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MPAA Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content

Sex & Nudity

  • A teenage girl's bare midriff is visible.
  • There is photo shown of a teenage girl showing cleavage.

Violence & Gore

  • Several people own guns they are shown pointed at Bree as a threat.
  • A girl is beaten by other women. One throws hot coffee in her face, and they punch, kick (she tries to bite one of them back) and drag her to a barn. Hours later, she lies half conscious, with her eyes, nose, and mouth swollen and streaked with dried blood. She spits a tooth and a little blood out. Her face remains swollen for a bit of time.
  • A dead squirrel is skinned. Blood, skin, and briefly intestines seen.
  • The hands of a dead man are removed (just offscreen) with a chainsaw for legal proof of death. The severed hand is seen.
  • A girl's hair is grabbed and pulled briefly; another man jostles her as he makes her get into his truck.


  • Jesus' name is used as a curse word
  • 17 uses of "shit", 9 uses of "fuck", 6 uses of "ass", and 1 use of "son of a bitch".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Illicit backwoods production of methamphetamine is a major theme.
  • A man snorts cocaine in front of a girl twice, asking her if she's developed a taste for it yet. Another man asks her if she wants to do "a line" or "blow some smoke." A woman gives her a "doobie" for the walk home.
  • Some smoking. A girl takes painkillers after she's beaten. A somewhat prideful reference to a drug lab. Cooking crank is mentioned once.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A young woman and her family spend most of the film at risk of eviction and homelessness due to the father's failure to appear in court.
  • A beating. Several threats. Some scenes with tension.
  • The film is rather dark. The harsh Missouri community in it may disturb some.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • The entire plot focuses on a girl proving that a man is dead it is proven he is dead by her cutting his hand off with a saw.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In a pivotal scene, the protagonist not only discovers that her father is definitely dead, she has to cut both hands from his corpse as proof.

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