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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Despite the fact that it's about outlaws, the movie holds unconditional love on a pedestal and speaks of forgiveness and the enduring bonds of marriage and family.
Positive Role Models
Nearly all of the characters are flawed (to the point of being criminals in some cases), but they have the power to do good. Despite her past involvement in crime, Ruth is a dedicated mother who loves her daughter unconditionally. Bob might be a convicted criminal, but his love for Ruth and their child is powerful. Patrick is the most righteous character in the film. He doesn't judge Ruth or even Bob for their misdeeds and just wants to protect Ruth and offer her a way to move forward.
Violence & Scariness
Gun violence bookends the film; there's a shoot-out at the beginning and one toward the end. Characters are injured or die from their gunshot wounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flashback to kisses and caresses between Bob and Ruth. Their relationship is clearly passionate, but there are no actual sex scenes in the film.
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Occasional profanity includes "s--t" and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink, mostly in bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a stylized, atmospheric indie drama that's part Western, part relationship drama. Chronicling the intense romance between an outlaw and his bride, the movie has been compared to both Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands, and you can expect a fair amount of gun violence and on-screen death. There's also some language ("s--t," "a--hole"), but this is ultimately a love story, so there's a romantic undercurrent to the plot -- and some flashbacks to the passion between the central characters (no actual sex scenes, though). Because of the mood and the adult themes, this is a drama best reserved for mature teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Audiences who appreciate slow, steady, atmospheric films will consider this indie Western a hidden gem. Writer-director David Lowery and cinematographer Bradford Young (Pariah, Middle of Nowhere) are clearly disciples of the Terrence Malick school of filmmaking: gorgeous visuals with plenty of poignant close-ups; poetic monologizing; slow, deliberate pacing; and drama that's more about characterization than plot development.
The story is quite simple, but that's fine, because this is a drama about moments, about remembering a love so fierce that no prison could contain it. Bob escapes captivity, and, instead of fleeing to freedom in Mexico, he's intent on finding his wife and daughter. But before the inevitable reunion can take place, Bob has to outsmart (or outrun) the bounty hunters and get past Patrick, who's a remarkably kind and forgiving man. Mara, Affleck, and Foster all give brilliant performances in a movie that could have been made decades ago but still feels remarkably current.
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