A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working clamdiggers may be put out of business by a big fishing company. Siblings deal with their father's death.
Violence & Scariness
A bar fight breaks out, and several characters punch and kick each other. Two male characters scuffle over a woman. A wife slaps her husband twice.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A womanizing character is "serviced" in a car (the woman is shown sitting up in the car). He also flirts with/kisses women and has sex with Gina (her naked back is visible). Two women discuss sex and adultery. Lisa and Hunt kiss and make love. Three men moon each other (bare buttocks).
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Dozens of uses of "f--k," as well as plenty of other language: "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," and the like.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's the '70s: plenty of drinking, marijuana and cigarette smoking, and pill popping among all of the characters. One character casually deals drugs and even drops acid.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this little indie drama stars comedic actors like Paul Rudd and Ken Marino, it's actually an intimate, mostly serious look at the lives of a group of 1970s Long Island clamdiggers -- so it's not likely to appeal to teens unless they're fans of the cast (what, your kids aren't into clamdigging?). The thirtysomething working-class friends explore mature subjects like death, adultery, unplanned pregnancy, job insecurity, promiscuity, and marital problems. Drug and alcohol use and adult language are constant. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Starring a notable ensemble of character actors -- many of whom are equally at ease with both comedy and drama -- Diggers is an affecting chronicle of hard-working, hard-partying friends. Director Katherine Dieckmann's eye for detail expertly depicts the blue-collar '70s tableau -- from the fashions to the nonchalance with which a father drives his un-seatbelted children around in a hearse-like station wagon. Hunt's experience at the film's bittersweet end will remind everyone who's ever left a small town just how exciting and terrifying it can be to leave home and everyone you know.
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