Parents' Guide to

Child of God

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Adaptation of necrophilia drama is extremely disturbing.

Movie R 2014 104 minutes
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This is one of those cases in which "good" doesn't really apply. Director James Franco has by all accounts presented a faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, and its powerful themes come through clearly. Namely: It's possible to stray a long way into isolation, depravation, and outright evil, but we're all "children of God." On top of that, Haze has given a journeyman's performance in the lead role, howling and raging, and seemingly enduring superhuman loads of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual anguish.

Yet the physical experience of watching this no-frills movie is difficult, dealing as it does with necrophilia on top of images of human filth, cold-blooded murder, and unbridled hatred and cruelty. To pan the movie based on discomfort would be wrong, but to recommend it to casual viewers, especially those who like other McCarthy adaptations (No Country for Old Men, The Road, etc.) would also be wrong. It's here if you're ready for it.

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