O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000 PG-13 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000 PG-13 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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With their collective eye focused on retrieving a cache of hidden money, three convicts break out of jail in Depression-era Mississippi and embark on an epic journey that bears more than a few similarities to Homer's Odyssey.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
None
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 Surround
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
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+
  • George Clooney
  • John Turturro
  • Tim Blake Nelson
  • John Goodman
  • Holly Hunter
  • Chris Thomas King
  • Charles Durning
  • Del Pentecost
  • Michael Badalucco
  • Wayne Duvall
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy with its outlandish characters, infectious musical score, and slapstick action sequences has multiple levels of appeal. As for issues of concern for teens -- there are lots of swear words ("son-of-a-bitch," "hell's bells," "whore, and "Goddamnit"), many racial slurs ("nigras," "crackers," "darkies"), and a mind-bending Ku Klux Klan musical sequence. Characters (and a few animals) are frequently in jeopardy: trapped in a burning barn, beaten with a tree branch, threatened with hanging, shot at, chased, and more. The racial satire may provoke questions about the United States' history of racism that parents should be prepared to discuss.

Sexual Content

In one scene, mythical sirens dressed in very little clothing beckon the heroes and begin a seduction which concludes off-camera.

Violence

All action is exaggerated and cartoonish. Characters fall out of a train; get trapped in a burning barn, crash through a wall of fire, engage in fist fights, and are involved in numerous vehicle accidents. The heroes are fired at with an automatic rifle, whacked in the head with a tree branch, whipped, threatened with hanging, and forced to rob a bank. The Ku Klux Klan captures an African-American musician and drags him toward a noose. A villain squashes a toad in his bare hand.

Language

Frequent swearing and harsh language throughout. Multiple uses of: "damn," "Goddamnit," "son-of-a-bitch" (also pronounced "sumbitch"), "hell," "whore," "ass," "fornicate," "Jesus." Ethnic slurs are heard often: "colored," "nigra," "darkies," "Jews," "crackers," etc.

Social Behavior

This film reminds viewers that nostalgia cannot be used to conceal the truth. What appears to be a comic, light-hearted look at the U.S. South almost a century ago in fact uses satire and irony to reveal the deep-seated racism, corruption, and amorality rampant at that time and in that place.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character chews a cigar. A flask that may contain alcohol is passed.

  • 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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