Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references

Sex & Nudity

  • The film contains some verbal references to sex.
  • Man and women kiss, she describes their sex and his genitalia.
  • A man and woman have intercourse off-screen.

Violence & Gore

  • This movie is quite violent but the main issue is the depressing thematic material throughout.
  • A man is caught in a burning building and, to escape, runs through the flames. There are flames on his clothes and skin but are quickly extinguished. Later in the film his facial burns are seen regularly.
  • A woman kicks two high schoolers (one boy, one girl) hard in their crotches.
  • A man throws an IV of blood against a wall resulting in a small bloody splash.
  • A man suffering from cancer coughs some small spots of blood onto a woman's face by accident.
  • We briefly see photos of a severely burned corpse of a murder victim.
  • Graphic references to sexual assault.
  • A police officer beats up a man with a pistol and tosses him out of a window while some woman in the building is screaming in anger. The police officer punches the screaming woman in the face and says, "Shut up." He then goes downstairs and punches the man he threw out of the building in the face twice.


  • Non-stop swearing throughout. 100 uses of "f--k"; a few of the uses are sexual. 2 uses of "c--k"; both are used in a sexual manner. 4 uses of "c--t". Use of homophobic and racial slurs. A few uses of "sh-t", "bitch", "retard", and "a--hole" are present as well.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film contains some verbal references to illegal drug possession.
  • Drinking and smoking regularly throughout the film.
  • Someone asks Mildred if she has done drunk driving; she says, "Maybe once."

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is very heavy. It revolves around a woman who lost her daughter to a rapist and it is mentioned that she was burned alive. She then decides to put up Billboards that say the police aren't doing their jobs, which drives the whole town into anger, and hatred. Other dark elements are explored such as a man dying of cancer, suffering from the loss of a child, rape, domestic abuse, depression, on screen depiction of suicide and violence.
  • A woman drills a tiny hole through a man's nail in self-defense.
  • The film has many moments that are played for dark humor, but are still intense.


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Violence & Gore

  • Some of the stronger scenes include a close-up shot of a dental drill being forced into a man's thumb, causing his nail to shatter and briefly showing a spurt of blood; a scene where a man is pistol whipped in the face, battered and flung out of a building, causing him to suffer from strong bruises and has lots of blood on his face; and a scene where a man with severe burns on his face and has several injuries, is physically assaulted by two bar patrons who rain down punches and kicks on him, leaving him with an extremely bruised and bloodied face.
  • There is also a scene where a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head where it depicts a brief spurt of blood when he pulls the trigger, as well as a brief shot of the aftermath of the victim's head, although it is covered by a blood-soaked sack.
  • The whole film revolves around a mother who lost her daughter to a horrific crime. It is mentioned that she was raped and burned alive.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene depicting suicide where a man, with a bag over his head, fires a pistol into the side of his temple. His wife finds a letter he wrote to her and she starts sobbing and wailing.

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