Black Snake Moan

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Pulpy Southern immorality tale is for adults only.

R 2007 116 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 6 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Pleasantly Surprised!

This was a very good film but it's strictly for adult audiences only! I absolutely love Christina Ricci and she did a tremendous job in her role as Rae. This woman can act a million personalities! Samuel L. Jackson was also excellent playing a farmer named Lazarus who's a blues musician. He stumbles across a woman near his home lying on the road half-dressed and nearly beaten to death. That woman is Rae (Christina Ricci) who hasn't had an easy life growing up to a father who raped her on a daily basis and a mother who knew about it. She's disguised as white trash because of her constant sexual behavior and her need for someone to love her. Lazarus takes her into his home and nurses her back to health, but he knows it wont work without keeping her on a chain so she cannot leave his house. He feels deeply for her and resists every sexual offer she tries to make to him. When a pastor comes for a visit and is at first disgusted with seeing a chained woman in Lazaruses home, he realizes his kind gesture to help Rae get better but convinces him that it's not his job to do it. That's when Lazarus unchains Rae with a piece of fatherly advice but Rae decides to stay. Soon after, the two become so close like father and daughter that his intentions to get her well had worked. But Rae's boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) returns with a misunderstanding of their close relationship and after threatening to shoot the kind man, Lazarus puts him in his place by confronting him about his troubles. The couple are guided by his words and marry soon after, then they are off to live their own lives as he feels his "duty" is done. Excellent movie, great cast! A little slow for the first half but keep watching! Language is very strong with many different forms of the f-word and other curse words including n*gger. Violence is strong with a woman beat by a man - she ends up with a bloody face and bruises. Gun threatening. A broken bottle is held to a man's throat. Two men have a fist fight. A woman attacks her mother with a broom in a grocery store with lots of yelling and screaming. A woman is chained but only for her safety. Sexual content is strong and includes passionate love making in the opening scene, another sex scene from behind a woman but not graphic, a woman has sexual tension throughout the movie and tries to escape it but can't, a woman appears completely naked (bare breasts shown) in one non-sexual scene, a woman seduces a teenaged boy but you see her take her top off revealing her breasts but the scene quickly cuts to something else, tense rape references throughout. Rae wears very skimpy clothing through half of the film including small white panties and short tops. There is lots of smoking and drinking with some drugs (pills). Give it a chance, it's a really good story! 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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