Based on a play by Tracy Letts, this claustrophobic thriller from Exorcist director William Friedkin focuses on the love story between a man (Michael Shannon) and a woman (Ashley Judd) convinced that the government is implanting insects in its citizens. Harry Connick Jr. plays the woman's abusive ex-husband in this nightmare tale of paranoia that takes place in an America where no one -- least of all the authorities -- can be trusted.
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- William Friedkin
RSome strong violence, sexuality, nudity, language and drug use
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this intensely paranoid film absolutely isn't for younger kids. Not a horror movie in the conventional sense, it's still very scary and violent -- an ex-husband hits and frightens his former wife; there's a brutal stabbing murder; a man pulls out his own teeth with pliers; and it's implied that two characters set themselves on fire. There's smoking, drinking, drug use (cocaine and crack), relentless swearing (mostly "f--k"), and nudity (close ups of nipples and sweating bodies, a brief full-frontal shot of a man).
- Sexual Content
- Kissing takes place in a lesbian bar; Agnes kisses RC; sexual slang ("homo," "beaver," "jacking off"); single sex scene shows close-ups of nipples, sweating torsos, hands, and faces; after sex, a man is plainly nude (brief full frontal and back nudity); Aggie appears on the toilet (visible in profile through the open door); in one scene, the central couple strips naked, with breasts and pubic hair visible in profile.
- Jerry knocks Aggie to the floor, bloodying her lip and making her cry; Aggie throws a drink at the door; Aggie slaps R.C.; Peter pulls his own teeth with pliers (very bloody); Peter and Aggie's faces and bodies are increasingly cut (presumably as they've picked at bugs/bites); Jerry pushes Aggie to the wall, holding a flashlight on her; Peter repeatedly (and bloodily) stabs a man ferociously; Peter attacks Jerry's hand with a staple gun; (spoiler alert) at the end, the central characters strip naked, douse themselves and the room with fuel, then strike a match: scene cuts to flames, then credits (you don't see bodies burning).
- Frequent bad language, including more than 50 "f--k"s (a few with "mother-"), as well as "s--t," "son of a bitch," "ass," "damn," and "goddamn."
- Social Behavior
- A guilt-ridden, fearful woman descends into a terrifying relationship with a paranoid man; locked inside a motel room, they can't imagine a way out. References to a child who "disappeared" from his mother's side in a supermarket.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink (mostly beer and wine) and smoke hand-rolled cigarettes; more drinking and smoking in background of bar scene; cocaine sniffing; crack smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it