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MPAA Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • Educational but explicit sexual dialogue between a father and his little son when they're riding on the bus.
  • There is a scene of full-frontal male nudity in the film, where the male protagonist can be seen standing in front of a vehicle in the nude with his genitals visible. He is shown twice.
  • A young boy (about seven years old) is shown fully naked from behind twice.

Violence & Gore

  • Violent animal slaughter: the film begins with a deer in the woods suddenly being attacked by a near-naked teenager who leaps out unexpectedly with a knife. There is a struggle with the animal crying out and fighting, and we clearly see the animal's throat being slit. Blood spews from the open wound for a few seconds. While the animal is slowly dying it is gutted (off screen, but audible) and its blood smeared on the teenager's face, who also eats part of the raw liver. The deer is seen being carried back to a camp, where there are multiple shots of the carcass being butchered.
  • Animals are slit in various scenes.
  • Two of kids get injured while climbing (in different scenes). Some blood and bruises are shown.
  • A teen girl falls down a roof of a house, hits a car, then hits the ground. It's stated that she broke two bones in her leg and nearly broke her neck.
  • A woman's corpse is carried in a house trailer by her family; the corpse is shown. They later cremate her and throw the ashes into a public toilet. This can be emotional, disturbing and hilarious at the same time, but nothing really violent.
  • Although the violence didn't make it to get an R rating, it should be cautioned for sensitive viewers.


  • The film contains an utterance of the religious profanity "Jesus f**king Christ" in a church.
  • 18 uses of "fuck" and 2 uses of "shit". "Motherfuck" is used once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is seen drinking wine in some scenes.
  • A father explain a young child what is crack cocaine. Only mentioned in one conversation.
  • A father serves his young children glasses of wine at a dinner table. In a later scene he is clearly intoxicated.
  • A teenaged girl and her mother are shown smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The opening scene showing a deer in a tranquil forest abruptly changes to a violent attack on the deer by a knife-wielding teenager.
  • A child doing extreme rock climbing falls but is saved by ropes; he ends up with an injured wrist.
  • A teenage girl falls off a roof and smashes her head on the concrete, sending her to hospital.
  • A man deliberately makes a scene at a funeral and is physically dragged out of the church.
  • One man deliberately shoots an arrow into a door near another man's head.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • We learn that a mother suffering from bipolar disorder commits suicide by slitting her wrists. Her children are devastated by the news and react with weeping and anger; one of them pulls a knife and threatens to stab his father. Later in the film, the father bluntly gives details of her death to his nephews after their parents were being vague about the circumstances of her death.
  • A man suffers a seizure in a supermarket and is shown grabbing his chest, falling to the floor, and convulsing. We soon learn this was faked in order to create a diversion to allow his children to steal food.
  • A family is shown digging into a fresh grave and removing a coffin. We later see the coffin open with the dead body inside (not at all gory; presented as "peaceful beauty"). The body is later shown wrapped in cloth and being burnt on a pyre.

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