Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although this biopic about a woman with autism doesn't have much in the way of salty language, sex, drinking, or other strong content, its themes make it more age-appropriate for teens and adults. The film makes an effort to vividly capture the feelings and behavior of its main character -- who is autistic -- as well as the profound effect that her behavior has on her family and community. The movie's most disturbing scenes relate to the treatment of cattle as they're raised and prepared for slaughter: Sequences graphically them being prodded, trapped in tight areas, herded against their will, and dragged squalling through mud. Because some of these incidents are seen from Temple Grandin's heightened perspective, they can appear especially cruel. There are also intermittent flashbacks of kids taunting and laughing at Temple as she grew up and one scene in which mean-spirited cowboys pelt her car with bull innards and testicles.
One mention of a possible sexual response to a self-designed "hugging box" that calms Temple when she's upset.
Some scenes graphically depict cruel treatment of cattle. They're dragged through mud, trapped unwillingly in cages, and forced roughly through narrow spaces on their way to be inoculated and eventually slaughtered. Guts and bull testicles are thrown on the windshield of a car to frighten and discourage Temple. She sometimes has uncontrollable temper tantrums as well as disturbing visions or flashbacks of animals being mistreated and children teasing her relentlessly.
The movie sends the message that people with special needs can be highly creative, very bright, and make substantial contributions to the world around them. It also says that having a supportive community of family, friends, and educators is instrumental in developing the strengths of autistic children and adults and that overcoming obstacles and standing up for yourself and your ideals in a positive and consistent way can result in success and significant achievement.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Cowboys hold beer bottles in a few scenes.