Beasts of the Southern Wild

2012 PG-13 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

2012 PG-13 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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This fantastical drama follows a little girl named Hushpuppy who lives in a dilapidated pocket of homes in the Mississippi Delta. When her father falls ill and natural disasters strike, Hushpuppy sets off to find her long-lost mother.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Quvenzhan√© Wallis
  • Dwight Henry
  • Levy Easterly
  • Lowell Landes
  • Pamela Harper
  • Gina Montana
  • Nicholas Clark
  • Jovan Hathaway
  • Jonshel Alexander
  • Kaliana Brower
  • Joseph Brown
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Beasts of the Southern Wild is a heart-wrenching fable that's so unique that it's hard to classify. It's a drama about an alcoholic father who means well but has few tools to convey his love to his spitfire 6-year-old daughter. It's a celebration of quirky friendships and the power of the imagination. It's an indictment of the deep divide that separates the rich and the poor. And much more. Expect some swearing; kids and adults both say the word "p---y." There's also lots of drinking, brutal depictions of abject poverty, an adult striking a child, and discussion about the death of a parent.

Sexual Content

A father discusses the night of his child's conception (but not in a lewd way). Kids dance in a brothel.


A character slaps his child once to discipline her, and she hits him back; he also taunts her to toughen her up. A child starts a fire. Three men blow up a dam.


A couple of uses of "s--t" and "p---y," plus "ass," "damn," "hell," "crap," and "goddamn."

Social Behavior

Steely resolve and courage can see you through the toughest of times, but you still need the love and warmth of family.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking, including off-label hooch, beer, wine, vodka, and other hard liquor. A man shares his liquor with his very young daughter.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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