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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images

Sex & Nudity

  • A teenage girl is spanked repeatedly by a man as a punishment. The girl screams in pain, and the man is stopped after several swats.
  • A teenage girl wakes up and a strange man is watching her. He tells her, as part of a conversation, that he thought about kissing her.
  • A man says that he's "kissed a woman." Not graphic.

Violence & Gore

  • The violence is pretty infrequent, however when it occurs it can be somewhat harsh.
  • In a fairly brutal and violent scene a man suddenly cuts off another man's fingers, shown briefly, and then he stabs him in the stomach. The attacker is shot in the head and blood splatters on the wall.
  • Early in the film, three people confess their last words, have bags placed over their heads, and are hanged. Lasts about a minute, with the hanging about 5 seconds.
  • A discussion includes a brief mention of women and children massacred during the Civil War.
  • Rooster offers to flay the soles of her father's killer's feet.
  • LaBoeuf is bound by a lasso, and dragged around, which causes him to bite his tongue. Rooster reaches into his mouth, with blood oozing from the sides.
  • The violence is not so frequent, but very strong when it happens.
  • Man cuts his friends fingers, stabs him with a knife in his chest. He is then shit in his face.
  • Several people are killed. Bullet holes are sometimes visible.
  • Mattie and Rooster find a body hung in a tree being gnawed on by a vulture. The body is cut down and is shown on the ground.
  • LaBoeuf pushes Mattie down and paddles her by way of punishment, first with a bare hand and then with a nearby switch. He doesn't stop until Rooster points a gun at him.
  • Horses get shot during a battle. There's talk of women and children massacred during the Civil War. Rooster promises Mattie that he'll flay the soles of her father's killer's feet if it will make her feel better. LaBoeuf is bound by a lasso, and dragged around, which causes him to bite his tongue. We see Rooster reaching in to his mouth, with blood oozing from the sides (the scene is dark, so some of the blood in hard to see)


  • 'H*ll' is said once as profanity.
  • 'Godd*mn' is said five times
  • 'B*stard' is said once.
  • 'Son of a b*tch' is said three times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • LaBoeuf smokes a pipe.
  • Mattie rolls a cigarette for Rooster on a couple of occasions. He is also seen smoking cigarettes in a few other scenes.
  • Rooster drinks alcohol to excess in several scenes.
  • A man smokes an opium pipe.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The hanging scene is disturbing.
  • The violence throughout is presented to be realistic.
  • The main characters find themselves in danger several times.
  • A corpse is seen hanging in a forest.
  • A man is suddenly attacked with a knife.


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Violence & Gore

  • Several men shoot at each other while riding horses. All men are shot with quick blood spurts. At the end Rooster is trapped under his horse as the last injured man comes to finish him but is stopped by LaBoeuf.
  • Mattie tumbles into a deep pit and is bit by a snake. Rooster is forced to cut into the wound and suck out the poison. Rooster spurs and whips a horse to exhaustion, pushing the pony beyond its breaking point. When it collapses, he shoots it in the head. In the end, we learn Mattie has her arm amputated, and we see her years later, missing an arm.
  • LaBoeuf gets shot in the shoulder and bites his own tongue nearly off. Rooster leans down and grabs his tongue in his fingers. He also feels that he has loose teeth. A good deal of blood is visible on his face around his mouth.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The pit sequence is creepy. There is a rotting corpse in the pit, and it is quickly revealed that snakes are living inside the body.
  • A man riding an exhausted horse stabs it in the rear with a knife to make it run faster. When the horse collapses with exhaustion, he shoots it out of mercy.

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