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Sex & Nudity

  • A husband is on top of his young wife and they are having, what seems to be, unconsented sex (as the teenage girl is clearly not enjoying it). No nudity is shown, but the camera shows the bed moving. It also implies that he had an orgasm because of what he says before he stops moving.
  • A show woman sings and dances in a juke joint for people while she wears a revealing red flashy dress. Men are drooling over her making sexual remarks. Couples kissing and dancing intimately are shown.
  • A married man makes consistent passes at a young woman, following her on her outings and eventually grabbing her, pulling her into some bushes. Her screams are heard as the camera moves away from the scene. She evidently repels his attempted rape by hitting him in the groin and running away from him.
  • A girl finds out that she is pregnant, and the grandfather gets upset getting the point across that it was because she had her "legs open" to everyone.
  • Two women kiss romantically in a room while they both caress each other's arms. It is brief and the scene fades away.
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  • It is implied that a man died during sex.

Violence & Gore

  • Two sisters get violently separated by an abusive man.
  • A husband and wife beat each other up.
  • The husband was advised by his father that, to make his wife obey him, the husband would have to beat her. When the husband, who loves his wife, hesitates, his father laughs at him. Later, his stepmother also advises him to beat his wife.
  • There is a huge fight in a juke joint between every person there; it involves punching and kicking, chair throwing, and beer bottle hitting.
  • A man slaps a woman for talking back to him.
  • A black woman punches a white man which causes a riot, and another white man ends up knocking her out and busting her eye using the butt of a gun.
  • A woman gets angry, grabs the dinner knife, and threatens to kill a man.
  • There is a lot of hostility against black people.


  • 7 uses of shit 1 used as Horse shit 1 use of whore, pisses, slut, nigger, my god, shut up ,oh lord, and Jesus 6 uses of damn 4 uses of goddamn 6 uses of hell 3 uses of ass
  • 10 uses of damn 4 used as goddamn
  • There are many slang bad words as well as common ones.
  • There is a lot of religious topics, references of rebelling against the church, etc.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is smoking and a lot of drinking.
  • Several people are shown drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man physically and emotionally separates two close sisters. The scene is extremely intense and realistic, but not really violent. The pain of the two girls can be felt.


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Sex & Nudity

  • There is a scene implying that a father raped his daughter and impregnated her (though he is later revealed to be her stepfather). After the baby is born, he warns her never to tell anyone.

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