Carrying some of the most emotionally entrancing performances of the year by far, Nicholas Cage and Gary Poulter in particular, "Joe" delivers itself almost perfectly. Carrying heavy themes such as alcoholism, regret, family turmoil and the grim side of a southern US lifestyle, "Joe" manages to be haunting, grim and bleak while still being optimistic about the future. Nicholas Cage delivers without a doubt, his greatest performance in recent memory, I defy the academy to see this and not consider him for a nomination. It's not just Cage, everyone was absolutely amazing in this film, delivering very genuine and believable performances. This film not only carries enchanting performances, but is also extremely well made, carrying truly gorgeous shots of the wilderness and an ominous yet truly hypnotic score, "Joe" is one of the best watches of the year for all audiences. As for content, the film isn't something young children should see, "Joe" carries some rather disturbing but infrequent violence, including senseless murder, brutal child abuse and some shootings. The film also carries some somewhat inexplicit sexual content, not much if not any nudity, there is a brothel in the film but there is only one scene with real sexual content. There is some very salty language. Nicholas Cage's character, though he is flawed, is a strong and protective person, particularly to a teen who has an alcoholic and abusive father, and does everything he can to keep him out of harms way.