The World Made Straight

2015 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD

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The World Made Straight

2015 R 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD
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In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT also stars Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly and Haley Joel Osment.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The World Made Straight is an adaptation of Ron Rash's coming-of-age novel set in a 1970s Appalachian town. The movie explores serious, disturbing themes about domestic abuse, drug dealing and use, gun violence, and a historical atrocity during the Civil War. The language is frequently strong ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole"), the sexual references crude (a woman's promiscuity is mentioned several times), and the violence upsetting (a 13-year-old boy is killed at gunpoint, a woman is beaten up repeatedly, characters die), but mature older teens may be interested in the historical ties and the overall theme of an aimless young man figuring out how to navigate adulthood.

Sexual Content

Passionate kisses between Travis and Lori. Scenes of Dena wearing barely any clothes while lying in bed. Carlton tells Leonard that Dena has been "rode hard but she's still pretty."


Characters die from being executed, shot, and being involved in an orchestrated car crash. A man beats up a young woman he's sleeping with (he considers her "his"). A young man's leg is seriously injured in a bear trap. Two men threaten violence on more than one occasion. Men carry and use guns, both long guns and hand guns. A Civil War atrocity plays a role in the story.


Frequent cursing: "f--k" (both as an expletive and a crude euphemism for sex), "s--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "badass," "f--ked up," and insults like "coward" and "nothing."

Social Behavior

Stresses the importance of knowing your history and your connection to your home/town/roots. Also promotes the idea of not being stuck in the past and taking charge of your life and your future.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink beer and hard liquor, smoke and deal marijuana, and pop pills. One woman admits she's a drug addict. Characters also smoke cigarettes.

  • 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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