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Sex & Nudity

  • It is implied that a woman was raped by her husband and as a result became pregnant due to his frequently abusing her.
  • Nudity: None
  • There are discussions between women concerning masturbation and vaginas.

Violence & Gore

  • A man knocks a petite woman unconscious with the barrel of a shotgun.
  • A woman and a man engage in a vicious brawl.
  • A detective threatens a woman as he believes she and a friend of hers murdered a man.
  • A woman gets angry and gets revenge on two woman by ramming their (empty) car numerous times; this is played for comedy.
  • A woman makes remarks that she would like to "machine-gun the genitals" of sexual predators; this is played for comedy.
  • A man is killed by a blow to the head. No blood is shown.
  • A rude kid deliberately bumps into a woman, then uses offensive language that makes her cry.
  • A woman tells her husband, "If I was going to kill you, I'd use my hands."
  • A man beats up a pregnant woman and throws her downstairs.
  • Two people are hit by trains at different points of the movie, one of whom dies.
  • The KKK beat up a black man while they are holding torches.
  • It's (implied) a woman's husband abused her. We see her with a black eye.


  • A main character frequently cusses people out.
  • 4 uses of shit ,bastard and hell 8 uses of damn 3 with god 2 uses of bitch 1 with son of a, n- word and vagina 1 use of screw and oh my lord
  • Infrequent strong language is used.
  • Persons of color are referred to as "niggers" and "coloreds".
  • GD is used about 3 times
  • "Shit" and "Bastard" are both used about 4+ times

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A main character is frequently shown consuming alcohol, and frequently smoking cigarettes and cigars.
  • A man is presumably an alcoholic.
  • Drugs: only prescribed medication
  • A man is an alcoholic and shakes when he has nothing to drink. A woman offers him a bottle of alcohol to calm him.
  • There are numerous scenes of drinking. In one such scene, two adults are obviously very intoxicated.
  • Characters are shown smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The KKK threaten multiple African-Americans.
  • There are 2 scenes in which a train accident changes the lives of people.


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Violence & Gore

  • It is strongly implied (though never shown onscreen) that a man is barbecued and his body fed to other people.
  • We see Ruth suffer and die from cancer.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A pregnant woman is violently pushed down a staircase by her abusive husband.
  • A boy is hit by a train and dies.
  • A boy is hit by a train and loses his arm.
  • A woman with cancer suffers before dying in front of her best friend, whom of which begins to cry.

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