Fighter pilots fly a practice run in which they pretend to shoot each other.
  • A man shoots a dog (little blood) then aims at another dog and shoots at it, -SPOILERS- but accidentally shoots a man instead (blood sprays).
  • A man dies of a gunshot wound (intense).
  • A man shoves his wife and is then thrown into a refrigerator by his son.
  • A man is mauled by dogs (nothing is seen but we hear screaming and gross noises). This man's graphically ripped face is later seen, but it is dark and from a distance.
  • Bull is constantly unstable and struggling not to become violent with his family.


  • Repeated use of damn, hell, bastard, son of a bitch, shit, and nigger. Jesus Chr*st

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol is drunk constantly.
  • Ben drinks on his 18th birthday and eventually becomes drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Strong thematic material including racism and dysfunctional domestic violence is constant. Most of these are spoilers, but let it be said that this is not an easy movie to watch,

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